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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Creating a Pretty Life- It's In the Details {the tool bag}

I realize that "pretty" is in the eye of the beholder. But to my eye,
a traditional plastic or metal tool box isn't really the nicest thing to look at. If an opportunity arises to use something unique and personal instead of the obvious store-bought choice, I'm definitely going with unique! 

I picked up this vintage leather portfolio case at a thrift store for around $3.00, probably about six or seven years ago. It has been well used in a variety of ways over the years from holding files, carrying art and craft supplies {even on vacation} to storing important documents. 

For some time now, I have used it as my tool bag. I've tied a pretty vintage hankie that belonged to my grandmother onto a chunky leather strap that I added. I've always said I got my 'creative genes' from her, and I really enjoy having reminders of her around me. 

The shoulder strap was added {from a thrift store leather handbag} and works great when I need to tote the bag with me somewhere. 

I can fit all of the everyday tools I need to get to often in the bag. It's really helpful for a scatter-brained creator like me who tends to have stuff in all parts of the house! 

Yes, I do keep miscellaneous screws in a cute burlap bag. Why not?

There's just something about a worn leather bag that makes me happy. 
Yeah, I'm a weirdo like that :) 

There are so many ways to make the everyday details of life a little prettier, a little more special, a little more you.

Today, a worn leather bag and a sentimental hankie is working for me :) 

What are some of the ways you've made the items you work with in your home more suited to your personal style? I'd love to hear about it! 


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Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House


  1. What a great find! Love the look of the bag and what a great idea to convert it into a tool bag! I'm like you ... I have stuff stored in different areas of the house and then can't find those screws when I need 'em. This is the perfect solution and the bag is so pretty, too.

  2. What a cute idea. Love it! sally@cottagefix

  3. I love this idea. I keep my most used tools in a vintage picnic box on my dining room hutch. I love having my tools handy and like that know one would suspect all that hardware is tucked in such a pretty case.

  4. Jeanette,
    This is too cute. I would love a tool bag like this. I have to laugh because I have stuff all over the house too.
    Have a great Sunday.

  5. I love the bag and the idea behind using it as a tool kit! :)

  6. this is so cool! Love it! My toolbox is purple...and plastic :(

  7. Love the idea, so want to do this for my in home handy tools, this way they can tuck inside out of the way and slide into a closet or pantry adding charm and not ugly-ness !!
    You so come up with such creative ideas, your such a little problem solver while beautifying everything you touch.

    Beautiful month of June to you.


  8. Great post! Thanks for sharing this information. I gained quite a lot of knowledge after reading your blog thank you.

  9. I guess I'm a weirdo too then, cuz I love all kinds of worn leather bags! Great re-purposing! ~Ann
    Tarnished Royalty

  10. What a great idea, Jeanette! I pinned this on the Knick of Time party board here - Thanks so much for sharing it at the party!

  11. I love this so much Jeanette! Featuring you at Sundays at Home later today!

  12. Jeanette, this is so clever! I love using things in nontraditional ways, too! It keeps things interesting :)

  13. You are just about the most fashionable and crafty girl around for sure!! I love this idea and the bag!! I have my tools stuffed in a drawer in my kitchen, but I am on the hunt for a bag now! LOVE IT!

  14. Totally agree!!! 25 years ago, I coined my style, "Early American Flea Market" LOL! Who knew there was a whole world of kindred spirits out there that I would discover years later! I love your tool bag :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm glad to connect with you.


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