One thing that I love is when we have something at home, something plain or used or just in need of embellishment, that we can make our own. I attended an open house at Hip Mountain Mama on Saturday, and as I was leaving, I saw that she had the same eco-lunch bags that we had at home. While I love the natural look, all that I could see when I looked at those bags was a blank canvas to fabric paint with (see, I told you I was becoming obsessed).
When I got home, the boys picked out a design that they liked, and we painted a few colors on, and made it our own. The excitement that they had, and the incredible transformation that the bag took on, led me to see those bags in a new way. I love wrapping gifts, but I hate the waste, so they became the bags that we would pack some of our holiday goodies in to give to friends and family.
I quickly called Suzy and asked to pick-up a few more bags yesterday, and then the boys and I set off to paint and package our new gifts. We made homemade granola, to jar and place in each bag, which we thought would be a fun twist on holiday treat giving (I know that by the time we get to Christmas day, I need a healthy snack to help me with all the sugar that I have consumed over the holidays).
Many of you asked me in last week’s post about how exactly I made the fabric bag, and the stationary.
The stationary was made from a simple stamp, and a variegated stamp pad. The stamps were store bought, and only slightly raised. I am working on carving my own lino and wood blocks, but I am not ready to show those yet (need a bit more practice).
Over the weekend, I took stationary that I have had since I was in college, and I gave it the same stamping that I had done with the cards last week. Four different designs, simple and quick, transformed plain paper into something that felt custom and unique. I think that is really the joy of using a stamp for this kind of project; It takes something that almost all of us already have, and it makes it completely our own. Even simply stamping the envelope to a store bought card can make a huge difference for me now.
The fabric painting on the bag last week, and the lunch bags above is all done with freezer paper stencils. I have experimented a lot between using freezer and contact paper, and I am much more comfortable with the way that freezer paper handles itself. I have trouble keeping contact paper sticking on fabric, and I have had a few projects that have not come out as clean as I would like because of that. Having said that, I recently stenciled a corner of our bedroom wall, and the contact paper worked perfectly on that surface.
Finding a new way to package up some Christmas yumminess was a fun way to spend the weekend. What did your weekend craft time yield?