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You Could Make That: Tote Bag Idea, pt. II

Just came across this tote bag painting project; linking it here so I don’t forget:


A Place For Everything

oh, ya know, that could be the title for so many dreamy posts…. I do long to be the sort of person who wisely allocates funds to storage, investments in household sanity, who has a designated place for everything and who deftly maintains everything in its place.

As I look up to the mess calling to me in this time between kids-to-sleep and parents-to-sleep, I see that I need a place for stuff that belongs in the kids rooms when I cannot go into the kids rooms.  I also need an out-of-the-way spot to deposit items for donation.  Enter cute, labeled tote bag idea.  Cute so that they can hang on door knobs during the day, labeled so they won’t be scooped up to suit another purpose.

Here’s some inspiration from Under the Sycamore, or ashleyannphotography.com

Snatching a peaceful moment to relay a recent inspiration:


Twisted Felt Garland, from The Purl Bee.

On the tree?  On the mantle?  Across the wide living room door frame?  On the front door?  I have some felt on hand, although my color selection might not fit this holiday time of year.

Coincidentally, I made a really great Purl Bee felt craft this past weekend.  My co-worker organized a Crafty Christmas Extravaganza and this was one of the projects available:

I’d like to make a ton more of them, but I might adapt the pattern a bit.  First, I’d be sure to use thicker embroidery thread than the type I used; you can’t see my stitches from more than a couple feet away.  Also, I might put something in the middle to stuff them up a bit.  For some reason, mine looks pretty flat.

All photos courtesy of The Purl Bee:

Project Fail

I turned to The Artful Parent for activity advice today.  We had tempura paint on hand and not much else, so I took an idea from her “Thirteen fun art activities with tempura paint” that looked great to me, puffy paint made of tempura, salt, flour and water.    Kiddo hated it; he just wanted to straight up paint another “car garage,” aka, a Costco box, which he never actually uses to house his cars.

I think the biggest problem was that I improvised with frosting bags instead of using the squeezy things, but the paint came out so quickly, which I would think would also be a problem with the squeezy things.  I would like to try the project again with the proper materials, but maybe I’d try to make the paint thicker.



Image from The Artful Parent.

Of Pinterest

I’m really excited to start using Pinterest.   I’ll probably use it most, at least initially, for my perpetual decorating ideas.  I don’t know photoshop, although I hope to learn, say sometime in the next five years; crude word doc cut and pastes aren’t doin’ it for me.  I hope Pinterest will be energizing and artful to put together, fun in and of itself since all of my pinned dreams may not become reality.

I read about Pinterest first on Making it Lovely, a terrific design blog out of Oak Park.   Here’s how Making it Lovely recently used Pinterest to catalog items for her basement remodel:

Image belongs to Making it Lovely

Today I made…

…chocolate chip cookies, favorite recipe of Phoebe Buffay and me.

Mine looked a bit white and puffy compared to the styled sample above.  Kiddo and I thought they tasted great anyway.  Also, I added roughly 3/4 cup craisins to 1 and 3/4 cups chocolate chips, rather than using just 2 cups of chocolate chips as the recipe instructs.