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Rice, Rice Baby

October 8th, 2010

When ever I go to Ikea I “flat shop” - I pick out my favorite showroom as if I’m going to live there (kinda like Mark). Last April I fell hard in love with this “flat”:
My IKEA fantasy flat (MIFF) - my MO FAUX HOme

I especially loved with the colors in the showroom and that quilt… navys, lt. blues, pinks and reds. AND WHO KNEW that at that very moment when I was playing my own little version of House Hunters International - Bari was putting her finishing touches on her now current line, Country Lane… in navys, lt. blues, pinks and reds. Bari knew, that’s who. #sobarigenius! Maybe Bari was channeling me? 

Next thing I know… there’s little Country Lane tiny treats totes birthing themselves right out of my sewing machine.
Tiny Treats

Eight fun little Country Lane tiny treat bags. My machine feels like Octomom.
Tiny Treats

Next stop Bari’s booth at Fall Market - and now Bari is #tinytoteoctomom.
Tiny Treats

I have an addiction for making bags, and an empty plastic-ishy rice bag called to me.
Rice, Rice Baby

Inside my Birkin Nishikin’ bag, I made some poochi corners to make my bag pooch.
Rice, Rice Baby

I added a fabric strap (Moda’s Chez Moi line from a few years back), folded the top edge of the bag over it (with the ends tucked under the fold), top stitched it. I then flipped the strap over the the fold and top-stitched the top edge.
Rice, Rice Baby

Love the window on the bag - and the little treasure I see hiding.
Rice, Rice Baby

How darling is my treasure! It’s a Matryoshka from Emily of Ravenhill - all the way from Norway.  Emily makes and sells her freaking adorable little Matryoshkas in her Esty shop - but she and I swapped some goodies with each other - and I got the way better end of the deal.  Way.  Better.  End.  Of.  The.  Deal.  And how darling is she in her Lecien Flower-Sugar outfit!
Rice, Rice Baby

I suppose I better get crackin’ on another bag… one for my Matryoshka baby…

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41 Responses

  1. The fabulous Mary on Lake Pulaski allegedly said:

    Oh OctoMom - more beautiful things out of your creative hands! You rule!

  2. The fabulous amylouwho allegedly said:

    Awesome tinytoteoctomom! Or whatever you called it! I’ve missed your blog! Trying to catch up. Love the rice bag too. I buy big bags of Jasmine rice at Costco with a cute elephant on it. Maybe I should save the next one and upcycle it. I’m getting ready to stuff my little Santa Gnomes! xo

  3. The fabulous Busty LaRue allegedly said:

    Love your rice bag! Sometimes I forget that things like that can be used to make really great other things. Thanks for the reminder that we can craft using anything!

  4. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    All bags should have a little peep window, don’t ya think? And I heart the flat at Ikea too. Now you just need to make the quilt and you will feel right at home.

  5. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    Octomom…..hmm, when you’re ready for your own stunt sewer I have that bag pattern down!

  6. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    I just saw the other day in a magazine where a girl made bags from dog food bags. Too cute. And very clever.
    I love the little tote bags, I made several for my customers first block in the Aunt Grace block of the month. Tooooo cute. Thank you for the great pattern.

  7. The fabulous Megan allegedly said:

    Eeek! Every time I visit your corner of blogland I am overwhelmed by the cuteness of it all! You do realize that you could throw a party in your IKEA flat, right? We could all bring tasty treats and some poor maintenance crew would have to do all the clean up. It’s a pretty sweet set-up.

  8. The fabulous pam allegedly said:


  9. The fabulous grace aka katmom allegedly said:

    I LUV IKEA,,,,good thing the nearest one is on the West side of the state over in the Seatle area…lol!
    love your ‘octototes’,,,lol!

  10. The fabulous DianeY allegedly said:

    Love your rice bag! It would be a big favorite in Hawaii!

  11. The fabulous Lizzy allegedly said:

    I’d really like it if your sewing machine would birth some tiny treats Castle Peeps bags…

    just saying.

  12. The fabulous Karin allegedly said:

    8 times cuter than cute! I think you should throw a party in the flat and use the little totes as party favors! I’ll bring the brownies!!

  13. The fabulous Sivje Parish allegedly said:

    Oh I love the bags. And the little Matryoshka doll is so darling. I love to see all of Emily’s dolls. I keep hoping to see one with a name I recognize.

    Your bags will be the hit of Quilt Market!

  14. The fabulous sarah allegedly said:

    oh so tiny and so cute I love the little bags

  15. The fabulous simone allegedly said:

    Did you ever show your sewing room (5th picture) in a magazine? I would just love to sit in that rooms for hours. I don’t think I would ever get bored.
    Lovely bags!
    Have a great weekend! xo

  16. The fabulous Kim allegedly said:

    I am just happy the closest IKEA is 2 hours away or I would be in big time DEBT….. LOVE your little treat bags. I ran out to get the magazine so I would have the pattern!!! :o)

  17. The fabulous Karin allegedly said:

    There is always a room at Ikea that I want to live in! I’ll be there on Monday getting the perfect little table and chairs in pale grass green for my little granddaughter. Who cares if she’s only two weeks old! She needs it. ;)
    Love the Octototes. Wow, say that five times fast! lol The rice bag is awesome. I made a tote from an old cat food bag to use to carry dirty clothes when traveling. I had washed it out but it still smelled like seafood medly. It never got used.
    I hope you have a lovely weekend, Monica.

  18. The fabulous Julie allegedly said:

    So totally cute! Love the poochi corners.

    Love the idea of throwing a party in your favorite IKEA room. Do you think the kids would go for it as a b’day theme?!

    And can I just tell you how much I love-love-love your studio? Just soaking up the inspiration…


  19. The fabulous Leona allegedly said:

    I too have an Ikea addiction. (the first step is admitting you have a problem… ) Ikea is the only place that makes me wish to live in a 400 square foot flat with a loft bed.

  20. The fabulous Tabitha O. allegedly said:

    THANKS a lot now I have THAT song in my head….I have never been to an IKEA store SNIFF…I am loving those little bags but your rice bag is the stuff of legends woohoo great idea and a cute little window too

  21. The fabulous Judith Hogan allegedly said:

    Ikea is the greatest. Unfortunately, we don’t have one here in Victoria so have to take the ferry to Vancouver where there are, not one, but two stores!
    Your little bags are so sweet. I love the bright fabrics.

  22. The fabulous Michele C allegedly said:

    Fun day at IKEA. I have several of Emily’s babies and love them all!

  23. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    ok, i am just in awe and overwhelmed with all this happy zombie creative cool stuff… enough that i see an adorable craft room on your FB, you are so darn talented and FUNny! do you sell these wonderful creations? i am going to show bev (of beverly’s crafts & fabrics) your fun blog, they have 21 stores in california and i’ve done their advertising for over 20 years. you’re a hoot!!

  24. The fabulous Natalie VV allegedly said:

    Once again: In awe.
    I bow before your awe-some-ness.

  25. The fabulous pat sloan allegedly said:

    i covet pottery barn rooms!

  26. The fabulous Wrennette A. allegedly said:

    Oh, my, you ALWAYS give me such a ‘thrill’. I’m serious. I am always disappointed when you are away or doing other things. I’m another person who discovered Jenny at Allsorts..and saw your name and then ‘discovered you’…so I had TWO WINNERS. I love your little totes, of every season, your little pockets…in Sweet…your kitchen…your precious sewing and creating room…your Christmas Trees….and your Goldens…your personal tour thru the Olympics..(I thought only I LOVED THE OLYMPICS AS MUCH AS ME)..anywho…I am congratulating you on your latest creations..and thanking you for every single thing you have ever done and put on your BLOG that I have been able to view. smile P.S. And not to be left out..your fantastic Christmas Fabric..oh, the colors…FAN-TAB-U-LOUS MangeTak

  27. The fabulous Shirlene allegedly said:

    Love the little tote pattern. I have made several (so fast) and everyone I have given them to loves them. Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas!

  28. The fabulous Julia allegedly said:

    *squeal* love your bags…all of them…can you spare one or two :)?
    hugs, julia

  29. The fabulous Corinne allegedly said:

    The bags are cute. I went out and bought the fabric to make about 30 tiny bags for Christmas. Plus I bought Halloween fabric for 3 bags for Halloween. Thanks for the pattern.

  30. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Oh fer cute! And Emily’s little doll is just perfect for you. Can’t wait to see your little bags at market — and hopefully YOU!

  31. The fabulous Michelle allegedly said:

    I snorted when I read your post title. Love the tinytoteoctomom bags!!!

  32. The fabulous mary allegedly said:

    I love your “flat”! And the bags are adorable!

  33. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    I want to spend the night in Ikea, play with everything and eat all the food in the cafeteria. Your tiny bags are so cute! Can you hear my voice squealing? Love ‘em! Pam in Chico

  34. The fabulous Sarah Fielke allegedly said:

    Hey, they have that same flat in Ikea in Sydney! You could totally come and live here!

    Who do I bribe to get you to make From Little Things totes?? :-)

  35. The fabulous mo allegedly said:

    Adorable! I want to make a garland out of them and fill them with candy! Then I would hang it over a door and everytime I hit it with my head and candy fell out, I would have to eat them.

  36. The fabulous bari allegedly said:

    Thanks, Monica! You are da’ bomb!!! Can’t wait to see you at market! Best,

  37. The fabulous Gina allegedly said:

    Your blog is so FUN to read! I love browsing it over and over. What is the color and brand of your beautiful yellow paint in your studio?


  38. The fabulous alexia allegedly said:

    Oh that rice bag is so cute!!! What a great idea!

  39. The fabulous nanette allegedly said:

    I bought one of her matryoshkas a while back. It is so cute. I love her work. Love your little BariJ bags. Navy is big in fashion right now so it seems that it will be big in housewares/quilts, too.

  40. The fabulous Angie allegedly said:

    I’m like Pam- I fantasize about being “stuck” at IKEA for the night! It would be so fun to explore and lay on the beds and pick a favorite flat to live in for one evening! I might have to pick several, I can never choose a favorite. There was a guy back east that got to live at IKEA for several days (with IKEA’s permission of course) and I think he either filmed it or blogged it. I wonder which one he picked?

    The bags are adorable! You always make me laugh with your posts. And I was looking through your sidelines on your blog, how did I miss the Norwegian Curling Pants Bag? Oh my. I liked those pants too!

  41. The fabulous Natalie VV allegedly said:

    Oooh… what photo fancyness is the Zombie dabbling in, I wonder?

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