link love - 10.28.11

Happy Friday! I hope you all have wonderful Halloween-y things planned for the weekend. Halloween isn't one of my favorite holidays, which is strange because it's pretty tailor-made for us crafters and DIYers. I don't know - I've just always had a hard time getting into the Halloween spirit. But now that we have a little one I'm trying to embrace it a bit more. The next three days are filled to the brim with Halloween activities, and I've got a Halloween sandwich cookie recipe in the works that - if it works out - I'll post next week (along with pictures of the munchkin in her costume, of course!). Okay, that's enough Halloween talk - onto my favorite (non-Halloween) things I found this week...

  • Renske's Minimalist Tote Bag on Design*Sponge - I somehow missed this tutorial when it was posted last year, and came across it when I was searching Pinterest for an easy tote pattern to make for lugging all of Emma's stuff to daycare and back every day. We have a tote that works great, but the pattern of the bag is a little girly and since Jared does the drop off I'm trying to help him keep some street cred. That being said, this bag is not at all what we need (too small, no compartments for bottles) but I really love it. It's one of those rare DIY bags that I would actually buy in a store.
  • Hoopla on Always a Project - It seems like everyone I know is looking for better storage solutions, and these little fabric bins are a great option. And since embroidery hoops are very inexpensive and you can use scrap fabric, this project is super budget friendly.
  • Beef, Guinness and Mushroom Pies on Meals in Heels - Add this to the long list of things I can't wait to make once I can eat dairy again. Warm, savory, and delicious - a perfect dinner for a cold and rainy Sunday night. I'll take two bowls, please.