Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


In the old days, you carried your books like this!
(Click here to see more from this vintage photo shoot by
 Becca Bond Photography)
Kids love having their own book bags to tote their library books around in, so when I was invited to have a "Good Books" table at the Placentia Library's Summer Reading Celebration last weekend, I decided to make a couple of book bags to give away to my young visitors. I held an opportunity drawing for all the families who came by my table and signed up for a chance to win.

I don't sew, so I went to a local fabric store and found cute, inexpensive canvas bags, and iron-on alphabet letters and patches.

Since I couldn't personalize the bags, I decided to put "B-O-O-K-S" in iron-on letters onto each tote.  I chose a denim-blue satchel and robot patch for the boy winner, and a white-and-pink satchel and mermaid patch for the girl winner.

It only took me about an hour to cut out the letters and iron them, along with the fun patches, onto both bags...I think they turned out pretty cute!!

Here they are, all ready to mail to my two winners so they can take them along on their next visit to their local library.

1 comment:

  1. I looked at the other photos from that photoshoot...so cute. And your bags turned out really nicely...I LOVE that font that looks handwritten almost!