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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!

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!

Creative Cruise

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20170706_111744IMG_1139When we were on our recent cruise around Scotland, one of the projects that we made was a clock.  We used vintage textiles including tray cloths and doilies. The results were amazingly good and everyone who made one was delighted with the results.

As always there were lessons to be learnt.

1) The wooden embroidery hoops, used as a frame, take up a LOT of space in a suitcase!

2) Do not squash your finished clock into a suitcase as this stops the hands turning!

3) Use vintage doilies for the clock face not tray cloths. This way you don’t need to cut the fabric to fit and you get a better result.IMG_1192IMG_1120

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Cushions Galore

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I have mentioned my Monday craft group many times. The wonderful thing about it is the people ( of course) and the diversity of crafts that we have. There are spinners, knitters, crocheters, knitters, lace makers, knitters, embroiderers, sewers, knitters,and weavers. When we meet there is also a huge amount of chatter and laughter.

I recently commissioned one of the weavers, who happens to be the only guy, to make cushions. I wanted one for myself and one for my daughter. I must confess that he was very patient as I wanted mine to be woven in red. But not too red. With white but not too white. He was spot on with my request!

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20170221_090712Trevor also weaves the most beautiful scarfs which are soft and warm.

It didnt occur to me until I purchased these cushions that there is no need for a zip or fasten. Just use a polyester filled cushion pad and carefully wash cover and pad in one go when necessary! Easy!

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B is for…….

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I love this monogram…

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B Is for : Better get on with it! I am still trying to complete some of my UFOs! I have completed a Christmas present this week. Last year’s not this! I can’t show it to you as  I haven’t had chance to give it to Darling Daughter and she is the intended recipient! Watch this space……

B is for Blanket ( or Afghan or throw depending on where you live!). I have tried hard to get ahead with this Blanket this week. Today I spent my time at craft group Darning in ends. I hate that job so try to keep up as I crochet. This is a “use up stash sort of project”

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B is for Beach -I love the beach!

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And I Thought that No-one Would Come!

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We continue to cruise North along the gorgeous  coast of Norway on Fred Olsen’s ship MS Balmoral. We glide along past the colourless but awesome scenery. Colourless because the coast and mountains are shrouded in mist and mystery, but with glimpses of coastal villages and amazingly long road bridges.

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The classes on the ship are really well attended, with over thirty ladies ( and a couple of random husbands) attending each session. Today we were doing ” decoupage” which proved incredibly popular.This is good as I don’t now have to carry home lots of wooden boxes. We are using a wide choice of papers including old maps and a vintage Whinnie the Pooh book. The glue used is a glossy glue which means that you don’t need to varnish the end product. It’s a great thrill to see the variety of creations that emerge from the same raw materials.

img_0936img_0982We have bonded as a craft group as we share, help each other and chat.

And to think that I thought no-one would come!

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In Search of snow(boots)

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Why have I never quite got the right items? As I’m off to Norway I need some snow boots. I’ve got ankle boots, hiking boots, Knee high boots, fashion boots but no snow boots. You would think that living in the Welsh hills I would have snow boots but we don’t get a lot of snow. Most years there’s a few weeks of light snow although one year I was snowed in. High drama as along came a power cut( no heat) and Hubs was away. I rallied the troops(aka neighbours) who dug my car out and I heated soup on our log burning stove. I also quilted all day so was snug under the lush and cozy quilt! You see every cloud and all that!

img_0896By the way! The wreath on the mirror above was made by yours truly. I used a wire coat hanger and plastic sandwich bags. Easy Peasy!

As the year draws to an end I will continue my hunt for snow boots. 2017 and adventures beckon!

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Candles and Crochet

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Yet more soy candles ready for the craft fair on Saturday. Slightly different this time as I’ve used some glass jars and Citronella oil as well as my usual China cups I’m looking forward to the actual fair as it’s great to see what others have made and I meet loads of people.img_0873

I started to crochet a shawl for my expected fourth grandchild next spring. I didn’t have a pattern but away I went. After some hours of crochet I was excited as it grew. When I checked it looked a little big but I thought that it would make a nice pram cover. Onwards it grew even bigger. Well maybe a cot blanket. I couldn’t make it smaller as it is a linear pattern, very nice but HUGE. I jest not, it will make a blanket for  a super king bed!! Maybe a wedding present when the unborn baby marries! Happy days.

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Christmas Fair

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I am busy preparing for our Village Christmas Fair. I have been pouring candles into vintage China cups to sell. They make great Christmas gifts and usually sell well. I do have plans for other crafty gifts but as ever time is critical, so we will see.

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For my candles I use Soy Wax which is much better than paraffin wax. Soy wax burns slowly with a clear flame and no soot. And, importantly they are eco friendly! Today I have made ten candles in cups. They are gently perfumed with lavender. I will, hopefully make another ten later in the week. Maybe, just maybe, I will find time for the other project. But I will let you know!

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Confession

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As you know dear friends I am in the middle of a “Big Sort” I’ve striped my wardrobe nearly bare and am regarding it as an opportunity to buy more clothes! Well not really as I do have another wardrobe that I’ve not touched yet. I remember being told that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time, this I think is true so why clog up the wardrobes with 80% of stuff that I’m never going to wear? It’s really liberating this de cluttering.

I have a HUGE stash of yarn, textiles and craft items. When I sorted my wool stash I put it into one of those bags that you use the Hoover to suck all the air out and shrink the package for storage. Now I have a confession to make. I actually couldn’t use the Hoover!! It’s not that I don’t Hoover the house honestly. I do nearly every day, but I never use the extension tube. Hubs always hovers the stairs so DONT tell him that I couldn’t use it! Oh the shame! ( not)

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