Friday, 20 March 2015

A little crochet Ta-Dah . . .

As promised . . . here it is - all sewn up, bordered & edged . . .

 my pretty Pick 'n Mix cushion .

(Cautionoverload of pretty cushion and cute pup pics to follow)


ta - dah 




 


The pattern is from Simply Crochet Issue 18 and I used a mix of various DK yarns from my favourite online yarn shop Tangled Yarn.

It's a fun way to use up yarn from your stash too, don't you think ?  

Right, now that's ticked off the List,  I really need to knuckle down and catch up with my Orza KAL - I'm way behind everyone else so time to get those needles clicking.

On a slightly different note - my lovely friend Sue, a fellow sewing & crafty enthusiast has just started writing her own blog "Reasons to smile . . ."   And we all know what it's like when you're just starting out on your new bloggy adventure - so if you have a moment, please pop over to say hello and welcome her to the wonderful world of blog.
 Especially seeing as it's her birthday today too . . . ; - )

Happy weekend lovelies,
hope that wherever you are, it's bright & sunny & filled with all things good.



'til next time,
xoxo

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Simple Summer Sewing . . .

Thank you lovely peeps,  for your kind get-well wishes and sweet comments, as always, and I really do hope to catch up with all your bloggy news soon too.

  I'm back at full strength again and had a most creative & productive weekend which started on Friday with a happy sewing day spent in the company of my delightful friend Sarah.
Lots of nattering, yummy food, and some sewing - just a perfect way to spend a day.

We both made the same simple summery Retro Shift dress from Christine Haynes' book
 "chic & simple Sewing" which comes complete with full-sized paper patterns - a good thing indeed as I'm really not a big fan of printing and piecing PDF patterns.  The instructions were not overly clear at times, but between us we worked it out.  And there are a few other lovely projects in the book that I like the look of too. We picked up our copies at The Works for £8.95 so it was really good value, considering it contains 20 project patterns.

. . . lunch was ooh-sew-delicious too . . .

Despite some sunshiney days, it's still a tad chilly here so it may be a little while before I get to wear my new dress -  but I'm ever hopeful that we'll have a hot summer and I'll get to wear it lots.
The fabric is from Sew Me Something (of course . . .) and it's from the pretty Petal & Plume range by AGF.  I couldn't resist it - it's just sew ME  : - )

And then I made a top too -  it's a pressie for my lovely sis, so I can't show you that quite yet.
Oh, and I finished my crocheted cushion too  ( I did say, it was a productive weekend . . .) so stay tuned and as soon as I've taken some pics, I promise to show & tell.

'til next time,
xoxo

Oh, and ps.  Is anyone else planning a visit to Hobbycrafts & Sewing for Pleasure at the NEC in Birmingham this week ? 


Tuesday, 10 March 2015

I've been . . .

. . . A little under the weather :  

knocked sideways for a couple of weeks by the lurgy that seems to be going around at the moment, so really wasn't feeling up to much.  As a result, I most annoyingly indeed,  missed out on the little sojourn in London at the Knitting & Stitching Show. 
 Isn't that just so infuriating when plans you've made go awry all because of a horrible little germ-bug?
And look who popped in at the Sew Me Something stand to say hello to Jules & Claire,


  none other than some of our favourite contestants from this year's The Great British Sewing Bee.
Can't wait for the final this Thursday evening - so who would you like to win ?

. . . Doing a spot of knitting :

Loving being a part of the current Tangled Yarn KAL, knitting the Orza by Maison de Rililie.  It's such a lovely, friendly and encouraging bunch of knitty peeps that I'm knitting along with, but oh-my-word this pattern requires lots of concentration.  Something I couldn't muster much of whilst feeling poorly, but I'm hopeful of catching up a bit soon.  The pattern is just sooo clever, and an amazing design so I can't wait to see the end result.



. . . Hooking a bit of crochet :

Almost finished the Pick 'n Mix cushion cover - just the rest of the border and a pretty edging to do still.  



. . . And enjoying some Saturday sewing:

I started to feel a little brighter at the weekend (thank you lovely meds)  and  couldn't wait to get stuck into trying out the latest almost-hot-off-the-press Sew Me Something pattern that Jules has designed.
I can't show you the end result or tell you much about it yet, except to say that I  L.O.V.E  it , it's called Cordelia, and it will be launching sometime this Spring.  Woohoo... watch this space . . .


It's such a clever little pattern and I think it may just become
 my pattern du saison for S/S '15
 (sorry Kate)
 ;-)


Hope all's well in your little corner of the world, I'll try and catch up with you soon.

'til next time,
xoxo


Thursday, 26 February 2015

The long & the short of it . . .

As you may or may not know, I'm an avid fan of The Kate Dress by Sew Me Something.  I've made this same pattern in a variety of fabrics, and worn them year round - and so it was a no-brainer that I chose Kate for last year's OWOP* Challenge too.  (Have a wee peek here if you missed that post. )

But as I'm now waiting ever so impatiently for Jules to put the finishing touches to a new SMS  pattern  (coming this Spring  -  yay,  can't wait  . . . I got to try on the sample and I LOVE it), 
I thought I'd make another Kate . . . or two. . .


The long . . .

 The longer version falls just above my knees and will be lovely with leggings or tights in winter, or suntanned pins in summer, but I thought it would be fun to make a much shorter version as a pretty white top for summer too.   And I'd been looking for an excuse to use this pretty lace-edged bias binding . . .

. . . and the short.

It's a bizarre weather day here - one moment the sun's out and the next, it's bucketing rain so please forgive the poor lighting in the pics.

Oh, and on a slight tangent:  is anyone else going to the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia in London next week ?

'til next time,
xoxo






*One Week, One Pattern - hosted by Handmade Jane.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

We wove willow . . .

So, a week or so ago - just before our house filled up with weekending friends and things got really busy,  I spent a fun day doing a willow weaving workshop with my lovely Book Club gals.
Mostly our book club is about the book . . . and the natter . . . and the cake, but every now and then we like to do other things too.  Like dinner and the theatre, or the ballet, or in this case - learn to make some fab willow garden decs.
Enter my oh-so-creative-and-talented friend, Rachel.

Amongst other things, Rachel is a whizz with willow, so we booked her for the day and she arrived with absolutely everything in hand and set about teaching us the wonderful art of weaving willow.

First up was tea & cake (of course)  and then after some instruction and demonstration, we wove and carefully bent and giggled (oh, and I may or may not have stamped my feet a little when one of my petals just wouldn't stay put . . .) and chatted, and wove some more before stepping back and admiring our fun flowers . . .

Don't we look chuffed ? That's me & mine at the back, 2nd from left . . .

A yummy lunch followed before it was time to get stuck into our next project . . .




 . . . an obelisk ,  teepee ,  thingy-that-you-grow-climbing-flowers-up , call it what you may . . .


So once more we spread ourselves out on the kitchen floor and as lovely Rachel talked us through it we chatted away, revelling in the delight that comes from being creative on a Friday afternoon  : - )

 All too soon, it was time to pack up with even Sarah's adorable pup, Tiger "helping" . . . 




I have to admit I haven't had a chance to put my willow works of art into the garden yet,  but Heather is much more efficient and sent me a pic of hers in situ in her lovely garden.



'Twas truly a fabulous day - good friends, good food, great fun . . .


Have a happy new week, lovelies
'til next time,
xoxo

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

And the winners are . . .

How did it get to be ten days since my last post ? Well, you know what it's like . . . sometimes other things happen.  Nice things.  Fun things.  Like doing a wonderful willow workshop,  and having a house full of fabulous friends staying for an extended weekend, and being out & about, and making lunch for 22 on Valentine's day . . .  but that's a whole other post and I'll tell you about all that soon.

In the meantime,  let's announce some winners shall we ?



So, in keeping with the tradition here at  gilly makes . . . HQ, last night I asked my resident GWS* aka the Hubby to randomly pick three winners and without further ado, here they are:

Winner of giveaway No. 1 is Rosezeeta from Primroses Attic;  
giveaway No. 2 goes to Ali at With Needle, Thread & Basket:  
and lucky winner No. 3 is Jill who blogs over at Emerald Cottage.  

Congrats lovelies,  your little parcels will be winging their way to you shortly. 
 A huge thank you to everyone who popped in for the GYB Party 2015 - thanks for stopping by and saying hello, it's lovely to make your acquaintance.   Do please follow the links for a wee peek at the winners lovely blogs too.

Right, I've walked the dogs, done all my chores, several loads of laundry and a grocery shop, and run the hoover over the house, so now I'm going to sit down with a cuppa and make a start to my new knitting project - casting on for the Tangled Yarn Orza KAL . . . wish me luck, it looks like it may just be the most intricate pattern I've ever done.  But hey-ho, I do like a challenge  : - )

Have a happy day,
'til next time
xoxo 



Ooh, and ps What a lovely response we've had for our bloggy get-together in April, I can't wait to meet up.  I'll email everyone who's expressed interest soon, with more details.  And if you're still thinking about it - get in touch if you'd like to know more.


*Giveaway Winner Selector - my inhouse equivalent of the RNG.
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