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More Cruise Crafts

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IMG_1120 I’m still busy putting together my next craft cruise projects. This clock is just one craft that I’ve been working on. I’m not certain if it will make it to the final suitcase as I have really struggled with the clock mechanism. I suspect it’s a case of buy cheap get rubbish so I will need to review what to do. This is something that I embroidered but I did plan for my class members to up cycle vintage linens. As I have already bought thirty embroidery hoops I may need some inspiration as to how to use them! I will let you know how it goes. By the way has anyone got any good project ideas using thirty embroidery hoops?

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Meet my new toy!

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At last! Finished! Looks great! And it works!

IMG_1091At last my craft room is finished! Painting done, desk delivered, chair assembled and finally the cause of all this trouble, the sewing machine is unpacked.

IMG_1096I’ve sorted out most of my craft books and displayed them in the room. There are a few more to sort through but you get the idea? It’s lovely having them in the same place and a chance to “remember” the books that I have.

I invested in a lovely oak desk with some storage, which fortunately was delivered ready assembled. The new linen box and swivel chair were a different story. I had to face the IKEA challenge and put them together. This did require a degree of DIY skills and ingenuity. Neither of which I have in abundance.

IMG_1099Best of all is the new sewing machine. You may remember that it was delivered two or three weeks ago. I had only checked that there was actually a sewing machine in the box but hadn’t taken it out. I can now confirm that it works, it’s fab, and I love it! Watch this space for some creativity and sewing.

 

Another Project

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The best thing about completing a project is that you can start another one! Having completed Darling daughters shrug I have now started a scarf! Not too difficult. This scarf is a little different and goes under the name of “Hitchhiker”. It is a pattern by Martina Behm and can be found and bought from Ravelry.com I am working it in a Superwash Marino 4ply yarn called Vivacious by Fyberpates

IMG_1043I also keep dipping into my multi coloured stash buster blanket.

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Cushions Galore

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I have mentioned my Monday craft group many times. The wonderful thing about it is the people ( of course) and the diversity of crafts that we have. There are spinners, knitters, crocheters, knitters, lace makers, knitters, embroiderers, sewers, knitters,and weavers. When we meet there is also a huge amount of chatter and laughter.

I recently commissioned one of the weavers, who happens to be the only guy, to make cushions. I wanted one for myself and one for my daughter. I must confess that he was very patient as I wanted mine to be woven in red. But not too red. With white but not too white. He was spot on with my request!

imageI also asked him to make a “purplish” cushion for my daughter. Again it was perfect.

20170221_090712Trevor also weaves the most beautiful scarfs which are soft and warm.

It didnt occur to me until I purchased these cushions that there is no need for a zip or fasten. Just use a polyester filled cushion pad and carefully wash cover and pad in one go when necessary! Easy!

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B is for…….

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I love this monogram…

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B Is for : Better get on with it! I am still trying to complete some of my UFOs! I have completed a Christmas present this week. Last year’s not this! I can’t show it to you as  I haven’t had chance to give it to Darling Daughter and she is the intended recipient! Watch this space……

B is for Blanket ( or Afghan or throw depending on where you live!). I have tried hard to get ahead with this Blanket this week. Today I spent my time at craft group Darning in ends. I hate that job so try to keep up as I crochet. This is a “use up stash sort of project”

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B is for Beach -I love the beach!

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Sneaky Weekend

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Last weekend Hubs and I had a sneaky weekend away in the Lake District. As you know dear reader we love the Lake District, Cumbria. We snook away without Benji dog ( he had a holiday with Grand Children) and went without Damnvan1 who is awaiting a service and minor surgery.

We stayed in a pub which served great food and a fine pint of real ale!

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The weather was unexpectedly kind to us especially on the Sunday morning which was cool, crisp, misty and perfect walking weather. We walked across the fields to Hawkeshead village and enjoyed the delights of a good coffee shop (and bakery, but don’t tell anyone about the pastries!)

20170305_122502On the way home we crossed Derwentwater on the very old chain car ferry. It’s a slow but efficient ferry that saves miles of road driving. It’s always exciting driving onto a ferry, requiring breath holding as I head down the “gang plank”

We waited for the ferry to return to us as it appeared from the other side of Derwentwater through the mist.

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We returned home to warm up our lovely stone cottage. This property loves to be lived in! It gets really cold when empty but the stone retains heat when warmed up. Log burner lit, dog collected, wine poured, bliss!

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Textile Inspiration Packs And

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Cruising along the coast of Norway we had a total of seven craft classes. One very popular class is using our Textile Inspiration Packs. We make these packs up using a variety of textiles, colours and buttons and bows. The idea is that during the class the ladies( it’s usually women) choose a pack and let the fabrics  inspire what they make. We guide, suggest and help the ladies with what they make. In one case we actually made it!

The ladies enjoy this project and often make a rosette or flower brooch.

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One day I went on an excursion to The Troll Mountains. The scenery was awesome. This picture of the mountains is jaw dropping. This is where adventurers BASE jump from the top! Now a banned sport following many accidents. Apparently (mad) some still attempt the BASE jump in secret. I won’t be joining them, it’s one ” thrill” that I shall forgo.

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Because we were in Norway the home of Trolls I was on high alert to see a real Troll. They are notoriously shy, mischievous and cheeky. But guess what! I found one willing to pose for a photograph!

20170131_123158Good bye dear reader, see you soon.

Packed and Ready to Go

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img_1053That’s it! Two suitcases packed full to bursting and ready to go. Tomorrow I’m off to meet a cruise ship in Southampton and sail to Norway. It’s not all holiday as I will be working my passage teaching crafts on board. One of the cases is full of the handcrafts that we will be using on board. We have Liberty fabrics, up cycling and re purposing crafts. We have some gorgeous truly vintage fabrics to upcycle.

I am on a steep learning curve and one thing I’ve just learned is not to choose crafts that take up a lot of space. K my crafty friend who is helping out, also has bags of stuff we can’t manage without!

We should have enough free time to explore a little of Norway and if we’re really lucky we will see the Northern Lights. I’m not sure of Internet access but I’ll try to blog in various venues. I’m actually trying to change the way that I take photos. Really I want to move from an old fashioned camera to my phone. The cameras on phones are so good these days but I have to work out how to transfer images from phone to iPad. I’m sure it’s easy but……..  I will take lots of pictures and report back as soon as I can-promise!

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No New Year’s Resolutions!

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img_1009I don’t do New Years Resolutions! I rarely keep them and can’t see the point. However….

THIS year I’m not going to start another craft project until I’ve finished at least one Work in Progress.

In 2017 I will NOT add to my stash.

Its a good time to start (another) diet.

By the end of January I will sort out my wardrobe.

This is the year that I will blog more, blog smarter and blog in a timely fashion

will be am happy, eager to learn and indulge in positivity.

I will practice acts of random kindness whenever possible.

And finally ……I will NOT make any New Years Resolutions.

 

Button Up

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People  really are nice! As part of my “Craft Cruising” prep I need lots of white/pearl buttons to use as embellishment on a couple of the projects. I sent out a generic email to some of my friends asking if they had any suitable buttons that they didn’t want. What a great response! White buttons have arrived nearly every day. They were posted through my letter box! They were handed to me in the pub! A friend posted some attached to a card! Some were handed over when I went out for dinner! One kind friend handed over her button box for me to check out!

It really does restore my faith in kindness and simple generosity. Friends have raided their button boxes galore.Where craft work is concerned there is always a sharing, not only of ideas but supplies and stash. It’s a wonderful world! Thank you dear friends for sharing, helping and friendship.

img_0878By the way, the cruise programme is now complete and sent off to the cruise company. The sample projects are nearly all done and we just have to go to a sale on Thursday and purchase lots of Liberty fabrics. Great fun! The actual cruise that I will be teaching on is in January when I am off to Norway! Yippee! Actually I have quite a few more trips to fit in before then!  Watch this space and I will tell you all about it.

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