Thursday, January 29

need a bag?

I have been very wordless lately, and I have a million excuses for it: We were out of town for the weekend, I've been sick, I've been busy, the kids are bored out of their minds and are acting up, I've been reading good books, but mostly there are two reasons for my absence. One I'll show you in a minute. But the other is going to make you guys realize how big of a wimp I really am, however, if you get canker sores you might be sympathetic. Since last Thursday my mouth has been taken over by canker sores--this weekend I had FOUR in my mouth at one time. The first three weren't any worse than normal, but the last one, the one that is still causing me so much pain today, is the mother of all canker sores. I am not even exaggerating when I tell you it's half an inch long! Not only does it have the usual stinging, but it's made my gums sore, and if you even touch my face (which my kids do 100 times a day) I have to choke back tears, that's how bad it is. I think it's finally on the mend, but when I'm in pain my creativity is really zapped. Alright, enough complaining.

Want to hear about my recent project that's taken up my time? For Christmas I decided to make some bags for my kids to take to church to replace my ugly diaper bag. A friend in the ward had one of those bags that's got the crayon pockets in the front, and I wanted to make those. So I looked at hers, decided how big I wanted it, and went home and started experimenting. 12 bags later I've finally got it down--and I'm not even tired of making them! I think they are fun to make, so I keep making them, and now hope to sell them. My kids love theirs because they can pack their own bag and carry it to church, and I love them because they each have their own set of crayons, coloring books, toys and snacks. I think they would also be great for traveling because you could put all of their activities into one bag. I plan to set up an etsy shop when I have a minute, and then I'll link it here, but if you know anyone interested in one have them email me: lisamary24{at}hotmail{dot}com and put "crayon tote" in the subject in case it goes to my junk mail.

Here are the details: They are about 12" by 13". Holds 24 crayons and has a pocket inside. The lining is the same fabric as the crayon pockets. The bag is lined with fusible fleece to make it stronger. $17, which includes 24 brand new CRAYOLA crayons.

I have five bags right now, and more on the way:
I have two of this floral

Alright, my sales pitch is over. I've been meaning to give you an update on Tyler's switch to the big boy bed. I have no idea how I've gotten so lucky, but his transition has been perfectly fine! He still takes his naps, and goes down just as easily as before. He even seems to sleep better at night, though he and Alexis do talk for awhile first and sometimes wake each other up in the morning, but not any earlier than normal. It's been a dream, and they even have started sleeping through noise the other makes during the night. I really must be in for it when it comes time to potty training because this was almost too easy.

Now the sun is shining, which must mean it's going to be a good day! Have you guys noticed that it's almost February and I have hardly complained about the weather??? I must really be growing up.

12 comments:

Rachel said...

Hey, my sister is allergic to pecans and gets really bad canker sores if she eats them. Maybe some kind of allergy would explain it? Half an inch long, holy cowzer.

Karly said...

Sorry about the canker sore! I've never had one before, and sounds like I don't want one! Hope it goes away soon.
LOVE the bags. I wish I had kids, maybe I'll pre-order one. :) But I'm definitely going to put your bags up on my blog and help you market them! Because they are so adorable! I remember when you took that sewing class (and to walk across the street to the building) and I remember being jealous of you. And now here you are a sewing master and I'm even more jealous. :)

Merrick said...

GREAT bags!! You definitely need to sell them on etsy...I think people would absolutely buy them! I might need one for all my crayons and snacks at church :) :)

Coates Family said...

I am LOVING the bags and will definately order a couple. Can't wait for the link to your etsy shop. Let me know if you want me to link it on my blog, I'd be happy to, (for all 3 people that read it).

Krissy said...

Lisa- I'm totally going to have to buy one from you so Brea will stop asking for your crayons at church...love the floral...I'll give you a call :)

Rachel & Todd said...

I am so impressed Lisa! Your bags are adorable and handy too! I think I need to order one before I go...I will get in touch with you.

~Jeneece said...

Those are really cute bags! If I didn't have a little one who just thinks crayons are to eat I'd be all over it. Maybe in a few months when he gets over his love of wax...

Ashlee said...

Just so you know-If you Listerine your mouth it hurts like heck at first but it takes the rest of the pain away and it gets rid of the canker sore quicker. Try it!

Very cute bags. I am going to consult my piggy bank and get back to you!

Tricia and Aaron said...

I get really bad canker sores like that sometimes. There is an over the counter medicine called Gly-Oxide. You can either put it directly on the sore or swish it in your mouth before spitting it out. It's not the best tasting stuff in the world, but it doesn't hurt and it takes the pain away and makes it heal pretty quickly. Also, try staying away from things with high acidity like oranges and tomatoes as these slow the healing process...can you tell I've had this problem in the past?

MorgAnnie said...

I hate canker sores and I get them occaisionally. My home remedy: Alum. You can buy a little jar, it's a McCormick spice if you've never used it for anything, it's kind of like Cream of Tarter...anyway after you brush your teeth at night dab your finger in the alum and put it on the canker and leave it on for no longer than 10 seconds, it will sting, but then the canker will be numb for a while. Mine usually go away in just a couple days when I use the alum about twice a day.

MorgAnnie said...

I hate canker sores and I get them occaisionally. My home remedy: Alum. You can buy a little jar, it's a McCormick spice if you've never used it for anything, it's kind of like Cream of Tarter...anyway after you brush your teeth at night dab your finger in the alum and put it on the canker and leave it on for no longer than 10 seconds, it will sting, but then the canker will be numb for a while. Mine usually go away in just a couple days when I use the alum about twice a day.

MorgAnnie said...

I hate canker sores and I get them occaisionally. My home remedy: Alum. You can buy a little jar, it's a McCormick spice if you've never used it for anything, it's kind of like Cream of Tarter...anyway after you brush your teeth at night dab your finger in the alum and put it on the canker and leave it on for no longer than 10 seconds, it will sting, but then the canker will be numb for a while. Mine usually go away in just a couple days when I use the alum about twice a day.