Thursday, 31 July 2014

An Alpaca Afternoon. . . {and a giveaway}

A little while ago, Hazel's Crochet posted a review about a new crochet book  called Edward's Menagerie by Kerry Lord from Toft Alpaca.  Lovely Hazel also had a couple of tickets for the launch to give away, so as I live not too far away, I eagerly accepted her generous offer and last Friday, with fellow crafty friends Sarah & Rachel in tow, off we went to spend a fun afternoon surrounded by all-things-alpaca-and-crochet.


It was a beautiful warm sunny day so we started with a tour of the farm to see the funny and curious alpacas and crias (the baby ones, who were just too adorable), 


 followed by a yummy alfresco lunch, before we  headed back inside to meet Edward's Menagerie and enjoy a little crochet workshop.


 Seriously, just how adorable are these gorgeous animals ?  Aren't they just so sweet?  And they all have their own stories too.

  And so enamoured by these funny & fabulous creatures was I, that I just had to buy an extra copy of this delightful book to giveaway.

So, in celebration of reaching the milestone of 300+ followers on GFC,  and to say a big thanks to all of you lovelies who are following along on this crafty bloggy adventure with me, I'm giving away a  copy (signed by lovely Kerry Lord of course) of the book. 

If you'd like a chance to win it, it's simples.  Just . . .

1) be a follower of my blog (GFC, Bloglovin' or by email); and 

2) leave me a little comment below - and if you're a no-reply blogger, please make sure you leave contact details too.

Now, as we have a full house of guests for the next little while, I'm going to take a wee bloggy break for two weeks, so will leave the giveaway open until midnight GMT on Sunday 10th August and announce the winner asap thereafter.   

So, good luck & so long for now.

'til next time,

* * * * 

Thanks again Hazel for your generosity, and thanks to all the lovely ladies at Toft Alpaca for hosting such a fun event..


Friday, 25 July 2014

Dordogne days . . .

Bonjour . . .

I'm back in sunny England after a lovely few days in beautiful Lalinde, on the banks of the Dordogne river, in the Aquitaine region of la belle France.  

We chilled, 
we chatted,
 we read our books,
 we went for walks, 
we drank some lovely French wine,
 we shopped a little bit at the local brocante market, 
and we ate yummy cheese, fresh crispy breads and lots of oooh-sooo-delicious croissants for petite dejeuner.

The patisserie around the corner was just so tempting, it would have been pointless to resist.

Oh, and just in case you're wondering about the "Knitting vs Crochet" decision . . .

The crochet project won, and I've made a good start to my Pick 'n Mix cushion cover.

Wishing you a happy, sunny weekend . . .
'til next time,

Thursday, 17 July 2014

A little bit of versatility . . . (and a fab giveaway)

Firstly, thanks so much for all your lovely comments on my last post - you really are too kind - and a BIG welcome to my new followers, thanks for popping by and I hope you'll enjoy following along on my crafty adventures :-)

obligatory cute pups pic of the week

Earlier this week I was delighted to be handed the Versatile Blogger Award by lovely Sarah at Chantille Fleur.  The brief is to list 7 random things about yourself and then pass the bloggy baton along.

So without further ado, here are my 7 random things (and be warned: they are indeed random):

1.  I love to bake.  Definitely a love learned from my Mama, who just by the way, bakes the best ever shortbread, scones, tea cake etc etc.

2.  I don't really like cooking.  Seriously, I cook because we must eat. By contrast, my lovely sis is a fab cook.  If only we lived closer so we could take advantage of her culinary skills more often.

3.  I love shopping . . . but not for groceries. See no.2 above.

4.  Spiders are evil. They give me the heebiejeebies and I jump at the sight of one.  Other creepy crawlies don't really bother me.  Except maybe cockroaches . . . ugh . . .

5.  I LOVE to travel . . . particularly on planes, trains and ships (but preferably not on buses).  This is another love that I can attribute to my wanderlust parentage.

6.  I love all-things-pink.  Always have, probably always will.

7.  I have freckles.  Lots of them.  But as the saying goes: "A face without freckles is like a night without stars"  ;-)

I did warn you they were random . . .  but if you like that kind of thing, you could pop over here too.

Right so in passing on the baton, I'm going to change things up a wee bit and ask you to hop over and show some bloggy love to two fab newbie blogs. 

First up, visit  Roulette Farm - this is Sarah's new blog all about life & times down under on their Aussie farm with two adorable dogs, various chickens and a whole host of other wonderful creatures;

courtesy of Roulette Farm

. . . then about that giveaway I mentioned . . .

Well, regular readers will know that I'm a big fan of the Sew Me Something patterns - all designed by my lovely friend and part-time boss - and to celebrate her new blog , Jules is giving away your choice of SMS pattern.  Woo hoo... we all likes a giveaway, don't we? :-)

courtesy of Sew Me Something

 So please do pop in and have a wee peek at these new blogs on the block, I know you'll get a warm welcome. 
And thanks again to Chantille Fleur for your kind nomination.

And on a completely different note - I'm off tomorrow for a few days away in sunny France, so I'll be taking a little bloggy break but will be back soon to tell you all about it and catch up with your news too.

Hmmm... what to pack . . .  crochet or knitting ?

What d'you think ?  
(and no, the ridiculously limited baggage allowance dictates that I can't take both)

A tout a l'heure, mes amis

Sunday, 13 July 2014

I've been . . .

. . .  pretty busy this past week. 

 So here's a wee peek at just some of what I've been up to:

  •  delving into my stash and piecing together a new quilt 

It's a mish-mash of fabrics, but mainly Riley Blake's Bake Sale - designed by lovely Lori Holt from Bee in My Bonnet.  It's to throw over the chaise in the kitchen on which the two most-adorable-pups-in-the-world like to lie whilst overseeing things in the kitchen and keeping an eye out the window in case the neighbour's cat dares set paws in our garden.   Our kitchen is a pretty neutral colour, so this will brighten things up.

  • finally finishing my Juliet dress

It's actually a much darker purple than it appears in this pic, and it fits just perfectly so I'm quite chuffed.
Ooh, and just by the by, it matches perfectly with our pretty hanging baskets . . .
; - )

  •   sewing 150 little puzzle bags  (as commissioned by the Hubby)


Chain-sewing was definitely the way to go - it seemed to speed up the process considerably.
So that's them all done . . . and another thing ticked off my list.

  • admiring my latest acquisition of gorgeous Art Gallery fabrics . . .  and trying to decide what to make next.  What do you think ?  

Any and all suggestions/ideas will be considered so go ahead . . .suggest away !

These are both from the new Emmy Grace collection - aren't they yummy ?  And just perfect for autumn.   Not that I'm wishing summer away . . . 
just saying . . .

Happy new week ahead,
'til next time

Thursday, 3 July 2014

A Fine & Fabulous Fabric-filled day . . .

Just a quick post as I have oodles of things I really ought to be doing this afternoon, but I just had to pop in to tell you all about the lovely day I've had . . .

 Soooo,  first thing this morning I donned my pretty Kate dress - which seemed only right, as it's made in Rapture by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics - and headed over to Sew Me Something in beautiful Stratford upon Avon, to meet the lovely designer herself. 

A quick pop in at the cafe on the corner for a cuppa and a toasted teacake with Heather & Susan (the delightful Canadian Abroad), before we crossed the sunny courtyard and joined the throng of fellow fabric enthusiasts for a lovely morning perusing the beautiful Art Gallery Fabrics collections.

Pat gave an interesting and informative little talk about the ethos of Art Gallery Fabrics and some insight into the design and production process, and then she did a short demonstration on machine-piecing hexies . . . oh my word, I will never again hand-stitch a hexie.  
Why didn't I learn this a long time ago ?   : - )

Aren't these quilts just toooo fab-u-lous ?

I do love hexies, but to be honest my impatient self finds them just too time-consuming and labour-intensive.  I know, I know, many of you love to piece and quilt by hand, and whilst I can appreciate it,  I'm afraid I don't share your enthusiasm for it.  I do sew my quilt binding by hand, but besides that I'm a machine-quiltin' kinda gal.
Anyway, I digress  . . .  back to this morning . . .

Here's me & Pat - who just by the by, is simply lovely

As are the gorgeous new ranges of Art Gallery Fabrics, I may add
 - seriously, they are ALL just so, so fab and now I have a very serious case of  "the wanties".
    Sigh  . . . I know "I want doesn't always get" but I fear I may be powerless to resist . . .

. . . and the good news is that Sew Me Something, which just so happens to be my local happy habby place,  has them all in stock .  
Hmmm . .  perhaps it's just meant to be ?

Hope you're having a fun & happy day too,
'til next time

ooh, and ps.  yes, there was indeed lots of yummy cake (and cream scones) but would you believe I was so distracted by all the fabulous fabrics that I didn't have any at all  : - (

Friday, 27 June 2014

Fabulous fabrics , yummy cake . . . Fancy coming along ?

Anybody not-too-far-away fancy a little excursion to beautiful Stratford upon Avon next Thursday 3rd of July?

Sew Me Something is hosting an oh-so-exciting event by 

                                                        Art Gallery Fabrics

Pat Bravo, the creative force behind Art Gallery fabrics is coming to the UK, she will be visiting only 3 shops while she’s here, and Sew Me Something is the only one outside London!


Pat, along with her husband Walter and Angie, their Creative Director will be there from

11:00am – 1:00pm on Thursday 3rd July

to chat about how Art Gallery works and to showcase all the delicious new fabrics that will be coming out very soon. 

(see, I told you it was exciting . . .)

        Art Gallery Fabrics

And Pat will be giving a demonstration on how she machine pieces hexagons for her patchwork projects - it’s always great to see how the professionals do stuff. . .

and there will be a free pattern for the fun Charming Tote Bag too.

Oh, and I should mention, Jules has promised there will be plenty of tea, coffee and homemade cakes ?

Let me know if you'd like to come along - it'd be so lovely to see you . . .

Happy weekend,


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