Sunday afternoon at Tacklebox Girls Club

Josie, Eliza, and Lily are collaborating on the group apron.

Josie, Eliza, and Lily are collaborating on the group apron.

On Sunday, we kicked off our Tacklebox Girls Club Fall season, and our first project was a DIY watercolor tote bag. The gals spent an hour scribbling, doodling, and coloring on their cotton totes with Sharpie markers. We listened to music, brainstormed potential Halloween costumes, and joked with Eliza about her blue lipstick. 

Everyone's favorite part of the project was spraying their finished tote with rubbing alcohol. This method made the colors bleed in really magical ways, creating a watercolor look. Now everyone is ready to re-do their wardrobe! Just for fun, we added an apron to the mix.

 

 

 

 

A detail shot of Roxy's watercolor technique...

A detail shot of Roxy's watercolor technique...

We took a little break from the Sharpies, had a snack, and came inside the Tacklebox clubhouse for some quiet journal time. The girls were each given a welcome packet that included a journal and an embroidered, monogram ribbon. A little "thank you" for being our first group of club members.

Welcome to the club, girls! We are so happy to have you.

Welcome to the club, girls! We are so happy to have you.

I shared some of my journals with the girls and let them know that their journal is whatever they want it to be. I keep journals for art projects, grocery lists, weekly plans, and collage. We threw some gel pens, markers, and washi tapes in the middle of the floor, and turned on some soft music. (Thanks, Lily!) Some girls immediately decorated the covers, others made sections for DIY projects, recipes, thoughts, etc. A few of the girls needed a little more inspiration, so I suggested that they write their favorite word in the middle of the page and decorate around the word. What colors does this word inspire? What other words or phrases do you associate with the word? 

We ended our meeting with my favorite section, "Ask Rosie." Rosie is our little green Hermes typewriter, and she writes letters of advice to the girls who write questions and dilemmas to her. 

Rosie is named after my great-grandmother who was the best storyteller I ever knew. She was a woman who dressed however she wanted, loved bright colors and patterns, and made endless crochet teacups and quilts. 

Rosie is named after my great-grandmother who was the best storyteller I ever knew. She was a woman who dressed however she wanted, loved bright colors and patterns, and made endless crochet teacups and quilts. 



Dear Rosie,

My best friend’s birthday was last week and I went to her party at her house. I have been talking about how much I want my own cell phone for a really long time. She didn’t really care about having one. Her mom and dad gave her one as a birthday present, and it made me upset. It’s not fair that she has one now even though she wasn’t that excited. I feel bad for being upset but I can’t help it. What should I do?

Thank you,
Jealous Friend

Special thanks to Rosie for that wonderful advice. Jealous Friend, that's a question we all ask in life! Hope you've found a little peace with your problem. Can't wait to see the Tacklebox Girls Club members in a few weeks. Shout-out to Julia for baking that delicious pumpkin bread for us!