I mentioned that I am a great believer in the power of positivity but I also believe in “helping yourself”.
One method of self help is to use hobbies as a form of therapy and relaxation. As I mentioned on an earlier blog I have struggled to pick up any of my planned hobby projects.One craft that I have been bumbling along with is one ( of many) knitting projects. I am knitting squares from re-used yarn, into a blanket ( or Afghan). The yarn was originally knitted into a sweater but turned out as big as a marquee so was unravelled and is now in a new life as a throw.
I will assemble them using a contrast yarn and crochet. I also plan to back the finished throw with micro fleece for cozy snuggles. Goodness knows when it will be finished but I will let you know!
I am collecting brooches, broken or not, with a view to making a collage. Here is one that I found on Pinterest
Today’s craft class on board the SAGA Sapphire was a paper Christmas wreath. A nice project which was just challenging enough for someone who doesn’t really like paper crafts!
Quite a busy day on board today with lots going on to choose from. I started with an excercise class with Mr Motivator, Craft class, swim in the indoor pool and some fizz to drink pre dinner.I also managed to fit in a classical concert and a football match on TV! Phew! I need to go home for a rest!
Phew! A sail away from Lanzarote with a difference. Accompanied by Mr Motivator Aka Derrick Evans I 90’s music and rum punch (rumish!) We glided out of the harbour whilst exercising and trying to use up some calories. Fun, energy and laughter and then it rained. The cool down was rapid!
I must point out that I’d been swimming prior to this class! I’ve twelve days to go before I have bi lateral hip replacements so I will be as fit as possible. Shame about the food………!
Many people ask me what I do. Well, apart from being very happily retired, I do crafts! Multiple crafts, some old, up-cyclingn, some new and some for fun. This love of crafts has led me to teach my art on board cruise ships! Simply put I am cruising the oceans sharing my love of crafts. I do not profess to being a qualified teacher but what I am good at is creating a group of people bonded by craft projects. I like to think that I inspire people to “have a go”
I cater for around 30 people per project and have to take all materials with me. There’s little opportunity to shop for glue or yarn off the coast of Africa! (Where I am at the moment) This is an onerous task and involves lots of “arguments ” with suit cases.
The really hard work is in the prep. Deciding what projects to offer and how much fabric will be need to be bought. The reward is seeing someone struggle with a project and being delighted with the result.
Another busy day crafting at sea as we head across the South Atlantic towards Namibia. Our craft group is packed with people of mixed abilities all working hard on individual projects. They’re also brilliant at helping each other. Interestingly we provide the initial ideas, lots of craft supplies and away we go.
Today “inspiration Textile packs”were the name of the game. As the name suggests we have put together these packs designed to inspire the imagination. I will show you some end results very soon.
Today our Ship MS Boudicca was moored off the island of St Helena . A small lush island to which Napoleon Bonaparte was exciled in 1815 and ultimately died.
Crafts continue on board and I spied quite a few of our class working away on their silk tie projects and patchwork iPad cases,. whilst sun bathing on deck. I think that we can assume that the classes are a hit!
Today we should have visited Ascension Island but due to a large sea swell it wasn’t safe enough to land the tender crafts. I believe them! My life is in their hands!
Due to this major inconvenience we were asked to put on an unscheduled craft class. We found our enthusiasm and had a happy, crafty morning. Most guests choice to work on their previous projects which are coming together beautifully. What a talented group they are!
We left Cape Verde with a great deck party. We sailed away with approximately 1000 nautical miles to go to our next destination of Ascension Island . At this moment there is in excess of 15,000 feet of water below us. Now that is deep! We are “somewhere” in the South Atlantic.
In Craft today we continued to work on beaded bracelets, did some block printing and generally had a good chat.
This is a looong cruise ending in CapeTown. All is good and the crafts are going down very well. I had to buy further crafting supplies in Madeira to keep us going. It’s a fine line between running out of stuff and having to carry too much home. We will be flying back so are weight limited. (But no one has told my waistline!) Due to waistline issues I’m trying to gym or swim each day.
The crafts so far have involved a cruise log book, felting soap, air dried clay, pin cushion and beading. We are so intensely busy for a shot time that I usually forget to take pictures.
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!