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I used to be a Doily but now I am Bunting!

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Another craft fair coming up! It’s that time of the year!

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I used to be a Doily but now I am Bunting!

I’ve got a craft fair this coming week end so I am working hard putting a stall together. I’ve made a lot of candles in china cups,vintage inspired cushions and some bunting with a difference. The bunting is made using damaged or stained vintage embroidery or crocheted doilies. It was really simple but I felt really brave taking the scissors to some of the fabrics. But as I have said previously I do have an un reasonably large stash of vintage textiles and lace!
I’m pleased with the end result and feel that if I don’t sell it I will use it myself. I’ve got plans for one more attack on my stash with another different length of bunting. So hopefully I will show you tomorrow.👋

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Cruising, crafting and chatting

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Cruising and crafting

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I am cruising on the Balmoral ship which is owned by Fred Olsen cruise lines. This is a lovely ship, quite small ( in cruising terms) and very friendly. I am running the craft courses on board for anyone who wishes to attend.  This stained glass wall reminds me of a quilt and runs the full height of the ship.

We have already visited Lisbon and are now in Lanzarote in search of fabrics, yarns and notions, not to mention sun sea and sand!

imageThe craft courses are located in part of one of the dining rooms which is very well lit and has wonderful ocean views. We only have craft courses when we are at sea so I have plenty of free time to top up my tan, drink wine, relax…..

image I am ably assisted by my friend and crafty colleague K. We have about twenty ladies coming to…

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Sand Between My Toes

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Sand Between My Toes

This will remain a fond memory of this beachy, sunny holiday in Cornwall. Sand, sun, beach, hot, sea, paddle, ice cream, beach cafe, swim, surf, sun bathe, read, camp, campervan, hedgerows, flowers, breeze, relax, sun tan, smile, happy!

We have moved to the other side of Cornwall, an area I’ve not been to since childhood (quite a while ago!) we have only visited The Roseland Penninsula. This is an area about fifteen miles from Truro. We haven’t had long enough here but will certainly return. It is an area of pretty coastal villages, gorgeous coves, and hidden beaches.

Today we walked a very small portion of the Coastal Path after our second visit to the Hidden Hut for lunch. We met a guy walking in the opposite direction in aid of Prostate cancer. We had a great chat, made a donation and said good bye! He’s well on the way to raising £5k for this good cause so good luck to him. His blog is paulbeevers.wordpress.com.

A Hidden Gem

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A Hidden Gem

Today we stumbled across a hidden gem. It was “The Hidden Hut” a beach cafe with a difference. It is situated on National Trust land above Porthcurnick Beach, Roseland Peninsula, South Coast Cornwall. I say stumbled because we had just come along the Coastal Path in intense heat and really needed a nice break. What a joy! Great food, service and location.
Whilst we were there they were filming a celebrity chef for a BBC programme Saturday Bites going out in September.The chef was a guy called Tom Kerridge. He was cooking in the outdoor kitchen and walking along the Coastal Path -although
he didn’t walk very far.Too hot.
The painting is by Claire Henley

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Sun, Sea and Sand

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Sun, Sea and Sand

Sadly I have lost my camera. It wasn’t too expensive or indeed techy so it was time to replace. The problem is I knew how to use it, download, crop etc. I have spent an age trying to download images from my phone with only a small degree of success. Also I have been internet less for the last few days which has been odd.
The weather has been positively tropical with roasting sun and wonderful sun sets. We have been staying at Sennen Cove, Lands End a stunningly beautiful site largely due to the location. We have walked the Coastal path and best of all sunbathed on the beach. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Sand between the toes. The Atlantic waters are very cold but I braved a brief dip. Photos not available as heavily censored!
On top of everything else I have just spilt tea over my iPad so here’s hopping all is well.

Christmas Gift

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Christmas Gift

Sunbathing and knitting seems such an odd thing to do in this beautiful hot weather! The wrap for my Mum’s Christmas gift is growing steadily as I click away sitting outside Damnvan1. What a wonderful life. We can stay in bed as long as we like, or until Benji dog gets us up. We can sit on the beach watching Atlantic Rollers come up the beach. We can sit outside beach cafés and drink tea (or coffee) all day and I can craft as much as I wish! The joys of the freedom of the road in retirement.
I remember blogging last year and complaining of the lack of real craft shops so this year I’m not so worried and saving my cash for projects when we ( eventually) go home. There are numerous beach shops and quite a few charity shops in the bigger towns. We have only bought a few DVDs from charity shops as we travel, these we watch in the evening and drop off at the next charity shop we come across. This makes me feel that we are contributing to charity, recycling and enjoying ourselves. A win win.

Padstow,Watergate and Porth Beach Cornwall

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Padstow,Watergate and Porthole Beach

Saturday in Padstow was hot and busy but very enjoyable. This beautiful harbour, made famous by chef Rick Stien, is surrounded by a backdrop of Quaint cottages and lush restaurants. I indulged in people watching(there was even a wedding photo shoot to watch)and retail therapy. The shops are typically beach and yacht emporiums, many out of my price bracket,but I did find a cute top to purchase. I really must get my sewing machine out when I get home as I could run up half of the garments for a fraction of the price. Nice day with nice ice cream and nice bus ride to get there.
Sunday we decided to walk the coastal path along the cliffs of Watergate beach onto Porth Beach. It was only about four miles but my dodgy back did well and I got the bus back. The scenery here is awesome all rocks and caves and surf. I would love to test the surf but I don’t think my back would enjoy that!Watergate Beach

In The Dog House

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Sorry picture didn't seem to attach the first time!

Sorry picture didn’t seem to attach the first time!

This year,because we have Benji dog with us, we have been using a porch awning which attaches to the rear of Damnvan1. We went out for a walk one day last week and on our return two of the poles had snapped and tent was in a heap. Fortunately it hadn’t blown away! Now this meant that Benji was invited to sleep inside the van. He was in seventh heaven and tried hard not to climb onto our bed with us but he is a very friendly hound. As soon as we could we bought a new dog annex and he moved into it. This is one of those pop up festival tents. It’s much better than the porch tent as it pops up so quickly and (allegedly) goes away quickly. It is also lighter to carry with us and not so bulky.
We have now arrived just off the North Cornwall Coastal Path near to Newquay. The weather,location and outlook is fantastic.

Bos Castle Cornwall

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Today was sunny,hot and positively tropical. Hubs decided to walk along the Coastal Path to Bos Castle and I drove in Damnvan1 to meet him for lunch. I guess I got the better deal.
Bos Castle is a picturesque Cornish village with a natural harbour and a medieval past. Many of you may remember the flood of ten years ago which rushed through the steep sided valley,engulfing the village within minutes. It is good to see it today beautifully restored to its former self. All that I noticed was flood markers at the TOP of the cottages
No crafts today. Most of the so called craft shops appear to be full of fairies, wizards and crystals. Not my cup of tea but I guess it’s a modern nod to the areas medieval past. The legend of King Arthur is said to have originated in this area.
Moving on tomorrow to Newquay so not sure if I will have Internet. Watch this space.

Crafting in Cornwall

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The Old Post Office Tintage Crafting in Cornwall

Today was a good day, although a lot of days are! Today was a craft day, well few hours. I attended a felting workshop in the garden of The Old Post Office Tintagel. This is a a 14th Century stone house owned by The National Trust. Imagine that! Built in 1300’s as a medieval manor house about 700 years ago! Wow!
The course was about how to make a felt flower brooch. Dee-Anne McCoull was the delightful teacher and a handful of interesting ladies attended. Dee-Anne demonstrated how to felt wool tops and let our imaginations lead the way. My “flower” turned out surprisingly well for a first attempt. Although we didn’t have long the afternoon turned out very sucessfully.
Of course I bought another future project. This will join my project stash but will be made up into a lovely bag in the fullness of time.
See http://www.dee-anne-textile-artist-painter.com or email deemccoull@googlemail.com