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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!)

Hippy Hippy Shake

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Today is day 4 post op from a bilateral hip replacement surgery. In all honesty I could have gone home from hospital today but it’s all about confidence. Mobility and independence are the name of the game so I am on target to go home tomorrow.

Bed remote control, TV remote control mobile phone charger, note book, pen, hand cream are all essential items for ward life along with a good book, magazines, crutches, shoe horn and “helping hand” are also necessary. To name some of the detritus that am surrounded by essential for my surgical recovery.

Hip Hip Hurray

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I wasn’t going to write about this but it does help to share.

On Saturday I had a Bi lateral Hip Replacement. My mobility was dreadful and the pain very difficult. However the future is bright. I am now the bionic woman and recovering slowly. It is not common to have both hips done at once but I decided that it was a good plan because:-

  • One anaesthetic
  • One recovery time ( but protracted)
  • One worry pre op Because I would have had to have 2 separate operations
  • Able to return to normal life quicker
  • So here I am wrapped in a cocoon of care, recovering slowly but surely. I have decided that slowly but surely will get a much better outcome. I keep being told that it is a “marathon not a sprint” My approach is one of positivity. I know that thinking positively brings positive results! Watch this space.
  • I will keep you up to date
  • 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!

    Ports and Docks

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    When on a cruise you soon learn to distinguish between docks and ports. You may “tie up” in a dock which is usually a working port. There are frequently many storage containers and cranes. Often the port will provide transport through the port to a port gate to prevent you from wandering around. As these ports are working areas they can appear very unattractive.

    You may also “tie up” at a port terminal which is often more attractive. Port Terminals often have shops, duty free shopping opportunities and free WIFI often accompanied by cafes and relaxation areas.

    Agadir, where we are docked today is most definitely a working port.

    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?!

    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!