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Weekly Blog (an attempt to focus)

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I have decided to focus and not have such a scattered approach to everything. One change will be to write a Weekly blog. It may not be the same day every week but blog on a weekly basis I will!

I don’t know about you but I find that I spend so much time thinking, planning, dreaming. I waste time surfing the net, reading blogs and deciding what to do, but not actually doing it! From now on I’m going to adopt a JFDI policy. (Just *ing Do It)

IMG_1399I have so many UFO’S (unfinished objects) that I am afraid to list them! So complete  “some”  I will. One urgent WIP(work in progress) is a must. Hopefully in next weeks blog this will be on display.

 

At the Hobbycraft show in Manchester last week I purchased some Sirdar Firefly yarn destined to become an evening shawl, using the simple enclosed pattern. There was also a beautiful length of fabric which will make a great skirt. A selection of decoupage papers to put in my Cruise craft project bag. And a much emptier purse! I had a great day and saw many ideas for future  projects. Or am I just creating more PHD’s? ( Projects Half Done)

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Dust, dust,dust

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They are still drilling holes through my 22 inch cottage walls! On the plus side we do now have hot water and warm radiators.

I have spent most of the day sorting out my cruise craft suitcases just in case I get another unplanned cruise. My next booked one is a double cruise next July to Norway and then to Sweden. But you never know!!

The twiddlemuffs are ready to be sent to a worthy cause and I have a very long shopping list. At least I’ve got an idea of a new craft list for the next cruise whenever that might be!IMG_1323

Maybe sometime soon I will get chance to work on my own personal projects. I’ve forgotten how many UFO’s I actually have. Perhaps I’ll make a list! The best thing about lists is crossing off the achievements. Next blog a list………..

Meanwhile….

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Memories of Canada

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The recent cruise that I was working on was to Canada. It was on Fred Olsen MS Boudicca and billed as “Rugged and Rural Canada”. And what a surprise it was rugged and rural! There was four days at sea in each direction, which is why I was on board, to teach crafts when at sea. Fantastic job! A few of the ports that we visited weIMG_1256MS Boudicca Sydney Nova ScotiaIMG_1258IMG_1259L’Anse aux Meadows school buses to show us around the Viking settlementIMG_1261IMG_1244St Pierre Island

I hope that one day I will return to Mainland Canada and explore further.

It’s the Final Project

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IMG_1216The recent cruise to Canada was a great success. The one project that I haven’t shown you was Decoupage, which is always popular. It’s the sort of decoupage where you glue torn pieces of pretty paper to a wooden form or box and then varnish it. I think that we all love messing about with glue and creativity.

IMG_1215IMG_1289The photo frames were decoupaged using the ships Daily Times, and cutting outsignificant locations. The end result was a great souvenir to take home.

Perhaps next time I will tell you something of the actual cruise!

Textile Inspiration Packs

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One project that always proves popular at my cruise craft class is what we call “Textile Inspiration Packs”.The packs contain a selection of fabric pieces in various different types. There may be some colour co-ordinated velvet, cotton, corduroy, taffeta and perhaps,lace. They take quite some time to put them together, but it’s good fun.

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The ladies take a pack and it’s over to them! They usually make a fabric brooch, a bag pendant or whatever they wish. Inspiration is the name of the game. We always take along beads, buttons and bows, brooch findings and clips.

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This picture is of a jewellery roll which one lady was inspired to make. It’s lined with plain blue satin and pouches for beads – lovely.

Twiddlemuffs

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A super popular craft that we worked on whilst on our recent cruise to Canada, was Twiddlemuffs. I donated the yarn from my personal stash, with the intention of “making space” at home. Ha ha! Should have known better. We used loads of yarn but the stuff must grow in the dark as we certainly brought a lot more home. Honestly? I confess we actually bought more in Canada. I can’t resist!IMG_1235

This was a great project to bring a group together and was extremely popular. The ladies discussed and chatted, swapped yarn and helped each other. The finished muffs were put into the final cruise exhibition. Some were taken home for elderly family or friends suffering from dementia and we brought the remaining ones home. We intend to donate the remaining muffs to a home for the elderly where, hopefully they will be put to good use. IMG_1236IMG_1239IMG_1237 A TwiddleMuff is a woollen muff, with twiddles attached inside and out, designed to provide a stimulation activity for the restless hands of disoriented or confused patients particularly those with dementia. When distributed at a hospital, they are labelled with the patient’s name to prevent any cross infection and patients will be able to take them home with them so there will always be a need for many more to be made.

 

 

Playing with Paint

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A week or so ago, whilst on a Crafty Canadian Cruise, we had quite a few classes playing with paint. We provided paint, tea towel, linen tote bags and stamps. You’ve guest it, we were creating our own Textile decorations. The linens were especially bought for printing. Colour, imagination and creativity abounded.

The dog related stamps were especially popular, making me realise how much people love their pets (not least of all myself) All of the ladies who joined in were pleased with the results.

These printed projects would need the paint sealing to make it waterproof. It’s very simple you just iron on the wrong side for quite a few minutes. Or you can tumble dry to seal.

Good job well done!

Cruising and Clocks

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During my recent working craft cruise one of the “makes” was a wall clock. I have done this project on a previous cruise and it always proves popular. We used vintage fabrics, wadding, strong card for backing, embroidery hoops and of course, a clock mechanism. It does prove to be fiddly and the clock mechanism is temperamental. Although, that could be because they had travelled by mail all the way from China! The ladies who made the clocks were delighted with the outcome.

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Lessons Learnt

Use round doilies to minimise cutting and bulk.

Make sure backing card is strong but cuttable.

Provide smaller embroidery hoops (but not too small)

This project will defiantly be repeated if I’m lucky enough to be asked onto another cruise!

Headless Chuck!

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I will be brief! Last night I had a phone call to ask could I help out and do a craft cruise to CANADA NEXT SATURDAY!! Could I help? Of course I could!

In the meantime I’ve got to:

Take 2 Grandchildren on a bucket and spade holiday to a caravan.

Write the craft programme.

Sort out all the craft supplies.

Dream up a couple of extra ideas for alternative classes.

Make some samples ( always practice, always be ahead of the student)

Pack a suitcase for next week.

Pack a suitcase for the cruise.

Get myself to Liverpool to pick up the cruise.

Sign and return contracts.

So I’m very sorry but no time to blog, no WIFI next week, probably no WIFI on the ship.

But, Hey! Canada here I come!

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Fort William, Scotland

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Our recent Scottish Lochs cruise took us to Fort William where we Tendered ashore. This involves going from big ship to small boat to land because the loch is not deep enough to allow the ship to berth at the landing place. A degree of agility may be required if the water is at all rough. Going back to the Beautiful Boudicca ship was a little exciting as the wind created a rougher return. The ships staff were delightful in “man handling” some of the passengers aboard.

Meanwhile back to Fort William…….

Sis and I were lucky to stumble across a great craft fair in this iconic Scottish town. There was much to ooh and ahh about but best of all there was a stall selling beautiful hand felted items. We both fell in love with book covers hand made by Corrine at theatticwindow1@gmail.com Sis is using hers as a tablet cover.

IMG_1196Isn’t this a delight? It contains a note book and as you know a girl cant have too many note books! Not only that but when fully open the book cover is gorgeous.IMG_1195well done Corrine and thank you.

20170708_102751I had to add this photo as I couldn’t resist. Kennedy was my maiden name so fame at last!