Twiddlemuffs

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A super popular craft that we worked on whilst on our recent cruise to Canada, was Twiddlemuffs. I donated the yarn from my personal stash, with the intention of “making space” at home. Ha ha! Should have known better. We used loads of yarn but the stuff must grow in the dark as we certainly brought a lot more home. Honestly? I confess we actually bought more in Canada. I can’t resist!IMG_1235

This was a great project to bring a group together and was extremely popular. The ladies discussed and chatted, swapped yarn and helped each other. The finished muffs were put into the final cruise exhibition. Some were taken home for elderly family or friends suffering from dementia and we brought the remaining ones home. We intend to donate the remaining muffs to a home for the elderly where, hopefully they will be put to good use. IMG_1236IMG_1239IMG_1237 A TwiddleMuff is a woollen muff, with twiddles attached inside and out, designed to provide a stimulation activity for the restless hands of disoriented or confused patients particularly those with dementia. When distributed at a hospital, they are labelled with the patient’s name to prevent any cross infection and patients will be able to take them home with them so there will always be a need for many more to be made.

 

 

Playing with Paint

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A week or so ago, whilst on a Crafty Canadian Cruise, we had quite a few classes playing with paint. We provided paint, tea towel, linen tote bags and stamps. You’ve guest it, we were creating our own Textile decorations. The linens were especially bought for printing. Colour, imagination and creativity abounded.

The dog related stamps were especially popular, making me realise how much people love their pets (not least of all myself) All of the ladies who joined in were pleased with the results.

These printed projects would need the paint sealing to make it waterproof. It’s very simple you just iron on the wrong side for quite a few minutes. Or you can tumble dry to seal.

Good job well done!

Cruising and Clocks

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During my recent working craft cruise one of the “makes” was a wall clock. I have done this project on a previous cruise and it always proves popular. We used vintage fabrics, wadding, strong card for backing, embroidery hoops and of course, a clock mechanism. It does prove to be fiddly and the clock mechanism is temperamental. Although, that could be because they had travelled by mail all the way from China! The ladies who made the clocks were delighted with the outcome.

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Lessons Learnt

Use round doilies to minimise cutting and bulk.

Make sure backing card is strong but cuttable.

Provide smaller embroidery hoops (but not too small)

This project will defiantly be repeated if I’m lucky enough to be asked onto another cruise!

Becoming the Elder

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Interesting take on getting older (if we’re lucky)

Simple Living Over 50

Reaching a certain plateau in my 50’s is quickly leading to new thoughts on a bright future. I am noticing more grey hairs and the difficulty of maintaining a youthful appearance. Certainly the realization that I am getting too old to do the same things I did just 10 years ago can be disheartening, but it also makes me realize that I am slowly becoming the elder. Yes, as the Elder it is more acceptable to do things like slowing down or taking a nap in the middle of the day. In the eyes of the youth who search for inspiration, the elder has the opportunity to create enthusiasm through the telling of just one life story.

The elder should be the wise sage of the small circle of existence we currently live in.

As a new realized elder I anticipate good days to come as I near closer to…

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Today I Saw an Iceberg!

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IMG_1299Today I saw an Iceberg!

I have walked on The Great Wall of China, swam on the Barrier Reef.

I have flown around Everest, Mount Cook and along The Grand Canyon.

I have trekked in The Himalaya and walked in Austria.

I have seen whales, Eagles, Penguins, Puffins and Pandas.

I have visited Las Vegas, Beijing and Rome.

I have been to the Opera in Verona, the theatre in London and shows on Broadway.

I have sailed The Panama Canal, Chillean Fjords and around Cape Horn.

I have flown, driven, sailed and travelled by train.

Ive walked, hiked, swam, laughed, loved and lived.

But today I saw an Iceberg………….

Barbara Taylor August 2017

 

Mountains and Beaches

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I’ve just had a great week’s holiday at Sis’s caravan in Snowdonia. We had multiple adventures starting with a trip on the Snowdonia Railway. We had to book to be sure of a seat but had to gamble on good weather. Many days of a year you can’t see the top of Snowdonia but we were lucky. Blue skies and sunshine. The journey is one hour up and one down with a thirty minute wait at the top. Just long enough to drink in the scenery and summit the peak!

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We enjoyed a beach trip to Treaddur Bay and even got a little sun burned.

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On a rainy day we visited Piggery Pottery where we spent the whole morning painting pots! They were blank plain pots of many designs and a rainbow of paints. We painted our chosen pots which were then varnished. Good creative fun. Great holiday. Happy family time.

I had to come home early as I’m off to Canada on a Cruise tomorrow! Such a hard life………

Headless Chuck!

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I will be brief! Last night I had a phone call to ask could I help out and do a craft cruise to CANADA NEXT SATURDAY!! Could I help? Of course I could!

In the meantime I’ve got to:

Take 2 Grandchildren on a bucket and spade holiday to a caravan.

Write the craft programme.

Sort out all the craft supplies.

Dream up a couple of extra ideas for alternative classes.

Make some samples ( always practice, always be ahead of the student)

Pack a suitcase for next week.

Pack a suitcase for the cruise.

Get myself to Liverpool to pick up the cruise.

Sign and return contracts.

So I’m very sorry but no time to blog, no WIFI next week, probably no WIFI on the ship.

But, Hey! Canada here I come!

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Today’s Quote

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Soul Gatherings

I will follow the upward road today;
I will keep my face to the light.
I will think high thoughts as I go my way;
I will do what I know is right.
I will look for the flowers by the side of the road;
I will laugh and love and be strong.
I will try to lighten another’s load this day
as I fare along.

~ Mary S. Edgar ~
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