Thursday, 26 February 2015

The long & the short of it . . .

As you may or may not know, I'm an avid fan of The Kate Dress by Sew Me Something.  I've made this same pattern in a variety of fabrics, and worn them year round - and so it was a no-brainer that I chose Kate for last year's OWOP* Challenge too.  (Have a wee peek here if you missed that post. )

But as I'm now waiting ever so impatiently for Jules to put the finishing touches to a new SMS  pattern  (coming this Spring  -  yay,  can't wait  . . . I got to try on the sample and I LOVE it), 
I thought I'd make another Kate . . . or two. . .

The long . . .

 The longer version falls just above my knees and will be lovely with leggings or tights in winter, or suntanned pins in summer, but I thought it would be fun to make a much shorter version as a pretty white top for summer too.   And I'd been looking for an excuse to use this pretty lace-edged bias binding . . .

. . . and the short.

It's a bizarre weather day here - one moment the sun's out and the next, it's bucketing rain so please forgive the poor lighting in the pics.

Oh, and on a slight tangent:  is anyone else going to the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia in London next week ?

'til next time,

*One Week, One Pattern - hosted by Handmade Jane.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

We wove willow . . .

So, a week or so ago - just before our house filled up with weekending friends and things got really busy,  I spent a fun day doing a willow weaving workshop with my lovely Book Club gals.
Mostly our book club is about the book . . . and the natter . . . and the cake, but every now and then we like to do other things too.  Like dinner and the theatre, or the ballet, or in this case - learn to make some fab willow garden decs.
Enter my oh-so-creative-and-talented friend, Rachel.

Amongst other things, Rachel is a whizz with willow, so we booked her for the day and she arrived with absolutely everything in hand and set about teaching us the wonderful art of weaving willow.

First up was tea & cake (of course)  and then after some instruction and demonstration, we wove and carefully bent and giggled (oh, and I may or may not have stamped my feet a little when one of my petals just wouldn't stay put . . .) and chatted, and wove some more before stepping back and admiring our fun flowers . . .

Don't we look chuffed ? That's me & mine at the back, 2nd from left . . .

A yummy lunch followed before it was time to get stuck into our next project . . .

 . . . an obelisk ,  teepee ,  thingy-that-you-grow-climbing-flowers-up , call it what you may . . .

So once more we spread ourselves out on the kitchen floor and as lovely Rachel talked us through it we chatted away, revelling in the delight that comes from being creative on a Friday afternoon  : - )

 All too soon, it was time to pack up with even Sarah's adorable pup, Tiger "helping" . . . 

I have to admit I haven't had a chance to put my willow works of art into the garden yet,  but Heather is much more efficient and sent me a pic of hers in situ in her lovely garden.

'Twas truly a fabulous day - good friends, good food, great fun . . .

Have a happy new week, lovelies
'til next time,

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

And the winners are . . .

How did it get to be ten days since my last post ? Well, you know what it's like . . . sometimes other things happen.  Nice things.  Fun things.  Like doing a wonderful willow workshop,  and having a house full of fabulous friends staying for an extended weekend, and being out & about, and making lunch for 22 on Valentine's day . . .  but that's a whole other post and I'll tell you about all that soon.

In the meantime,  let's announce some winners shall we ?

So, in keeping with the tradition here at  gilly makes . . . HQ, last night I asked my resident GWS* aka the Hubby to randomly pick three winners and without further ado, here they are:

Winner of giveaway No. 1 is Rosezeeta from Primroses Attic;  
giveaway No. 2 goes to Ali at With Needle, Thread & Basket:  
and lucky winner No. 3 is Jill who blogs over at Emerald Cottage.  

Congrats lovelies,  your little parcels will be winging their way to you shortly. 
 A huge thank you to everyone who popped in for the GYB Party 2015 - thanks for stopping by and saying hello, it's lovely to make your acquaintance.   Do please follow the links for a wee peek at the winners lovely blogs too.

Right, I've walked the dogs, done all my chores, several loads of laundry and a grocery shop, and run the hoover over the house, so now I'm going to sit down with a cuppa and make a start to my new knitting project - casting on for the Tangled Yarn Orza KAL . . . wish me luck, it looks like it may just be the most intricate pattern I've ever done.  But hey-ho, I do like a challenge  : - )

Have a happy day,
'til next time

Ooh, and ps What a lovely response we've had for our bloggy get-together in April, I can't wait to meet up.  I'll email everyone who's expressed interest soon, with more details.  And if you're still thinking about it - get in touch if you'd like to know more.

*Giveaway Winner Selector - my inhouse equivalent of the RNG.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Let's get together . . .

 Anyone fancy a little get-together ?  

Something to look forward to in the Spring ?

In this wonderful crafty blogland of ours, we get to chat about and share little snippets of each other's lives, loves & pretty makes - cultivating and growing some lovely friendships along the way. 
 And don't you sometimes read a fellow blogger's post and think how much fun it would be to just meet up, have a natter, a cuppa (and cake, of course . . .) and craft the afternoon away, because you just know you'd enjoy it ?  

Well, I've had the privilege of doing just that - and it was oh-so-much fun.

The lovely Jane who blogs over at Plain Jane, organized our last bloggy meet-up, and over a BYO picnic lunch at beautiful Shugborough (which you can read about HERE  if you like), it was decided that the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon should be the ideal venue for our next get-together.  
  Here on this Great British island of ours, it's pretty easy to get around and no place is really that far from any other - and Stratford is pretty much in the middle.  Easy to get to by road or rail (the train station is literally a 5 minute walk from the town centre)

And if you're coming from a little further afield, bring a friend or your loved ones and make a weekend of it.  There's lots to do in Stratford and if you'd like some ideas on what to do and where to stay, I'm happy to oblige - or pop over here to the Visit Stratford website.

So consider this your invitation . . .

Nothing fancy, just a fun, informal get-together of crafty bloggy peeps on

Saturday, 11th April 2015
in Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire 
- right in the middle of this green & pleasant land.

If you'd like to come along, or you think you'd love to join us but would like more details about where / what / when / trains, planes & automobiles, 
then please leave me a comment on this post or drop me an email:  gillymakes(at)gmail(dot)com

Once we know you're interested, I'll let you know the finer details like time & place, etc etc.

And if you're still not sure, have a little read about our previous bloggy get-togethers here and here

We would so love you to join us for a fun crafternoon tea . . .

Ooh, and seeing as we're right there, we'll definitely arrange a little visit here too:


Looking forward to getting together . . .

Happy weekending,
'til next time

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Time for today . . .

Today's plans postponed so some unexpected free time this morning.  What's a gal to do ?

Play with the happy mail that just arrived and do some swatching in preparation for the start of the Orza Coast Tangled Yarn KAL next week ?

Or maybe sew a new bed for the two most-adorable-pups-in-the-world ?

Or snuggle up on the sofa with the above-mentioned pups and work on my current hooky project ?

Or I could just continue with The Great Craft Room Tidy Up ?

OR . . .

. . . if I step swiftly away from the PC and just get stuck in, perhaps I could manage 

What do you think ?  

Here I go . . . wish me luck . . .  ; - )

Oh, and just in case you're wondering . . .

 Yes, I've finished my pretty poncho and am delightedly chuffed with it.

Happy Thursday, lovelies.

'til next time,

Sunday, 1 February 2015

The story of a quilt . . .

So here's how the story goes . . . :  

Way back in 2012 the lovely Lori from A Bee in My Bonnet decided to host a Quilty Row Along, and being a fairly recent convert to the delight of making quilts, I thought I'd join in and learn some useful hints & techniques.  And in the process, make a fun new quilt.

Look left, look right . . . all clear, take my pic quick before the other one gets here . . .

Every 2nd week Lori published a clear and precise tutorial for each new row and over the course of the Row Along, we made flying geese and sweet little houses, and mugs, and apples, and stars, and butterflies, and a myriad of other fun things.  And I learned a HUGE amount. 
It was fun to see everyone else's quilts take shape too, and we ooh-ed & aah-ed over each other's pretty fabrics.  I tried to keep up and despite a few hiccups involving a seam ripper along the way, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process.  (Thank you, lovely Lori)
Right, quilt top finished  - all I had to do was back, quilt and bind it.  
Shouldn't take me too long . . .

Take my pic too please . . .

But alas, this poor quilt languished about in the WIP pile for a  l.o.o.o.n.g  time. 
 Then one day, I pulled it out and basted it.  Then returned it to the pile whilst I contemplated the best way to quilt it.
[You are probably in grave danger of completely losing interest here, and wishing that I'd just get on with it - so I shall favour brevity and bring this story to its happy conclusion.]

Fast forward to 2015 and as part of my quest to finish as many WIPs as possible by the end of January, I hauled this quilt out yesterday and set about quilting and binding it.  

So there you go . . . it only took two & a half years, but it's done.  

Phew . . .

The End.

'til next time,

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