Two Hours a day!

It is a quiet month for my sockart business! Spring orders have been filled and shipped to the stores, my ETSY site is full with a fresh selection for people to order . . . but it's quiet. And it should be. It's back to school September! That means that most people are into the routines and schedules of the fall. 

So what do I do in the meantime?

Two hours a day. That's what I do.

Two hours is enough to slowly build up my sock animal product so that when the busy season starts again, I'm ready! 

Within two hours I can do one of the following tasks: 

Write a blog post like this one!

Write a blog post like this one!

Organize socks into sets: green for Yoda, black for Darth Vader, brown for moose!

Organize socks into sets: green for Yoda, black for Darth Vader, brown for moose!

Or . . . put all the good, ready to use, basic colours that I use regularly into a box (and throw out the ones that I'll never use).

Or . . . put all the good, ready to use, basic colours that I use regularly into a box (and throw out the ones that I'll never use).

Or . . . pre-make eyes, ears, tails or antlers to be added to the Canadian themed animals for Whistler and Jasper stores. 

Or . . . pre-make eyes, ears, tails or antlers to be added to the Canadian themed animals for Whistler and Jasper stores. 

Or . . . tidy my storage shelves in the hallway. Since the supplies are so colourful, I try to keep everything in clear plastic bins (thank you Canadian Tire sales!), white file boxes and label them with a similar look. This way as you walk by, it is fairly uniform and tidy. 

Or . . . tidy my storage shelves in the hallway. Since the supplies are so colourful, I try to keep everything in clear plastic bins (thank you Canadian Tire sales!), white file boxes and label them with a similar look. This way as you walk by, it is fairly uniform and tidy. 

Since I share this hallway space with the family, I try to keep it looking pleasant and stress-free (while still functional for my needs). And, the more tidy things are, the more motivated I feel to create something! (It's like when you clear the counter, and put the dishes away, you suddenly want to bake cookies!)

Since I share this hallway space with the family, I try to keep it looking pleasant and stress-free (while still functional for my needs). And, the more tidy things are, the more motivated I feel to create something! (It's like when you clear the counter, and put the dishes away, you suddenly want to bake cookies!)

Ever wondered about starting a craft? a project? But thought, "I just don't have time!" 

Try 2 hours a day . . It adds up!

For my photos of what I've been up to, see my facebook, or  pinterest or etsy or instagram!

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.