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  1. Since having kids, and for a year or two before having kids, I became obsessed with picnics. I love this idea! And I like your suggestions based on the amount of time you have. You can certainly do more details as time goes on.

    Personally, I obsess with perfection to my detriment. I am not careful enough to justify this. I rarely measure and remeasure, yet I want it to be perfect. I’m not patient when I cut, yet I want a straight line. I’m trying to see the beauty in things that I make and aren’t perfect, but it’s hard, hard work. One way I let myself come to terms with what I’m making is to change my expectation from store quality to done. It works 95% of the time. (And, to be honest, when I start up a new craft, I start to notice the imperfections in the mass-produced stuff, so my quality is usually better anyway.)

    • Oh, Ann, I can so relate. And I think there is value in careful work, in learning a craft deeply and precisely; I’ve just had to admit to myself that I can’t do ALL things in that careful, practiced way. I can be passionate about a few things, and learn to do them as well as possible, and everything else I have to be content to enjoy at a more novice, get-it-done level.

      But I think there is joy to be found in imperfection, too. It just takes a little more effort to embrace it, sometimes. :)

  2. Love the way the stripes give the basket a nice nautical theme. My kids are quite enthralled with stickers right now so I think we may do some decorating with those.

    • Stickers, so fun! Great idea.

      I love nautical –it’s classic and patriotic without being over-the-top. And stripes are easy to paint. So there’s that. 😉

  3. Oooh I like! I live in the British Isles so we don’t celebrate Fourth of July here, but the island I live on does celebrate Liberation Day every May 9th. It’s when we celebrate our freedom from the occupied forces at the end of WW2. We have the same red, white and blue colour theme thanks to the union jack so these picnic crates will work perfectly and until then they can double up as toy boxes in my nautical themed play area!

    • Nautical themed play area, be still my heart! :)

      I wanted to use my crates all year round, so I was aiming for red-white-and-blue but not TOO Fourth-of-July. I’m glad the ideas work for you!

    • I’m in the US, but I did a British themed nursery (spent several years there as a child, so I already had several touristy/UK child appropriate things.

      I love the idea of doing this and using it for a toy box in my baby’s room, the red, white, and blue would certainly fit in!

  4. I love the family crate. When I saw the first picture I thought that must have been done by a professional sign writer or something like that. I can’t believe it is so easy to do that from your own computer! Definitely giving that a try!

    • Isn’t that a cool technique? I love how it turned out. Now I want to make wood-print sorts of gifts for everyone I know! Maybe next Christmas… 😉

    • I love weekend projects that can really be finished in a weekend! This one definitely can. Most of mine end up spilling over into the next week… but isn’t that what Mondays are for, really? 😉

  5. This is the cutest idea I have seen in a while. And the crates are heavy enough that they will not fall over in the car like many baskets tend to do.

    • Yes! Crates are great for bigger groups, too– we can fit everything we need without worrying about the bottom falling out of the basket from the weight of the food. :)