Sunday, July 17, 2011

library book bags

Lists make my heart smile.

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There is something about the possibilities that lists create.

There is something about the feeling of completion when I cross an item off my list.

So this summer it only seemed appropriate to create a summer fun list.

And today we made our 1st check: Library book bags.

Aw, it felt good, friends.

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I dislike having library books on the kitchen counter or scattered around the house. I worry about misplacing them or getting them mixed up with the books we own. The kids now keep them in their bags and bring them along when we go to the library. They hang them on their bedroom door handles when we get home.

Jack (3) welcomed my help...

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Charlie (5) is fiercely independent and wanted to do it on his own. He took a modern art approach...

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And Luke (8) declared that bags "are for girls" and only wanted his name on his bag. He didn't want anything to do with the project and asked me to write his name for him. He's getting big...sniff, sniff.

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We found the bags and fabric paint at the Dollar Tree. The foam stickers were already in our craft box.

For a total of $4 we are all set for the summer reading program!

Perfect.

Much love,
Katie

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18 comments:

Belinda - The Lattimore Acre said...

Great idea..... I am always losing library books. I am a bit fond of Charlie's bag....love it!

Melissa M. said...

OH that looks like fun! I love to do crafts, although I haven't done many lately. When I get the energy I have a bunch of tutorials bookmarked that I want to try! And BALBOA ISLAND!!! Love it there. In fact, we were supposed to drive down to SoCal and go there like we did last summer, but our health issues kept us from going this year. (I live in Northern CA). And of course I can't not mention San Diego, where my hubby and I had our honeymoon almost 5 years ago! I would live there if I could! :-)

Mom2MemphisAndRuby said...

LOVE the idea of the library bags! I'll definitely be doing that asap! :)

Sincerely Abi said...

What a great craft project with kids. We love trips to the library in our house, and having a designated bag would make so much sense! Thanks for sharing!

Jill (Momma Totally in Love) said...

I love this craft! I will be hitting up the store so I can do this with my son. Thank you for posting my button, I am putting yours up right now =)

Jill (Momma Totally in Love) said...

Oh I know Id still like to know how to make one if you are still willing to tell me =) my email is totallymomma at gmail.com

Michelle Elkins AKA Mickey said...

I need to make one too!!!!

gratefulmama said...

What a great idea!! Even better that you found it at the dollar store (my favorite place of all)

Heather @ Life Made Lovely said...

fun! i love that you guys created a special place for their books.

hannah singer said...

lookin' great, katie! love how they turned out.
you are a super fun mom, you know:)

loveya

Janna said...

Look at you - getting your "martha stewart" on this summer!

christi @ burlap and basil said...

ooo - puffy paint! a favorite of my childhood!

Vicki said...

I love a good colorful, useful and inexpensive craft project!! I love that you let your middle guy do "modern art." (It's my favorite!)

The Miller's said...

I totally agree! List are awesome!! Love this craft too!

♥Jazmin

Kara said...

I LOVE lists too. And yours looks so fun. The library bags are a great idea.

Genn said...

Ah how cute. Love the bags idea.
And Luke saying bags are for girls, sniff sniff is right!

Kelly said...

FUN-NESS! you're such a good momma.
xxO

Jessi said...

I love this!! I can't wait for my little one to be old enough for the library. Going to the library during the summer was always the best as a kid. We will definitely be making cute bags for all the books we check out!