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Cruise Crafts Bargello Canvas Work

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I was delighted to discover that my Bargello canvas work was so popular on the latest cruise. Some ladies ( men were conspicuously absent!) were waiting, not so patiently, for the craft to be on offer. We had a small ” introductory ” project providing canvas, yarns and some samples, and they were off.

What fun it was to teach those who’d never done canvas work and to learn from skilled participants. The sample we made could be turned into a needle case or a glasses pouch. I hate making a sample that is of no use so always try to make a useful item. On a ship there are serious time constraints preventing us from making larger items. It is much better if the ladies can take home a completed project so that they go away feeling good.

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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!

Block Printing Bags and Tea Towels

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When running a craft class on board a cruise ship it is important that I present a variety of crafts. One Craft that is always popular is block printing using mainly hand carved wooden blocks. I provide pre made linen tote bags and tea towels to work with. It’s a great hour or so whilst cruising the Norwegian Fjords.

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Block printing appeals to all ages and abilities. I provide the paint and the equipment and, let’s face it, we all enjoy playing with paint. It must appeal to our inner child! Many of the visitors to my classes are competent crafts people so enjoy going the extra step. To encourage the individuality I also provide embroidery kits and buttons and beads for embelishment. The results are usually a delight and make a great cruise souvenir.

 

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Summer ’18

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Phew! It’s been so hot! Just like summers used to be! Not really, I didn’t used to be a World traveller! I’ve recently returned fro a couple of cruises where I teach crafts on board. A great job!

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Ive just returned from Norway. I’ve been before but last trip was the winter time. This time it was the “midnight sun” fabulous. I cruised on a Fred Olsen ship which is small in comparison to some huge cruise lines. The advantage is that the ship can manoeuvre into the smallest fjords and nearly touch the sides!

I had a great time teaching a variety of passengers a variety of crafts. I will show you what we made over the next few  blogs. As a starter we used silk ties to make lovely makeup purses.This was a very popular and simple project.

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Reclaimation Show

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IMG_0691This last weekend I was looking after my Gorgeous Granddaughter (or maybe she was looking after me!). She lives a couple of hundred miles from me so it’s always very special to see her. Her parents were away so we were home alone. I searched, trawled the net and tried to find something different to do with not a lot of success. Then I found a Salvage and reclaimation show not too far away. The sun was shining and the sat nav worked and we found Ripley Castle without too much trouble.

Despite being told that taking a child to a Reclaimation Show was tantamount to child abuse we had a great time! We saw chairs, nuts, bolts, garden furniture and so much more.imageIMG_0692.JPGWe each bought a lovely snugly throw, we ate Asian take away and  found decorative shells. A very happy day!

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Cruise News Two

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On the recent cruise with my Sis we explored a few of the Caribbean Islands  including Barbados, St Lucia and St KittsimageWe visited a Batik workshop where we saw the Batik process in action followed by the inevitable shopping opportunities IMG_0453IMG_0447don’t you just love the colours?IMG_0487l tasted quite a few Rum punches including this one in a coconut on the beach. We paddled and swam in the beautiful turquoise sea and found shells on the beach.

Ties

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As you know my friends, I occasionally work on cruise ships teaching crafts. I am always on the look out for interesting, new crafty ideas, and as such have come up with a project using silk ties. I could use polyester but silk would be much nicer. I therefore started to search charity shops and quite frankly can’t believe the price of second hand ties! Polyester are generally around £2 but silk ones are about £4.50 Why on earth are they charging so much more for silk ties? There are dozens of them in the shops and are obviously not selling. I don’t want to pay too much as I need at least 30!

That took me to eBay where the plot thickens. I found great silk ties at a cheap rate (£1) so I decided to order three as samples to see if they will work. OK they are coming from China and won’t arrive until May! But hey! I can wait. I placed the order and then realised that they might be clip on or elasticated! I contacted seller who seemed very sweet but there was a language problem Chinese v English.

A short search later I found a private seller with one silk tie for sale. Well it was a start! A lovely silk tie in girly colours and great condition.

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Stash, de-stash, re-stash.

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There’s something about January. A new year, new beginnings and new starts. Maybe it’s the dull, dark, damp days that encourage us to sort out, tidy up and clear the decks. So sort the stash I must. Actually I had to sort out because I couldn’t close the lid on my Textile box!IMG_1452

IMG_1454I emptied the pine box and sorted through the cottons, velvets, linens and lace. I folded, stacked and checked what was hiding in the storage chest. Then I lined the bottom of the chest and Whoo Hoo the lid closed!

I am going to try really hard not to acquire more fabric unless it is a considered sensible purchase. Ha ha! Watch this space!

Next, I’ve got rather a lot of yarn….

 

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Gratitude

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Gratitude is a bit of a buzz word at the moment but don’t knock it! This dawn I am grateful to be away with good friends.I am grateful that we have been friends for more than twenty years. I am more than happy that the group contains natural organisers so I let them! There are natural wash uppers, so I let them!

I am grateful to share gifts, laughs and maybe tears with these “girls” I am grateful to grow old together.

I am grateful to wake in this lovely place and enjoy the quiet.

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Weekly Blog (an attempt to focus)

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I have decided to focus and not have such a scattered approach to everything. One change will be to write a Weekly blog. It may not be the same day every week but blog on a weekly basis I will!

I don’t know about you but I find that I spend so much time thinking, planning, dreaming. I waste time surfing the net, reading blogs and deciding what to do, but not actually doing it! From now on I’m going to adopt a JFDI policy. (Just *ing Do It)

IMG_1399I have so many UFO’S (unfinished objects) that I am afraid to list them! So complete  “some”  I will. One urgent WIP(work in progress) is a must. Hopefully in next weeks blog this will be on display.

 

At the Hobbycraft show in Manchester last week I purchased some Sirdar Firefly yarn destined to become an evening shawl, using the simple enclosed pattern. There was also a beautiful length of fabric which will make a great skirt. A selection of decoupage papers to put in my Cruise craft project bag. And a much emptier purse! I had a great day and saw many ideas for future  projects. Or am I just creating more PHD’s? ( Projects Half Done)