Lighten Your Load

While participating in California outdoor art shows years ago, I realized that hustling around several paintings at once can be a real burden. To lighten my load, I bought a 65-inch Naugahyde sheet from a used outlet store and fashioned myself a carrying case. I sewed a two-inch fold at each end and slipped a dowel rod through each fold to serve as handles. To make spaces for my hands, I cut out a hole in the Naugahyde under the center of each dowel rod handle with an X-Acto knife. Now I can carry two full-sheet, framed paintings or four framed quarter-sheet paintings with no trouble.

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