Monday, October 08, 2012

Cruise Crafts

Each time we take a cruise, we get involved in the cruise thread on the DIS boards (  This thread is composed by those who have reservations for that same cruise.  Within that group, some people form an "FE (fish extender) exchange."  This is an exchange of small gifts, and a "FE" hangs outside the stateroom door on a hook that is shaped like a fish (thus, the *fish* extender), and throughout the cruise, others on the list deliver the small gifts to the other staterooms by placing the gifts in the FE outside the door. On my first cruise, I quickly made an FE, and it worked fine for our last cruise.  However, this year, our family will be in 2 rooms, so we needed 2 FE hangers.  I am NOT a seamstress, nor would I *ever* claim to be.  There are a lot of things that I would change about this one, but in general, I thought they turned out ok.

This one is my mom's and my son's FE.  

The symbol at the top is the Disney Cruise Line logo.  I embroidered it on the top using a pattern I created.

I put our favorite characters on our pockets.  Jonah's character is Gaston from Beauty and the Beast.

My mom's character is the fairy godmother from Cinderella.

This one is the FE for my husband, daughter, and me.

Same basic style, but with 3 pockets.

This pocket turned out the best.  His character is Grumpy.


Jaydin's pocket features Bullseye from Toy Story 2 and 3.

My pocket has Figment .... that's my favorite.  

Each embroidery file was created by me and is in no way for sale.   The font used is Waltgraph, and you can find it free with a Google search.

I'm working on a few things in the Haven, and I've recently gotten a new toy ... uh, I MEAN tool. :)  As much as I have always loved my Cricut, the time has come to drop my support for ProvoCraft.  They lost my loyalty when they attacked SCAL and MTC and forced those companies to stop making software that worked through the Cricut machines.  
Last Wednesday, my Silhouette Cameo arrived.  This machine comes with it's own software and runs through your computer .... no cartridges to buy.  You can buy designs and projects through the Silhouette site or simply create your own by importing many different file formats (including .jpg and .svg) and using the trace feature.  You can even PRINT something using your printer .... and then the Cameo will cut out the printed item!  I will give more details on this machine in the coming weeks ... I hope. :)  

I should also have a dress to share, as well, in a few days.  

Have a wonderful Monday evening and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!



  1. You did a fabulous job on your FE's Shell. I know you are jumping up and down inside waiting for the day your cruise is finally setting sail. I know that you will all have a great time!

  2. Wow those are too cool!! I can't wait to see what you do with your new cameo.

  3. Shell, great job on making these! I am sure your family will love using them on the cruise.


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