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jack‘s field bag

my field bag!

alice’s field bag

leisa’s sketching stuff

noah’s field bag

gerrick’s field bag

fionna’s nature bag

For detailed information about our field bag contents, click on each photo to visit each person’s flickr or blog!


ready for a nature walk

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Reader Comments (22)

I love these. I'm using your Make a Field Bag from Recycled Clothing idea today - thanks for the inspiration!

February 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpeggy

this is wonderful for me to see - my daughter is 3 and i'm already gathering ideas for her future field bag.

stumbled this! :)

February 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermaya | springtree road

Hey Lori,

I eyeballed each set of contents and tried to pack accordingly for our birdwatching expedition. However, we didn't even use half the things we brought - go figure.

++++ alis

February 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlis

These are fantastic! I'm planning for our summer already and trying to get these put together for my girls. What inspiration! I'll have to let you know when I get ours done.

February 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

wonderful story - very inspiring! Now I have to run and see if I can make a nice bag oout of old pants and then see if I can fit my things in ;)

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNina / Apple-Pine

thank you, peggy! i want to see it when you’re done! :^)

thank you, maya! :^D)

alis — that’s good, though, right? you can pack less next time! ;^)

i am going to have to show my fishing vest at some point. it is so embarrassing and nerdy. i put everything in my pockets instead of carrying my bag – it distributes the weight so nicely! ;^)

sarah, wonderful, please do show me! :^)

nina, share when you are done! ;^D

February 16, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

These are inspiring. What great photos!

I have to say that I'm a dunce when it comes to field bags. I look at other's bags and feel like I am missing something. However, after years of packing all kinds of things, then either carrying my bag and never opening it, or deciding to leave it behind in the van, I've concluded that "all I need is my eyes, and ears, and mind". It doesn't make for a good photo! Part of me feels a little broken here. It must be a personality thing I guess - Artist Girl does pack a bag and she actually opens it and uses it. And my mom and sister always carried bags and put stuff in and out. So, I could take a photo of my bag and what I put in it, but it would be a sham because I prefer to only take my mind, or to stuff my pockets. I guess what I need is one of those vests with tons of pockets!

Hey, thanks for helping me to think of this :-)

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison Kerr

Oh, lovely! Reminds me I need to get off the computer and do something with our river-collection bags.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

Ready to add some art supplies to our bag... for the spring! Will it ever come?

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

This is one fabulous blog. Great kits.

February 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfred's scratchings

alison - ok, ok, we’ll compare vests of many pockets! ;^)

deb, i want to see that when you’re done! i’m taking a net bag the next time we go to the beach. :^)

dawn, no excuses -- you must go out into the snow. ;^) you can look for buds.

thanks, fred!

February 17, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

Thanks Lori, I feel so included and vindicated now. Only one problem, I might have to sit down with my sewing machine and make a vest so that I don't look foolish. Add that to the list...

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison Kerr

Hi Lori thanks for putting up my picture I have been at the beach and brought back some interesting rock collections I will show you on my flickr soon Alice x i liked having a nosy in the other bags

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlice and Jane

this bling is just too much. I'm going to put together a field bag, if only for the joy of collecting these luscious ingredients. (I took architectural drawing in college just because the supply list was so tantalizing -- big mistake as it turned out.) I'd love the specs on your tiny lidded watercolor set, Lori. and boy, do I ever love double-sided tape! -- how have you used it in the field? xo Nancy in NC

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

I know! I know! The buds are there... it's just drawing/painting them before the fingers freeze!! :)

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

alison, well, there are two of us! ;^)

alice, me, too! and thank you so much for letting me share your bag. i love the card holder you made. can you make one for me? :^)

nancy, oh i know just what you mean - the architectural aisle at the campus bookstore was the best!

my watercolor set is a travel one by pebeo. there are quite a few different smaller sets available.

we usually press things in the field by sticking them into our field guide - it's heavy and thick enough to press things nicely - then we can stick them into our journals later. sometimes we use the tape to stick in loose pages we've drawn or painted on, or bits of maps or other ephemera we've picked up somewhere we're visiting. we use it for sticking in photos, too.

dawn, we really need to get ourselves those fingerless gloves. ;^)

February 19, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

LOVE LOVE LOVE Jack's bag! I save pockets off of old cargo pants and shorts, but now I want to save the leg and make a bag, too!

February 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercoronita

I just love how you have added notes to all of these photos over on your flickr page! You have truly inspired me! I've shared on my blog your post/flickr photo page with my readers in a post dedicated to your field bag. I'm sure you will inspire them as much as you have inspired me. Thank you!

March 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentericybooh

Such inspiring photographs! Looking forward to putting a bag together.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

Fantastic and fabulous. I can't wait to put something like this together for my boys to hike this summer. Thanks for sharing this great inspiration.

March 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkristin

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