Sunday, August 30, 2009

Birthday fun

I wanted to share a bag I made for my oldest daughters birthday.
I got the idea from the book  The creative family How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections by Amanda Soule
What a great little book it is just chalked full of wonderful ideas, and I really enjoy the way she writes.  She talks about creating an Artist travel bag and so I thought that would be really fun to do for Challee for her Birthday.
043 Front
All the decorative pieces I crocheted, the flowers on top and the motif on the front and even the trim on the back.  It was fun to have it actually work : )
044   Back
Here are the thing that I put into it.046
One of the things that I would like to do with this blog is share ideas that I find on ways that are creative but thrifty, really focusing on living more green : )  One of the things I shared with my daughter  is the Dairy of an Edwardian Lady and its a copy that I have had for years but thought it would be fun to pass down now to Challee.  I also had the colored pencils already  I hadn't really used them at all so they were like new.  The smallest set is soft pastels and then the next set is watercolor paints.
That is one thing I really enjoyed about Amanda's book she had such creative ideas for using what you have around you.  A great read I highly recommend it : )
image Amanda has another book out  to called:

It looks really good!   I'm really looking forward to getting that one two!!!


Sycamore Moon Studios said...

What a delightful gift! She is sure to be pleased!

Anonymous said...

I have both of those books. Handmade Home is just as awesome. It is all about repurposing things for use around the house. I have several items in the book already on my to do list.

Great job on the artist bag. You are surely to love Handmade Home!!

(from Melisa's yahoo group)

Lisa said...

What a wonderful gift Jane! I wouldn't mind that myself. I love the personal touch on the bag.

Lisa :)

Beth said...

That is a wonderful gift! I really think our kids feel that love that goes into a handmade gift. I have a couple of artists (ok, 5!) around here that would love just such a birthday present - great idea!