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Decorating

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One of the best things about this time is the decorations. Forget the dark days and add twinkle to your life with fairy lights. Get all wrapped up with recycled paper. Make your own cool wreath.

This wreath is so easy to make that even I can do it. I made it three Christmases ago. It squashes flat and fluffs out when the decs go up. It also ticks the recycling, upcycling and reusing boxes. Here’s how:

Take a wire coat hanger and bend and twist into a rough circle keeping the hook as,well, a hook.

Cut plastic bags into approximately 2 x 6 inch strips

Take each strip and knot around the wire

Keep going round the circle pushing the knotted strips close and tight.

When the circle is full fluff out the strips and trim if required.

Add decoration of choice or leave without

You can use coloured bags ( I used clear) and adapt for other occasions e.g. Halloween, Baby shower, wedding, Birthday etc.

Hook up the wreath. Stand back. Admire.

Happy decorating to you all dear reader!

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Finished Friday!

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I’ve Finally finished my current project!

It’s scarf called Hitchhiker and can be found on http://www.Ravelry.com and is by Martina Behm This is the third time I’ve made this cosy knit. It is easy to do and attractive when finished.

First I made this one:

Then I made one for my daughter last Christmas, which I forgot to photograph, but that time I sewed purls to each point.

And now I’ve made this one:

WIP? PhD?

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As seems to be a frequent occurrence I had the idea that 2019 will be the year of project completion. Then I remembered that I have this idea every year!

WIP= Work in progress

PhD = Projects half done

Current WIP ( that I can recall)

  1. Bee Keepers Quilt
  2. Knitted squares Afghan-all one colour
  3. Patchwork Quilt (three quarters done)
  4. Skirt-nearly done for Christmas
  5. Hitchhiker scarf
  6. Beaded bracelet ( nearly complete cruise project)
  7. Zippered pouch ( years old)
  8. Quillow
  9. Crochet shawl kit (never started)
  1. Two tunic tops (not started but required for trip in February

And the list goes on………

When I am brave enough to adventure towards the bottom of my stash I am sure that there are many more projects jut waiting to be finished.

I’m also thinking of starting a one woman campaign for sustainability

“A jumper is for ever not just for Christmas”

Apparently Charity (thrift) shops are swamped with old/ nearly new Christmas sweaters. Come on guys get off this bandwagon. Refined reuse recycle and more importantly don’t waste your money!

Cruise Crafts Decoupage

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Another craft that we did on our latest cruise! Decoupage is always a popular and a well attended craft class. I’ve come to the conclusion that we all enjoy messing about with glue, paper and being creative. We had some lovely and colourful boxes and hearts on display at our final exhibition. Above is just a sample! There is always a discussion about decoupage versus decoupatch. An explanation follows.

Decoupage requires gluing the paper in place followed by varnishing. In order to achieve a smooth finish, many layers of varnish are required and the object would need to be sanded between coats. (The term decoupage is also used for the technique often seen on handmade card where stiff cut-outs are layered to give a 3-D effect.) Decopatch is the modern version of decoupage. (Strictly speaking, Decopatch is the trade name of the French company that makes the special papers, glue etc, but it has rapidly become a generic term.) Decopatch paper selectionDecopatch papers are thinner, so it doesn’t require layers of varnish to give a smooth finish. The combined glue and varnish also makes the whole process much easier. The decopatch glue-varnish and aquapro varnishes are water based so you won’t be inhaling solvents as you work.

I have just one more cruise craft to show you from my recent working vacation, so watch this space!

Cruise Crafts Block Printing

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Block printing is always so popular in my Craft Classes on board cruise ships. Everyone just loves to play with paint, colour, textiles and Block printing ticks all the boxes. I do have a wide selection of wooden printing blocks but due to weight restrictions, I have to limit the ones I take. I provide “ready to print” linen bags or tea towels and away we go.

I also provide buttons, beads and embroidery threads so that the bags can be embellished if the ladies wish. It’s incredibly rewarding for me to see someone have fun and be delighted with the result. Often the ladies are unhappy because the printing hasn’t gone to plan. Usually we can recover from the mistakes using paint brushes and embellishments. And, as they say, turn the frown into a smile!

Cruise Crafts Silk Ties

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Hi lovely readers! I have talked a lot about the destinations on my recent,wonderful cruise but not about the crafts! The very reason for me being on the cruise in the first place is that I was actually teaching crafts! And what a great time we had!

One of the very popular crafts that we made was silk purses. We used silk ties to make these simple colourful make up pouches. I did start buying ties from charity shops but was not very happy. Silk ties in charity shops are quite expensive. They are often not too clean! They do not wash very well ( my Mother was right) I ended up buying lots of silk ties from China. These are sold as wedding ties and are colourful, good quality and nice to work with.

The purses are quite simple to make and the only other requirement is a zip. If you place the tie longways and use the zip as a measure, you can wind the tie round and round until the length is used. Pin and then slip stitch as you go. Slip stitch the base and insert the zip. Job done!

These are a small collection of the finished purses that were in our final Exhibition of Crafts. Didn’t we do well?

Where are you crafting?

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Hi Guys where are you crafting today? I’m knitting on a coach on my way to Dover.

Yes I’m off on Another crafty cruise. I am so lucky to be seeing the World from a cruise ship. Sure I have to work but it’s such a pleasure when you love what you do . The greatest pleasure of all is “coaching ” someone and sharing the crafty knowledge.

This cruise is Island hopping from Dover UK through the Suez Canal and home from Jordan. The great promise at the end is a trip to Petra. I can’t wait but do have some work to do before then.

This explains why I’ve not been blogging recently as in the five weeks since my last cruise I’ve been prepping the crafts for this cruise! It’s so nice to sit on the transfer coach and knit my own project!!

Tie Craft

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I recently went to a meeting of the Embroiders Guild. I love this meeting and find the other members inspiring and oh so creative! It is not just embroidery but all types of needle crafts. I often take my knitting but today I took the neck ties that I’ve been collecting to make a silk make up purse.

I spent time folding, re folding and pining into place until I was happy with the result. When you have worked out how it is quite easy to finally hand sew and insert a zip. I’m pleased with my first effort and will make more until I can make the silk purses with ease and neatly.

 

 

 

Powerless

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Today we had a day without electricity whilst planned maintenance was carried out In the village.We knew about this in advance but it still came as a shock to the system. We carefully filled a flask with hot water before the outage began. Three minutes after it started we decided to have a cup of tea. Obvious result no more hot water.

Then I had a bright idea .I could use my iPad as I’d duty fully charged the battery. But hold on no WIFI as hub switched off. OK I thought I will go and play in my craft room. Hand sewing seemed a good plan but I needed to iron the creased fabric. How quiet everywhere was no radio playing no hum of the fridge no noise. All I could hear was bird song and the odd vehicle in the distance.

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I did some cutting out, gluing and playing with paper. Oh and I actually read a couple of magazines a very pleasant change from reading blogs but still no cup of tea! So this is a taste of “living off grid”.

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