I took Benji dog for his early morning walk today and visited one of my favourite benches just so that I could soak up the view. Here is the bench. ( and the dog )
And here is the view
It’s wonderful to have time to stand and stare ( or sit). This place is awesome and even better on such a lovely day . The temperature actually hit 30 degrees so it is super warm.
Later in the day I went swimming in this lovely sea off Criccieth beach. This has taken a lot of courage following a bad swimming experience in St Lucia with a rip tide and bi lateral hip replacements. But I DID IT!
So the sea is now my oyster so to speak. Guess what? I’m going again tomorrow but to a different beach Yippee!
I’ve also been preparing for future cruises. This involves making all projects into kit form. Quite a challenge and taking a lot of fore thought. Today I wound 30 lots of sewing threads onto cardboard cut outs. I think I might get repetitive strain injury but it was a good sitting down activity.
Here is a “secret” ingredient for one of the projects. All will be revealed eventually!
Back in September I told you about making my sister a Christmas gift. Well it was finished in time! I hope that it fit!!
I’ve also been busy sorting out the home Hasn’t everyone? In order to hide the rubbish in this cupboard I attached vintage lace doilies to the inside of the glass. It’s not a permanent fix so doesn’t spoil the cupboard or the vintage lace but it works!
We also had the dining room re vamped. The carpet was replaced with a wooden floor. Mainly because Benji dog dug up the previously good carpet Of course we also had to then decorate and add new window dressings
Here are a few examples of hoop art that I have created. The two clocks were courses that I taught when on a cruise ship. They are easy to do if a little fiddly. I would recommend buying good quality clock mechanisms as the cheaper ones are exactly that! Cheap but not cheerful if you’ve spent time making the item.
I do love making these book wraps This one is for me! I’m putting old pics in and writing memories After all when I’ve gone no one will know. I like to think of a great great Grandchild reading it and thinking of me.
I made this book cover recently using vintage scraps of embroidery, ribbon, lace and other scraps hiding in my stash.
The front and lining of the cover was a vintage tray cloth sandwiched around cotton wadding. The cover was quilted with embroidery thread scraps and bound and fastened with vintage lace acquired from a friend.
I embellished the finished cover with buttons and beads and a motif that was hiding in my scrap box.
The book was made for my Granddaughter who was thrilled with the gift. She loved the book and I hope will treasure it for a long time.
Cork fabric , also known as cork skin or cork leather, is a high quality, natural fabric produced from thin cork shavings obtained directly from the bark of the cork oak tree. … This material is environmentally friendly, hypoallergenic, water resistant and stain resistant as well as easily cleaned and long lasting.
Cork fabric is a lovely textile to work with. Yes I have made more kits! These purse kits are easy to stitch and everything is in the kit to enable completion.
I have worked around the kit a little and plan to make another sample. I like the flat bottom but will make a sample stitched on the inside.