A couple weeks ago, a terrible thing happened.

My beloved notions bag with all my favorite tools completely disappeared. 

To make matters worse, I didn't have any backups except for child safety paper scissors and scrap yarn. All my second choice tools were in the same bag as my favorites, leaving no designated survivor in case of tragedy. I was completely beside myself with distress. The idea of replacing everything was completely impossible since so many of my favorite things were unique and one of a kind tools carefully currated over the years.


I tore apart my bedroom. The family room was tossed. My car was actually cleaned out in the hunt for my notions bag. All to no avail. I couldn't find it anywhere. I was pretty sure it fell out of my purse while out and about the previous weekend. The notions bag was taller than my actual purse, so I kept my purse unzipped to accommodate. At one point during the weekend, the purse got upended and it was probably there in the restaurant that the notions bag was lost.  

Needless to say, it awkward to call the restaurant and say, "Yeah, did anyone turn in a pink and gold unicorn pencil pouch filled with gold rings, scissors with a tassel, a tape measure, and other odd things?"

Of course, the answer was no. 

By Monday, I had given up hope of ever seeing it again. As a last resort, I asked one of my kids if they had seen it and their answer was "Uh, yeah. It's in the bathroom on top of the dryer".

Clearly, I need to do laundry more frequently. And before you ask -- no, I don't know how or why it was there to begin with. 


I resolved to never take my favorite notions out of the house EVER AGAIN. I took out all my second favorite tools from my beloved pink and gold unicorn bag and was delighted to discover they fit in an Altoids like tin. Sharp scissors, a bit of scrap yarn, stitch markers, darning needle, and a tape measure fit snuggly without having to play tetras and that tin slides perfectly into my purse.

Topping the tin with a mermaid sticker I've been hoarding was the perfect way to make it clearly mine. And a good reminder that "no" is a complete sentence. But that's another blog post for another day.