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Mask Making (again)

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I only wanted to make a quick six more masks. And everything that could go wrong did. I’ve made dozens of face masks already so I thought it would be a breeze. Well it wasn’t!

The thread tangled around the shuttle. I reckon that this wasn’t helped by using a thicker thread on top. I was trying to use up odd bobbins of thread but should have known better.

The whole shuttle assembly got wedged in at an angle and was clogged with dust bunnies. I’m not very hot on the maintenance so must try harder.

The elastic was too “elastic” I used a different product from previously but should stick with what works.

The back of the masks was a knotted up mess and I spent ages trying to unpick it. I travelled 10 miles to buy a seam ripper to put the faulty stitching right. Surprise surprise whilst I was in the sewing shop some lovely trim jumped into my bag! Great though isn’t it?

All in all lessons learned. BUT I’m still in a stunning location, the sun is shining and ( nearly) all is right with the World.

Wild and Windy

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Here on the Lynn Peninsula we have been battered by Storm Francis

Stormy Criccieth

I only nipped out to buy some knitting needles from the charity shop ( as you do) and was blown and soaked to the skin. I did pause on the front to take a picture, opened the window and a wave washed over the car – well nearly.

It was invigorating but I was too nervous to get out of the car.

A potential Christmas gift

I did purchase my bargain knitting needles and am now cosy, dry and starting on a Christmas gift.

Yesterday I went to the same charity shop and bought a wheel chair for my poorly sister. It was a win win. The charity got the money and hopefully sis will find the chair useful. It folds neatly into the back of my car. I’ve just got to get it to her now!

Long Time No See

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Hello dear reader what a long time since I last posted! How our Worlds have changed! All is good in my little World. My friends and family are well(ish) and my new hips are wonderful. I’m so grateful that I had the surgery pre Covid and that I had them both done at the same time. Sometimes things work out.

I have been busy crafting as usual and have managed to complete a few UFOs ( unfinished objects) I will report back on what I have done in the near future! In the meantime I’ve taken up residence in my sea side home with the intention of crafting and relaxing. Well I’m relaxing all right. Here is the view from my sea side bolt home today.

Beautiful Cardigan Bay

I arrived at my little piece of heaven intending to have a full on crafty week. Hopefully to complete a quilt that’s been on the go for some time. I packed my sewing machine, half made quilt, batting etc and arrived yesterday. I organised the sewing machine only to realise that I hadn’t brought scissors, threads, needles etc!

So having completed one mini project last night I drove into Porthmadog and bought the ingredients for Crafting two more items. Ahh well! So much for completing my long list of UFOs One day I MIGHT be organised.

The trip into Porthmadog was also rewarded with a fab organic ice cream enjoyed by the harbour.

Paper Wreath

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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!

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.

The Alternative Sail Away Party

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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………!

A Different Craft Class

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As most of you know I often teach crafts on cruise ships so you won’t be surprised to learn that I’ve been to the craft class on my current holiday. It was really good to see how someone else deals with the craft Classes. Lyn the tutor on this SAGA cruise has a completely different take on the situation. But you can always learn something new. Lyn works in paper craft which is not my first love but I am really enjoying a fresh outlook. I am delighted to make a Christmas Tree from a paper back book! Seasonal, appropriate and fun.

Life at sea with SAGA

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Hi guys life on a cruise ship is never boring. (If it is it’s your fault) !

Today is my first day of my first cruise with SAGA Ok the ship is full of golden oldies but what an enthusiastic lot! I’m not working and I am actually enjoying a holiday with Hubs and have the time to attend other activities!

please note that this is NOT Hubs!

Mr Motivator (AKA Derrick Evans) is a guest speaker on board!

This is a gift for me as I prepare for bilateral hip replacements in a few weeks. Mr Motivator is certainly active, enthusiastic and positive! I’m also able to swim daily, well excercise my legs and hips! Just what the doctor ordered!

Cruise Memories

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On my last cruise we made beaded bracelets which I have mentioned before.

To be honest I found them a nightmare to teach but they were popular. We had a safety pin crises where pins were too big or too small. There was a problem with the elastic over stretching but the project was very popular. The thread was almost impossible to knot and pins slipped off the end. But they remained popular. We had “gluegate” when we tried to secure the knots but they were still popular. I must admit to swearing that I’d never do them again no matter how popular.

THEN I met one of the craft guests at the airport going home. She had made ( successfully) two bracelets as Christmas gifts. She and her husband had been for afternoon tea in a smart hotel in CapeTown . There in a glass display cabinet were the very same popular bracelets marked at £20 each!

I guess I will offer these popular bracelets as an option on my next cruise!

Weaving in Namibia

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When we were in Swakopmund Namibia we visited a carpet weaving studio It was named Karakulia Weavers They can be found on line at http://www.karakulia.com.na The sheep’s wool is from northern Namibia which is more verdant. The wool is quite thick and course but makes beautiful carpets.

The designs are lovely on both sides, usually of a customers own design and are exported all over the World. The staff had opened especially on a Sunday for us but were delightful and deserved the custom. Sadly I couldn’t buy one as I’m overloaded with luggage any way.