Josh spent the last week traveling, it was a last-minute and very long trip and oh my was it a rough one!
Our little guy is in some kinda 7mo sleep-regression/teething/I-dont-know-what and has decided that 3am is a great time for a feeding frenzy. I try my hardest to keep things positive when Josh is away, since there’s only so much he can do from LA and I love him too much to needlessly worry him. But I’m a terrible liar and he is very intuitive and I had several meltdowns. It rarely happens and I’m not proud of it, I’m still trying to navigate this whole “my husband travels a lot for work and I miss him like crazy” thing.
I do a lot of crafty projects while he’s away. In the last few months I’ve sewed a dress, pillows, handbags, hung new curtains, painted bookshelves, hung pictures and super cleaned and re-organized our apartment. Haha! You’re probably thinking “Get a life Abbe!”. I know, I know, it’s just that I have an infant and my options are limited, we get out of the house everyday (this is key to survival!) and I’m getting better about calling a friend to hang out with. I do a lot of what I call “Crafternoons” and sometimes “Crafter-nights”, usually during naps.
I picked up this Target tote bag for $2 and was originally going to cover it with pompoms or something equally childish (I really love unexpected accessories!) as I was brainstorming on the Pinterest I kept seeing these fun painted straw bags. Heres the link if you want to buy one for $195! As my mom always says “my creative juices were flowing!” and I figured if I goofed the whole thing up, I would only be out a couple of dollars. I will never not love a monogram so it called to me.
A little inspiration, it even has my initials so I think it was a sign…
And here’s my late night painting session, complete with empty Panera iced tea cup. I taped it off with duct tape (turns out, it’s the perfect stripe width) and painted on a black acrylic paint and a light blue paint that was left over from Hugo’s bookshelf (matchy-matchy). The monogram stencils were from Hobby Lobby. Let it dry between stripes to avoid smudges and give it a good day of air-drying before wearing it out. Done and done!
- This is the easiest project and so fun to do with any old straw bag! I do wish I’d picked one that was a tighter weave, it would have made the monogram and stripe sharper.
- I used a foam brush for the stripes (to get into the grooves) and a small artists brush for the monogram and to add the “dots” between the letters.
- You will want to slip a cardboard box into the bag to add stability while you paint.
- For monogramming, it would be so cute with your sweethearts initials or an “A♥️ J” or a nickname or whatever. I love creative personalization!