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Cruise Crafts Decoupage

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Another craft that we did on our latest cruise! Decoupage is always a popular and a well attended craft class. I’ve come to the conclusion that we all enjoy messing about with glue, paper and being creative. We had some lovely and colourful boxes and hearts on display at our final exhibition. Above is just a sample! There is always a discussion about decoupage versus decoupatch. An explanation follows.

Decoupage requires gluing the paper in place followed by varnishing. In order to achieve a smooth finish, many layers of varnish are required and the object would need to be sanded between coats. (The term decoupage is also used for the technique often seen on handmade card where stiff cut-outs are layered to give a 3-D effect.) Decopatch is the modern version of decoupage. (Strictly speaking, Decopatch is the trade name of the French company that makes the special papers, glue etc, but it has rapidly become a generic term.) Decopatch paper selectionDecopatch papers are thinner, so it doesn’t require layers of varnish to give a smooth finish. The combined glue and varnish also makes the whole process much easier. The decopatch glue-varnish and aquapro varnishes are water based so you won’t be inhaling solvents as you work.

I have just one more cruise craft to show you from my recent working vacation, so watch this space!

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Cruise Crafts Log Book

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On the recent cruise one of the crafts that I taught was the making of a log book or Journal about the cruise. The loose leaf file was covered in fabric and then embellished and used as a scrapbook. It was possible to embellish the cover using wooden printing blocks and many participants also used buttons, beads or fabric to add interest to the cover.

The passengers collected maps, tickets, postcards, photographs, and any other memorabilia to put into their log. At the end of the cruise everyone was delighted with their souvenir and maybe we have some converts to Smash booking.

Key Elements of a Smash Book. Instead of buying a scrapbook album and page protectors, a smash book is a journal in which you can write, draw, paint and glue in embellishments and memorabilia as you’re on-the-move. No planning is involved – you simply decorate as you feel

Cruise Crafts Block Printing

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Block printing is always so popular in my Craft Classes on board cruise ships. Everyone just loves to play with paint, colour, textiles and Block printing ticks all the boxes. I do have a wide selection of wooden printing blocks but due to weight restrictions, I have to limit the ones I take. I provide “ready to print” linen bags or tea towels and away we go.

I also provide buttons, beads and embroidery threads so that the bags can be embellished if the ladies wish. It’s incredibly rewarding for me to see someone have fun and be delighted with the result. Often the ladies are unhappy because the printing hasn’t gone to plan. Usually we can recover from the mistakes using paint brushes and embellishments. And, as they say, turn the frown into a smile!

Cruise Crafts Crete

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I do like alliteration don’t you? As you may guess today I’m in Crete. Apparently the fifth largest Greek island and a great producer of olive oil. I did a tour around rural Crete. Field after field of olive groves and beautiful vineyards.

We visited a winery and sampled the local produce. We had a snack lunch in a Taverna which was lovely with the exception of the herbal tea. I’m a Morning Breakfast sort of a girl.

The weather was hot but with a gentle breeze. Perfect touring weather. I am told that September is the best month to visit. I haven’t , however had chance to see any beaches. So there’s nothing more to be said I will have to return. If it’s only to get some decent pictures.

Cruise Crafts Malta

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Hello from Valletta Malta. The best thing about cruising is that it feels like a “day out” in different countries. You get more or less a day to explore before moving on to the next destination. This presents the idea if you want to return for a longer holiday. I like 🇲🇹 Malta.

Of course I am teaching crafts on board and really having a ball with a great group of ladies . I will tell you more about the crafts in another blog.

In the meantime I’m currently enjoying my second coffee stop in this lovely city. I’m in the local Marks and Spencer’s as I can guarantee free WIFI nice toilets and good coffee!

Malta is quite rightly proud of its history. It is immediately obvious how it’s walls protected the people, troops and refugees during WW2. It is also a moment to reflect on those who lost their lives for us.

Now it feels a happy, sunny 😎 free place to live

Cruise Crafts Cadiz

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My crafty cruise takes me to Cadiz today. The actual crafts are usually taught when we are at sea so today there is time to explore.The Cathedral is lovely and the city square provides plenty of coffee opportunities

It’s a special day today for Fred Olsen Cruises as all four of their ships are docked together to celebrate 170 years of the company.

For the businesses of Cadiz “their boat has truly come in”In fact three boats each spilling around 1000 people into the shops and restaurants

Well the sun has shone, the entertainment has entertained and I’m about to get ready for the sail away party. All three cruise ships will sail out of Cadiz in convoy. It’s then Ibiza here we come.

Cruise Crafts Porto

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Cruise going really well and everyone enjoying craft classes. Phew! Two classes done and about 6 to go. It’s always flexible because we are influenced by the weather ( can’t get into port) demand ( people just NEED) a knitting fix! Instead of knitting just substitute printing sewing crochet……..

It is also essential to sample the local cuisine,especially the Portuguese tarts. Diet ? What diet?

Where are you crafting?

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Hi Guys where are you crafting today? I’m knitting on a coach on my way to Dover.

Yes I’m off on Another crafty cruise. I am so lucky to be seeing the World from a cruise ship. Sure I have to work but it’s such a pleasure when you love what you do . The greatest pleasure of all is “coaching ” someone and sharing the crafty knowledge.

This cruise is Island hopping from Dover UK through the Suez Canal and home from Jordan. The great promise at the end is a trip to Petra. I can’t wait but do have some work to do before then.

This explains why I’ve not been blogging recently as in the five weeks since my last cruise I’ve been prepping the crafts for this cruise! It’s so nice to sit on the transfer coach and knit my own project!!

Walking in Austria

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IMG_0994We took the local bus from Mayrhofen toHintertux. Hintertux is a local ski mountain where you can ski 365 days of the year. We were not skiing but walking. The lift to the top is in three stages but we hoped off after the first stage and walked down into the town. Now I like walking down!  We started off in full cloud but walked down into hot sunshine ☀️

IMG_1001The walks are extremely well signposted so route finding is easy. We crossed bridges, admired the spring flowers and dodged cows. The cows all wear typical cow bells which you can hear from way off ( the purpose of the bells I suppose)

IMG_1009Apparently the better the milker the cow is the bigger the bell. Now I think that this is extremely mean. Not only does the poor girl have to carry a great big udder but a great big bell as well!

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Awesome Austria

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Hubs and I are having a cheeky week in Mayrhofen Austria. We have been multiple times but are still thrilled with the beautiful mountains, valleys and waterfalls. The mountain tops are easily accessible due to the chair lifts

When you reach the end of the lifts the restaurants are fabulous putting our efforts on Snowdon to shame. All the many paths are well labelled with numbers making walking much easier. Your not SUPPOSED to get lost👣

We generally buy a six day mountain pass which enables lift use free buses and train. Not bad value.

Great time out as I hardly ever go away ha ha😎