One of the reasons I started beading again, is that beading is such a portable art. At least in theory. When I was forging and soldering, I was pretty much chained to my bench, and hated to be away from my family. But I wasn’t quite sure how to make it portable, especially when there are so many beads, tools, threads and cabochons that I may need at any given moment 🙂
So I started with a portable bead board and really like the Bead Buddy bead mat that closes and snaps. It keeps everything together, although I will say the beads do slide around a bit but it’s good enough. Then I found a craft box at Michaels that has a top compartment large enough to stow the Bead Buddy and my bead backing, and then underneath are rows of compartments just right for bead jars. I like the bead jars that attach to each other and I just make long lines of them by color family. Then I can take out ones I want and attach ones I’m using to each other.
For my tools, I wanted something open that I could reach in and grab what I need fast. I also wanted it to be compartmentalized. I tried the scrapbooking organizers but they weren’t quite large enough. I also realized that I was going to need a different Ott Lite that was a bit more portable so I wanted a case that it could clip onto and that had a compartment for the cord and extension cord. I found this great, girly tool box at Kmart and it works perfectly. Plenty of compartments and the sides are reinforced so my heavy Ottlite doesn’t rip the fabric or sag. When traveling, I detach the light and put in the toolbox.
Of course I had to prettify the plain Bead Buddy and storage case. I found some cool vinyl stickers that are actually supposed to be wall stickers. They work well and don’t peel.