This last weekend I was looking after my Gorgeous Granddaughter (or maybe she was looking after me!). She lives a couple of hundred miles from me so it’s always very special to see her. Her parents were away so we were home alone. I searched, trawled the net and tried to find something different to do with not a lot of success. Then I found a Salvage and reclaimation show not too far away. The sun was shining and the sat nav worked and we found Ripley Castle without too much trouble.
Despite being told that taking a child to a Reclaimation Show was tantamount to child abuse we had a great time! We saw chairs, nuts, bolts, garden furniture and so much more.We each bought a lovely snugly throw, we ate Asian take away and found decorative shells. A very happy day!
Ps mines the blue throw.
Many of you are aware that I occasionally work on cruise ships teaching crafts. I average about three “craft” cruises a year. It is not as simple as it sounds as an awful lot of work goes into the preparation for the cruises both financially and time wise. Trying to remain current and popular with the crafts I teach is a challenge. Deciding which crafts to offer is a major consideration and knowing how to do them is handy!!
This involves watching which crafts are fashionable or even revisiting vintage crafts for ideas. Which brings me to…
Do you remember French Knitting? We used a knitting dolly. This seemed like a possibility for a cruise so I ordered 40 Knitting dollys. (see what I mean about expense?) Then I needed to organise the yarn – more cost! Most importantly I needed to remember how to use it. Guess what? I took the kit on a holiday cruise! I practiced and practiced.
I also thought about Textile printing which I’ve done before. I already have the printing blocks so I bought 30 Textile tote bags and tea towels – more expense! I took a tote bag on the cruise with me so that I could embellish it to demonstrate the possibilities.
On this last cruise Sis also took along a craft. She was teaching herself needle felting. Now there’s an idea!!
Well dear Friend as many of you know I live to travel, and travel I do! I have just returned from a cruise with my Sister. We flew to Barbados and cruised some of the Caribbean and then across the Atlantic to Madeira. After various stops in Spain we finally flew home from Malaga.
Six days at sea across the Atlantic is pretty hard core cruising but we coped between extended meals, sun bathing and relaxing in the beauty spa! It was great to be with Sis sharing childhood memories, giggling and reading each other’s books. Happy days.
Sis did get sun burned legs that required some attention!
We visited food markets in Madeira, but didn’t buy any chillies 🌶 or 🌿 herbs
We found an unusual post box!
We visited the monkeys in Gibraltar ( well I hid on the mini bus whilst Sis said hello to the Wild Barbery Apes)
You might remember that I was making Bunting for my super step granddaughters birthday BBQ on my last blog. Well job done and I was really pleased with the result.
In the meantime I have also been sorting through my stash of “stuff”. A local charity shop in Chester, The Share Shop Chester, had put out an appeal for fabrics, sewing patterns and notions. Three sewing machines had generously been donated and are scheduled to go abroad to enable refugees to make their own clothes. I had a good sort out and have sent over forty sewing patterns for them, some dress length fabrics and a pile of threads. It’s great to know that they are going to a good cause. Not only that but I have actually made some space in my craft room.
Its done! It’s finished! It’s fab!
This was a year ago and it’s not stayed this tidy. I need the House Elves to visit and the Dust Bunnies to work hard! Still off to my craft room to make Bunting for Step Granddaughters birthday. According to her she’s ” turning the big one zero!”. More about Bunting later.
I’ve just got to tell you that I am giddy with excitement! Why? I’m on the brink, nay cusp of finishing not one but TWO works in progress! How exciting is that? Such a rare event.
Im savouring the moment so will show you pics when work complete! I have put myself under pressure ( I work better under pressure) as I am off to a craft show with Sis on Friday. I promised myself that I wouldn’t buy/start any more project until I had finished at least two. Mind you I don’t NEED to buy more as I still have multiple PHDs (projects half done) filling up my tiny cottage. But you know the score…
OK long time no blog! I’ve been very busy, excuses excuses! I’ve been very busy cruising in the Caribbean and I’ve been Very busy having Christmas. I know! I know! I’m spoiled but I love it.
One thing I did was to actually finish something. This was a scarf for Darling Daughter as a gift for Christmas. I used ” Hitchhiker” pattern from http://www.ravelry.com
I am pleased with the out come and nearly kept it for myself. It’s always a good gift when you don’t want to give it away isn’t it? But it did go to a good home!
I used a fine un dyed Merino wool which was good to work with. I do think that this scarf would be good in many yarns as it’s so adaptable.
As you can see I added pearl beads to the points and blocked it when completed.
Here is my original Hitchhiker scarf which is much bigger as I just knit until I’d used up all the yarn! I hate waste!
I promise to blog more often and I promise to work harder and complete more projects. ( In my dreams)
Hubs and I are prone to making spontaneous decisions, or should I say jumping in with both feet! It certainly keeps life interesting. Our latest instant idea was to book a cruise. It goes on Sunday to the Caribbean. Whoo Hoo! We don’t get back until 6am Christmas Day! Guess who’s not cooking Christmas dinner? Hooray.
I have had seven days to:
1 Write, post and deliver Christmas cards.
2 Buy gifts for the family
3 complete hand crafted gifts
5 Buy any clothes needed ( always a good excuse!)
6 re pack to check what I have packed.
7 Book car parking
8 Apply for Visa
9 Buy all Christmas food and freeze so that we can actually eat. ( maybe after two weeks cruise food that won’t be an issue!)
10 collect currency
11 Have hair done. Nails. Check packing……..
12 Happy days!
Most importantly what craft project shall I take with me?
Yesterday was our annual village Christmas Fayre. A fun, festive event putting everyone in the Christmas spirit.
I had a stall selling my perfumed candles in China cups, printed bags and knitting. My little Sister helped and it was good to catch up with friends. As usual I probably spent more money than I made but it is great to meet fellow artisans and network. Christmas is heading this way fast so brace yourselves!