We’ve recently returned from a quick and spontaneous holiday to our favourite Cambodia. Given I am in the middle of my crazy pre-Christmas market schedule, a quick getaway seemed like the most bonkers idea ever. Especially when we’d recently returned from a trip to Cuba. So a compromise was a non-negotiable part of the deal. I would keep making while we travelled and we set a daily quota of knot making for me to work towards. I am a to-do list junkie and very task-oriented, so setting a daily quota was definitely the magic wand approach to keeping up with my making and still enjoying a holiday.
Did you know I make all my Crayon Chick products by hand? I do. Usually in my Melbourne-based home work space (or spaces as I take over the whole house in the 11th hour before a big deadline). And the best bit about running your own business and keeping it on the very low-tech side is the fact that a lot of what I make is totally transportable.
With a little planning, WIFI, and a whole stack of space in a suitcase, I can pretty much take my making on my travels. A few tools and materials on my lap and I’m good to go. A Caribbean beach in Mexico? Why not. A riverside bar in Cambodia? No worries.
My biggest ‘job’ on this last trip was making a million little knot beads for my Nautical Knot Necklaces. They are one of my newest products and available online here. I pre-dye the cord, knot by hand, string onto necklaces and delight in the deliciousness of them hanging in big colourful bunches. And it’s a great way to get to chatting with locals when you’re travelling. I don’t, however, recommend whipping out your craft in a foreign cafe if you’re the shy type!