Portable Workshop

The origin of my sock animal business is that is was established through illness. (See About page for more story). That means that it needs to stay somewhat rooted to that so that on difficult pain days, I can still enjoy this business! That means my workshop needs to be portable. 

This past week, I made some improvements to the box that I take with me from couch to table to bed:

This is a file box that I covered with photos of past creations and use to carry the bigger items like stuffing, and 5-10 sock animal bodies that I'm working on. That's a bear for Jasper "Bear's Paw Bakery" peeking out of the box.

This is a file box that I covered with photos of past creations and use to carry the bigger items like stuffing, and 5-10 sock animal bodies that I'm working on. That's a bear for Jasper "Bear's Paw Bakery" peeking out of the box.

The top box is shallow and fit perfectly across the length of the bigger box but it needed a way to rest on the edge. Thanks to a friend's suggestion, I hot glued a few chopsticks as supports and they worked great.

The top box is shallow and fit perfectly across the length of the bigger box but it needed a way to rest on the edge. Thanks to a friend's suggestion, I hot glued a few chopsticks as supports and they worked great.

This box contains the basic spools of colour most commonly used and a few compartments for various parts that relate to the animals I'm working on. In this particular box are bear tails, ears and eyes. 

This box contains the basic spools of colour most commonly used and a few compartments for various parts that relate to the animals I'm working on. In this particular box are bear tails, ears and eyes. 

Except for commissions of specific creatures, I keep all eyes the same. This has made it simple and easy to find consistency with my animals. 

Except for commissions of specific creatures, I keep all eyes the same. This has made it simple and easy to find consistency with my animals. 

The spools are on a few shish kabob sticks with one side removable and the other glued down. I can grab one thread and that spool is the only one that unravels. It works great! 

The spools are on a few shish kabob sticks with one side removable and the other glued down. I can grab one thread and that spool is the only one that unravels. It works great! 

Past creations - easy to look at and get inspired or remember how I made them!

Past creations - easy to look at and get inspired or remember how I made them!

Star wars, batman, racoons, moose, bears, geese, squirrels, wolves and mice!

Star wars, batman, racoons, moose, bears, geese, squirrels, wolves and mice!

Muppets, robots, Darth Vader in Christmas sweaters, Oscar, Rudolph Snow Monster and minions. Good times!

Muppets, robots, Darth Vader in Christmas sweaters, Oscar, Rudolph Snow Monster and minions. Good times!

I am grateful for pain and illness, in a strange way, because it constantly challenges me to find ways to do what I love and solve the problems that arise because of it. Cardboard, hot glue, duct tape and suggestions from friends wandering by can make an awesome portable workshop! Give it a try!

* If you do deal with physical challenges or illness or pain, you may enjoy reading my other blog that is full of encouragement. Click here.