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Cruise Memories

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On my last cruise we made beaded bracelets which I have mentioned before.

To be honest I found them a nightmare to teach but they were popular. We had a safety pin crises where pins were too big or too small. There was a problem with the elastic over stretching but the project was very popular. The thread was almost impossible to knot and pins slipped off the end. But they remained popular. We had “gluegate” when we tried to secure the knots but they were still popular. I must admit to swearing that I’d never do them again no matter how popular.

THEN I met one of the craft guests at the airport going home. She had made ( successfully) two bracelets as Christmas gifts. She and her husband had been for afternoon tea in a smart hotel in CapeTown . There in a glass display cabinet were the very same popular bracelets marked at £20 each!

I guess I will offer these popular bracelets as an option on my next cruise!

Craft, Cruise, Stitch

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As we continue onwards to St Helena we also continue crafting. Today’s craft was all about stitching. The credit for this project is due to the lovely lady at Kitty and Flo

I made the project into mini kits and took 27 with me. It’s a constant learning curve for me and I’d like to think that I get it right most of the time! One thing that I have learnt is if I make kits I need to include written instructions.

The project was aimed at mixed abilities. We all enjoyed it but as always will need to be completed at the next class.

Crafting Off Cape Verde

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The sky is blue, the sun is hot and all is good with the World. My classes are popular and the participants are creative. It’s pretty difficult to pitch the classes right for the cruise guests as we get complete novices and fabulous experts. I work on the principle that the novice will learn something from me and I will learn something from the experts!

I’ve actually remembered to take a few pictures before I got embroiled in the class but then I put my phone down and didn’t take any more!

And unusually a picture of me!!

Cruise prep Beads!

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I’m still beavering away prepping my next craft cruise. Only ten days to go Whoo Hoo!This class is making a bracelet using beads and safety pins As with most beading it can be fiddly but great when finished.

Guess where I went wrong? Aww well! Practice makes perfect.

Hubs Benji dog and I spent a fabulous few days at our caravan on the Lynn Peninsular . Today was one for the forever memory banks.

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

Gorgeous Grandaughter

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As you may know I have been having a craft fest in between looking after Gorgeous Granddaughter. Because she’s been in school I have been crafting all day! Bliss! One of the items that I’ve been working on is the beaded bracelet. I have now perfect how to make it and am delighted with the result.

I use safety pins (at least 50)

Thread beads onto the safety pins and close pin

Thread pins onto beading elastic

Thread elastic through the top and bottom of the pins.

Join elastic so that it is the length of your wrist

Use a wreath knot and dab glue onto the knot to secure

Done!

Gorgeous Granddaughter was delighted with the result. This is definitely one Craft that I will be offering on my next crafty cruise.

Beading and Blogging

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I have never been interested in beading but recently became hooked. It is a fiddly and often frustrating craft but ultimately rewarding. I started to make a bracelet using safety pins and beads.Every craft you try leads into a whole new World of crafting and beading is no exception. I have bought books, various threads, lots of beads. I’ve watched YouTube and Googled for information. Most importantly I was introduced to the craft after reading blogs on beading.

Here is my first attempt. However if you count the number of times that I dropped the beads or Miss threaded them it’s by no means my first attempt. Hey ho! Practice makes perfect

Beads and Stuff

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My Sis gave me a large bag of beads that she had collected. She thought (hopefully) quite rightly that they would make a good cruise project.

IMG_1307I have sorted them all out and now need a project……

All ideas welcome. They are heavy and as you can see quite lovely. All I need to know is what to make with them…….

Thanks Sis! Thinking of you. Go girl go!

Opportunities

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You do meet nice people at craft fairs! At a recent Christmas Craft Fair I met a lady who has just renovated a property, converting it to a venue for craft workshops. These workshops are about to get up and running and she has asked me to run a workshop making my up cycled bunting. This is pictured above and I use worn out or damaged embroidered lace doilies, tray cloths and table cloths. So if anyone has spare vintage embroidery or lace you know where it will find a good home! The bunting I had made was not for sale but just used to dress up my candle stall but maybe next time!

The workshops are to be held in a near by village called Caerwys, check out http://www.coachhousecaerwys.co.uk This is a beautiful location and an original “coach house” fabulous.

Whilst cruising through Pinterest I spotted the recycled tote bag as pictured above. Maybe just maybe, this could be the inspiration for another workshop. Perhaps I could use recycled beads?  I could incorporate quilting, embroidery, buttons. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! The list is endless!

Vintage China Cake Plate

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Vintage China Cake Plate

Day seven and eight of my personal earring challenge! It’s going really well. All my jewellery is slowly getting sorted. Earrings paired,necklaces un knotted, beads repaired and Jewels stashed safely. (Not many/any jewels)
Today I dropped the two pairs of earrings onto a vintage china cake plate. Now use your imagination there could be a delicious coffee and walnut sandwich cake sitting on the plate. However it wouldn’t last long. I bought the cake plate from a charity shop in Lewis when on holiday with a friend about three years ago. I didn’t pay a lot for it but it has joined my vintage treasures. It is fine china and has fluted edges with no damage. There is a delicate pattern of roses which look lovely covered with coffee and walnut cake crumbs.