When I read Molly's post on momformation dot com the other day about her plastic bag drying rack, I had to laugh. Just the previous evening I had written in my journal about what a pain in the behind it is to wash and dry Ziploc bags. Now I am either very sad or very fortunate that Ziploc bags cause me such trouble. Molly's drying rack did inspire me to make my own.
I've had these straight knitting needles for over twenty years. I haven't used them in years though, and they are now providing a much better service in my kitchen than in my hall closet, and I absolutely love this little milk jar (one day we will visit the Strauss Family Creamery). When not in use, I can store me baggy dryer under the sink, although I do enjoy it's presence on the windowsill.
And while I found a use for craft supplies in my kitchen, I also discovered a use for kitchen supplies in my crafting. Printing on fabric using freezer paper!
I thought I was a genius for figuring this one out, until I googled the technique and discovered this tutorial. Yes, it's been done before, and fortunately someone else has gone through the trouble of documenting the process. I can imagine all sorts of possibilities for printing on fabric - children's artwork turned into appliques, small pillows, quilt pieces. Mommy's artwork and Daddy's too, for that matter. My main purpose in printing on fabric was for embroidery, as my technique of tracing onto the fabric in pencil using the window as a light box didn't always work so well. In the future, I will make sure the original drawing I scan is finer in detail (i.e. sharp pencil or ball point pen, not a Sharpie).
Not bad for my first try, though. Does anyone want a gnome to embroider? I'll trade you for a Ziploc bag.