Cruise craft prep

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I’ve been working hard prepping for my next crafty cruise which is just over two weeks away. This is a four week cruise so there has been a lot of work preparing all the craft projects. I think I’ve got an interesting mix of stitching, printing, up cycling and modelling. Today’s prep project involved Lush upcycled pots and pin cushions.

I did find time to walk the dog and enjoy the autumn sunshine

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Felted soap

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My Sis and Daughter decided to teach ourselves how to make felted soap ( OK it was my idea!) We spent an evening watching “how to videos” on YouTube and much of the next day experimenting. We soaped, squished, laughed and felted.

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I then dry felted a heart onto one of my bars. The results were quite good with some room for improvement.

This is an eco friendly craft which will be great in the shower. The soap continues to shrink within the wool which also shrinks. Every piece of soap is used up leaving a piece of felted wool behind.

Well! Our hands were clean and we smelled delicious.

What’s on Your Needles?

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I arrived at my Happy place today, driving through heavy rain and mist into the sunshine. My happy place is also known as my Craft Caravan!

Today I hit the knitting! This is another UFO ( unfinished object) from my Supersized stash! It started out as a sweater project but was too big so is being reincarnated as a throw or Afghan. Well it was BIG!

I love this yarn and it is so soft. Hopefully it will be good to snuggle under when eventually finished. I will keep you posted!

Also I was not in a happy place when I first arrived as my Peace Lily was very sad. I’m guilty of neglect as I have not been here for a few weeks due to global travelling. The Peace Lily is now in intensive care and hopefully recovering. I must admit to running more of a Hospice for plants than a nursery as my fingers are definitely not green.

Norway 2019

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I am so happy to be back in Norway for the third time. Life is good! I’m fortunate to be working my passage by teaching crafts! How good is that?

Moored off Flam on a Lazy Sunday Morning

This particular cruise is just seven days long so we have just three planned projects. In some respects it’s harder than planning a longer cruise as there isn’t a lot of time to start a bigger project. I’m not complaining however.

Then there is always the gym!! I’m on a pre surgery fitness plan so am working hard. I need a new hip and don’t want it to affect my current wonderful life style!! “Sadly” there is also the food! And don’t forget Wine! But aren’t I a lucky girl?

Sail away Party with Cocktails

By the way I am enjoying the ship Boudicca one of the wonderful Fred Olsen fleet.

I will tell you more about our crafts in a later blog so watch this space!

Job Complete

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Following on from my previous post I have now completed our “cafe style” table and chairs. The whole process was simple and cheap to complete. I bought a second chair for £10, paint cost £6.95 and the cloth was in my fabric stash ( bought in Italy about 5 years ago) It sits perfectly in my Welsh cottage. Now what can I do next??

A little Up Cycling

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I’ve been re-freshing a couple of old dining chairs for my cottage kitchen. One done and the other a work in progress. I am using a great “chalk like” paint called Frenchic Furniture paint which is lovely to work with. The paint requires little or no prep, covers well and is self levelling.

The house is in a permanent state of upheaval as I am constantly prepping crafts for a cruise or actually going away. I’m off to Norway soon and then Southampton to Cape Town in October. It’s all good fun and very exciting and don’t forget, I am working! Most of the work is before hand, deciding what crafts to offer, buying the materials and preparing the actual lessons. I love it!(and I’m seeing the World) More about my adventures at a later date.

Criccieth Festival

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Criccieth Castle (Welsh: Castell Cricieth) is a native Welsh castle situated on the headland between two beaches in Criccieth, Gwynedd, in North Wales, on a rocky peninsula overlooking Tremadog Bay. It was built by Llywelyn the Great of the kingdom of Gwynedd but it was heavily modified following its capture by English forces of Edward I in the late 13th century.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the information

Had a great couple of days attending two workshops at the Gwyl Criccieth Festival. The first was a stitching workshop made even better because my Sis came. We made beautiful lapel pins inspired by Cow Parsley. I took the pink one home to finish ( which, unusually, I did!) Then I made another. I will definitely make more in the future as they are a great small project to take away with me.

Many thanks to Kitty and Flo

Blogging Inspiration

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I’m sorry to have been so quiet of late on the blogging World. I seem to have lost my Blog mojo! BUT I think that I found it lurking in my craft bag!

Today I made a quick small project using Lush recycled cosmetic pots. I just love the thought of up cycling a recycled product!

The fabric came from my stash ( I actually bought it some time ago in Canada). I used a ” Brillo” soap pad but you could use wire wool if you prefer. It’s great to stuff a pin cushion with wire wool. Every time you put pins or needles the wire wool sharpens them and keeps rust at bay. The Brillo pad is easier to handle and cut into the required shape.

Cut a small cardboard disc on which to construct the cushion the size of inner part of pot lid.

Using this disc cut the Brillo pad to the same size.

Cut a slightly larger fabric disc. I used the teapot lid as a template.

Run a gathering thread around the fabric.

Place wire pad in the centre of fabric, the card board disc on top and gather the thread tightly to hold all in place.

I used Super Glue to stick the cushion onto the lid.

And voila! A dinky useful pin cushion with a storage place for bits and bobs!

I might decorate the bottom of the pot with paint or Washi tape but I am apt to over egg things! Happy days! Another mini project in my cruise Crafts stash bag.

Busy Day

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Busy, busy days but happy, happy times! Recently I went with Darling Daughter to a craft exhibition. The show was located in a beautiful village, encompassing the lovely 15th Century church, village hall and community centre. We have visited Gresford Festival of Crafts many times and never been disappointed. See http://www.gresford-craft-group.co.uk

The amazingly good crafts are displayed in the church, draped across the pews and decorating the nave. We wandered around happy to soak up the inspiration, colour, textiles and peace!

A beautiful display of Daisies hiding in the graveyard

The church is surrounded by a grove of yews, some of which are equal in size and age to those of Overton listed in the Seven Wonders of Wales. Twenty-five of these were planted in 1726, but one growing near the south gate is older. It was already an ancient tree at the time of Richard II‘s proclamation that ordered the general planting of yews to support the army and the use of yew in the Longbow.

Crafty Loveliness

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I’ve been crafting away getting ready to cruise and teach crafts on a cruise ship. The cost for me is in stocking up on materials, making the crafts and organising the programme. Making the crafts is great because I get to let my ideas run riot and ( hopefully) materialise as something people would like to make. The initial outlay is not inconsiderable but also good fun. Today I bought safety pins! The plan is to make bracelets.

These are fairly easy to make but you do need a degree of dexterity as they can be quite fiddly.

I have just ordered 20 boxes of these pins! It’s surprising the variety of pins available but as I have to cater for up to thirty participants this seems the easiest way to stock up