Gray days, and a stomach bug have kept us all low-key and inside this week. Perfect for puttering, really, and finding comfort in the familiar and easy kind of crafting that everyone can join in on with little effort or commitment. In the library, the kids dove full-on into the collage crate - an overflowing box of this and that and more of this and that. They've been having fun with Mod Podge glue, decoupaging every surface possible - switch plates, pieces of wood, and every can to be found in the recycling! Thank goodness I saved all those gorgeous calendars from years past - with these art supplies newly tucked away in pretty containers, I can see the work of Elsa Beskow, Nikki McClure, Phoebe Wahl and Adelaide Soule to boot! (Pictured above, we love our perpetual Child's Calendar, and the "be kind" decal is from Shanna Murray!)
Meanwhile, across the hall in my studio, I've been making containers too. I've hit the clothesline again, and gone big! Each of these giant baskets is somewhere in the range of 400-700 feet of clothesline (I lost count, and just kept reaching for another piece). I made them with the intention of holding my growing piles of roving, and my latest experiment in knitting with roving (more on that soon, once I figure out what I'm doing). These I made with strips of fabric wrapped onto the rope as I went along, the multi-print one featuring my scrap pack from the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge (which I'm excited to be judging in a few months).
Oh, not much makes me happier really, than making a place for something that previously had no "place," or at least not a pretty one. Simple, satisfying pleasures!