| Beading on the Go!
Ah...it's fall...besides the change in temperature, it means...Football practice; Softball practice; sitting in front of the school waiting for the kids to come out of their club meetings....and...and...and...
The way I see it, though it is a highly important activity for the kids, it is wasted time for me. I cannot sit idle when there are so many beading projects to be done! So I made myself a portable beading station! I have always been able to sit places and do "handwork" as my mother always referred to her quilting she did, while sitting and waiting for us or in waiting rooms. But pulling out bags of bags of stuff just got to be cumbersome! So I hit the discount store for one of those handy pencil boxes and found a great flat thin one, next I bought from Aunite's Beads a Tacky Bead Mat and cut down a regular bead mat! It has just enough space for several tubes of beads, needles and small scissors!
I have successfully beaded in my car for two hours of football practice and have been much more productive with those idle hours!
Something else that is helpful, as Shanna and I have been known to bead on the airplane and at the airport, that fingernail clippers can be brought on an airplane! They are quite useful in cutting threads and even beading wire.
As always I like to hear what you all think and I bet you have a few ideas of your own that you want to share!
Karla Schafer Designer for Auntie's Beads
Elaine Rosenberger Date 9/26/2013
Hey, that's so cool. :D
LINNEA MCCORMACK Date 9/26/2013
Great idea, Karla! Perfect for beading in the semi-truck while I'm traveling with husband in his business. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. :-)
Julie Durel Date 9/26/2013
Very clever and thrifty!!
Connie Shivers Date 9/26/2013
This is a great idea, not just for traveling but for the home as well. I am one of those people who beads wherever I land; i.e. the living room, my home office and sometimes when I can't sleep, in the bedroom. I always just roll up my beads in my beading mat and move from room to room but always seem to drop a few . . . this would be perfect. Thanks so much for sharing.
Janine Connell Date 9/28/2013
Great idea! I travel a lot for work and have evenings alone in motel rooms, I use a lunch box, soft zip up style, it will hold a variety of projects not just seed bead ones.
Barb Tarcza Date 11/14/2013
I found some plastic pencil boxes at a dollar store and have been collecting them for bead projects ever since. The deeper ones work well, do not fit in a purse but you can get more in them including the big spool of fireline. I tend to rotate between projects so I have several going at once. You can color coordinate; I put personal projects in red, projects to sell in green, extra supplies in blue, etc. Watch for back to school sales where they can be under a dollar.
Jerry Carr Date 11/24/2013
I've been using plastic pencil boxes for a long time. Like you, I cut down a beading mat to fit inside the box. I take projects with me when we travel and the box holds my bead tubes, scissors and other items I need. I use the boxes to hold works in progress too. They keep everything handy when I'm ready to pick up and finish a piece. They're so inexpensive I buy several at a time.