Tag Archives: Holidays

Crafts of India (2)

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Rural India where artisans make fine hand knotted carpets. Here, in the village centre,the cows relax in the shade.

The village “pond” where clothes are washed and young men fish for dinner. In the foreground cow dung is drying in the sun, waiting to be used as fuel.

Young men dying the silk in cold water vats. The hanks of silk are dunked and rotated through the dye vats. The women stay at home and work in the fields.

“Boilers” waiting to be fired up to heat the hot water dying vats. Note the winding apparatus to place the hanks of silk on ready for dying.

Field of drying yarn hanks both silk and wool. Destined to become carpets. This region ( Bhadohi) employs 2.2 million rural artisans in a 100% export orientated industry.

The end product Beautiful silk carpets. Which incidentally, reached the UK within 10 Days.

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Taj Mahal

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Memorable visit to Taj Mahal today in this wonderful, amazing land of contrasts.The poverty is difficult to swallow but the culture is immersive. I love love love the textiles and crafts. I am with a specialist textile company called Colouricious who have taken us to hidden gems. Whilst I am devastated that we have not had a block printing workshop ( my reason for coming) I am loving the other textiles. I am learning as much from my travel companions as we are all like minded.Marble inlaid with semi precious stones

Only a few more days to go before home.

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!!

Money, money, money

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Last year I bought a kit from Scheepjes to make a “crochet along shawl”. The kit, when it arrived, was a delight of yarn squishiness. It contained delightful jewel colours and small extras. It was like receiving a lovely gift ( even though I’d paid for it)

Well I missed the crochet along (CAL) by months so Darling Daughter printed the patterns off for me.

I decided to take the kit away with me and start. No crochet hook ( I have dozens at home) OK, I found a local knitting shop and treated myself to a hook with a lovely handle ( not cheap). I started the shawl very half heartedly as I couldn’t work out when I would wear it! So I thought I’d use the kit to knit a jumper which I am more likely to wear.

I found the perfect sweater on line. Sadly it was published in a book and together with postage was unreasonably expensive. So I resisted the purchase and found a nice, free, pattern in a magazine which I had.

Guess what? No Knitting needles! Dozens at home so I went to the local charity shops which all appeared shut for the royal wedding. Next day I found anther yarn shop and “treated” myself to some high end bamboo needles. I can always justify spending by telling myself that I deserve this treat!

Trying hard, I knit a tension square which suggested that I needed larger needles. Oh no! I think I will wait until I get home.

Rainy Day Activity

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Welsh Wales weather can be very wet! However, on our recent seaside break in Llanbedrog it wasn’t too bad. We had a few nice beach days and a few variable days. To fill in a dull morning Step Grandaughter and I attempted some block printing. I’d gone well prepared with fabric paint, print blocks and linen tea towels. ( all left from my recent craft cruise)

As usual Benji dog wanted to play as well!IMG_1301IMG_1309IMG_1310Step Grand daughter did amazingly well. She is patient and plans carefully. We were both delighted with the result and great plans are afoot for teachers’ Christmas gifts!

Seaside Adventure

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On our recent trip to Llanbedrog Benji Dog enjoyed lots of adventures and new experiences.

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He searched for the sea

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But wasn’t sure about the waves.

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He looked for boats but they were all beached

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He went rock climbing and couldn’t get down!

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Happy holidays, see you soon.

Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside!

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We have just returned from a week at my son’s holiday cottage in Llanbedrog, Wales. We went with family and of course Benji dog.

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Gwelfor Holiday Cottage is owned by my eldest son who has worked really hard creating a home from home to let out for short and longer breaks.

The front elevation is having a face lift this week end to brighten it up. Whilst the rear boasts a good size garden with lovely views. Ideal for children and a BBQ!

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The house has been furnished in a modern mid century style and boasts one of the best beaches in Wales within a 5 minute walk. Popular Abersoch is a short drive in the other direction with more stunning beaches and trendy shops.

suspect hope that I will have many more visits to this lovely location.

If you wish to know more take a peak at Facebook : Gwelfor Holiday Cottage, Llanbedrog.

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Llangollen Birthday

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I am spending the weekend in a log cabin at Llangollen

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It is middle child’s 40th birthday. How the heck have I got a child aged 40? Any how I digress. A few friends and family are away for the weekend in lovely Llangollen. The log cabins are really nice and fully equipped with a hot tub. There are squirrels, ducks and birds enjoying the winter landscape.

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Toby dog (one of the family) is slightly obsessed with the scenery as Cyril the squirrel keeps coming to the window to say hello.

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The hot tub is being well used.

Early Noel

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Last weekend I went away with my girlfriends for our annual Christmas celebration. We generally enjoy a Christmas Eve Buffet on the Friday evening, Christmas Day on the Saturday followed by a Boxing Day Sunday. We have a secret Santa AND a stocking of goodies. How lucky are we? This year we had a beautiful penthouse apartment in Alnmouth Northumberland and we decorated it with our festive stockings and a Christmas tree.

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We had great views of the beach and estuary. On “Christmas” day we opened our presents and watched Christmas movies🌲We put the turkey in the oven and went for a long walk along the beach. When we returned the turkey smelled lovely so we watched another Christmas movie. Sometime later I went to put the roast potatoes into the oven and WOAH ! oven cold! Turkey half cooked! Oven broken! Disaster 🌲

 

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Not the turkey!

After a search on line we realised no fast food outlet would deliver pizza etc. We’d all had a drink so driving wasn’t an option and Christmas table already decorated! Finally we walked into the small village of Almouth and one of the only eateries did take out fish and chips. So that was our Christmas dinner complete with Christmas crackers, paper hats and a borrowed bottle of vinegar from the fish restaurant. Merry Yuletide!

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Cruise Craft #3

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img_0861Another project “in the bag” for when we go on our crafty cruise in January. K and I are working hard at putting the ideas, examples, and textiles together. We aim for all this to be done prior to Christmas so that we can sit back and relax. The preparation is hampered by the fact that we both have other cruises booked with our husbands in December. How lucky are we?

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The latest project is a cover for coat hangers using upcycled vintage textiles. Many of these vintage cloths have beautiful embroidery and have lace on them. Many are damaged with wear and tear so this is a good way to re purpose these lovely old textiles. The project is worked using hand stitching, lots of imagination and is great fun. Hopefully this project will appeal to people who can sew and people who can’t as part of the delight of demonstrating these items is helping them to finish an item. And enjoy the result.

 

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Each coat hanger cover includes a pocket in which I have put a perfumed piece of linen or could be used to hide jewellery. Neat!

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Just two more projects to go so watch this space……