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More Cruise Crafts

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IMG_1120 I’m still busy putting together my next craft cruise projects. This clock is just one craft that I’ve been working on. I’m not certain if it will make it to the final suitcase as I have really struggled with the clock mechanism. I suspect it’s a case of buy cheap get rubbish so I will need to review what to do. This is something that I embroidered but I did plan for my class members to up cycle vintage linens. As I have already bought thirty embroidery hoops I may need some inspiration as to how to use them! I will let you know how it goes. By the way has anyone got any good project ideas using thirty embroidery hoops?

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Packed and Ready to Go

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img_1053That’s it! Two suitcases packed full to bursting and ready to go. Tomorrow I’m off to meet a cruise ship in Southampton and sail to Norway. It’s not all holiday as I will be working my passage teaching crafts on board. One of the cases is full of the handcrafts that we will be using on board. We have Liberty fabrics, up cycling and re purposing crafts. We have some gorgeous truly vintage fabrics to upcycle.

I am on a steep learning curve and one thing I’ve just learned is not to choose crafts that take up a lot of space. K my crafty friend who is helping out, also has bags of stuff we can’t manage without!

We should have enough free time to explore a little of Norway and if we’re really lucky we will see the Northern Lights. I’m not sure of Internet access but I’ll try to blog in various venues. I’m actually trying to change the way that I take photos. Really I want to move from an old fashioned camera to my phone. The cameras on phones are so good these days but I have to work out how to transfer images from phone to iPad. I’m sure it’s easy but……..  I will take lots of pictures and report back as soon as I can-promise!

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Children’s Vintage Crafts and Gifts

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image image image image imageThese embroidery samples were each made by my children when they were in Junior school. They were usually made as Mothers Day gifts. The two boys produced excellent results which is amazing as neither would dream of picking up a needle and thread these days. Well maybe the Company Sergent Major would! They have used Aida cloth.

Aida cloth is manufactured with various size spaces or holes between the warp and weft to accommodate different thicknesses of yarn. These are described by the count. For example, a 10-count aida cloth would have 10 squares per linear inch. Typical sizes are 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, and 22 count, ranked from the coarsest to the finest count. Traditional colours are white, ecru, or shades of tan and brown, although brighter colors are also available. Aida cloth is sold in precut sheets or in bolts of 40″ – 60″ width.

Aida cloth has a tendency to fray and often needs hemming before use. It should never be laundered prior to craft work and tends to contract when the finished item is washed in soap and water. Hand washing improves the appearance of finished cross-stitching because Aida cloth naturally contracts in specific areas where it is embroidered.

I suspect that the teacher would have helped quite a lot,as they were each made when they were aged about eight or nine.The patterns are all quite precise and carefully balanced. I adore these “Folk Art” samplers and will keep them with my other treasures. My three children all have children now so I am watching with interest to see if the Grandchildren bring home similar gifts.

Vintage Tea Party- Nanna Amy Style!

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Hello dear Blogging friends! This week has seen the launch of Darling Daughter and my new business venture, Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party. The launch day happened to be my birthday ( yes ANOTHER one!).  We used the excuse to have a tea party in the local village hall, it was fab!

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Invitations were printed and sent out.

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The embroidered cloths are just lovely many of which were embroidered by my Nanna Amy more than fifty years ago. I have spent weeks starching and ironing.Darling Daughter took the pictures and found appropriate Vintage music.

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We baked cakes and made sandwiches.

The event was a practice run for us to see how our collection of vintage China and linens would look in a party setting. We learned a lot from this first party. It took quite a while to set up and clear away. We need more pastry forks, jam pots and cake slicers. We need party bookings such as Christenings, weddings, hen nights, baby showers and special birthdays.

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The marketing push is planned to start next week with the printing of flyers and their distribution. Most importantly we are having fun and Nanna Amy’s linen legacy is being used and loved.

What a week!

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image image imageWell! What a week! Hubs has been in hospital to have a new knee. I’ve been in sole charge of house and dog. I have also shopped, washed, chauffeured, and most importantly walked Benji dog. I have been chief walker for about six or eight weeks, since Hubs knee became much worse. The problem is Hubs has set the bar high with respect to length and frequency of dog walks. Not one to disappoint Benji, I have increased my own walking tremendously. Now I would like to say that I am now much fitter and thinner…..

Hubs was discharged on day three following his minimally invasive, computer positioned new knee. Clever stuff! Now I am nurse, carer and cleaner as well as head dog walker. My chill out time has consisted mainly of reading. I love to read but have limited time to devote to this treat. I do find that blogging and reading blogs is a wonderfully enjoyable but steals time from other leisure pursuits. On saying that I’m not about to give up my Blogging hobby!

One of the books I have nearly finished is a trilogy called “An Elm Creek Quilts Sampler”. This book is an easy read- a bit of a no brainer. It is a book to read in bed but I have enjoyed the stories. It has also refreshed my memory of quilting terms and techniques. Maybe I will get out one of my unfinished quilts and attempt to finish it.

The second is a book called “Pearl Lowe’s Vintage Craft”. This book I got out of the library and liked it so much that I went out and bought it. So much for my library economy! Still it is a great book.

I nearly forgot! I am also top fire lighter. Now this is a real problem as I am a rubbish fire lighter. Don’t tell Hubs but whilst he was in Hospital I struggled so much to get a decent fire going that I went to bed and read under my electric blanket to keep warm.

Vintage Blanket

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imageThis blanket is truly vintage. Now this is a secret but I KNOW it to be truly vintage because it was bought for me when I was a baby and I am vintage! Don’t tell anyone.

This blanket has kept me warm during Measels, Mumps and a Tonsilectomy. It has helped me through childhood illnesses and now is used in my Campervan AKA Damnvan1. I just adore the fact that my Mum repaired it many years ago and it’s still going strong. I covered my kids with it and still snuggle under in times of need and it was always called a Travel blanket. I wonder how many modern blankets will make “vintage”?

Craft Group Monday

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imageI love my Monday Craft Group. It’s such a diverse group of ladies. There are spinners, quilters, sewers, knitters, stitches and those who visit for coffee and chat. Everyone is always so pleasant. We sort out the state of the nation, world politics, village gossip and life in general. We exchange magazines and patterns, recommend books and where the latest bargain is. If someone is stuck with a pattern there is always help at hand.if someone has completed  something there is lots of admiration. So if you hear of a similar group go out and join in. Crafters are always such nice people. Honest!

let me know of YOUR favourite craft group.

Victorian Bed Cover

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Victorian Bed Cover
This bed cover is hand-made with squares of embroidery sewn together using machine-made lace. It has a delightful border of flowers embroidered in mainly chain stitch. The bed cover is large enough for a double bed. I suspect it was made more as a cover for dust? As it is made from linen and certainly offers no warmth. Whilst I am not certain of its history I do know something of its provenance. It came from a house in Southsea near Portsmouth Hampshire about thirty years ago.I am reasonably certain that it was made in the very early 1900s
There is a larger central square embroidered with the initials “CMJ” or is it “CMT”? I can’t find the name of the femail who made this lovely article, but I will keep searching.
If anyone can shed anymore light on this cover I would be delighted to hear from you.

Earrings again

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I am sorry about the confused images on the previous blogs. The problem is I don’t know why or how I doubled up on the pictures. Not only that but I can’t remove the extra pictures! This blogging business is very enjoyable but learning to navigate around the blogs is labour intensive! I think that I’m a slow learner so watch this space. Maybe eventually I will get it right!
Today’s earrings are quite large, dangling Abalone Paua shell. I bought them one lazy Sunday on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands. They are quite fine shell but I wear them a lot so maybe they are sturdier than they look.

Vintage Afternoon Tea

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Vintage Afternoon Tea

Each week our village hall hosts a community cafe. I have mentioned this before but this next Saturday is the craft groups turn to be host. Each group or charity in the village takes turns. Interestingly there are hardly any dates available on the 2014 calendar already. The really good outcome is money raised for charity, and the fact that the village hall has been re furbished and is now a lovely bright location for an event. (I will try and take some photos on Saturday). The hall has also become more of a community meeting point within the village.
Today I have been making more cup and saucer candles as we are having sales craft tables at this Saturday cafe. I have now run out of soy wax,wicks and china cups so maybe this will be my last batch! I do enjoy hunting down the china and actually making the candles so we will see. The vintage china cups have become much harder to find and more expensive as the vintage craze runs its course. It’s good to know that I was ahead of my time with this vintage make for once!
I’ve also made a Victoria Sponge cake as we are selling traditional cream teas with a vintage theme.
I will post about the cafe with some pics next week.