Here in Phoenix where it is 112 degrees and rising, pool parties are as popular as mittens in an igloo. It doesn’t matter how hot it gets, the patio will be tricked out with munchies and icy, frosty beverages. So enter the painted placemat. An old standard, of course. But did you know there is a super swift way to make these? The secret is to go to the paper pad section of the art or craft store. Look along the bottom row for “Canvas Pad”. Fredrix makes one that comes with TEN sheets of primed canvas ($12) – go for the 12×16 size. Rip ’em out and paint ’em and bingo! you have 10 awesomely cute placemats.