I love the library. Love, love, love it. Can you imagine getting locked in the library overnight? Alone, with all those BOOKS? You'd have to sneak in some snacks, but how wonderful would that be?
(And I know you're thinking I'd never be able to stay awake all night, but if I'm in the middle of a great book I can do it. I remember staying up until 3 or 4 a.m. just to finish a great novel. Of course I haven't done it much since having kids since there's no sleeping until 10 the next morning these days.)
Did you read The Crazy Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler when you were a kid? About the kids who lived in the museum and took baths in the fountains? Well, I always thought that would be an amazing adventure. But, maybe, the library--a really, really big one--would be a better place to get locked in.
Anyway. The library.
When I go to the library, I need a huge basket, a huge tote, or something huge to haul all my finds home again. We're talking stacks of books. And the girls are sort of the same way. They just keep piling the books in the basket because you can take home AS MANY AS YOU WANT. FOR FREE. It just doesn't get much better.
We'd planned to make some library totes, but then Audrey found a bag at Target she just loved. So she got it. (And took it to New York this week--it's in the pictures from the other day.) Emma's been holding out for a custom bag.
So she searched the stash the other day, came up with one bit of fabric she loved that wasn't nearly enough to make a bag. We headed to the store the other night, found some fabric that went with it, started drawing pictures of what a bag might look like, and came up with this:
It's a little big for her, but we wanted it to last a while.
We got out some Trader Joe's paper sacks (oh, to live again in a place where TJs is just down the road!), played around with sizes, created a basic pattern piece, and started cutting.
At the top of her list? Rounded corners on the bottom, a pocket on the front, and that button. For the inside, a pocket to hold pens and her library card.
After that, we just sort of made it up as we went.
We added another huge pocket inside that sort of divides the bag in half. And went with a wide strap to make it comfortable even when it's full of books. I'd show you inside the bag pictures, but they're really hard to take well.
Can you guess where we'll be going today? Even though we just went, I finished three books the other day and need something new. And Emma has a bag to debut at the library down the street!
(Anytime I point a camera at Emma, her hand pops onto her hip. Just like Barbie. Who always posed like that because her elbows were permanently bent. I'm just waiting for the other one to pop up and push back her hair while resting next to her head!)