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Hip Hip Hurray

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I wasn’t going to write about this but it does help to share.

On Saturday I had a Bi lateral Hip Replacement. My mobility was dreadful and the pain very difficult. However the future is bright. I am now the bionic woman and recovering slowly. It is not common to have both hips done at once but I decided that it was a good plan because:-

  • One anaesthetic
  • One recovery time ( but protracted)
  • One worry pre op Because I would have had to have 2 separate operations
  • Able to return to normal life quicker
  • So here I am wrapped in a cocoon of care, recovering slowly but surely. I have decided that slowly but surely will get a much better outcome. I keep being told that it is a “marathon not a sprint” My approach is one of positivity. I know that thinking positively brings positive results! Watch this space.
  • I will keep you up to date
  • Ports and Docks

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    When on a cruise you soon learn to distinguish between docks and ports. You may “tie up” in a dock which is usually a working port. There are frequently many storage containers and cranes. Often the port will provide transport through the port to a port gate to prevent you from wandering around. As these ports are working areas they can appear very unattractive.

    You may also “tie up” at a port terminal which is often more attractive. Port Terminals often have shops, duty free shopping opportunities and free WIFI often accompanied by cafes and relaxation areas.

    Agadir, where we are docked today is most definitely a working port.

    Crafting in Gran Canaria

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    No real crafting today just a big sort ready for our class tomorrow! A beautiful HOT day here in Las Palmas

    The “problem” with cruising is that the ship invariably docks in an unattractive busy port. The nature of the beast I suppose! Usually the initial first impression is replaced by holiday happiness and enthusiasm for the resort.

    I am enjoying a good swim each day which seems to be helping my hip problem. I’m working on the principle that they use water therapy for race horses with leg problems Bring on the Race Horse exercise programme!

    Felted soap

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    My Sis and Daughter decided to teach ourselves how to make felted soap ( OK it was my idea!) We spent an evening watching “how to videos” on YouTube and much of the next day experimenting. We soaped, squished, laughed and felted.

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    I then dry felted a heart onto one of my bars. The results were quite good with some room for improvement.

    This is an eco friendly craft which will be great in the shower. The soap continues to shrink within the wool which also shrinks. Every piece of soap is used up leaving a piece of felted wool behind.

    Well! Our hands were clean and we smelled delicious.

    Nanna Amy’s Cushion Covers

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    These cushion covers were embroidered by my Nanna ( Grandmother) in circa 1950 They were embroidered using a variety of stitches and stranded silk threads.

    The cushion covers were worked onto white linen and have to be stitched onto the cushion pad as there is no zip or fastening. They have been freshly laundered and had some running repairs today. They now have pride of place in my lounge and I adore them!

    They are NOT for sale in my Etsy shop!

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    Flash Back Fri

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    In an attempt to trawl through old photographs to make a scrap book of ” items that I have made” I have come across a few gems. Most can be filed under Vintage and many can be filed under ” did I REALLY wear that?”and

    There are a few gems and including this Clothkits jacket that I made for my daughter in about 1986. This was a quilted jacket with a zoo theme. There was even mini stuffed animals in the pockets. Clothkits still exists as a company but with a slightly different format. The garment was printed onto the fabric and it was a matter of just cutting it out and sewing. I loved this jacket and Darling Daughter still remembers it with fondness.

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    Crafts of India 3

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    Whilst my trip to India was a wonderful adventure, I was extremely disappointed to find on arrival in Delhi that the block printing section had been removed from the itinerary ( as were most other people on the tour) The travel company “Colouriscious” had removed that leg of the holiday and no one realised until we arrived in Delhi. The remaining elements of the adventure however, were amazingly good.

    We did see a small example of block printing when attending other workshops.

    Used blocks covered in Indigo paint.

    Cloth printed and partially embroidered. This fabric is destined to become a sari. When the embroidery is complete it will be washed in the river ( Which didn’t look too clean!) and dried in the sun. The washing removes the indigo print and leaves the white embroidery. It will become a beautiful, very white sari.

    Bear with me! Only one more Textile Adventure blog to go!

    The Colours of India

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    Just about recovered from my jet lag and thought that I would share some memories with you.We visited Surajkund International Craft Fair where there was no shortage of colour, noise, smells and people. An amazing assault on the senses, but one that I wouldn’t have missed.Beautiful textiles at every angle There was silk,wool, and cotton in a rainbow of colours, hues and shades. It would have been very rude not to buy ! So I did! ( many times!),No “Political Correctness” hereNo Magnolia here!