Benjamin's Pencil Case

Now that it's summer holidays I've been spending most of my craft time helping my kids craft. Yesterday we made the big trek out to Abbotsford to go to Michaels and stock up on some craft materials.

Earlier this week Benjamin decided he needed to make a pouch. (After seeing my pouches. Just a little more 'boy' than those.)
Benjamin picked out all the fabrics, cut the 2" squares with my rotary cutter and stitched them all together. He also quilted it with fancy stitch. I put the pouch together.

He also took the photos so I could post it on my blog. He's my child that needs to be kept busy or he'll get very annoying in a hurry. At Michaels he bought some shading pencils and nice Gel pens for himself so that's what he's using his pouch for.


Painting is an outside summer activity for our family. That way all the mess stays outside and the table and sidewalk can just be sprayed off. Our new back yard is shady most of the day (unlike our old house which was south facing.)

Melissa bought a big paint-by-number project. Big for her anyway. But she is my persistent one so I think that she will get it done in good time. I told her that if she finished it I would frame it and hang it in her room.

Here is the other reason that painting outside is a good idea. He had fun though.

How do you craft in the summer? Do you slow down? Do you craft with your kids?


  1. I slow down in the summer... a lot! I don't know if I remember how to thread my sewing machine any more. :) My little one is too little for crafts, but when she is old enough, I'll be crafting with her for sure.

  2. for me crafts are hit and miss...with the kids they just like to something once in awhile...this is a great idea to keep it all outside. i wish i was so lucky to have a shady backyard all the time. right now Ave is busying herself with some hand sewing.