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Crafts on vacation


Are you like me? Always on the look-out for new and fun craft stores? Yeah, I can’t resist an independent craft store. On vacation, it’s even worse, because, of course, I can’t just go back later – I’ll be home by the time later rolls around!

I grew up in Minnesota, and my BFF and most of my family still lives there, so it is my most common vacation destination. Every time I go to Minnesota, I have to visit a couple of my favorite craft stores.

Crafty Planet

This is my go-to shop for fun, funky fabrics. You’ll pay more than a main-stream fabric store, but it doesn’t matter because you won’t find the fabrics at the main-stream stores.

They’ve also got patterns you won’t find elsewhere, lots of yarn and knitting supplies, and little treasures in every corner of the shop.

Here’s a purse I made from Space Invaders fabric I found at Crafty Planet last year.

The Bead Monkey

This is the bead shop by which I judge all others, and sadly I haven’t found any to measure up. Sure, I go to a few bead shops at home, but I’m usually disappointed and need to go to a couple of shops to find everything that I want. With the Bead Monkey? I get everything that I want (and more). The shop is full of inspiration, and if you know know where to start, their kits provide everything you need for a single project.

Both stores do on-line orders (and my BFF now works at Crafty Planet, so I get even more personal service if I need it), but nothing beats going into the store and fondling the fabric and beads.

Do you find craft shops on vacation? What is your favorite place to visit away from home? And what treasures should I look out for if I’m in your neighborhood?

A space to craft


We recently moved house, so now I’ve moved from crafting in our family room to crafting in my very own room. I’ve got lots of natural light during the day and a fireplace for the winter. Take a look.

I bought some new shelves with cubes. I’ve filled several of them with baskets for my fabrics, beading supplies, old photo albums, and other crafting supplies.

In the non-basket cubes, I’m displaying my finished scrapbooks and mini-albums – ready inspiration when I need it.

And, of course here is my ScrapBox, filled to the brim.

I’m looking forward to using my new craft room! It’s such a change from what I had before.

What about you? Where do you craft?

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