Friday, January 24, 2014

Crafting in Cabo, Mexico



I'm back from vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and got sick while there.  I think it started on the airplane when a woman kept sneezing the whole flight to Mexico.  I kept covering my water but I guess it was no use, I was destined to get something.  I hadn't had a cold for a few years and I did get a flu shot back in September. I don't know what I have, but I'm terribly congested with a sore throat, achy ears and a stopped up nose.  I'm still not feeling well right now, and am not in the mood to do any crafting, but I wanted to post about a "craft class" I took in Cabo.

I nearly fell off my chair when I was reading the activity schedule available at the Pacifica Resort where we were staying and came across a craft class.  I had visions of making Mexican pottery or handcrafted items so I convinced one of my traveling buddies, Helen, to go with me so I wouldn't be by myself.  Helen isn't into crafts and I'm sure she was just going because I asked her but, in the end, she really made a beautifully decorated frame that outshined all of us.

 
The activity center was located in a building all to itself not far from the pool area.  As you can see, no one was there when we arrived except one lone person tucked away in the corner. Our craft supplies awaited in boxes on the table.




 
I took a picture of a reflection of us sitting at the table waiting for instructions.



Our instructor, Ariana, was eager for us to get started, but I think there was a language barrier or I just couldn't follow simple directions. We were making frames out of corrugated cardboard (how disappointing) and she gave me two pieces of paper so I cut two pieces out. I just wasn't thinking.   Ariana looked at me and said why did you cut two out and I said because you gave me two.  Dummy me, one was for the backing. Ha! I cracked myself up! I was on vacation so what do you expect?   I told her that I wasn't a very good student. But honestly I thought we were gonna make something native to Mexico and not a photo frame so my mind started wandering.

I glued on the border frame and started decorating with "sand" - not very original, cause all the finished frames looked basically the same:

Besides, Ariana was rather stingy with the supplies and had us asking for whatever we wanted instead of just dumping the boxes on the table.  Every now and then she would say, oh I have this and I have that.  Well, I couldn't think and had no creativity juices flowing in decorating my frame.

 
Yep, you can see how much Ariana enjoyed this class.
 
 
Like I said, Helen was really into making this craft.  And I'm so sorry I didn't get a finished picture of her creation. So pretty!

This is mine.  Looks like something made in the 1st grade, don't you think!
 
I'm going to post a bit more about my trip when I'm feeling better.  There were a lot of handcrafted items I saw that I'd like to share with you.

So please stay tuned!
 
 
 Happy Crafting!





7 comments:

  1. Very nice post! Magnifiques photos !
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Cath-(Cath CH Photography)

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  2. Only you would find a crafting class on vacation at a resort!! I'm not so good at crafting with directions either and I think I would have found my mind wandering as well! But, it looks like you and your friend had a great time anyway! Hope you feel better soon!

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  3. That class is waaaaaay beneath your crafting skills! So sorry you got sick!
    Jenna

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  4. Hello Gail, I am glad my tutorials help. Your trip sounded like fun. So sorry to hear you got sick. Crafting is always fun.

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  5. I cannot believe you went on vacation to Mexico and CRAFTED! You are dedicated or crazy. Lay by the pool, walk, shop. You had better had shopped and will show us some treasures. So sorry you got sick. That is miserable. Arianna is NOT a crafter - you can tell just by looking at her.

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  6. How fun to craft while on vacation. I'm not really an instructions person either... I tend to just wing everything. I'm so sorry you got sick. Hope you feel better soon.

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  7. Ariana, looks so inspirational, how on earth did you not have your crafting mojo LOL

    Mexico looks so beautiful, I'm sorry you got sick but I hope that you had great trip while you were there...crafting instructor aside.

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