Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Mostly I've been playing hooky . . .

. . . raiding my stash, and buying some new bits & bobs here and there, to gather enough yarn and pretty colours to join in with Cherry Heart's Spice of Life CAL.   

Are you crocheting along too?  
Would you believe there are over 3000 lovely hooky peeps from around the world taking part - and it's so much fun seeing everyone's progress and different choice of colours. 

It's a beautiful sunny, autumnal week here but the definite nip in the air at night provides the perfect excuse (as if I really need one) to curl up on the sofa and crochet.

Still on the topic of all-things hooky - my lovely friend Lazy Daisy Jones is hosting a little crochet hook up game on Instagram for October.  Do come and play . . . it'll be so fun.

So if you're a fellow hooky-lovin' 'grammer, pop in @lazydaisyjones for more details, and whilst you're there, come see me too @gilly_makes and say hello. 

It starts tomorrow, 1st October and each day LDJ will post a little prompt, so join in and let's see what all our other crochet addicts enthusiasts are up to.  See you there  : - )

'til next time,

Linking up today with Ginny over at Small Things, for the weekly Yarn Along - do pop by and enjoy the yarny feast.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Back to the making . . .

Well the holidays are over, and no more days away planned or visitors coming to stay, for a couple of weeks, so let's get back to the making shall we?

Autumn has well and truly arrived, and is putting on a splendidly sunny show this weekend, but there's a definite nip in the air.  Even indoors too because our boiler went on the blink last week and we found ourselves curled up in front of the fire, or huddled around the space heater.  I even hauled out the hot water bottles.  But the new boiler is now safely in situ and the temperature indoors restored to a cosy level once more  : - )

So with the changing of the season, it's time to start sorting through the WIP & Want-to-Make Lists, and hopefully get some lovely makes ticked off.   I haven't been entirely idle through the summer though AND I've even made a start to my (dare I say it ? ) Christmas makes . . .

So this year's Christmas quilt was a quick and simple make.  I bought the pretty panel and the ready-made sweet dotty binding at Sew Me Something, did some straight line quilting around the squares and hand-tied some pretty red glass beads on at the end.
 One Christmas quilt:  finished and ready for the festive season. Tick.

And whilst in the Christmas making mood, I whipped up a little wreath too.  I raided my box of scraps and selected a whole bunch of festive fabrics,

 then spent a fun afternoon making this:

 Every year I seem to end up rushing around madly trying to get decor and Christmas gifts made in time, so for once I'm going to try and be organized. 

 What d'you think ?  Too early ?  Or have you secretly made a start too ?
Pray do tell . . .

'til next time,
Happy making . . .


Saturday, 19 September 2015

All the fun of the Fair . . .

I am sooo not a morning person, so when Mrs Sew Me Something herself mentioned she'd be swinging by in the van to pick me up before sunrise on Thursday morning,  I did my best to negotiate.  But the prospect of the possibility of rush-hour traffic on the M25, and an allocated set-up time dictated that we really did need to be up and on the road early.

And so it was that Reg {the trusty big white van packed to the gunwhales}, Jules & I set off heading south for The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace in London.

Jules drove (very ably, I might add), whilst I nattered, knitted, and poured the coffee. 
 Traffic hold-ups ensued and it took us a while, but eventually we arrived safe & sound, and spent the rest of the day setting up the Sew Me Something stand.  

There was a lovely buzz around in anticipation of the Fair opening the next day.  Everywhere you looked was a flurry of folk unpacking boxes, wheeling trolleys, hanging bunting and generally just making the huge marquee look amazing.

Friday morning dawned beautifully sunny, and despite several bursts of rain throughout the day, we enjoyed all the fun of the Fair.  
Best of all I got to meet so many lovely peeps -  bloggy & IG friends, old & new, and a whole bunch of happy crafters from far and wide - who popped by the stand to say hello.

Just an all round fabulous event, in a beautiful setting . . . .

We were so busy that I didn't even have a chance to wander around and see everything, but by all accounts everyone seemed to have a good time.  

It was a bit of a tiring train trip home, but at least I didn't have to get up early again this morning  : - )

Happy weekend all,  
it's a sunny one here so we're making the most of it . . .

'til next time,

Friday, 11 September 2015

On my travels . . . Part 3 : Ottawa, Canada

Well here it is at last.... Part 3 - and today I'm joining in with Amy at Love Made My Home,  for Five on Friday too.

We spent the last week of our fab holiday in Ottawa, a city I'd not visited before so it was fun to explore,  as well as enjoy a catch up with lovely friends : - )

So whilst our significant others attended the IPP conference, we crafty gals had a fab time doing what we love best - nattering, eating, shopping, knitting, crocheting, and just generally hanging out together and enjoying each other's company.

My oh-so-talented friend Lesley, being the closest (well Toronto's not that far from Ottawa, really. . . by Canadian standards that is) was tasked with organizing our annual Fun & Fabulous Fabric & Fibre trip and may I say that aided and abetted by Helene, they did a sterling job.

We spent a whole day visiting five of Ottawa's most fabulous stores, all of whom gave us such a lovely welcome, treated us to yummy snacks and put up with 24 very happy crafters as we ooh-ed and aah-ed over the array of delightful fabrics and yarns.

We did lots of sightseeing too, and our wanders around the city inevitably included a spot of tea and something delicious to go with it . . .

So there it is . . . the holiday that was . . .
Time to plan the next one, methinks  : - )

Have a lovely weekend, one & all.

'til next time,

Saturday, 29 August 2015

On my travels . . . Part 2: Vancouver, Canada

How I'm loving going through all our holiday pics (did I mention there are in excess of 900 snaps? ), and smiling at all the lovely memories.  

On leaving Alaska, we flew south again from Anchorage to Vancouver in Canada where we spent a fabulous few sunny days in this beautiful city, catching up with family and friends.
My lovely cuz, Wendy had a whole lot of fun things planned for us to do and certainly was a host &  tour guide extraordinaire.  So from Grouse Mountain to Granville Island, and everything else in between, we set about exploring the delights. 

It's hard to narrow down the highlights as we just loved it all.  The view from the top of the mountain on the Sea-to-Sky gondola does rank right up there though.  As did those yummy donuts following our hike at Deep Cove  : - )  And then of course there was the time spent just chatting & laughing & sharing meals & making memories with our loved ones, who even though we're far apart, hold a special place in our hearts.
(If you're reading this:  Thank you all the Martins & the Goosies for making our time with you so special)

Of course, with all the outing-and-abouting, there wasn't much time for crafting, but stay tuned for Part 3 coming soon . . . 

'til next time,

Sunday, 23 August 2015

On my travels . . . Part 1: Alaska

Hello there, lovely bloggy peeps - I'm back, and looking forward to spending some time catching up this week.
We had a truly lovely, relaxing and fun holiday, and I'm enjoying wading through all the pics we managed to take, etching the memories firmly on my mind.  But here we are home again, happily reunited with the two most-adorable-pups-in-the-world and wading through a seemingly endless pile of laundry whilst battling the inevitable jetlag. 
So, would you like to hear a little about it?

It's hard to describe just how awesome Alaska is.  Seriously peeps, if you've not yet been, add it to your bucket list right now.  It is breathtakingly beautiful at almost every turn. 
 We began our journey in Vancouver, Canada (but more about that in part deux) and sailed up the coast through the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Skagway and the Hubbard Glacier, ending up in Seward.

There were so many highlights, but taking a helicopter flight over the glacier, going dog-sledding and traversing the White Pass are right up there.  Not to mention meeting this gorgeous little Husky pup who stole my heart . . .

And of course there were the yarn and fabric shops . . .   : - )
Every town had at least one, and the poor Hubby very patiently wandered from one to the next with me, whilst I ooh-ed and aah-ed, and hmmm-ed and haa-ed over all the pretty things.

It seems that crafty folk the world over are a friendly bunch and we met the loveliest of peeps in every store.  I did make a few wee purchases - always conscious of the limits of an airline baggage allowance, of course.   There was such an abundance of choice, so my self-imposed rule was that it had to be local.  So now I have some pretty Alaskan yarns added to my stash that I just can't wait to use.  Watch this space . . .

Hope all's well with you,
'til next time,

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