I've been so busy prepping for my "Summer in Paris" retreat, that I haven't had much time to do any personal crafting. That being said, I always, always, always have time to shop.
1. Martha Stewart Doily Lace Trim Double Edge Punch. I picked up this beauty at my local Michaels (may God bless your printable coupons....). Rather than the standard border edge, this punch actually punches both sides at the same time, leaving you with a strip. I love the fact that it adds a touch of femininity to whatever project you're working on. The possibilities are endless with this punch! Now, if I only had time to use it....
If your local Michaels doesn't carry it (where you can use this week's 50% off coupon -- see my Hot Links section), you can order it from Scrapbook.com.
2. Vintage Picnic Baskets on Etsy: You know that Etsy is the go-to source for all things handmade. Did you know that many of the vendors also sell vintage goodies? I found this (pictured above) tin picnic pasket the other day. I need it. Neeeeeeeed it. I love picnic baskets. I'm envisioning this basket filled with a thermos of hot apple cider, a crunchy baguette and a ton of delicious cheeses as my family departs for some Fall letterboxing.
Or what about this one? Once warmer weather hits, you'll find the kids and I at the park several times a week. I have an amazing group of Mommies that get together at least once a week. I'd love to give them each a vintage picnic basket at the beginning of summer. There's nothing better than hanging out on a big blanket, gossipping with your friends while your kids run wild in the park.
We keep a red & white gingham picnic blanket & a picnic basket in the car at all times. The basket is loaded with a sharp knife, a small cutting board, napkins & silverware. If we're out & about, all we need to do is swing into a grocery store & we have our picnic ready to go. Most spring & summer weekends, we're out exploring the area with our kids. We letterbox, hit up national and state parks, and discover all of the little unique places the metro-DC area has to offer (some favorites include Caverns, Catoctin Wildlife Preseve & Calvert Cliffs State Park). I'd rather stop & give them a healthy meal than grab fast food. Keeping the picnic basket in the car allows us to do that.
Why not grab yourself an old fashioned tin picnic basket & get ready for warmer weather? Check out the other vintage tin picnic baskets available through Etsy here.