Friday, July 13, 2012

Summer Totes

Little Man's Lobster!
  What a busy week!! We've been having so much fun: swimming, painting, nature walks, gardening, chalk murals, and summer totes!!!  I've been wanting to make totes and summer seemed a perfect time.   Of course, it is very important to include the kids in my summer craft activities.  So, Little Man, Ladybug, and my sister's grandbaby, Little Queen, picked out an animal hand-print that they wanted on their totes.  

I should have videoed the process of painting the kids feet and hands and then printing them onto the Fabric!  Utter Chaos!  It was so funny!  I couldn't have done it without my sister. After they hand/foot printed their fabric, I let them dry overnight.  Then I painted over the prints with Mod Podge and let them dry again.  Then I sewed them up into totes (Tutorial Here)!!  It is super easy and oh so cute.  I've finished Little Man's and Little Queen's and I MUST finish Ladybug's this weekend!!  Little Man isn't really "into" painting so he only did one side of his tote and on the back I sewed a little scrap fabric sailboat.

The Back of Little Man's tote.  MaoMao almost made this picture impossible!  He wouldn't leave the staps alone!!
Ladybug's Flamingo and she did a lobster on the back.

Little Queen's fishies

We live in a townhome, but are blessed to have several acres to wonder around on.

Lima Beans!
Nature Walk - hunting for spiderwebs!  -7:30am!!!  I was toting my coffee with me. lol
Tiny Spider.  :)
Dew Drops
See their tracks. dew on the grass.  Our feet were soaked by the time we got home.

Chalk Murals - Flying superhero
Ladybug drew the buildings and I drew the cape! so cute!

Still working on my charity quilt!

And of course, MaoMao says 'Hello'.  He's gotta get kitty shots tomorrow.  :(

So, I'm exhausted and happy all at the same time!  I think I'll go sip on a Margarita and start the weekend!  -Little Mama Hen

Going over to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Quilting by the River


  1. Love those totes! I am always just in awe of your talent and creativity! The chalk pictures are neat-o! We're off to the theatre tonight--opening night of Ice Age 3 or 4 or 5. Not sure but the girls are crazy excited (they put it on the family calendar several weeks ago). Have a great weekend and let's do a playdate soon (maybe coffee and a nature walk or kiddos swimming and mommies sipping Margaritas? Either sounds good to me!).

  2. I really love those tote bags. Great designs! Your kids are adorable! MaoMao is darn cute too! Sounds like you're enjoying your summer!

  3. oh, I just love the hand/foot print lobster! I have definately got to try this with my kiddos!

  4. They look adorable! I love the nemo fishes, they're super cute! Absolutely fabulous idea to get the kids involved!

  5. Oh, April! The totes are FANTASTIC!! Also, the little adventures (tracks in the dew clad grass, spider searching, chalk stories) are all memories the darlings will never forget!

  6. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your bags, the lobster and the fish are just so creative!!

  7. Just dropping by from the Fabric Tuesday link party.

    What a great summer activity! And the totes turned out awesome. I especially like the fish one.

    And the chalk mural photos are super cute.

  8. The clownfish are amazing. Did you do orange on the hands and then embellish them? My kids would love to try this!

  9. These are just too cute! Love all of them but the fish are my favorite! MaoMao is really growing! Thanks for sharing!
    Quilting at the River Linky Party Tuesday