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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 . . .
xoxo

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,
xoxo

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.

* * *

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,
xoxo

Sunday, 2 November 2014

It's raining, it's pouring . . .

. . . it's Sunday, I'm sewing . . .




I cut out The Date Night Dress (by April Rhodes), what seems like ages ago, and it's been waiting patiently to be made up since then.
So when we woke up this morning to heavy rain and no specific plans, today seemed like a good day to sew.






The fabric is a soft, floaty voile called Emmy Grace by Bari J at Art Gallery Fabrics, that I bought at The Village Haberdashery during a little sojourn to London in the summer.  These pics really don't do it justice, because of the dull light today but once I've finished my dress I'll hopefully get a nice sunny day (one can but hope)  to take a proper pic to show you.

The pattern is fairly easy to make and I especially love the butterfly sleeves.  Just the little slip that goes underneath to make now, but the light has disappeared, and Strictly, then Downton Abbey will be on shortly, so no more sewing for today.

So, what have you been up to ?
Did you get your craft on today ?


Wishing you a happy new week ahead,
'til next time
xoxo


PS.  Don't forget to enter my little giveaway HERE, if you'd like to be in with a chance of winning one of the lovely new patterns from Sew Me Something.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

An Ally Pally Adventure . . . (and a giveaway)

 Firstly, thank you for your kind get well wishes - I'm happily feeling way better than I did last week, with just the pesky sniffles lingering on.  
 And then, a hearty welcome to my new followers, I hope you enjoy joining in on my crafty adventures here. Do leave me a little comment if you like so I can say hello properly  :-)


So, what seems like ages ago now (in reality it was just earlier this month, but with lots of other stuff inbetween),  I spent a couple of days at the beautiful Alexandra Palace in London at The Knitting & Stitching Show,  with the rest of the lovely Sew Me Something gals.



the beautiful Rose Window at Ally Pally


Ably assisted by The Bearded One, Jules' kind &  helpful other half, we loaded up the van and departing Stratford upon Avon, headed south to the capital.

it WILL all fit . . .
 

see . . . I told you so  ; - )

Next on the agenda was to turn this:



 



 . . . into this :





Then over the course of the show, we took turns on the stand meeting lots of lovely fellow crafty peeps and showcasing the new Sew Me Something patterns,  


at all times watched over by our mascot, William The Bard himself . . .



Regular readers here will know that I'm a big fan of Jules' designs and at last count I have already made six of The Kate Dress in various forms and two Viola reversible skirts, so I couldn't wait to try my hand at the new patterns too.   So far I've made two of the lovely cowl neck Peaseblossom t-shirts - and I think the Rosalind Pyjamas would be just perfect for those wintery PJ days at home, don't you?  



Anyway,  so the good news is that lovely Jules, the designer extrordinaire  has kindly let me have one of these fab new patterns to give away to one of you lovelies.  Yay : - )

The lucky winner will get to choose between the stylish Portia Trousers, the comfy Peaseblossom T-shirt or the pretty Rosalind Pyjamas - please do pop over here to read all about them from Jules herself, and see some more lovely pics.  
 

So, if you'd like your name to go in the hat, all you have to do is be a follower here (either via GFC or Bloglovin' or email) and leave me a little comment below, ensuring that I have a way to contact you if you win.  (This is especially important for all the "no-reply" bloggers out there.)

The giveaway will close at midnight (GMT) next Wednesday,  5th November 2014 ,and I'll draw and announce the lucky winner asap thereafter.  Good luck . . .

'til next time,
be happy
xoxo

Oh, and ps.  Sew Me Something will be at the Knitting & Stitching Harrogate show on 20-23 November too, so if you're going along too, do pop by.


***** 06/11/14: edited to add :  This giveaway is now closed. *****



Thursday, 23 October 2014

The holiday project . . .

Things were a bit busy around here with just one day in between getting home from The Knitting & Stitching show in London, and getting on a plane heading for Venice, but being a fairly seasoned traveller, I knew it wouldn't take me long to get the suitcases sorted.    What I hadn't thought about however, was what to take along as my holiday project.  Now, I don't know about you, but in my world, a holiday crafty project is de riguer .  Like other travellers and their American Express cards, I just don't leave home without it. 

So what's a gal to do ?
A quick rifle through my yarn basket revealed several half-done WIPs . . .


The pretty lacy Louisa Harding Noema poncho ?  Nope - the lacy pattern in the round requires too much concentration.  Not suitable for picking up & putting down at short notice.



The latest addition to Edward's Menagerie, Bridget the sweet elephant ?  Nope again - despite being an easy one, the various elephant body parts require to be stuffed as you go along, and taking a bag of toy stuffing with me on holiday didn't seem like an option.




The Wingspan shawl pattern & yarn that a lovely friend gave me for my birthday ?  Another one that will require a bit of attention, so it's a no for now too.



How about the yummy Plump yarn & scarf pattern from Mrs Moon that I bought when we were in London in the summer, and have been dying to get stuck into?  Another nope - just way too chunky & bulky (albeit delicious) to stuff into my bag.




Or something warm & wintery made up in the chunky Debbie Bliss Roma yarn that was on sale at Tangled Yarn, way too much of a bargain not to buy and add to my stash for a rainy day ?

Sigh . . . some inspiration was needed . . .

Why, oh why had I not thought of this earlier ?
And then, in the ultimate ta-dah moment, it came to me . . . the perfect holiday yarny project . . . a simple stripy buggy blankie for the latest little addition to our clan, born a wee bit ahead of schedule, just days before.  So with pattern in hand and postcode in SatNav, I headed out to nearby Bournville (yes, not only famous for its chocolate &  home to Cadbury World, but also the location of the lovely City Knits yarn shop that I'd been meaning to visit for ages.  The lovely, friendly ladies were very patient as I humm-ed & haa-ed over all the pretty colours, eventually deciding on the Debbie Bliss Rialto yarn, which would go nicely-thank-you with the Rooster Almerino already in my stash.


So, that was that.  Phew . . .





It's a great easy pattern from Nicki Trench's book " Crocheted Baby Clothes" -  I do so love her books which are always full of fabulous project ideas.




Needless to say, we had a lovely holiday with just perfect weather and smooth sailing so I didn't really get as much crochet done as I'd anticipated, but I made a good start and hopefully I'll get it finished soon. 
And then I really must tackle the rest of those above-mentioned WIPs too  ; - )




And as I'm linking up today with Ginny's Yarn Along over at Small Things, I should tell you my latest reads too:  The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange - both of which I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.

Do pop over and have a wee peek at what everyone else is making & reading too.  I'm laid low this week with a sore throat, snuffly cold & a very croaky voice, so I'm off back to snuggle under the blankie on the sofa & have some yummy hot chicken soup for lunch. But it's good to be back, and I'm looking forward to catching up with you soon.


'til next time,
xoxo







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