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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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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.

Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party

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I have mentioned Our latest venture a few times but now we are about to go more public.

We have a marketing strategy, launch date and our first real booking.

We have collected China, starched linen and made vintage bunting.

We need to solve transport of precious vintage China, delivery prices and advertising stationery.

Most of all IT IS GOOD FUN!

Our new venture is named “Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party” and is the hire of beautiful vintage China and freshly laundered vintage linen and lace. We also have items for staging the party or event. We will deliver set up and collect after the event and all things are very Vintage.

Watch this space for further information!

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These items were acquired today and almost complete the initial purchasing of China for our start up.

Campervan, Cumbria and China

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imageWe’ve travelled around the Lake District for last week in Damnvan. We’ve walked up hills, down dales and alongside lakes. We’ve finally arrived at a place called “Castlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping Park”. This place has it all! Technology, lovely showers,beautiful views and peace and quiet. We’ve just walked down through the woods into Keswick town which is a 1.5mile lovely walk.

Today I bought a great book with projects for vintage fabrics. It is by Chantel Sabatier and full of vintage promise.

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Ive been trawling Cumbrian Charity Shops for vintage linens and China and I have increased my stash a little.

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Vintage Handkerchiefs

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Whilst cruising through Pinterest I came across a beautiful quilt made from vintage handkerchiefs. What a good idea! Something new, small and cheap to collect (handkerchiefs not quilts!) I could do this and when I’ve got lots of handkerchiefs perhaps I will make a quilt.

We are currently away in Damnvan1 for the weekend. We arrived in Buxton, Derbyshire yesterday and what a lovely town. It is a Georgean spa town with the most beautiful Pavillion and gardens. There are some good shops and, great joy, LOADS of charity shops. I made one small purchase, an embroidered tray cloth and a vintage handkerchief.

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Now I have the start of my collection of handkerchiefs. Only one but its a start!

Damask Linen Table Cloth

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imageThis Damask linen tablecloth emerged from my vintage linen stash today. It is a lovely, hardly used tablecloth. There are two of these cloths one is “small” at 8 foot long and the second is a huge banqueting table cloth at 15 foot long!

Now there’s  two problems here.

1) I don’t often have a banquet and

2) I don’t have a table anywhere near that long.

This particular linen is made by weaving a pattern into the actual warp and weft of the fabric. A shiny thread is woven to create a pattern as the light alters on the fabric.

Damask linen is a beautiful fabric and maybe would make a set of very nice curtains if I was ever brave enough to cut it!

Vintage Textile Stash

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Vintage Textile Stash

The sort through my stash of vintage (and not so vintage) textiles continues. My collection mainly consists of old lace and linens. I have numerous doilies, cloths, cushion covers and tablecloths. Today I carefully ironed this lovely, truly vintage tray cloth to sit on my new vintage pine box. It is quite fragile with a very worn centre. Best of all there is a laundry number embroidered in the corner in red. Just imagine the days that this was necessary! This is living history and I’m delighted to use and love such a gorgeous item.