Sit back and enjoy this lengthy blog today.  I can’t wait to share my photos of a week filled with laughter, creative fun and memorable moments with all of you from the 2nd Michaels Crafting Cruise…

FREEDOM OF THE SEAS – was the name of our ship on the Royal Caribbean…

Our cabin doors had a welcoming suprise!

Our Welcome Gathering – MICHAELS CREATIVE TEAM: Anna Bryson, Val Studer, Jo Pearson, Michael Duncan, Nina Owens and Kathy Kromer giving us the scoop on the week ahead!

Cape Canaveral – NASA in the distance – view from the cruise ship.

First stop: Coco Cay for some fun, sand & rain. But trust me it was worth it!

Our cruise ship in the distance

How can you resist the relaxation!

One of the many make-it-take-its during the cruise. Nina Owens (Social Media for Michaels) looks on as the ladies create!

Bottle cap jewelry being created!

Queen Jo Pearson – Michaels Creative Expert shows how to create earrings.

Which bead – this bead – maybe this one, no this one!

Here is DCWV MTK – passport covers!>

Way cool…I still need to finish mine from DCWV…

Amy and Erin

Next stop St. Thomas…

Relaxing beaches…

So close – yet so far away! Lovely Saint Maarten

Caribbean blue waters…

Glitter Ball…wear your masks and costumes for a fun filled evening…

Kathy and Val (designers for Michaels) amazing artists!

Jo & Michael announcing that everyone was a winner at the ball!

Can this be Gail & Sherri from Cruise One? Looking to book a cruise – these are your ladies!

Did someone say “DUCK TAPE CHALLENGE”? yes folks someone actually created a Baby Grand Piano!

There were some many wonderful creations from totes, scrapbook, jewelry and of course wearable lingerie!

Outfits for our Towel Creatures! (every evening we were surprised with a towel creations from the ships attendants).

Our final day of crafting allowed us to select breakout classes that we wanted to participate in. Above, Michael Duncan (Creative Director) demonstrates “How to Crochet”. I always wanted to learn and now I had the opportunity…in 3 hours I created a beautiful scarf – must have been the great teacher!

Shhh…I’m concentrating – hook 2, pull 1…or was it hook 3 pull 2…Oh well – I finished!

There were so many amazing projects that Michaels offered during the cruise. Many women learned new techniques, made new friends and memorable memories…I know I did. I hope that my photos inspired you to create and possibly encourage you to participate in the next Michaels Cruise scheduled in 2013. So, get your friends on board and start saving up you surely will not be disappointed!

Of course I left the best for last…here is a sneak peak of one of the many creations that was created during my MTK Stackable Button drop necklace. Check out tomorrows blog and I will show you the wonderful women who created their necklaces & rings with Loops & Threads Stackable Buttons…


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