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Finding Creativity On The Road

By: Maria Nerius, Resident Craft Expert

Do you love to travel? Are you on the road and wondering if there is a craft store or unique shop that is just waiting to inspire you around the corner? I’ve got some true blue tips to help you find the creativity no matter where you go!

  • Use the internet. Find the type of shops that interest you by using a search engine and a few key words. For example I always search for Rubberstamp Stores, Quilting Shops, Yarn Shops, and Scrapbooking Stores by placing these keywords along with the location I’m traveling to. You can find websites for stores that include driving instructions.
  • Use the telephone book yellow pages. Just like an Internet search, look up your favorites like Crafts, Art supplies, Glass supplies, Yarn, Quilting, Scrapbooking, Leather supplies, Candle making. You can often find chains and local independent shops in the yellow pages. Write down the addresses and phone numbers. If staying at a hotel, the staff can usually tell you just how far these places are to drive.
  • Keep your camera and cell phone camera charged and ready to go! I’ve found that most shops I visit are happy to let you take photos. Blog about them! Share what you’ve discovered with other creative travelers.
  • Keep your eyes open! You never know when you are going to spot creativity! I’ve traveled to some very remote areas and am amazed by the local artists and craftspeople. I’ve learned to carve wood, make paper beads, and fuse pendants from the locals in the Galapagos Islands, Palau, and Chuuk. As a scuba diver I love that most resorts have supplies to create signs that they post in the outdoor bars. You write where you are from, then paint a sign to let everyone know you’ve been there! Creative and fun!
  • Use your social media! Send a call out on Facebook or Twitter for creative recommendations. I do this all the time and love discovering where the locals like to hang out.
  • Research the city or destination. Often you can find out if there are any local events happening while you are in town. Check for farmer’s markets, craft shows, artwalks, and even if a well known teacher is presenting.
  • Find the library and enjoy browsing the art and craft aisles. One of the best memories I have is spending a few hours in a library in Alaska. This library had hundreds and hundreds of beading and jewelry books. It was interesting to see some of the very old titles and the books written by regional artists. Next stop has to be a bookstore! You’ll often find a section for books on regional art and crafts!


Do you have a tip about finding creativity on the road? Let us know!

Learn more about Maria Nerius here.

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