Summer is in full swing and it has hit me like a ton of bricks.
I run from one child’s practice to the next.
Our summer is full of activities -- heaven forbid we get bored.
My daughter is now a varsity cheerleader.
She is getting ready to start her freshmen year of high school.
This for me means two things
- number one, she can’t drive
- and number two, she has 10 hours of practice a week.
Divide that up and yes, two hours each day Monday through Friday.
To add a little more chaos to the mix, she is taking 4 hours of tumbling a week at a local gym.
I spend my time waiting for her at practices and trying to look enthused at each round-off backhand spring I watch.
Little man, as we call him, plays guitar each week and is in football.
He is attending two camps and plays flag football two times a week.
More practices for good old mom to enjoy.
I felt like I was wasting so much time sitting. Sometimes I would remember to bring my magazines for the drive-thru pickup line but not always.
Finally it occurred to me that I could craft at practices and in the car.
I just had to be organized, and I had to devise a way to easily transport my crafting supplies.
Organization does not come easy for me at first. It is a lot of trial and error.
- I ran into road blocks of not having the supplies I need,
- forgetting something at home,
- and I had to learn to be creative when I forgot what I wanted instead of stopping the project until I got home.
Here are some ways that I like to organize projects that I take with me.
My number one organization tool is … drum roll please.
Zip-lock baggies --
I have a collection of all sizes and shapes of baggies.
- For a scrapbook page, I put everything in a large 2 gallon baggie.
- My dollar store sells 10 baggies for $1. Now that you know me, that lasts me for a year because I reuse those baggies as often as I can.
- I also love the little snack size baggies. They are perfect for holding embellishments.
- When I make cards, I like the one quart size baggie. It will hold a card, envelope, and the embellishments.
I am learning to organize my projects in baggies so they are easy to grab and go when I have a practice to attend.
I also use jars for holding a variety of embellishments.
Old fashion baby food jars are the best.
I grab them up at garage sales and thrift stores.
My mom had tons of empty spools.
I wrap ribbon and trims around them.
They don’t take up much space in my tool holder, and you can layer ribbon on top of one another to make more space.
I added some favorite decorative buttons on my spools so that I had even more supplies to choose from when I was working.
No matter what your favorite craft is, you can make it mobile.
From jewelry making to knitting,
creating your studio to go makes sense,
and it will allow you more creative time in your day -- which is something we all dream about!
My mobile studio started with a thrift store find.
I was making a quick run through my local thrift store, and what should jump out and bite me?
An amazing, very dirty, piece of blue luggage.
I knew from first laying my eyes on it that it was just what I needed for carrying my tools.
After a good scrub and clean, my luggage was ready for me to personalize. I debated on covering it with fabric so it could go from blue luggage to pink.
But I refrained. As soon as I opened it, I understood that blue was its color.
- The inside was lined in blue fabric with a mirror.
- It had little pouches, pockets, and a perfect tray for sorting my stash.
- The inside even had little elastic trim for holding punches or a jar of buttons.
- It was not only compact but had built-in storage.
- The little blue luggage cost me $4.00.
Making it my own was the fun part.
I added paper and stickers and little trinkets that made it feel like it was mine.
It was a vintage mix of modern.
I toted my little suitcase to practice after practice.
It seemed like the time flew.
Thanks to my Ziplocs organization and my handy dandy suitcase, I can craft anywhere and anytime.
It is such a bonus in a busy mom’s life.
Whether you are --
- on a driving trip,
- waiting for kids at practice,
- or enjoying a girl’s getaway,
- organizing the essential crafting items allows you the freedom to create wherever you want.
- Scavenge your local thrift store or flea market and keep on the lookout for cool luggage.
I hope I inspired you to craft your own tote to craft on the go!
Peace, Love, and Crafting!
~Miss Nifty Thrifty (Studio Pink)