Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Traveling Bag O'Crafts

As many of you know, I'm in the process of moving from New Jersey to upstate New York.  My studio is packed at this point and all the beads, tools and craft items are packed away in cardboard boxes.
Boxes full of beads
I can't bear the thought of being without crafts for too long so I decided I needed to pack a traveling bag o'crafts!

I grabbed my trusty 2012 Bead & Button tote and my bead travel case and started selecting some projects to take with me.
Traveling bag o'crafts and bead case
Before packing up the seed beads, I pulled a few for two new projects using a lampwork cabochon by Sue Kennedy and one of my own stoneware starfish cabs.

Bead embroidery projects
I also found these two unfinished turquoise pieces that have been sitting for a loooooooooong time.
Long unfinished cabochons
In addition to bead projects, I have this cool special edition of Flow magazine.  It's filled with all sorts of fun papercrafts including; stickers, envelopes, paper dolls, scrapbooking, etc...
Flow magazine
I just need to toss some scissors and a glue stick in the bag.

Coloring book and markers
I'm also taking a coloring book and some fine tip markers with me because sometimes you need to get all zen after unpacking and this is the perfect way to do that.

Sketch book
While packing up the office, I found this unused sketch book.  Perfect!  I can use this to put down any new bead/pottery/craft ideas I have.  My new ceramics studio won't be ready until early September so I can keep all my ideas in this book.

These few items should hold me over for now.  I honestly just can't wait to get the new office AND studio set up so I can get back to work.  

If this were your traveling bag o'crafts, what would be in it?

Happy Beading!


  1. I would have a coloring book for adults, a Stringing magazine, beads and a Sketch book.

  2. Good luck with the move, Diana! I'm really not super crafty, so my traveling bag of crafts would just be beads. Unfortunately, the way I tend to work makes most projects difficult to transport (I rarely know exactly what I'm going to need and am always going digging for that just right thing as I create). I'd probably just end up packing the items I need for my two favorite earring designs and focus on some production work instead of more one of a kind designs!

  3. I love the bead case, so pretty! Good luck with your move.

  4. Best wishes on your journey! I just went through this process in February with a total remodel of my studio. Things were packed up as far back as December, but I didn't have the foresight to put aside projects during that time. Needless to say I was "jonesing" to get back to work. If there was a next time, I would select a small assortment of sterling and bronze wire, findings, basic jewelry tools, pre-etched metal and gemstone beaded in my favorite color palettes. I'd probably throw in some fibers and chain as well. I have a small travel watercolor set and 140lb paper pad. The best part of the whole process was being able to organize and set up my new studio....and then getting back to creating jewelry once the studio was finished!

  5. The best of luck for having your move be as smooth as possible, Diana! My bag? Well, I do love the adult coloring books, but I use colored pencils and/or watercolor pencils. However, beading is my first love! I've got way, waaay too many unfinished projects started, so I'd just be taking some of those with the hopes of finally seeing them finished!

  6. Not so long ago I was packing up my studio boxes too. A real pita! But I left out some long unfinished projects too. Good luck on your move Diana!


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