Okay, I have been searching for the perfect project bags for my bead and fiber stuff. I have a bunch of different not so practical or functional methods for hauling my stuff around. I am one of those people who “cannot leave home without it.” “It” is defined as some kind of project. If I leave home without one I panic. What will I do if I have three minutes to wait for that kid to get off the bus? What if I end up at a friend’s house and I have nothing to make while there? And more recently, I spent six years doing bead work at the State House in order to keep myself calm while I listened to endless rhetoric. It worked. I did stay calm. I should handed out bead projects to all the other politicians. Maybe we could have reached a Zen state of calm and actually gotten something done.
In any case, I have little fold up things that become a surface for bead work. I have a variety of little pouches to hold beads. And I have these things hanging out in my glove compartment, in my purse, in my briefcase, on tables, in drawers . . . and I have been in love with none of these systems because none of them really worked.
The other day I was hanging out on the Caravan Bead site (which has recently become a daily activity) and low and behold I stumbled across the “Project Bag.” First of all, I knew that if Caravan is carrying this item which I have seen nowhere else that they must think it’s a pretty wonderful product. I knew I wanted one. Well, I knew I wanted more than one. Then and there I decided it was time to make a visit to Caravan. I needed some beads for kits anyway and I was really in the mood to hang out in the “stacks” (where all the beads live) and a nice long talk with Barry, Caravan’s owner, is always inspiring. The next day I drove the two and half hours to Caravan. Now I am not an impulse driver. I hate to drive. So this urge to go to Caravan must have been pretty compelling.
After our two hour chat Barry lead me to the project bags. I bought twenty-four and twenty-four of the refill bags. They are gorgeous, they are practical, they are amazing and they are affordable.
The manufacturer description of these wonderful bags: We designed String-Me-Along based on every crafter’s need for organization and portability. String-Me-Along opens to an ample work surface, and includes a clear, removable Project Exchange Bag to hold your crafting supplies. String-Me-Along rolls up and is secured with a strong elastic band for travel. Extra Project Exchange Bags are sold separately in packs of two–choose the one you need, snap it into your String-Me-Along, and go!
This is the concept. You buy the bag itself which consists of a lovely surface for doing bead work and a plastic (yes, that would be see-through so you can SEE what’s in it!) case with a cool kind of wire mesh design on the side and a zipper. This case snaps onto the inside of the case. The case folds up into thirds to produce a case that is 9 1/2 by 5 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches.
These are the replacement bags. We might sell them singly. And if fact, we are thinking of packing some of our kits in these bags. Is that fun or what?