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Let The Quilting Begin

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When I went to India I met a lady by the name of Kim Porter who has a business selling “worn and washed fabrics”I purchased one of her kits with a view to making a quilt.

I had saved the quilt kit as a project for my recovery. Recovery therapy I suppose.Well recovery time is here and I have no excuse not to get quilting! The plan is to machine stitch the blocks together and then to hand quilt. I will buy 100% natural wadding as the blocks are pure cotton or linen. I will use a vintage textile as backing. The backing is yet to be decided. I will report back my progress so watch this space

Progress

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Yesterday I escaped the cottage confines and went shopping. Not real shopping just picking up click and collect stuff in Marks and Spencer. I need to get better quickly if only to stop me doing so much shopping on line!

Hubs drove and I used both crutches. Around the home I’m not using crutches now but trying to walk tall and proud! ( I need to straighten up) I can’t wait to walk out in our local countryside properly. One step at a time. So for now I’m just putting one foot in front of the other.

Crafts as Therapy

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I mentioned that I am a great believer in the power of positivity but I also believe in “helping yourself”.

One method of self help is to use hobbies as a form of therapy and relaxation. As I mentioned on an earlier blog I have struggled to pick up any of my planned hobby projects.One craft that I have been bumbling along with is one ( of many) knitting projects. I am knitting squares from re-used yarn, into a blanket ( or Afghan). The yarn was originally knitted into a sweater but turned out as big as a marquee so was unravelled and is now in a new life as a throw.

I will assemble them using a contrast yarn and crochet. I also plan to back the finished throw with micro fleece for cozy snuggles. Goodness knows when it will be finished but I will let you know!

I am collecting brooches, broken or not, with a view to making a collage. Here is one that I found on Pinterest

Day Sixteen

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Today is day sixteen since I had my operation to replace both hips. All is good and I continue to progress with baby steps. I’m working on the principle that the slower I go the further I get. Each day I see some small improvement. Remember life is a Marathon not a sprint!

Room with a view!

Boredom is the main issue as I can’t seem to motivate myself to do any crafts. I have done a small amount of knitting but seem to have lost my Mojo so if you find it please return marked urgent!

I use an app called “Audible ” and on this I am listening to various books Even this seems lazy as someone else is reading the book to you! Still, I’m enjoying the luxury.

Positivity is definitely the name of the game . So watch this space and you might find I’m running that marathon!(maybe not!)

Card making-Me??

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Today was the final craft class onboard the SAGA Sapphire. Paper crafts have been the name of the game and as you know This is not my first love in crafts. However, it’s been a delight to try new ideas and learn something new.

Today we made a Christmas card using a technique call “tea bag folding” It’s all an adventure!

A Different Craft Class

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As most of you know I often teach crafts on cruise ships so you won’t be surprised to learn that I’ve been to the craft class on my current holiday. It was really good to see how someone else deals with the craft Classes. Lyn the tutor on this SAGA cruise has a completely different take on the situation. But you can always learn something new. Lyn works in paper craft which is not my first love but I am really enjoying a fresh outlook. I am delighted to make a Christmas Tree from a paper back book! Seasonal, appropriate and fun.

Life at sea with SAGA

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Hi guys life on a cruise ship is never boring. (If it is it’s your fault) !

Today is my first day of my first cruise with SAGA Ok the ship is full of golden oldies but what an enthusiastic lot! I’m not working and I am actually enjoying a holiday with Hubs and have the time to attend other activities!

please note that this is NOT Hubs!

Mr Motivator (AKA Derrick Evans) is a guest speaker on board!

This is a gift for me as I prepare for bilateral hip replacements in a few weeks. Mr Motivator is certainly active, enthusiastic and positive! I’m also able to swim daily, well excercise my legs and hips! Just what the doctor ordered!

Craft Group

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I so enjoy my Monday craft group in our village hall.

This is my current project. It’s destined to be a blanket ( or Afghan) I took it to the group this week to ask advice which was offered in abundance. Along side the advice was good ideas and encouragement…

There are stitchers and…..

Knitters and…..

Weavers and …..

Creators and……

Most importantly friends, yarn swappers and social support.

(This last picture was on Facebook with no accreditation) BUT isn’t it good?!

Weaving in Namibia

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When we were in Swakopmund Namibia we visited a carpet weaving studio It was named Karakulia Weavers They can be found on line at http://www.karakulia.com.na The sheep’s wool is from northern Namibia which is more verdant. The wool is quite thick and course but makes beautiful carpets.

The designs are lovely on both sides, usually of a customers own design and are exported all over the World. The staff had opened especially on a Sunday for us but were delightful and deserved the custom. Sadly I couldn’t buy one as I’m overloaded with luggage any way.

Desert, Dunes and Townships

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Today was a day of contrasts. We arrived in Namibia in Walvis Bay . This is situated between the Namib and Khalarari deserts. It appears to be a land of sand dunes, diamonds and Townships. Very much a contrast between the haves and the have nots ( as many countries) I took a tour and visited Dune 7 the largest sand dune in the World.

We moved on to look at a Township. I felt very sad and upset as they stopped the coach to look and I wasn’t sure if we were watching a zoo or those outside were watching us in a zoo!

We ended the tour at an up market beach resort ( what a contrast) I had a very belated breakfast here and finally rang hubs at home. Travel and absence certainly makes the heart grow fonder.