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Friday, 24 January 2014

Grow your blog . . .

Hello, happy weekend and a big welcome too if you're visiting here for the first time and joining in the party over at
 2 Bags Full . . .

It's been almost 2 years since I started this little crafty blog of mine and I am constantly amazed and delighted by how much fun it is to be a part of this worldwide group of lovely fellow bloggy peeps.

So, the short version is thus:
I'm Gilly, currently happily ensconced in the midlands of England, UK with my loved ones: The Hubby and The Two-Most-Adorable-Pups-in-the-World.

aren't they just adorable ?

 And I love to make things.  Baking, knitting, quilting, crocheting and a fairly new-found love of sewing are my current favourites . . . and here at  gilly makes. . . HQ,  there's always something on the go . . .

. . .a quilt label to be sewn,


a quilt to be posted, a bag of yarn to be crocheted and a pup to be cuddled/walked/fed,


fabric to be cut & pressed,


a dress to be finished, and a bag of knitting to be sewn up !

It's all just one big W I P . . .
So please do have a wee wander around and I hope you enjoy your visit. 


Ooh, and to join in the spirit of the party, I've got a little giveaway too . . .
Now I know that not everybody likes to knit or crochet or sew etc etc, but everyone has a home, and most of us have to do the housework at some stage, right ? 

So, how about some pretty things to brighten up those chore days ?

a little bundle of Cath Kidston prettiness . . .

If you'd like to enter, all you have to do is leave a comment and make sure I can contact you if you're the lucky winner.  (If you're usually a No-reply Blogger, please add your email address).  
That's it - simples.
Entries will close on Friday, 14th Feb 2014 and the winner will be announced on Saturday, 15th Feb 2014.

Vicky from 2 Bags Full has done a great job in organizing this blog hop, so do pop over here - she will post the full list of participants on Saturday 25th Jan.

2 Bags Full

Enjoy the party. . . 

xoxo





80 comments:

  1. Hi Gilly, I have been following for a couple of months now. I love to quilt, crochet and do crafts in general.

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  2. Love your new yarn hope you have fun with your new projects x

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  3. Love your goodies...I will be joining in with the party....see you there Gilly!!
    bestest Daisy x

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  4. Fun giveaway...leave it to yiu to pretty up this chores we should be doin instead of sewin!!!!!

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  5. Gilly can you please make my Craft Room as tidy as yours.
    I would love to be included in the give away. What gorgeous goodies xxx

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  6. :) I've been a happy follower for some time now...:) But I am smiling big at your bundle of prettiness for chore days! They will certainly make chore day prettier...but not so sure about making it more 'fun'. Cute bundle. I loved visiting your workspace...one day mine shall look that neat and orderly...maybe. :)

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  7. Ben and Jerry are so cute!! Lots of loveliness going on here!!! :) Happy weekend! xo Holly

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  8. I am not doing the blog party but you know I love your blog. Hugs to you and happy weekend,
    Meredith

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  9. Hi Gilly, Lovely giveaway! I'm partying too! Have fun. Eleanor x

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  10. Oh.....those pretties would certainly 'prettify' anyone's li'l ole home!! Your creating space is a dream....is it any wonder that such gorgeous stitcheries begin their life in this room!!

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  11. What a lovely workroom you have, it looks so well organised. Liz x

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  12. I'd love to be in the drawing for your wonderful give away. I'm crazy about Cath Kidson! Your post is so bright and cheery. Loved it, friend.

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  13. Yes, the doggies are adorable! Please don't put my name in the hat, Gilly. Best of luck to everyone else! :o)

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  14. How do you keep your room so tidy?
    I had a huge family gathering at Christmas and had to tidy up, now I cannot find a thing ;0)
    The bag you have hanging on the back of the door is similar to one of my missing items (full of stash). Such a great bag, and made of re-cycled plastic bottles.
    Please add my name to your fab give away, ta muchly.
    Hugs x

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  15. Hope that you get all your WIP's dealt with soon!! Hope that you have fun with the grow your blog too!! xx

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  16. Hope you have fun and get many more followers.Love your studio and your helper is adorable!

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  17. I just love your sewing space Gilly and yes very adorable puppies.....but lets just say in the Northern Hemisphere (my own two fill the rest of the world!) LOL!
    Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

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  18. Ooooh what a lovely work room, it's just like the one in my dreams. Gorgeous doggies, and all the loveliness to do the chores with yes please. Have a lovely weekend J x

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  19. I love your little studio. And your helper :-) Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  20. Cute giveaway and very thoughtful to include everybody. Good luck with growing your blog. Shahann at yahoo dot com.

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  21. I've been a follower for a few years, love the pups. Do you really do all of your crafts in that CLEAN room? ;-> I think all that clean space would screw up my quilting mojo. ;->

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  22. What a delight to stop by your blog! Coming by from the blog hop.:) I adore your sweet studio and your doggies sweeties! I have a precious pug that helps me out.;) Hosting a little giveaway so do stop by!:) Lori toosillysisters@cox.net

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  23. Your fur friends are gorgeous and I love your sewing space, I'm now a happy follower. Thank you for sharing.

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  24. Love your blog and having a glimpse into your week.
    Jacqui xx

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  25. Pretty post filled with gorgeous eye candy. Hope you have fun doing this skattie. Drukkies xxx

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  26. Hi Gilly, always good to catch up. Hope you get lots of new followers. Jo x

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  27. Your craft room is gorgeous, so pretty and organised. I love your craft room companion too.
    Anne xx

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  28. Loved the peek into your sewing room ... and of course the silky smooth pups lolling around ;) Enjoy the party! Wendy x

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  29. Love your work space ! and your work

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  30. Just the right perk-me-up on this dark and dreary day. Waiting on the snow, reading a few blogs before I jump into my quilting. Thanks so much for the give away.

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  31. Hi Lovely Gilly, I missed this project so am disappointed not to be in it but never mind. I am catching up with everyone, love your photographs Gilly, how organised and tidy you are. Your little dogs look so contented and happy. Have a fabulous weekend Gilly, sending you big hugs and cuddles.
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  32. Hi Gilly, seen your blog on "GYBP' and thought I stop in and say HELLO. Have fun Blog Hopping!
    Diana

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  33. Oh, what a pretty sewing area. I wish mine looked as cute

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  34. I had to have a look at your blog as I'm another Gilly/Gill depending who talking to me. Enjoy the party.
    Gillx

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  35. I love your sewing room, I dream of having somewhere beautiful and all mine to create in. The pups are gorgeous, we got our first puppy 2 years ago and Monty has changed our lives. Thanks for a lovely giveaway too.

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  36. I do wish that I had a sewing room like yours. To be fair... if I spent some time tidying up my study/craft room the I would be part way there! Well that is tomorrow sorted,

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  37. Good luck with the party I hope you get lots of new follwers to your lovely blog, fab sewing space you have, please can you pop my nmae in the hat. Thanks
    Clare xx

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  38. love your blog, put my name in, thanks

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  39. Hi Gilly, The blog party is great fun isn't it to be able to find lots more lovely blog to follow. By the time my knee is healed I'll not have time to go back to work!

    Thanks for reminding me of your know who's day today as I had actually forgotten which means I'll probably have my referendum voting rights revoked this year! I put it down to hating whisky, haggis and cooked turnips sadly. Hope you had a good day and did us both proud!

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  40. Gilly, welcome to the Grow Your Blog Hop! I volunteered to help Vicki as a party volunteer. Vicki will stop by sometime I am sure, but with more than 600 blogs participating it will take her time to visit everyone so she asked for volunteers to help today. I offered to help. I am so happy I did because I have found your blog. It looks like you have some really clever storage ideas, I'll be following you!

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  41. Your sewing space is so pretty and clean looking! Mine looks like a bomb went off ... and some! :) Lovely give-away! And just beautiful blog! I can't wait to come back and read more :)

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  42. I love seeing pictures of your craft and craft room Gilly, it's so pretty! I always love the fabric combos you pick, just gorgeous!

    Sarah x

    PS I'd love the chance to use some pretty dishcloths :-)
    fleurchantille (at) gmail (dot) com

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  43. Hi Gilly
    Lovely to see you here!
    Your studio is marvellous - and I adore your little helper!
    Love your Cath Kidson goodies.
    Hugs
    Shane

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  44. Hi Gilly. I agree that those two pups are just adorable! You have such a lovely sewing area. I've been following you for a little while now. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  45. hi there. i'm Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks - so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party. ( :
    elizardbreathspeaks@gmail.com

    i love the pups coloring - looks so smooth & warm.

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  46. Good morning, I am Kathy of Kathyinozarks and dropping in from the party. I am a quilter too-and yes those pups are adorable! beautiful giveaway-thanks for the chance Kathy

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  47. Hey Girlfriend! :D Just popped over to say hello and wish you well during the GYB party. Can you believe it is already a year, from last years' GYB that we met? Wow time flies! I love your studio... totally adorable and that fold out cutting and ironing table.... I want one! :D Hope you get lots of new followers for this year and I of course look forward to reading your blog... even if I don't always manage to get over here to comment (something I'm trying to remedy this year)!
    Hugs my sweet blogging sister!
    Beth P (http://elisabetpollockstudio[dot]wordpress[dot]com) Since I moved over to wordpress a few weeks ago I'm not sure how my comments are working as to no-reply or not...

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  48. Hello,

    Nice to meet you.:)
    I would like to participate in your giveaway.
    petitearmoire2@gmail.com

    Greetings.

    Bernadett

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  49. Hi Gilly,
    I've been following you for a while now, being a fellow Midlander.
    You have such a beautiful & bright sewing room. I sadly lost mine when my second daughter came along. My sewing table has been replaced by a cot!
    What a fantastic give away. I have plans for a BIG spring clean over the next few weeks so the CK dusters would certainly help make the job a tad more enjoyable.

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  50. Hiya! Just over from the Grow your Blog party, following you now and hoping to see more sewn lovelies soon. That Cath Kidston fabric is making me swoon. ;) x

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  51. Hi Gilly
    I've been following you for a while - hope you get lots of new followers!!

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  52. Wonderful Blog, your pups are so precious. Current Follower. I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow...love sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  53. Your sewing room is divine, am envious, a place for everything, lovely. I have been following you for a while.

    Really enjoy your blog :)

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  54. Hi Gilly, I'm drooling over your sewing room. I'm learning to quilt and sew, so that room is like heaven to me. I'm a new follower. I found you via Amy love made my home but I'm also in the GYBP. Elaina xo

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  55. Hello, so nice to meet you and look around your blog...I would love to be entered into your giveaway...thank you.

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  56. Lovely post Gilly and a lovely giveaway, which I'd love to enter please.
    Patricia x

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  57. Ben & Jerry are adorable indeed Gilly and your craftroom is looking so pretty!
    Ooh, such a great idea for a Giveaway!...Could you pop my name in your large hat please?...A little bit of CK would definitely make the housework far more appealing!
    Happy New Week,
    Susan

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  58. Your blog looks right up my street! I'm your newest follower and would love it if you popped over to my space too - please also enter me in your giveaway, J9 x

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  59. Oh, your blog is a joy to visit! I love all your bright colors, your creative projects and your puppy! I'm adding you to my sidebar so that I can come visit often! xoxo Silke

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  60. I'm here for the first time and I love your blog already! Your workspace is amazing! I wish I had a space like that! Your giveaway is great too, those things would brighten housework no end. :)

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  61. Hi Gilly - found you while having a pootle about in blogland! Look forward to following along with your blog :-) x

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  62. I so enjoy seeing other peoples crafting spaces as I am trying to come up with a plan for my own instead of the mess I have now.

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  63. Good Evening Gilly, I am writing to you from a very windy and rainy North of England. Can I say, I love your sewing room, the colours you have chosen are so restful. I have a sewing room that certainly does not look as tidy as yours.... I think a little tidy up is in order. I especially like your "Made With Love" banner.... they are perfect words for the home made things which we all make.
    Your giveaway is very generous and I love the kitchen tea towel which has the roses and red spotted edging.... it would take pride of place in my kitchen.
    Just to let you know I have become a new follower and I look forward to catching up on the rest of your posts.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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  64. What a fantastic giveaway... please count me in :D

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  65. Hi Gilly,
    I'm visiting via the GYB party. You seem to have the perfect balance. A beautiful space for crafting, time for yourself, and your family, hubby and pets!

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  66. You know I'm a regular Gilly, and I'm not actually taking part in the 'party', but I just wanted to say have fun - I always love your posts and get so much inspiration from you! Warm hugs, Joy xo

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  67. Hi Gilly,
    I just love Gilly HQ, it looks so cozy and a great place to create and craft.
    Thanks for stopping by knitalatte during this years gyb party.
    Hugs,
    Karen

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  68. What a beautiful blog, & crafting room:) so glad I have popped by via GYB, Vicky

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  69. Hello! I am so happy that I found your lovely blog via the Grow Your Blog Party. All of your creations are beautiful and your puppies are too. (I have a yellow lab, and he is my life...so I understand why you love them so much.) :) New follower via Bloglovin'.

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  70. Hello, love your blog, it's happy and colorful. Visiting via Vicki's GYB party and enjoyed your post. Yes, those pups are AAAdorable!

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  71. Looks like you have a lot of fun projects. Love your dogs too. Looking forward to reading your posts.

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  72. Hello from the Yukon! I hope you're enjoining this party as much as I do.
    Evalina, This and that...

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  73. I enjoyed seeing your creative space. It's so nice to meet you!

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  74. Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Very nice to meet you. Your creative space is very nice. Thanks for sharing it.

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  75. Thank you for sharing your lovely blog. I had a wonderful time exploring - your work is lovely.

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  76. Happy Thursday Gilly!!! Lovely giveaway!! When I first started quilting I found Cath Kidson and her many sewing projects!!!

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  77. Going through the l-o-n-g blog hop list, and glad I got to visit you! Your studio looks like a fun and cheery place to create and I love those beautiful DOGS!

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  78. hello, nice to meet you! i am enjoying a wander round your lovely blog. I'm in the midlands too, are you west or east?

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Thanks for visiting & for taking the time to say hello . . . I love reading your comments :-)
Hope to see you back again soon!

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