An Obsession with All Things Handmade and Home-Cooked

Friendly Reminders


Caught up in ten thousand and one different projects at once, it’s become incredibly easy to forget to wrap up the loose ends of one venture before starting on the next. Debris strewn about the kitchen from the last photo shoot and baking experiment, the last thing that this kitchen needs is more clutter… But naturally, I’m here to add to the mess. Although I tend to be a neat-freak by nature, my quickly waning attention span has led me to forget to straighten out the chaos at hand, and before I can get my bearings, it’s time to run off to work or start on the next issue before the daylight fades out. Worst of all are the foods that get left out, inviting in bugs or even worse, the dog to go to town.

Living with my thoughtful family, they’re quick to give “friendly reminders” to prevent spoilage or further disarray, and it seems like the biggest issue as of late is closing up those bags of chips, or other bags that are left yawning wide open.

No, the bags may not close themselves, but luckily I have some helpers in the kitchen that have offered to take care of that for me. Hanging on tight for as long as necessary, not a single vermin nor canine has dared to sneak a treat for themselves since they started lending a hand.

Snacks of all sorts and bags of every size are no match; As soon as they are abandoned on the field of battle, one of these swift little guys is on it like jam on toast.  They’ve even learned to work in teams for the bigger cargo.

Sometimes though, it does get to be overkill…

Especially when they’re trying to close bags that haven’t even been opened yet!

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

40 thoughts on “Friendly Reminders

  1. We use those bag-clips religiously around here, haha – I’d LOVE to have one of those cute ones!! :0D

  2. Those are adorable! Do you mind if I ask where the pattern is from?

  3. Those are adorable!! Make me one?? ;) hehe


  5. As usual, you have created the most adorable little creatures! I loved identifying the snacks by looking at the bags, too! I love those chips that are in that first bag pictured. So yummy!

  6. Oh my gosh! Those are awesome!

  7. Those a deserve a great girlish SQUEEEE. So. Freaking. Cute.

  8. If only functional were always so cute!

  9. Those are so adorable!! Much better than the boring binder clips we use :D

  10. Those are the cutest little things!

    I love your cookbook, by the way, I just got it in the mail a few days ago.

  11. Wow, these are so adorable. Is the pattern available anywhere?

  12. THEY ARE SOOOO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I would love to know how you made them! They would be sooo useful!

  13. Now I would wear those cuties in my hair–all at once!

  14. I love your cute lil bag-closers!

  15. i agree, those are awesomely cute, and i’d love to know how you made them!

  16. Oooohh I wish they were for sale! I have so many occupations already, I just can’t start knitting/crocheting! BUT IT’S SO CUTE! D:

  17. Aw! So cute! Those little helpers sound great- bags seem to never stay closed in my house.

  18. That’s just ridiculously cute!

  19. OH. MY. WORD. I will pay 1 million dollars! I *love* them!!!!

  20. I love them!! Wish I had clips to close my bags as cute as these. =) I especially love the last one trying to close a bag that hasn’t even been opened yet.

  21. Too cute :) Love your last sentence :)
    Do you have an Etsy shop?

  22. Oh I totally NEED THEM! lol Clips will never be the same for me again *sigh*. Like everyone was asking…do you have a pattern? Great job!!

  23. Gosh this pair looks so adorable cute, wish I can take them home!

  24. Extreme cuteness! Every time I see one of your little critters I vow I’m really going to learn to knit (I mean beyond just knitting and purling rectangles and squares).

  25. i can’t even handle the cuteness!

  26. That is the cutest idea!

  27. those are SO cute! : )

  28. that beaver clip is the cutest object in the whole world.

  29. I think I am going to explode from the cuteness!

  30. Can you say crazy cute! LOVE them!

  31. Good lord, good lord! I was just thinking the other day how I wanted to decorate some pegs. This is the sort of pattern I’d pay for (And that’s something I’ve often vowed never to do!)

  32. Check out this Japanese blog. Amazing amigurumi. Unfortunately, she doesn’t include patterns.

  33. oh my gosh–those are so cute!! i took a crochet class not too long ago, but i can only do a square–i wish i were more crafty!

  34. OMGosh Hannah! Those are the BEST!

  35. WOW! I never knew you lived so close to me. Maybe one day I’ll see you at Living Earth. Maybe!

  36. I know you have a ton on your plate already, but if you were to ever set up an Etsy shop (please??), these would obviously be verrry popular. I swooned when I realized you had made them yourself. Amazing!

  37. dear god, those are the cutest things ever. :D

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