Crafty Holiday 2014: Day 6 – Bender Ball, Zumba & Mugs Galore!!

Hi All!
As my App didn’t want to work while I was on hols the last two week (& I spent ages writing the posts up too!!) thought I’d post them now I’m home. Will post one or two a day for the next week or two, giving me time to recover!!
Anyway, enjoy, and talk soon!
Donna x
Ps please excuse the images not all being of greatest quality, was using my iPad to take and edit them. Now I’m home will see if can improve them for the roundup post at the end, and the tutorials to follow, but wanted to post these as they were done.


Hi all!
It’s my sixth full day on holiday, and a busy one again! Lots of exercise this morning, with BenderBall and Zumba sessions, and a busy session this afternoon making pottery transfer mugs.
As you’ve probably gathered from my previous posts, I’m working towards starting to teach wheelchair dancing in my local area this autumn, but what I am also hoping is to run exercise classes for the less mobile (as well as everyone else!) too. So with that in mind, as well as missing my regular morning exercise sessions at home (I’ve been trying to do some still, but without my DVDs or Internet access in my room, it’s hard for me to remember them all – something I’m going to have to work on if I’m going to try and teach other people!!) I decided to attend the two exercise sessions running this morning – BenderBall and Zumba.
BenderBall was excellent fun, and a great workout. It’s actually a pretty standard exercise workout, but you’re using a ball (like a squidgy, resistance-rubber version of a football) to enhance it – both in your arms and legs, and throughout your body too. I wasn’t sure how much of it I’d be able to do, but actually there was vey little I couldn’t do, and I just adapted those exercises.
The Zumba session however didn’t go so well. I don’t know whether it was just the nature of the setting, but I didn’t find it helpful for what I want to achieve. I might contact a local teacher and see if it’s any better in their group, but otherwise at least I’ll know it’s one less thing to consider! However, the teacher at the hotel did suggest I look into a new fitness regime called FitSteps, which is developed by some of the professional dancers from Strictly Come Dancing, and is actually based around the ballroom and latin dancing moves, so may be really relevant. She showed me a couple of examples and they looked promising, so that’s my next thing to look into!
This afternoon was a fun time of making mugs that I’ll use for selling at Christmas. I make them up into little gifts, with chocolates, drinking chocolate and a candy cane, all wrapped in cellophane and ribbon. They look incredibly cute, and are great for a low cost present – brilliant for stockings, secret Santa, or for kids to buy! Last year I only had 8 to sell and they’d gone in less than an hour! So I knew I wanted to make more this year, and was incredibly grateful when I got an offer of help from two ladies – the lovely Barb, and another lady whose name I don’t remember (I’m so sorry, and if you’re reading this, please let me know so I can say thanks!!). We all worked together, and between us we made 15 in total in the 1.5 hours we had – pretty good eh?! One was for my dad’s Father’s Day gift, but that still leaves 14 to sell at Christmas, so hooray!!
I’ve attached pictures of the images on the mugs from each side below (there are multiples of the Christmas mugs). There are no pictures from the exercising – not very dignified and that would just put you off your dinner!!
Speak soon!
Donna x
Ps if anyone has any suggestions for exercises that may be suitable for disabled / restricted movement people, I’d love to hear from
Pps If you’re from my local area (Hertfordshire, UK) and are interested in dancing or exercise with a difference, I’d love to have you
involved with my classes in the autumn! They’re for both able-bodied and less-able people, and I’m looking for people who
would be willing to train as volunteers to help as well. Thanks!

















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