Wednesday, 26 November 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . .

Every year around this time, the Hubby & I have a discussion: 
 I want to put the Christmas tree and all the decs up on the 1st of December,  he says it should only be done on the 16th. 
 Usually we end up with an acceptable compromise:
 he shakes his head, rolls his eyes and humours me ; and the decs go up around the 1st.
Yay  ; - )

(thanks Hubby-darling)

So in preparation for next week, yesterday I did a wee bit of Christmassy sewing. 

I bought the cushions from Next (seriously, I couldn't have bought the fabric and made them myself for that price), then cut two little reindeers out of some linen I had in my stash,  appliqu├ęd them on to the cover and added a touch of embroidery.  A quick & easy make - just the kind I like. 

I got the reindeer template from a Bustle & Sew pattern I bought a little while ago.
  (Have you discovered Bustle & Sew yet? If not, do pop over and be wowed by Helen's lovely creations. )

Sooo chuffed with them, I am.

So much so, that I just couldn't possibly pack them away until the 1st, so there they are taking pride of place and waiting to be joined by all the other lovely Christmassy things next week.

Sssshhhhh . . .  don't tell the Hubby . . .
; - )

'til next time,

Friday, 21 November 2014

Some "me" makes . . .

It's that time of the year again when here at GMHQ, there's a fair amount of making going on, but I can't show & tell all, as most of the makes will be Christmas pressies and I can't take the chance that the recipients may just have a wee peek in here, and spoil their surprise on the big day : - )

But in the midst of the Christmassy prep, I am squeezing in the odd make here & there for little ol' me . . . like these pretty PJs that I finished this afternoon . . .

They're "half 'n half" PJs - the little cami top-half is an adaptation of the Simple Slip by April Rhodes, and the bottom-half is the Rosalind PJs by Sew Me Something.   

The sun had gone away by the time I'd finished sewing earlier, so the pics are not great, but the fabric is really so pretty.  Both the main and the lovely cerise pink contrast are from the Cherie collection by Art Gallery.

Also ticked off my list (see last post here) . . .

 my Date Night Dress - complete with the Simple Slip underneath - and made in the pretty Emmy Grace voile (another lovely AG fabric),

and my scrappy quilt is all put together, and off to Bee Quilted to be quilted : - )

Again, the pic was taken in poor light, with my phone so it really does look much prettier in real life.  I'll show you it again once it's all quilted and bound.

Another busy weekend ahead here, so
'til next time
take care & be crafty . . .

ps. Are you on Instagram?
You can find me @gilly_makes, pop in & say hello. 

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Today's list . . .

Winter is settling in here in the Midlands - right now it's cold and drizzly outside, just about perfect for a day at home, toasty warm indoors with the two most-adorable-pups-in-the-world curled up and dreaming of summer days chasing bunnies & squirrels & tennis balls & the occasional unfortunate cat that dares to get too close, while I get my craft on.

Right so, here's what's on my list for today:

1. finish The Date Night Dress : it's really only the little slip that goes underneath that I've still to do, but I just don't seem to be getting around to it, so this morning it's top of the pile.

2.  cut out & make a start to the Christmas gifts for my lovely Book Club girls.  Each year we set ourselves the fun challenge of making each other a handmade/homemade pressie. Last year I sewed little travel lingerie bags, and the year before I crocheted these chunky cowls . . . 


but you'll just need to wait and see what this year's project is.  Watch this space, I may give you just a wee peek sometime . . .

3.  turn this bundle of scrappy trip blocks into a completed quilt top.  Seriously, I started this quilt almost exactly a year ago and it really is about time I took it out and finished it, don't you think ?

The main reason I really want to finish my scrappy quilt is because I really want to start another one tomorrow.   I've had this lovely fabric in my stash for ages and as I'm heading over to The Quilter's Den in Warwick for a quilting day with my friend Jayne tomorrow, it's the perfect excuse to start a new quilt.  But I'm trying to be good with my WIPs and finish one before I start another.  (I know, I know - I hear you chuckle at the thought, but I really, really am trying to be more efficient with my making)

But before I knuckle down and get started, I just have to share a wee pic of my lovely cuzzie whose wedding we attended in Scotland last weekend.  It was the most beautiful day . . .

Oh, and of course I did a spot of road-trip knitting on the journey there & back. 

So tah-dah . . .

my new winter woolly scarf - knitted with the gorgeous Plump yarn from Mrs Moon.  It knits up so beautifully and comes in the most delicious of colours.  I'm thinking I need to get some more and knit some cosy mitts to match  : - )

Right, onwards and upwards  . . .  wish me luck with that list.

Wishing you a happy, crafty day too,
'til next time,

Thursday, 6 November 2014

And the winner is . . .

In keeping with the time-honoured tradition here at GMHQ, I asked my resident random number generator aka the Hubby,  to pick a number between 1 and 25, and his response was:
  lucky number 4.

So (drumroll please) congratulations to . . .

 who is the lucky winner of one of the lovely new Sew Me Something patterns.

(Suzy, I've sent you an email, so let me know your choice of pattern and details so I can pop it in the post to you.)

Thanks again to everyone who entered and do pop over and say hello to Suzy too.

* * *

We're heading up north to bonnie Scotland for a few days to attend a family wedding, so have a lovely weekend all, and catch up again soon.

'til next time,

Sunday, 2 November 2014

It's raining, it's pouring . . .

. . . it's Sunday, I'm sewing . . .

I cut out The Date Night Dress (by April Rhodes), what seems like ages ago, and it's been waiting patiently to be made up since then.
So when we woke up this morning to heavy rain and no specific plans, today seemed like a good day to sew.

The fabric is a soft, floaty voile called Emmy Grace by Bari J at Art Gallery Fabrics, that I bought at The Village Haberdashery during a little sojourn to London in the summer.  These pics really don't do it justice, because of the dull light today but once I've finished my dress I'll hopefully get a nice sunny day (one can but hope)  to take a proper pic to show you.

The pattern is fairly easy to make and I especially love the butterfly sleeves.  Just the little slip that goes underneath to make now, but the light has disappeared, and Strictly, then Downton Abbey will be on shortly, so no more sewing for today.

So, what have you been up to ?
Did you get your craft on today ?

Wishing you a happy new week ahead,
'til next time

PS.  Don't forget to enter my little giveaway HERE, if you'd like to be in with a chance of winning one of the lovely new patterns from Sew Me Something.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

An Ally Pally Adventure . . . (and a giveaway)

 Firstly, thank you for your kind get well wishes - I'm happily feeling way better than I did last week, with just the pesky sniffles lingering on.  
 And then, a hearty welcome to my new followers, I hope you enjoy joining in on my crafty adventures here. Do leave me a little comment if you like so I can say hello properly  :-)

So, what seems like ages ago now (in reality it was just earlier this month, but with lots of other stuff inbetween),  I spent a couple of days at the beautiful Alexandra Palace in London at The Knitting & Stitching Show,  with the rest of the lovely Sew Me Something gals.

the beautiful Rose Window at Ally Pally

Ably assisted by The Bearded One, Jules' kind &  helpful other half, we loaded up the van and departing Stratford upon Avon, headed south to the capital.

it WILL all fit . . .

see . . . I told you so  ; - )

Next on the agenda was to turn this:


 . . . into this :

Then over the course of the show, we took turns on the stand meeting lots of lovely fellow crafty peeps and showcasing the new Sew Me Something patterns,  

at all times watched over by our mascot, William The Bard himself . . .

Regular readers here will know that I'm a big fan of Jules' designs and at last count I have already made six of The Kate Dress in various forms and two Viola reversible skirts, so I couldn't wait to try my hand at the new patterns too.   So far I've made two of the lovely cowl neck Peaseblossom t-shirts - and I think the Rosalind Pyjamas would be just perfect for those wintery PJ days at home, don't you?  

Anyway,  so the good news is that lovely Jules, the designer extrordinaire  has kindly let me have one of these fab new patterns to give away to one of you lovelies.  Yay : - )

The lucky winner will get to choose between the stylish Portia Trousers, the comfy Peaseblossom T-shirt or the pretty Rosalind Pyjamas - please do pop over here to read all about them from Jules herself, and see some more lovely pics.  

So, if you'd like your name to go in the hat, all you have to do is be a follower here (either via GFC or Bloglovin' or email) and leave me a little comment below, ensuring that I have a way to contact you if you win.  (This is especially important for all the "no-reply" bloggers out there.)

The giveaway will close at midnight (GMT) next Wednesday,  5th November 2014 ,and I'll draw and announce the lucky winner asap thereafter.  Good luck . . .

'til next time,
be happy

Oh, and ps.  Sew Me Something will be at the Knitting & Stitching Harrogate show on 20-23 November too, so if you're going along too, do pop by.

***** 06/11/14: edited to add :  This giveaway is now closed. *****

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