I’ve been Pen paling (yeah the snail mail way) since summer of 1994. I do still write to a couple of my original pals, as well as have some new ones. This year I thought of the idea of making a pen pal kit for a couple of mine. It’s a thoughtful gift, the box gives them something to lean on as well as store their paling supplies in, if they do not have a desk. Plus You can also (if you’d like) personalize the top of the box with a monogram, re-paint it or even use a nice tack paper on it especially if like me you use the good Cigar boxes. Sometimes you don’t even need to as some are nice enough looking.
Whatever your decision make sure you personalize it with some things they like as well as the sort of stationery they normally use (like Notecards, a writing tablet, or printer paper.) Include a pen, some stickers, and other assorted items.
Take a look at what I’ve included in mine.for my Pal Alisa (it was her 2016 holiday gift)
Sorry this cuts short
Instead of getting rid of those old jeans put them away to use for these darling if not daring projects!
What are they, one is a bib, a basket bucket and even a place mat with pocket for napkin and utensils. Let’s not forget the Denim Whale, I wasn’t aware blue whales came from denim! I also like the jeans with the British flag on it
Up the ottoman project to be storage! Use a pail of your liking to store your kids toys or anything that you may need to quick clean when pressed for time when company is coming.
I ‘sew’ want to make those place mats for cookouts!
This is a neat Idea for college students and those who just moved out on their own and a bit strapped for cash!
Why ever buy another wooden or magazine rack for even $3.99 and up. This one at most if you already bought a pair of sneakers or boots save the box… aside from that you just need to go to a dollar or discount store and get shelf lining paper (or tac paper) to decorate it and there ya go. Also the ones you buy in stores do not always fit the large magazines or other items you may need to fit in it.
also good to use as a craft tote just cut a handle into the top! a Quick toolbox for the essential hammer, wrench, screwdriver tape measure and some emergency fuses, flashlight, bulbs, screws, nuts bolts etc.
You can also adjust the design a bit so that instead of a ‘fanny’ or hip pack, You can make it into a leg pack. (I’ve seen a couple of the people on Face-off had them. This are good when you go out and you don’t want to carry anything other than your phone and a bit of cash and maybe make-up. Great for when you are at clubs, no one has to watch your purse. Also these are great for hunters for their ammo! or as a survival pack. Makes for a good masculine gift bag right from the heart!
May I suggest though the leather & vinyl totes are best to make into ones for use in the fall & winter if you want something for the spring and summer months use an old canvas (or other cloth) tote to make it out of.
I posted this mainly for the BBQ Organizer as I know its close to that time of year, so any jeans on their way out… cut out those pockets and save the legs.. (you can use those as part of the organizer.. say to keep the Grilling fork, spatula, & Tongs in!
ask friends and family for any jeans they are getting rid of (and if you have a good reasonable thrift store… you could always buy some jeans even children’s size pockets would come in handy for the straws, etc/
The pocket organizer gives a festive look to the decor of the party, and likely best placed on a main table (where you will have all the supplies & snacks or as I call it the Supply Buffet!