Reusable Shopping Bags

I’ve been putting off buying any cloth shopping bags thinking I’d just
make some, but today I went ahead and bought a couple. I loved being
able to fit everything into two easy to carry bags rather than juggling
5 or more plastic bags and my almost two year old and not having to
worry about a bag breaking on me.

I
know I’m going to need at least one or two more for bigger shopping
trips. I’d like to make them, but I was also wondering if most of the
bags they sell at grocery stores and discount stores are all about the
same, or if any are better than the others.

Has anyone here used
a few different ones that they’d like to share opinions on? What do you
look for in a good shopping bag? What makes one more convenient than
another, and is there anything you’d change to make them better?

Also, anyone know of stores that offer discounts for bringing your own bags?

ABC’s

My son is almost two and knows all the letters of the alphabet. I’ve been working with him to learn the song. Some of his pronunciation is a little off. For example, the letter “W” sounds a whole lot like “butt hole”.

Cracks me up every time, especially since the word “butt” is off limits in our house.

Compost

I’ve been researching ways to make a simple compost bin and found a promising version using a big plastic storage tub. Here’s the link, if anyone is interested in it: http://myskinnygarden.blogspot.com/2007/07/homemade-composter.html

If anyone has any other ideas or suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

Red and Blue Trifold Wallet

Opened, this wallet measures just over 4in by 8.5in. The lining is a thrift store find, so I’m not sure of the exact fabric make up, but I think it’s a cotton blend with one side that’s really shiny. You have to touch it to tell that it’s not vinyl or some other waterproof material. The outside is a new fabric remnant, so I don’t know the exact fabric make-up of it either, but it’s a heavy material, similar to canvas or a lightweight upholstery fabric.

The wallet has six card pockets and one large pocket at the top for cash. I haven’t decided if I’ll add a closure, and if I do, I’m not sure if it will be Velcro or a snap closure. The far left set of pockets is a bit wider than the other four, so it would be pretty easy to put the closure there and not sacrifice the pocket space.

I need to learn more about different types of fabrics so I can more accurately describe anything I make. I love using second hand material, but I have no idea how to label it.