When my daughter turned 7 a couple of months ago, all she wanted for her birthday was a pink Nintendo DS. No problem, I thought, I just saw those at Target. Whatever I may or may not have actually seen at Target was nowhere to be found again. I spent a good two weeks making the rounds at the usual stores (yep...online too). When I finally found one, I was very happy.
I was even happier when I stopped at my pink thrift store on my way home and found one of those small hard-sided "going to grandma's house" little suitcases. I covered the case in red and white patterned paper, added a red gingham ribbon, vintage buttons, and a tag at the top tied with baker's twine. Ellen is not really wild about my sewing pattern stuff (a small form of rebellion I'm sure), so I added a transparent "Every child is an Artist" quote. The suitcase is now Ellen's art case...almost as good as a Nintendo DS.