What to do with Vacation Mementos

As I mentioned yesterday I am in serious vacation mode. I’m a sucker for foreign train ticket stubs, park entrance tickets, etc. Really anything they hand to me, I have a hard time letting go of. Maybe some of you are like that, too. In that case  the ideas above might be useful to you. I used to be an avid scrapbook-er, so the first  ones appeal to me. However over time, as I got more and more behind, I switched to going all digital . Now, if I want to remember special visits with my kids and their cousins I use Shutterfly to lay out my book, and get it printed. The last one is a book I made for my nephew after he visited us 5 years ago.

Who knows, when I come back from Germany with a gazillion train tickets I might ask my crafty 11 year old to make me cute book like the one pictured on the very top.

How about you, what do you with your vacation memories? Do you fill a jar with sand to remember a certain beach? Or do you fill shadow boxes with European pub coasters? I’d love to hear.

What to do with Vacation Mementos

Art Supply Organization


summer is the perfect time for art projects on those hot afternoons when you can’t go outside. I have 4 girls who produce a tremendous amount of artwork on any given day. I didn’t know where to put them anymore so I thought the bathroom would be a good place:


But how do organize all those markers, crayons, scissors, water colors, paper, etc.? Here are some ideas:

The top 4 are from the Container Store. The last two I found on Pinterest. Don’t you wish you had a whole closet for your crafts? We have  a small Ikea children’s wardrobe for our school books and craft supplies. It has worked well in the past but it is starting to get a little crowded. How about you, have you found the perfect organizing solution for you crafts?


Art Supply Organization

Crafty Ideas

My 11 year old Esther loves crafts. Dear friends of mine have taught her crocheting, and beading. She spends a few hours getting instructions, and then she takes off creating all kinds of fantastic scarves, doll clothes, and coasters. To keep her busy and occupied with new ideas I have started a board on Pinterest where I pin all things crafty for her.

Here are some of my pins. You might find you have some extra time this summer to create new things.

For the T-shirt: Use foil underneath, draw with bleach pen, wait 30 minutes then wash. Oh the possibilities!

For the foot print: 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup (give or take) water. Knead until dough forms. Make impression. Bake at 200 for 3 hours.

The washcloth is just a simple crocheting project, but so pretty. This might give you a head-start on Christmas or the next baby shower. You can find the tutorial here.

You can find the playdoh recipe and tutorial here.

Happy crafting!

Crafty Ideas