My family and I travel while I run my company Purveyor of Geekery
When I happened across Lucy Blaire’s fantastically colored toiletry cases I couldn’t help but smile. When I read her biography I knew I had to share her with you guys.
IHFT: You’ve had a super eclectic past! From a fish oil factory fork lift operator to etsy 1,000+ club, craft writer and Sew It All TV guest…what were the best lessons from the road between the two points in time?
LB: Wow that’s tough, I’d have to say the best lesson was learning how to break through my fear and make a change in my life. Things are always scary the first go around and nothing worth having is ever easy. I was scared to death to start a job as a seamstress because I had no idea what I was doing (and really no business applying for the job to begin with!) but without that first step forward I wouldn’t be where I am today. I asked a ton of questions, read how-to books at night, took it one day at a time, and created a base of knowledge that I build on to this day.
IHFT: What inspires your choices of oilcloths and colors? Design and construction?
LB: When I’m designing my bags I have different zippers that I put on top of pattern swatches waiting for something to hit me. I don’t think that much more about it but I obviously tend to lean towards high contrast and pops of color. As far as the construction goes, I design and redesign until what ever I’m working on is as simple and sturdy as possible so I can make 100 of them if I have to. I’m also extremely meticulous and need lines to be perfectly clean and straight.
IHFT: Other than your cases, What are some of your own travel accessory must haves?
LB: I try to pack as light as I can because I hate carrying stuff but I always have my Kindle, my camera (I’m an obsessive picture taker), and pennies for the penny squishers.
IHFT: What are the prize pieces in your squished penny collection?
LB: I have some that aren’t pennies and I think those are my favorites. There’s a quarter from the zoo in Atlanta and a dime from Howe’s Caverns. They’re the odd balls so I think I like those the best.
IHFT: Favorite family travel memory?
LB: I have a lot of great memories from childhood but I’d have to say my favorite travel memory was when my husband first went on vacation with my parents. We went to Atlanta to visit the aquarium (I live for aquariums and was obsessed with the Atlanta one. Two words: WHALE SHARKS!) but Ben was not prepared for how we “relax”. We did EVERYTHING in the 48 hours we were there. My Mom had purchased those coupon books with discounts on admission to all the big museums and my Dad insisted we do everything to make it worth the money.
We hit the Coca Cola Museum, aquarium, zoo, botanical gardens, High Museum, and on the last day, before our flight, we headed to the CNN Studio for our final coupon. We waited in line for the tour but just as we were going to get on they cut us off and said we had to wait for the next one but we didn’t have time! My Dad did his best to talk us onto that tour, he usually succeeds in such things, but not this time. It was rather disappointing but we laugh about it to this day. My husband needed a vacation after his vacation! We love our touring!
IHFT: Best keep your sanity while traveling with kids tip?
LB: When my daughter was 6 months old we had to fly to Virginia and I was horrified of what would happen if she cried on the plane. We brought of a ton of nonsense with us and I freaked out about it for days. She was perfect on the two flights down, one on the way back, but that last plane ride she cried the entire time. I tried everything, no amount of gadgets or tricks were going to calm her down but in that moment I just rocked her and talked to her in my own little bubble and it wasn’t nearly as traumatic as I’d feared. I guess the lesson is just to keep your patience and realize you can only control so much. We drive with her everywhere and sometimes I get to sit upfront with my husband, and sometimes I end up in the back with an angry baby. I just try and keep cool and make it fun either way.