For birthdays in our home I like to have at least one handmade addition to the "purchased" gift that we give the birthday child. Since the youngests of our crew, the girls, are avid artists in the making it seemed only common sense to support and encourage their creative gifts with a special little package all their own. In the past I've made the coloring rolls and totes for such an occasion but as with creativity, I like to mix things up a bit and change the design now and then.
Introducing the latest in the line of "art on the go". Made with Heather Ross fabric, which I adore, each girl received her own all in one art kit complete with doodle pad and crayons. There are extra spots for pencils and a pocket just above the crayons to allow for additional creative items. We are big fans of the Peaceable Kingdom sticker/scene activity kits and usually tuck one in the pocket when we are heading out the door. The local store I pick them up at is Toad Hall Toys, which carries a large selection including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you can bet I'll be visiting there again.
The entire art-easy tote folds and shuts simply by inserting the long strap handle through the metal loop, easy-peasy for little hands. Makes for a quick set up and clean up. The girls are over the moon with their new art-easy totes and to keep things extra special, and simple, is their own appliqued initial which aids the homeschooling effort in terms of letter recognition. Personal and practical, just the way I like it.
Have a happy weekend everyone filled with warm fall days and endless family fun! xxx.