Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Good Morrow to Ye!

This weekend my friends and I went to the Florida Renaissance Festival. I have never been to one before, but have always wanted to go. We don’t have Renaissance Fairs at home because we had the real Renaissance instead! It was everything I had always hoped it would be. I was very sad that I couldn’t get a costume together in time, but I did buy a flower garland for my hair and an eye patch with an actual eye in it, so I managed to pull it off in the end. I met some fantastic people there, including my new friends Prunella and Eglantine Tawdry, the colourful sisters of Mug Bottom Village who helped me realise my Ren Fest potential! They are from the Cobblestone Characters who kept us entertained all day long!

I ate a giant turkey leg, drank ale, watched jousts and plays and even got a henna tattoo all while listening to the delightful sounds of The Lost Boys, who might be my new favourite band!

All in all, one of the best days of 2010 so far! Huzzah!!

Friday, 22 January 2010

Showing My Creative Potential...

I just found the CoolMomPicks Valentine Colouring Card Competition. They needed colouring sheets that could be used by kids for Valentines cards, the 9 best would be made into PDFs that could be bought on Etsy.com. The proceeds would go to the American Heart Association – what a great cause! I only had 24 hours to come up with my idea, but I created a card that I think is simple but affective and could be customized multiple times. I’m quite proud of it, and I might not win, but I had fun making it and putting my creativity out there. Hope you enjoy it too ;-)

Thursday, 14 January 2010

So Long, Farewell...

The drawback to working on a ship is that you meet so many great people, but they don’t stay. I just went through cast change over in my show company, which means I had half of my cast (and good friends) leave and a new set come in. The new guys are great… but I miss my guys from before! As a parting gift I made a necklace for one of my girls and earrings for another.

The necklace is made from a shell from Samana, a shell from St. Kitts and a piece of coral from Aruba – our favourite place we have been to on the ship. It was my first time trying out wire wrapping and I think it turned out quite well. The earrings I made after seeing a necklace in my friend’s room and having beads that matched. I think this is the start of a great creative adventure! Now I just need to make stuff to sell ;-)

Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Let’s say goodbye to the old and welcome the new.

As I look forward into 2010, I want to reflect a little on the year that has passed. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was getting ready to join my first ship of the year, but I guess it was.

I have met new people this year and now have friends in Paraguay, Peru, Belarus and New Zealand. I partied with the Canadians on Canada day like it was my own celebration. I celebrated Independence Day for my American friends because ‘it’s not my fault nowadays’!! I visited Bermuda, Bar Harbour, Boston, Quebec, St. Kitts and New York for the first time. I returned to Miami, Costa Maya, Roatan and Belize.

I have been lucky enough to meet up with some of my very good friends this year, some who I was unsure if I would be able to see again. I have had time with my family and friends at home… some might say not enough, but nothing is ever perfect, right?!

I don’t make resolutions as they are so easily broken, but I do have plans for 2010. I want to get my business, Salvaged Mutiny, up and running. I want my designs to be seen by the world. I want to spend the first summer in three years with my family on land and I want to take my nephew to the zoo ;-)

I think that sounds like a pretty good year ahead, don’t you?!