Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Summertime holidays . . .

It's holiday time here at  gilly makes . . . HQ, so whilst we're off enjoying the summer I'll be taking a little bloggy break for a couple of weeks.  But if you're an Instagrammer, do pop over to say hello if you like, and see what we're up to.

Otherwise, wherever you are, whatever you do - take care and enjoy,
 and if I don't see you through the week, I'll see you through the window . . .

Looking forward to catching up with you when I get back,

'til next time,

Friday, 17 July 2015

Oh baby . . .

Little things that make my heart happy . . .

  • THE cutest cake you ever did see
  • yummy marshmallows
  • fluffy pink candyfloss
  • raspberry lemonade
  • and celebrating the imminent arrival of my new little cuzzie with her mama & aunty

I had such a fab trip to Scotland - the sun shone and the fresh sea air blew away my horrible hayfever - it was so lovely to spend time with my family and catch up with my gorgeous Glasgow girls.  

Busy days here, but it's almost, almost time for our summer holiday - can't wait . . .

Happy weekend, lovelies . . .

'til next time,

ps. Linking up with lovely Amy at Love Made My Home , for her Five on Friday feature - do pop over and see what everyone else is up to.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

If the shoe fits . . .

Thanks so much, lovely peeps for all your kind & encouraging comments about our blossoming garden.  And a big welcome to my new followers too - thanks for popping in to say hello : - )

The Hubby & I spent the weekend in London and now I'm packing my bag again and heading north across Hadrian's Wall for a few days in Scotland, but before I fly off I thought I'd tell you about a fab little workshop I did the other evening . . .

My friend Heather (yes, she of gardening guru fame) & I decided we needed to add "Making Espadrilles" to our crafty endeavours, so off we toddled to Guthrie & Ghani in Moseley.

We were such busy elves that I somehow only took three little pics, but we had great fun cutting & stitching & nattering away, and by the end of the evening we'd almost managed to produce one shoe each ; - )

That's Heather's on the left and mine on the right, and a sad lack of any significant crafty time since then means that I've yet to finish my other shoe.  So they are sitting patiently on top of the WIP basket, hoping to be a complete pair soon.

It was a really fun workshop, and the espadrilles don't require much fabric at all - just two fat quarters, so I definitely see another pair on the horizon in the not too distant future.  But I really must finish this pair first.   They're just perfect for summer, don't you think ?

Wishing you a happy week,
'til next time,

ps. if you fancy a little trip to beautiful Stratford upon Avon to make your own lovely pair of bespoke espadrilles, there's a couple of workshops coming up at Sew Me SomethingOoh, and there's 20% off in the Summer Workshop Sale too  : - )

Friday, 3 July 2015

A flowery Friday . . .

Every week when Friday comes around, I have really good intentions of joining in with Amy at Love Made My Home for Five on Friday.  But then the day seems to come and go so quickly and before I know it, I've missed it again.  
 So here I am today - it's Friday, the sun is shining and our garden is blossoming with pretties . .  here's just five . . .

Isn't it just SOoooo pretty ?
I can't tell you how chuffed I am but alas, regular readers will remember that I'm not a gardener, so the fact that these beautiful flowers are alive & well & living happily in my garden is mostly due to the care and efforts of my kind gardening gurus - my lovely sis and my ever-so-patient friend Heather, who constantly roll their eyes at my lack of gardening enthusiasm,
but persevere regardless, in the hope that one day my fingers will turn green  ; - )

All I'm really entrusted with is the weeding and the watering . . . but that's a big part, right ? 

And a little while ago I told you about an outing to Hidcote to learn all about growing a cutting garden.  (Read about it here if you like)  We got to plant lots of seeds, and the abovementioned guru Heather cultivated and cared for mine in her greenhouse until it was time to plant.  And then she came over and planned and planted for me (I told you she was kind), and I'm happy to say my little cutting garden is growing well, with lots of little budlets about to blossom too.  
Happy dancing . . .

Thank you lovely sis & kind Heather, for making my garden grow.

Do pop over to Amy's linky party and see what everyone else is doing this Friday - happy weekend, lovelies . . . blossom where you're planted  : - )

'til next time,

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Tales from Wales . . .

Hello lovely peeps, are you having a good week ?

We've been away for a little sojourn to beautiful South Wales - the Gower peninsula, to be precise.  
Having lived in the Midlands for almost 6 years now, you'd think we'd have explored Wales too by now.  But besides a day in Cardiff to watch an SA v Wales rugby match a few years back, we'd never actually ventured across the border so thought it was high time we did.  That, and we really wanted to take the two most-adorable-pups-in-the-world to the beach.  Living where we do, right in the middle of this big island of the UK, we're about as far away from the coast as one can get.  So we packed up the car and headed south-west.

Rhossili bay

It poured with rain all the way there but then for the rest of the time, the sun shone and we had a glorious few days exploring this "area of outstanding natural beauty" in the Gower region.  Our home was a beautiful converted barn, literally a short walk (albeit a steep one) from Slade beach.  Seriously peeps, if you're ever looking for a place to stay in the area, look no further - Slade Barn is simply lovely.  It had everything we needed, and then some - and very dog-friendly too.  

Slade Barn

Oxwich beach

just up the road from Mumbles

Rhossili - and Jerry-dog keeping a close eye on the sheep . . .

Worm's Head, Rhossili bay

We had a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing time . . .  wending our way around the coast from Mumbles and Oxwich Bay to Port Eynon and Rhossili (definitely my favourite place), and we left for home with a promise that we'll be back again some day.

Oh, and I did find some time for making too . . .  a little bit of knitting, and my first ever attempt at needlepoint tapestry - so I'll be back to tell you all about that soon.

'til then
take care of you,

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Day or Night ?

Oops, it's been a little while . . .
We've got my lovely SIL visiting for a few weeks, so between the usual weekly routine things and running around doing all sorts of fun touristy stuff, there hasn't been much time for blogging, or much crafting either, for that matter.  So please do forgive the sporadic posts that will ensue over the next couple of weeks, and I'll pop in whenever I can.   

But I do have a little sewing project to share today . . .

I first came across this lovely pattern on Love, Lucie's blog - it's the Day-to-Night Drape Top from Maria Denmark.   Lucie has a whole array of them, and I love this simple yet pretty style, so I just had to get the pattern and give it a go.  It's a download & print pattern which I normally tend to shy away from as to be honest, I find the whole process of printing and matching and taping together, a little tedious mostly - but as this pattern only has two pieces, it's a doddle to do.

It's a really easy-peasy top to make, and a perfect addition to my summer wardrobe.  It really does what it says on the tin, and will do for daytime casual or nighttime elegance, depending on your fabric choice & accessories.  And best of all, it took less than a meter of fabric - so it's an inexpensive make too.

So, thanks Lucie - I'm sure I'll be making lots more of these too  : - )

And if you haven't yet discovered  Lucie's lovely blog , do pop over to say hello and have a little peek at all her lovely makes. 

Hope it's been a lovely weekend wherever you are,
'til next time,
take care of you

ps. whilst I'm slacking a bit on the blog side of things, I am at least Instagramming, so if you'd like to follow along please do.  You'll find me @ gilly_makes - or click on the link in the right hand column of this page.

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