Friday, 22 May 2015

Meet Cordelia . . .

Hello, and happy Friday to you . . .

It seems to me like the year is speeding by and I'm constantly playing catch-up as one busy week rolls into the next.   But I'm trying to steadily work my way through my WIP list and being very good about not starting anything new . . . at least until the current list is reduced to an acceptable (for me) level.

So first up for "show & tell" this week:  meet Cordelia.   
Actually, its proper name is The Cordelia Dress and it's the latest lovely pattern from Sew Me Something - however, despite having now made three,  none of them are in fact a dress  ; - )

guard dog . . .

  I do so love dresses, but have a fair abundance of them in my wardrobe already and what I really need for the upcoming Summer, is tops so I made these three at tunic length.  The pattern is quite versatile so really you can adjust the length to suit you . . . from tunic to maxi and everything in between - the choice is yours.

I made the two sleeveless tops a little while ago (regular readers may remember a few sneak peeks) , but just finished the other one this week.  The pattern includes three different sleeve options (the other being a longer sleeved version - perfect for the cooler seasons), all of which are very simple to do. 
 I love the clever twist at the front, and I must just point out that they look lovelier on person than on the hanger, but I'm home alone and decidedly rubbish at selfies, so hang they must.

lazy dog . . .

It's a long weekend here, so I'm hoping to get some more projects ticked off my List  - what are your weekend plans ?  Anything exciting ?

'til next time,
be happy

ps.  And a big welcome to my new followers too - thanks for popping by, it's lovely to see you. 

Monday, 18 May 2015

Moon walking . . .

We did it . . .

The Moon Walk 2015

15.1 miles  (25km)  through the streets of London town . . . overnight . . . in our bras . . . to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.

A huge thank you to everyone who encouraged us, sponsored us and spurred us on. 
 Together with my lovely sis, we've raised nearly a whopping £900.  Our weather prayers were answered too - no rain, a light breeze and a mild overnight low of 8C.  
 Last year (read all about that here) was freezing, windy and drizzly so I  was all geared up this time around, but only needed my hoodie & scarf to ward off the early morning chill. 
 And we beat our 5 hour goal too, crossing the finish line at 3 . 24 am in a time of 4 hours & 49 mins.  

 To those whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer, a long walk, some achy muscles  and one sleepless night is no match for what they endure.  Thank you again, lovely peeps, for your generosity and kind encouragement in helping me to contribute my little bit towards fighting this horrible disease. 

'til next time,
be blessed and be of good courage

Friday, 15 May 2015

A suitably silky day out . . .

Earlier this week the lovely Sew Me Something gals & I, had a little outing to Beckford Silk, just a hop & a skip over the county border in pretty Gloucestershire.  A few of us have previously dabbled in the art of screen-printing and silk painting, but never actually sewn with silk so it was labelled a "team training day" and off we went.

The factory is tucked away in a beautiful countryside setting, and after a quick coffee we were given the guided tour.  The whole process was quite fascinating and most interesting, leaving me particularly in awe of the grand scale on which the hand-printing is done.

There's also a little museum area, and a shop filled to the brim with yummy silks and velvets.  Needless to say, there was much fondling of fabrics . . .

This long-established company, tucked away in the Cotswolds boasts an impressive list of well-known clientele.  If you have the opportunity to visit one of these places, take a closer look at their silk products - chances are it hails from Beckford  : - )

Right, now I just need a "How to Sew with Silk" lesson.
   I'm adding that to my To Do list . . .

Happy weekend lovely peeps,
'til next time

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Caution: Work(s) in Progress

Every creative person I know,  has a constant myriad of works in progress.  Some more than others and some who very diligently finish one or two before they start another.  
Oh how I wish to be the latter.  But alas, it appears I am not.

And so it is, that today I find myself in my little craft room feeling just a wee tad daunted (overwhelmed, perhaps . . . but that seems too dramatic a word to use in this circumstance) by all the projects I currently have on the go . . .

Firstly there's the Maria Denmark "Day-to-Night Drape Top" that I've cut out and started sewing, and the new "Cordelia Dress" from Sew Me Something that has been cut out, but not even had it's markings marked or pins removed yet  . . .

. . . and another knit top that has as yet only made it to the "take the fabric out of the wardrobe and place the pattern on top of it" stage.

Next in line is the quilt that I made for the two most-adorable-pups-in-the-world.  Their old one is, after 5 years of faithful service, looking decidedly bedraggled so it's time for a new one.  All I have to do is the binding.  It really won't take long . . .  once I actually get around to it.

So whilst we're talking quilts . . .  I should mention the new one I'm making for the guest room, which I started several months ago and have made very little progress on since.  Guests have come and gone, and been none the wiser - but I really would like to get stuck in and get it finished soon.

Oh, and I'm also in the process of making a quilt for a little girl that we hope will be joining our clan sometime soon.  But no pics of that, just in case her mama-to-be is reading this - I don't want to spoil the surprise.

Then there's the little old chair that a friend gifted to me, that has been all painted and spruced up, and waiting patiently for its new seat cover.  Another project that really won't take long at all - I've just got to find the time to do it.

Perhaps most urgent is the the making of my costume for the London Moon Walk  that I'm doing at the end of next week.  My lovely sis & I will be walking around London, through the night, in our bras to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer charities.  The theme for this year is "Saturday Night at the Movies" - can you guess who I'm going as ?  Not terribly original, but a simple outfit to make.  We're on track with our training, but I really need to get that mousey outfit made ASAP.

And as if I don't already have enough on the go, the Postie delivered this today . . .

Inspired by the lovelies, Jo & Daisy, I really want to give this a try too.  It looks fun, don't you think ?

So, there you have it . . . my extensive but by no means complete list of WIPs - let's not even get started on the knitty & crochet projects that are currently on the go or waiting patiently in line  ; - )

Right, so what I really need now is a team of little elves to take over all the housework and errands and general daily activities & duties, so that I can retreat to my little craft space and create to my heart's content.
Sigh . . .
   if only . . . 

'til next time,

ps. if anyone would like to sponsor me for the MoonWalk, here's the link to our fundraising page.  Every little penny counts and would be most appreciated.

pps.  it's a miserable dull day today, so please forgive the equally miserable quality of the pics.  My little craft space is also the darkest room in the house.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

sewing & mezzes . . .


What trumps a crafternoon with lovely friends, copious cuppas and yummy cake ?


 An evening spent sewing with those same lovely friends, a tipple or two (it improves the sewing apparently . . . so I'm told) and a delicious array of mezzes.

So, we annexed the lovely Sew Me Something studio (thanks Jules), 
ordered nibbles from El Greco - the oh-so-fab Greek eatery next door,  
and had a merry time sewing & nattering away to our hearts' content.

Quite a lovely way to spend an evening, don't you think ?

'til next time,


Monday, 27 April 2015

Happy Birthday to two . . .

Today my two most-adorable-pups-in-the-world are 5 years old
 - in human years, that is . . .

(cue: cute puppy pics)

Happy Birthday
Ben & Jerry

And here they are at five, sussing out their new quilt (made by me, of course)  and sporting their new birthday collars from lovely Louise at Doodlepip Designs
 Don't they look proud ? 

(Yes, I was holding the treats whilst the hubby took the pic . . .)

Happy Monday, lovely bloggy peeps,

'til next time,

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