We have bags on top of bags tucked away in the pantry, in the kitchen, and even upstairs in unlikely places. They're very good compost containers; they make great wrapping paper for mail packages; these bags are the right everything for book covers. So why not actual books and covers, right?
I just picked up the remote to leave Seth Meyers in the dark 'cause he is so not funny, but that collection of pencils on his desk was reason to do a double take. The world has finally caught on to the re-hipness of pencils. Write on! The very idea is catching fire. I wonder how long it takes a pencil to burn. They're like micro logs with graphite centers. Does graphite burn? Hmm.
Oh wow. I'm not the only one to wonder. See?
"I tried to burn a bunch of 8B pencil lead in a gas flame the other day. None of it actually caught fire, but being made of carbon (in the form of graphite) should cause it to burn, as graphite is essentially purified coal. What temperature is required to set it burning, and is extra oxygen required?"
1 Answer: You have two problems.
Some talented graphic designer upped the value of the simple, boring paper food bag with some simple designs. Both side panels are enhanced. Oh, joy! It just feels like a female artist is responsible, huh?
And who wouldn't be tempted to follow the instructions to "recycle" these little darlings made from recycled paper? You don't even have to think hard before you're humming, and cutting-folding-pasting and feeling good.
A little special thread, a needle, and an awl are about all you'll need to assist a pair of scissors. Well, that's all you'll need unless you're into sequins, beads, and paper doilies. I'm not overlooking the dyed in the wool clever mail artists out there. Y'all can make my efforts seem 100 percent pre-schoolish. Ahem. And that's okay. I don't pretend to be anything other than what I am. Yet paper cement and bookbinder's glue help, and before you know it, you've forgotten the aches and pains, the lack of decent daytime television, and having been abed for over a week and a half. Well, more in bed than out but who's nitpicking? I get to sit on the patio and soak up sunlight in between entertaining myself. I feel like a kid home from school with a cold or tonsillitis. Books and crafts are good medicine. Try it next time you're confined. You'll hardly mind.
So. Lining the unadorned side of the bag works wonders, and transforms drab into dapper! Cuteness counts, but craftsmanship isn't the mistress here. Neither is planning. You just go for it. The art takes shape on its own; you're just the means to the end.
Things happen. Patterns repeat.
Stuffing is just as much fun. Flow is always better than a life raft, unless you're adrift at sea, in a leaking life raft, surrounded by sharks, out of sun screen and drinking water and your foot is bleeding. Even so, in the end you have to decide who gets one! Unless you keep it for yourself.