Tuesday, 24 May 2011

doodling on the road

While we were away in April I sorted out a little craft kit for myself, with a few pens, pencils, buttons, needle, note cards, three moleskin notebooks for gifts/swaps, vintage book paper, thread and thread cutter. Things that were small and I knew that the needle and tiny thread cutter were safe to take on the plane with us. Mostly I doodled in my sketchbook on the flight (when not occupied watching half a dozen films that I wouldn't have paid good money to sit in a cinema to see).

After the initial zombie state when I had a few minutes time here and there I pulled out my collection of assorted craft supplies (which I kept adding to as we went to thrift shops and estate sales) and went to work doodling and sewing buttons and letting my imagination roam.

I had a slight obsession with doodling little imps, I even doodled an imp on a plastic travel bag for Harrison before we left on holiday. It was nice and I was glad that I remember to bring craft supplies with me. In the past I have traveled with knitting, which is good but I loathed the circular knitting needles that were the safest to go through security without being confiscated.
The crochet hook and book didn't work out so well as I just got fed up of not understanding the Idiot's Guide I had bought and read a magazine instead.

If you are a crafter travelling I think it's important to bring something crafty with you, even if it's only a notebook and pen to roughly sketch ideas. I find that my creative sparks when we are away and bumming around various coffee shops. and then more coffee shops... and possibly a few more too. I have quite a bit of blogging and crafting to catch up on but I was sorting out the rogue pile of holiday stuff on my desk and found some of the doodles and button cards that I brought back with me.

I suppose I best go hand some laundry out and get a few more housey jobs done before Matt and Harrison get home from getting haircuts. I will cry and rage if the Boy's hair is too short...*sob*


The Coffee Lady said...

I love these! I can't draw for toffee, so the idea of creating something like that in snatched moments is very cool indeed.

Ronda Liebert said...

Hi, I love the funny imps. These would look great to embroider onto muslin with chocolate floss and then cut and stuff. What whimsy. Thanks for the ideas. Ronda in Houston TX

Becky Stevens said...

I'm all about that mix tape! lovely!

Kate said...

I love the doodles! Especially the button-eyed fox. Lovely to travel with a wee craft kit too.

jillytacy said...

I love the doodles! I agree that as a crafter you have to bring supplies with you when you travel. I can't stand to sit idle somewhere for a few hours, so I bring crafting supplies with me.