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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Buying a few minutes of peace through art

Coloring wallet by Bits N PiecesMy three-year old found a coloring wallet in his Easter basket this year. (I can't imagine what smart, pretty mama bunny put it there, ahem...) He hasn't stopped playing with it since.

Etsy abounds with traveling crayon organizers in all colors and sizes, but the coloring wallets from Yamhill, Oregon shop Bits 'n Pieces stand ahead of the pack. The tri-fold design keeps the crayons from marking up the notepad when it's closed. A center pocket provides a place to tuck his pictures after he's done drawing--a key element since we're usually away from the house when this is in use. And the fact that he can fasten the big button and elastic closure on the front all by himself (unlike tie closures) is a nice touch. Compact enough to carry with us in his backpack or my purse, it's gotten play in restaurants and doctor's offices. Thus sparing me the drama of corralling an energetic toddler who is tired of waiting.

Available in over two dozen different prints, it's a great item to stock in your gift closet for a last-minute birthday present.

$13 at Bits 'n Pieces, Etc.
Feeling crafty? Buy the coloring wallet pattern for $7

GIVEAWAY! Congratulations to The Allen Family!, winner of a Bits 'n Pieces coloring wallet!

166 contest entries:

MAC Mom June 3, 2009 at 12:49 AM  

I like the Children's Robert Kaufman's Sugar and Spice-Pink, Crayons and Paper Included.

jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

Coccinelle,  June 3, 2009 at 2:12 AM  

i would choose the Michael Miller Groovy Guitars print


Coccinelle,  June 3, 2009 at 2:12 AM  

I am already a subscriber!


MOMFOREVERANDEVER June 3, 2009 at 2:35 AM  


count me in

Everyone have a great week!Michael Miller Groovy Guitars print

Pam June 3, 2009 at 3:29 AM  

I would choose "the dinosaurs are coming" for my little dino-loving artist.

melacan at hotmail dot com

The Allen Family June 3, 2009 at 7:34 AM  

Baseballs or dinosaurs... I can't decide. Or guitars... hmm... maybe I'd get all 3.

ethnically ambiguous June 3, 2009 at 7:49 AM  

What a great idea! I like the Children's Coloring Wallet - On The Move Trucks

NGS June 3, 2009 at 9:36 AM  

I'd get the Alexander Henry Apples and Pears print! I think it would be a great thing for any diaper bag!!

Dj and Ashley June 3, 2009 at 10:32 AM  

Definitely love the Red Sock Monkeys wallet. My little guy's nickname is "Monkey." Perfect!

Terra H. June 3, 2009 at 12:00 PM  

I would choose On The Move Trucks. Thanks.

Kathleen W. June 3, 2009 at 3:47 PM  

These are the Cadillac of coloring wallets...seriously! And so reasonably priced.

My favorite is the Michael Miller Groovy Guitars pattern. This art teacher approves!

demmi June 3, 2009 at 7:11 PM  

Children's Coloring Wallet - Alexander Henry Baseballs, Crayons con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous,  June 3, 2009 at 7:38 PM  

I love the Apples and Pears design! mary(at)chirpandtweet(dot)com

Anonymous,  June 4, 2009 at 5:39 AM  

I would choose the Princess and Crowns.

Robyn,  June 4, 2009 at 8:01 AM  

I like the Bright and Bold Reptiles


Anonymous,  June 4, 2009 at 10:23 AM  

I like little forest friends. I would like to win this please. Thanks

mogrill June 4, 2009 at 4:13 PM  

The Alexander Henry Apples and Pears print is my fave. Thanks for the chance.

Kim,  June 4, 2009 at 4:32 PM  

Hard to choose... Hmm... I think the Wild Bandanas is just great!

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Kristie June 4, 2009 at 5:45 PM  

I would love the John Deere Tractors fabric!

khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

tatertot374 June 4, 2009 at 6:35 PM  

I like the Retro Bubbles
Thank you for the chance

Staci June 4, 2009 at 6:45 PM  

I love the Skulls design! Very cute!

Erin June 4, 2009 at 7:00 PM  

I like the red sock monkey cloth. Then either my son or daughter will like using it. Thanks!

Hana June 4, 2009 at 8:17 PM  

These are soooo cute! I would love to get the Little Trees wallet! Thanks for the chance to win!! Yay!

Nanalulu June 4, 2009 at 10:42 PM  

sock monkeys on red is cute as is the pirate one. My grandson would love one. Thanks for offering

Danetta June 5, 2009 at 6:59 AM  

I love the Dinosaurs Are Coming fabric. My son is crazy about dinosaurs so this would be the perfect one for him.

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Danetta June 5, 2009 at 6:59 AM  

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JJ June 5, 2009 at 8:59 AM  

I love the Red Sock Monkeys, or Owls, or Apples and Pears...there are a few more too!

facesarefunny June 5, 2009 at 11:03 AM  

I love the sock monkey fabric the best, but the pirates are a close second! This is a perfect treat for a car trip out west this summer with 6 year old Luke!

Heidi June 5, 2009 at 2:12 PM  

The John Deere Tractors would definately be the choice for our household!!

Whimsical Creations June 5, 2009 at 2:49 PM  

Love the Something To Celebrate fabric.

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Wehaf June 5, 2009 at 4:29 PM  

I love the bright and bold reptile print; I bet my niece would too!

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Chelsey,  June 5, 2009 at 7:54 PM  

The Wild Bandanas print is one of my favourites! Thanks for the giveaway. mybabyappleseed(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Michelle June 5, 2009 at 10:29 PM  

Happy Kitties would be perfect for my daughter! Thanks for the chance to win.

fcscheermom June 6, 2009 at 10:18 AM  

My favorite is the Children's Coloring Wallet - Happy Monkeys, Crayons and Paper Included
Thanks for the chance! These are great for restaurants.

Linda June 6, 2009 at 7:06 PM  

I really like the Alexander Henry Baseballs Design, this would be great for my grandson who loves to color and loves baseball!

Anonymous,  June 6, 2009 at 7:50 PM  

My guys love dinosaurs, so I would have to go with the dinosaur one.


Belinda M June 6, 2009 at 9:15 PM  

I would pick the Michael Miller Groovy Guitars

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Mrs. Olsen June 7, 2009 at 8:35 PM  

I like Butterflies, Dragonflies, and Flowers. rebolsen at gmail dot com

turnitupmom June 8, 2009 at 11:37 AM  

I like the Whimsical Butterflies too! We need something for those long waits in the doctor's office :) Thanks!

kissykat June 9, 2009 at 11:49 AM  

What a great idea to have the paper and crayons together like this, and an easy way for the littles to close and open themselves! I like the Alexander Henry Apples and Pears.

Anonymous,  June 9, 2009 at 6:53 PM  

I'd choose lavendar princess print. lanewindham1 at a o l dot com

LaVonne June 9, 2009 at 11:20 PM  

The Happy Monkey Fabric is the cutest. My daughter likes to see Monkeys on my pajamas, so I think she would love this.

paula h June 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM  

I'm torn between the Red Sock Monkeys and the Camouflage Lizards.


Toni C,  June 11, 2009 at 12:04 PM  

I love Michael Millar groovy guitars print for my little Nora

Tamra W. <3 June 11, 2009 at 12:10 PM  

Hi my name is Tamra...I really like the pretty butterflys fabric! its soo cute! my blog is

Our 5 Bunch,  June 12, 2009 at 3:57 AM  

My favorite is the Red Sock Monkeys.

Xenia June 12, 2009 at 11:52 AM  

I love the Alexander Henry Apples and Pears fabric, it's adorable. This would be so great for my daughter.


kathy pease June 12, 2009 at 3:20 PM  

i love the Children's Coloring Wallet - Something To Celebrate, Crayons and Paper Included

Tylerpants June 12, 2009 at 3:29 PM  

My fave is the On The Move Trucks! This is a great way to keep kids entertained!

Caro June 12, 2009 at 8:22 PM  

I would choose the Retro Bubbles.

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masonsgranny59 June 12, 2009 at 10:23 PM  

Children's Coloring Wallet - John Deere Tractors, Crayons and Paper Included:)


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