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I went to Home Depot the other day, just wandering around for inspiration. I came home with plenty of both, materials and inspiration. My first project was some canvas storage bags for all the soft, bulky items we all have around the house. Soft toys, yarn, socks… they all found a home, in style.

The process was very simple: I lined a table or the floor with some paper to protect from spillage, spread canvas (I used the cheap one used to protect floors when painting the walls) and then L and I painted / splashed / dabbed with color. I was in a blue and white mood, so we kept the colors simple. The large piece of canvas we made was enough for 3 bags, so I divided it in equal pieces and just sewed around the edges. Then, to create a wide base, I folded the corners and sewed along the crease there as well. Done!

I also picked up some paint chips during my inspiration trip, with no specific project in mind. The first thing I made with them were small open boxes, which I then held together with some pretty duct tape (another Home Depot score I couldn’t resist!) I plan to use them for organizing the tiny scraps of fabric that come out of other projects: I have plans for all those little triangles and rectangles from trimming corners and seams!


Okay, I ‘ve got nothing on the crafting front. But I do have photos of some beautiful big jars I bought at the thrift store.

They now hold white and brown rice, and white and whole wheat flour. I like the large openings, so that my hand and measuring cup fit easily. To make sure I know what’s in there, I cut a label from the original packaging and keep it inside. Easy & pretty!

One of my favorite (nerdy) pastimes is to find solutions to little puzzles involving having everything I need easily accessible and discoverable. Naturally, the same applies to make up, moisturizer and other self-pampering products. Our bathroom is small, with limited shelf space, but there are enough hangers for towels etc.

These hanging cosmetic bags would do just the trick, as they can be hanged from the loop over a hanger or doorknob. There are narrow pockets at the top for lipstick and other small objects, a large case in the middle, and 1 medium and 2 narrower pockets at the bottom band.

I used some beige and brown fabric for the front, for a muted and romantic look, but I wanted something brighter and happy for the back, as they are also quite handy for traveling when rolled up. Although they are identical on the front (I made 2), the backs are different colors.

After I took these photos, I realized that if the top is not rigid the weight of the products in the pockets would make the bag roll into itself. I solved this by inserting a small dowel at the top, and securing it with a running stitch. Now it works much better! Success!

It was so much fun making them, I think I ‘ll make some more!

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