We’re Home!

The cruise was fabulous. We spent 7 days aboard the beautiful Princess Diamond, pampered by the crew, offered scrumptious food at every turn, with great on board entertainment to chose from and the opportunity to take colored pencil workshops with talented teachers. All that while being transported aboard a floating 5-star hotel to a different Mexican port every other day. This is the way to vacation!

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We boarded the ship about 3:00 pm after a mad dash across the Vincent Thomas bridge. At the last minute we got a bit confused about which port the ship was leaving from and had to make some panicked calls from the car to the Princess Cruises’ emergency number for help. The problem was that we had gone to the Long Beach port, when we were supposed to be at the San Pedro port. Fortunately we were not too far from the right place.

After we were finally on board we were able to relax a bit. We watched from our cabin balcony as the the ship maneuvered out of the harbor.

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Before we knew it, it was time to head to the first meet and greet with the Colored Pencil workshop organizers and other participants at one of the ship lounges, the gorgeous Wheelhouse lounge. Most of the other participants were already there. The woman standing in the center of the picture is Ann Kullberg, colored pencil artist and organizer of the Colored Pencil on the High Seas workshops.

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She was immediately recognizable to me having seen her picture in her books and on her online magazine. She is just as zany and bubbly in person as I thought she would be. We had a turn round the room with everybody saying their name and where they were from, which of course went in my one ear and out the other. There were about 50 people there, all the workshop participants plus lots of their spouses.

Pretty soon after that we all headed out to our first dinner at sea. Marty and I were assigned to the first seating at the International Dining Room where we were treated to the first of many incredible five course meals. The dining room was beautiful to behold.

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Over the next week we enjoyed the ship….

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and the food…

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and the workshops

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and the sightseeing.

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I certainly am up for doing this kind of thing again. Hmmm… I wonder if there are any sewing cruises out there?

Oh Yeah, almost forgot! The cruise wardrobe worked out great. :-)

Cruise Prepping

I went to Ross to buy more capris and dresses to round out the cruise wardrobe. I bought 3 capris pants,a floral camp shirt, a blue polo shirt, a red cotton cardigan sweater, and a dress.

Back home I started trying on outfits. I planned 5 dinner outfits, 7 casual daytime ones and 2 dressy looks for the formal evenings. I decided which shoes I would wear and what sweaters to take. Once this was done I started deciding what needed to be altered. Two of the capris I bought plus one from my stash have to be altered. Also there are two long skirts that have been in my sewing room closet forever. Since they fit now they will be proper cruise wear, all I need to do is raise the hems. I had clothes lying everywhere, but it was organized chaos.

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I finished one pair of capris and the other two are almost done. Here I am modeling the altered pants before and after fixing the hem. I raised the hem about two inches. Looking at the picture now I realize the difference is hardly noticeable. Sometimes I think that maybe I’m too picky. I could have worn them just as they are and no one would have been the wiser. But even though it was a bit of work to cut the hem and reconstruct the vent opening on the side legs, I’m glad I did it. I like the way they look and feel now. I think they are a little better proportioned to my short self .

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I will have to finish all the rest of the alterations during the week. I still need to:

  • Finish the hems on the long skirts.
  • Make about 6 shoe bags
  • Shorten and hem my pink Happy Coloring T-shirt
  • Pack my art supplies.
  • Pack my makeup and jewelry
  • Yikes!

New Year, New Projects

I’m still here, I’ve just been ignoring my sewing blog for a long time. But I’m back with some new projects to work on. Something else new for me is that I’m on the Nutrisystem diet. I started two weeks ago, just after the New Years day and it seems to be going very well. I’m down 5 pounds and my clothes are all fitting better already!

Just in time too because Hubby and I are going on cruise next month and I have to put together a nice cruise wardrobe. I’m thinking of pulling a lot of the clothes I have sitting in my sewing room and fixing it. A lot of this stuff is new, with tags on still. Some of them just need small alterations like lifting hems, shortening sleeves, etc, but most of them are stashed here because they are just a little too small. Now that the weight seems to be coming off, I’ll be able to claim them for use.

It’s a seven day cruise along the Mexican Riviera, so I think most of the clothes should be casual, cool things. There will be two dressy evenings so I have to think about that.

We signed up for this particular cruise because it features 3 color pencil workshops for the three days that the ship spends cruising between ports. One of the workshops is headed by Ann Kullberg. I am subscribed to Ann Kullberg’s online magazine called From My Prospective, and learned about the cruise there. I love Ann Kullberg’s colored pencil work and have been wanting to take one of her workshops for the longest time. We also wanted to take a vacation, so the cruise combined both purposes very nicely.

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