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Monday, August 20, 2012

A Tale of Two Totes, or Three


At a garage sale in May I got this heavy wood tote for a buck.
Didn't need it, but it was only a buck.
I may have a tote addiction, it's not like this is my first one.



Before

The tote was already white when I picked it up, then I painted it more white with some ASCP in old white, which was really the new white as far as the old tote was concerned.

In March I had found a post from Angie over at KnickOfTime with a *Bliss's* seeds graphic.
As soon as I saw the Bliss part I knew I had to put it on something.



I printed out the graphic in reverse on wax paper, wet the sides of the tote and put the graphic on.  Since by now you all should know I hate typing out tutorials, especially when I basically follow the tutorial of someone else, so it should come as no surprise that I'm not posting a tutorial. The wax paper method can be found all over blogland, but this is the tutorial I used here

Then the tote sat some more.  From May till the end of August to be exact.  In it's very white-unsanded-unwaxed-but-with graphic-on-form,  I used it on the table with flowers in it.  I remember taking the pictures but can't find them.


This weekend I got out the dark wax, some stencils, and finished the tote.  I did this to justify why I have several more totes in the garage.  As if to say to the world, I will finish those totes someday too.

 I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it.  I will probably use it this fall with leaves and fall stuff in it.  Like this tote;

Think I picked this up for a buck at Goodwill in spring.  I don't have a before photo.  Well I do, but can't find that one either.  It was all sorts of colors.



I painted it old white, added some metallic orange and waxed it with dark wax.  All the totes were sanded with steel wool for the extra scratchy look.  Like this tote turned dog feeder;

This tote was a guest post I did for Linda @ItAllStartedWithPaint.  You can see the before photo over on her blog.

These are just a drop in my tote bucket.  I told you I might have an addiction.

Toting my totes to party at:
UnderTheTableandDreaming 
Make it Pretty @TheDedicatedHouse 
Twisted Party @ DebbieDoos 
Cowgirl Up @CedarHillRanch 
Wildly Original Party @IGottaCreate




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48 comments :

  1. Bliss,

    I love your totes and I just love you and your blog ... you always make me smile with your posts... I love that you have a tote addiction.. Keep on totin! =)

    Carri

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  2. loved the tote and the bliss was perfect....all great but it is the writing that makes me smile....have a good day

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  3. Tote-tastic Mrs. B.
    Love the stencilling and the great graphic.

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  4. Totes Amazing!!! You might have to start a support group, I don't know. I've bought the freezer paper to try the method out but haven't used it in a year. Time to get on that, I'd say. I need a hobby...right? Kid in college..that's how it goes you say?

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  5. I am a tote girl too! Thanks for passing along the freezer paper transfer DYI! Great idea to use steel wool to sand!
    Please join us for TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS, my weekly linky party. Your project would be perfect to share! Linky goes live tonight (Wednesday) at 8:00 pm. Hope to see you there!
    I could think of a thousand things to do with those great totes!

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  6. Bliss...one thing we can always count on selling out of in the shop are the totes. You are so trendy!

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  7. they are all so cute and unique! love the pet food one!

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  8. Love the totes...particularly the pumpkin one! I'm such a sucker for anything with pumpkins on it!! I really need to dig out my old tool tote and do something with it! You've inspired me with your awesome ones!

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  9. Repeat after me, My name is Bliss and I am a tote-a-holic. See? That was easy!!! Love your totes, esp the pumpkin one. So cute!

    Cheers!

    ps could be worse. You could be addicted to those damned clearance bins like I am :)

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  10. Looks great. I have several of these too. I made mine to use in the studio for moving paint around and to hold paint brushes and tools.

    Love the dog dish one!

    Holly

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  11. Well I must say I'm in love with your tote #1 tote #2 and tote #3! Tote #2 will look adorable all decked out for fall. I just posted a new post...let me know if you get the email...Thanks, Gail

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  12. Who can have enough totes? Love them all!

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  13. I'm probably the only person around all these crafty bloggers that didn't know the wax transfer method. Thank you Bliss - I'm going to try it for sure. This week. Oh wait, make that after I get groceries, don't have wax paper. Oh wait, my mom across the street probably has some.

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  14. I love them all especially that last one, too cute!!

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  15. I love your new tote. I wish I was lucky enough to find one for a buck!

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  16. I foresee a huge drop in the sale of those plastic pumpkins for trick or treating. All the trendy blog children will be carrying ASCP painted totes this year. :@

    The Bliss tote really does have your name all over it!

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  17. I just got one at a goodwill and had no idea what to do with it! Maybe some sort of crayon holder? Please keep finding these and fixing them up so I can steal your ideas.

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  18. A buck sure goes a long way:) I love it Bliss and can see it filled with all kinds of Fall goodies.

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  19. I think you did an excellent job on al 3 totes! Totes are kind of handy & versatile, so why not go tote crazy?

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  20. Fabulous. The Bliss graphic is perfection -- way to rock a tote (or three)!
    xo Heidi

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  21. great totes Bliss! I'm loving them these days! I hope that they are good sellers at my ONE craft show. Yep, I do one a year in October.

    Love yours!

    gail

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  22. Addiction or no, some things are just meant to be and that tote is perfect now!

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  23. I love totes too! So much so that instead of waiting to find them randomly at sales, I just make my own :) Maybe I shouldn't have said that...might give you some ideas and feed that addiction of yours!

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  24. Love the work on all your totes. One can never have too many totes!

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  25. Bliss,
    I have a wooden box problem. I love them. I can't help it. I love the shabby ones, the tacky ones, the old ones, not so much the new ones-unless they are hand made. Then I love them too. I remake them and reline them and repurpose them. I have an old silverware box that I want to find metal bird feet for. I already have the handle to add to it. It's nice to know that it's not just me. And now I have an idea for a new post. I'll talk about my wooden box addiction....I mean "collection".

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    1. Yes, we need a "collection" support group.

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    2. I think admiting there might be a problem is the first step....

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  26. Love the one with pumpkins! Too perfect for the ever rapidly approaching fall!

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  27. Cute collection. I have been thinking about making a few of these to re start my herb garden. Coming to you from the hop.

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    1. Thanks for stopping over. An herb garden would be so cute and useful in a tote. Great idea.
      ~Bliss~

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  28. I want all of them and Murphy would love to eat and drink from such an awesome tote! You can never have enough totes or baskets or silverware or well you get it!
    Debbie

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  29. Great tote! I would probably have a tote problem, too, if I saw them for a buck!

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  30. Girlfriend, you've been BUSY! That tote that says "Bliss" on it is FABULOUS! Only YOU would find the absolutely PERFECT transfer for your tote! And the dog tote?! When you told me about it, I wasn't certain what you meant but now, of course, I need to make one for Martha! (She'll think that I've gone off the deep end but that won't surprise anyone else around here!) Well done, lady! xo

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  31. Okay, so my late entry into the tote foray was not all that uncommon then? hehe. I know what you mean... it's like, if you work on one of 27, then it's okay if you continue to collect more. Right? Good! Because that is how is rationalize it too :) Sounds like a plan!!

    Love the pet feeding station! That is super cute.

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  32. Heck, there are much worse things to be addicted to, so tote on! So glad you were able to put my Bliss graphic to such a cute use!

    Blessings,
    Angie @ Knick of Time

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  33. Those are so popular right now. You did a great job transforming yours into something really pretty! You certainly can't beat the price either.

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  34. You need a tote intervention - and I'm just the girl to take them off your hands! What are friends for?!
    Kelly

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  35. Love your totes! Wow, change a few letters in "totes" and that could have been really inappropriate. You know I would never.....

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  36. I love them all! Especially the first one! You are a tote genius, the all look great :)

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    1. Genius might be pushing it some, according to my family that would be pushing it a lot!

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  37. Love the Bliss graphic! Your totes are cute and I love the dog feeder tote!

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  38. Thanks for linking up Miss Bliss!

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  39. Bliss ... you have such the most creative ideas. Love the Bliss seed crate.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com
    Timeless Treasures.

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  40. You can never have too many totes. I'm trying to prove it, too. :)
    I love the graphic on the side! It's great when you find one that means something to you.

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    1. The only one that's filled is the dog's bowls in his tote.
      Bliss

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  42. Great totes and so useful too. I like the H20 one the best.

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