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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

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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.

Jewellery, Junk, Earrings and Rings.

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The BIG sort out has started. Well it’s quite small really as it’s a sort out of all my jewellery. Now don’t for one minute imagine the Crown Jewels. Most of my jewellery is of little or no cash value but of some sentimental value. It’s been heaped,knotted,mixed up and generally unloved for some time. I have collected it all together and purchased a door hanging storage organiser. 

I have just un knotted beads and chains and each necklace now sits in a separate pocket NOW no tangle. It was a delight to journey through my beads and necklaces. Many were gifts from friends, holiday souvenirs and charity shop finds. Some are truly vintage. I know this because my Mum bought them in the fifties and sixties, so I now their provenance.

I didn’t even start on my earrings. I have a month long project when each day I intend to wear a separate/different pair of earrings. I’m going to photograph them as I go along. This will provide a record of all my earrings and sort out the pairs,odd items and any broken items. Hopefully by the month end all my earrings will be stored in my hanging storage and easier to pair and find.

 

Special Stash and Goldwork

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Firstly, I love the journal idea that I re blogged earlier today. I can’t start one just yet but I might keep my eye open when trawling through charity shops. Something else to seek and search for! Thanks to Sarah at The Thrift Store Crafter for the original blog🙋
Whilst continuing to “sort the stash” I came across a box of beads and sequins that had belonged to my Grandmother, Nanna Amy. This lady was my original inspiration for sewing and knitting. She was fond of embroidery and loved Crinoline ladies that were the fashion in the 1950s and 60s. Along with the box of beads was a picture of a galleon which she made in the late 60s. These treasures are lovely and hold great memories money can’t buy.
Maybe something that I make will last a long time and become someone’s treasure in years to come.