Crochet Beach Bag

A vacation is the perfect reason to crochet a new bag. The kids and I are headed for a Texas history vacation with my Mom. We're visiting the state capital in Austin, NASA in Houston, and then relaxing with a beach day in Galveston.

I based my bag on the farmer's market bag pattern from Knit-O-Matic. I used a 3.75mm crochet hook for my bag. I also went a tan and lime green color block look.

This fun bag will be perfect to hold snacks, games, and treasures throughout our trip. I made it with acrylic yarn so I can easily toss it into the washing machine when we get back home. Then I think it might be transformed to a farmers market bag. 

Plus it goes with my new sun hat. 

Are We There Yet

Most of our trips with the kids are taken by car. And, thankfully, our kids are really good road-trippers.

Our drives each day won't be too long. But since we are visiting multiple locations there will be time in the car almost every day. Plus, since we have already done one road trip this summer (it was about a 10 hour drive to Big Bend), I really want to step up my game for this trip.

Of course we have plenty of snacks. I let the kids each choose a favorite for the car ride. I really like the resealable packaging.

And we'll have the tablets/iPad charged with games for the kids to play on those.

But I want some other activities for the kids to do in the car as well. I printed off both of these scavenger games. I think the scavenger hunt with the pictures will be great for Littlest to play.

What are your tips for traveling in the car with kids? 

Fresh Finds #50

As a handmade shop owner I love promoting handmade businesses. 

Every Friday I share some of my favorite handmade Fresh Finds of the week. 

Summer is the time for games and being outdoors. This weeks finds combine games and the outdoors.

For my local friends and makers! Etsy Fort Worth and North Texas M.A.D.E. have two upcoming events.

The first is a M.A.D.E. By You craft night! It will be a night of handM.A.D.E. fun where you get to take home a project made by YOU! Details HERE. (And a peek at the project we will be making HERE.)

Second, is a Makers Pop-Up Bazaar benefiting the Hope Center 4 Autism. If you are a maker they are now accepting vendor applications HERE. (Applications close August 1st.)

Crafty Thursday Obsessions {#30}

Welcome to another Crafty Thursday Obsessions! I'm so glad you are here to share your crafty obsessions.

I've got the beach on the brain and this week I shared these crochet anchors (here) 

Now for your Crafty Obsessions features!


Make sure to visit the other Crafty Thursday Obsession hosts, Kendra and Stacey, to see what they have been obsessed with recently.

And don't forget to link up what you've been up to this week!!!

Sand Dollar Sugar Cookies

Crafts often inspire snacks. Yesterday's crochet anchors (here) led to today's sugar cookie sand dollars. I'm trying to get the kids excited about our upcoming trip.

Sugar cookie dough topped with slivered almonds to make them look like sugar cookies. And while I almost always make my own sugar cookie dough, the refrigerated slice and bake dough was on sale at the grocery store. Slice, top with almonds, bake, and eat. And the kids got to help place the almonds. Doesn't get any easier. 

The cookies were perfect to eat while playing some games. During our most recent camping trip to Big Bend National Park we taught Littlest Brother how to play Uno. He knows his colors and his numbers so it is a game where can play (mostly) by himself.

The hardest time he has is trying to hold all the cards in his hand at the same time.

This was Littles Brother legitimately winning a game against Youngest Twin. (His older brother wasn't nearly as excited as he was.) 

What games do you and your kids like to play?