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.
As we continue onwards to St Helena we also continue crafting. Today’s craft was all about stitching. The credit for this project is due to the lovely lady at Kitty and Flo
I made the project into mini kits and took 27 with me. It’s a constant learning curve for me and I’d like to think that I get it right most of the time! One thing that I have learnt is if I make kits I need to include written instructions.
The project was aimed at mixed abilities. We all enjoyed it but as always will need to be completed at the next class.
I thought I’d re blog this as Hubs is at home over seeing a new bathroom whilst I cruise the oceans! How good is he?
The sky is blue, the sun is hot and all is good with the World. My classes are popular and the participants are creative. It’s pretty difficult to pitch the classes right for the cruise guests as we get complete novices and fabulous experts. I work on the principle that the novice will learn something from me and I will learn something from the experts!
I’ve actually remembered to take a few pictures before I got embroiled in the class but then I put my phone down and didn’t take any more!
And unusually a picture of me!!
I enjoyed a lovely pre birthday lunch with my eldest child. He gave me these vintage pinking shears as a surprise ( not a birthday present) He said that he found them when trawling through charity shops.I was delighted with the thought and the gift. They are truly vintage, perfect condition and in their original box. They made me think of other vintage sewing items that I have. More about them later!
I’m still beavering away prepping my next craft cruise. Only ten days to go Whoo Hoo!This class is making a bracelet using beads and safety pins As with most beading it can be fiddly but great when finished.
Guess where I went wrong? Aww well! Practice makes perfect.
Hubs Benji dog and I spent a fabulous few days at our caravan on the Lynn Peninsular . Today was one for the forever memory banks.
My Sis and Daughter decided to teach ourselves how to make felted soap ( OK it was my idea!) We spent an evening watching “how to videos” on YouTube and much of the next day experimenting. We soaped, squished, laughed and felted.
I then dry felted a heart onto one of my bars. The results were quite good with some room for improvement.
This is an eco friendly craft which will be great in the shower. The soap continues to shrink within the wool which also shrinks. Every piece of soap is used up leaving a piece of felted wool behind.
Well! Our hands were clean and we smelled delicious.
Busy, busy days but happy, happy times! Recently I went with Darling Daughter to a craft exhibition. The show was located in a beautiful village, encompassing the lovely 15th Century church, village hall and community centre. We have visited Gresford Festival of Crafts many times and never been disappointed. See http://www.gresford-craft-group.co.uk
The amazingly good crafts are displayed in the church, draped across the pews and decorating the nave. We wandered around happy to soak up the inspiration, colour, textiles and peace!
A beautiful display of Daisies hiding in the graveyard
The church is surrounded by a grove of yews, some of which are equal in size and age to those of Overton listed in the Seven Wonders of Wales. Twenty-five of these were planted in 1726, but one growing near the south gate is older. It was already an ancient tree at the time of Richard II‘s proclamation that ordered the general planting of yews to support the army and the use of yew in the Longbow.
I have been stocking my Etsy shop with this little beauty. It is a genuine Victorian Hat Pin which came from a home in Southsea Hampshire. There is some damage but would delight any collectors or costume designers collection.
Take a look at my Etsy shop
Recently I was fortunate to be able to go on a stitching fest. Imagine that! A whole weekend of stitching heaven! I went with the North Wales Embroiderers Guild to a beautiful Mansion called Plas Tan Y Bwlch. This C18 country mansion is now The Snowdonia National Park Centre and offers Accommodation and courses throughout the year. Each year The North Wales Embroiderers Guild hire the whole building, engage 3 specialist tutors and off we go!
I was so taken with the location that I took Hubs back for lunch in the tea room with the most spectacular views. Many other courses are on offer throughout the year including photography, walking in Snowdonia, art, Welsh history and much more.
I will tell you more about my slow stitching weekend ( and I am slow!)in the next blog. See you then!!