Homestead Tote

I made this little tote for my friend and fellow Craftster moderator, Missing Willow.

We're sending two packages to each other in our version of a popular Craftster swap called, "Make a Friend". We're sending one package that is all about ourselves. The idea is to share more about our lives including favorite foods, hobbies, where we live, etc. The second package will be focused on our partner and will be based on all of the fun things we learned about each other in package #1! This Homestead Tote was recently delivered as part of my first package to her.

You might be wondering what that odd paint blob is on the tote and what does it say about me. Well, that blob is a silhouette of the island I grew up on in the Puget Sound. It is a beautiful place and, while I wouldn't have admitted this when I was 18 and dying to get to the big city, it was the perfect spot to grow up.

While I haven't lived there for 15 years, it remains an important location for me. My parents live in the same home I grew up in (marked by the red felt heart on the tote) and I'm fortunate enough to have close island friends that I've known since preschool. Jake, the dogs and I visit as often as we can and always appreciate the slower pace of life, the sense of community and the lack of traffic noise :).

I was happy to share a little more about myself with my swap partner and now with all of you!

I hope you're all well! Things at the day job are really picking up so I might be a bit more scarce than usual for the next few weeks. I'll be popping in as much as I can though. Have a great week!


Duni said...

That's an amazing little bag.What a fab idea to print the island where you grew up. Love the heart detail :) Sounds like a fun crafty project!

Memories for Life said...

What a cute tote and what a fun idea to paint your island on there! Your partner will love it and love telling where she got it :)

Erica said...

How have I not heard of Craftster?! I must go check it out.

It's funny how we miss the places where we lived when we were kids, even though at the time all we can think about is growing up and leaving. Such a sweet and sentimental bag. :)

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

What a fun swap idea! I participated in one recently where a group of Etsy sellers traded their old/slightly goofed inventory. It was a fun way to clean out the office and get some new things in return.

Anonymous said...

That's so neat! That never even occurred to me that that would be a think, haha. How cool! I'm sure you really have a very specific culture then:)

Jenelle said...

I know that blob! :) Lately I've thinking more and more about living out on the islands at some point. It does seem like a great place to raise a family, but still be within commuting distance of the city. I love that this tote also has kind of nautical feel (very appropriate!).

Leslie Andersen said...

Great tote and a great way to share your story!

Additionsstyle said...

What a great bag, and awesome way to tell your story! The Make a Friend swap is such a great idea, and a fun way to get to know someone.
Everyday Inspired

craftmates said...

Love this tote!

rubyslipperz said...

What a cool, inspiring bag! As with many of your thoughts are jumping. =) What a great gift to give someone...with a shape of their home state or?

You have so many great ideas!


waggonswest said...

That is a fantastic bag. I love the little heart.

McDolan said...

I LOVE IT!!!! I would LOVE one of those super lovely bags, with the heart by KVI :) . Just LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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Patricia said...

I love the tote and the sentiment that goes with it!
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Pamela Fields said...

Mareth, what a fun swap and I love the bag! Small towns, my husband loves to say our MS small hometown is a great place to be from! But you are right, there is something so relaxing about that slower pace. Happy Valentine Day! :)

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