Friday, 19 December 2014

I've been . . . {another List}

  • busily preparing for the celebration of Christmas

  • to Scotland & back

  • catching up with loved ones

  • making.  Lots of making.

  • baking 

Mary Berry's Orange Spice Cake -  absolutely deeelicious . . .

  • sewing

  • knitting

  • shopping

  • wrapping pressies

  • swapping pressies

my lovely creative & talented Book Club ladies

  • swapping crackers
Thank you lovely Sue from Crafts@home, my swap partner who completely spoilt me with an abundance of yummy goodies in the  Cracker Swap organized by Tracey over at Mad About Bags.  Squeee . . .

  • making up our guest rooms for our family arriving to stay next week

  • trying to keep on top of the laundry, the household chores, and muddy doggy paws
don't let that sweet face deceive you . . . those paws are mud-magnets

  • planning my "week between Christmas & New Year" yarny project
  - a lovely Vector Wrap/Scarf Knit-A-Long with Rachel at Tangled Yarn.  This pretty Mirasol yarn arrived in the post today and I can't wait to cast on.  If you're looking for a project too - do join us.  (Just pop over here or have a wee look on Ravelry) 

 are you "making a list & checking it twice" ?

Only 6 more sleeps . . .   ; - )

'til next time,

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For Claudine, who was kindness personified,  truly beautiful inside & out, who loved to make . . . and who delighted in a good List too.  
RIP my sweetest friend . . . 
(1969 - 2014)

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

A Christmas crafternoon . . .

A long list of "Things to make for Christmas" provided the perfect excuse (as if we really needed one) for a yummy lunch and a fun & frivolous get-together 
with like-minded crafty friends last weekend. 

We gathered, 
we ate, 
we drank, 
we nattered, 
we laughed,
 and we crafted . . .

Karen needle-felted THE sweetest little floppy-eared hare, ever . . . Rachel crocheted pretty snowflakes aplenty . . . Sarah knitted a cosy little mitts & scarf ensemble . . . and I hooked up this lovely Granny's Tree Skirt . . .

. . . for under the little potted Christmas tree.  The pattern is from the oh-so-fabulous Cherry Heart (pop over here for a wee peek at Sandra's lovely striped version).   I fear it may have added an addiction to bobble stitch to my ever-growing list of crafty loves.

Oh, and of course there was cake . . . and chocolate . . .  Essentials for any respectable crafty get-together, don't you think?

And it also gave me the excuse I'd been looking for, to put up our Christmas decs.  Now we just need Santa to visit sometime soon and fill that bare space under the tree  : - )


Even the two most-adorable-pups-in-the-world caught the Christmas spirit, resplendent in their new bespoke festive collars.  (Thank you lovely Doodlepip Designs - they're just perfect.)

So, how's your list of Christmas makes coming along ?

'til next time,

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.

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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,
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