On the 17th of October this year I annoounced on Facebook that I was currently working on what I believe to be one of my greatest design creations. I figured the time has come to reveal all
It’s that incredible moment when something you’ve been working on (and thought would be so easy, but wasn’t) Suddenly happens!
I collaborated with my husband on this design, and finally after three and a half years of work, tears, dissappointment and with amazing continuous support from our friends and family am delighted to now share the latest design going on here at Gina Lillycrop Designs…. I’m sure you’ll agree it the 2nd greatest design I’ve ever created (My first was 14 years ago)
Please let me introduce you to Baby Lawson, Who hopefully, will make an appearance around the 21st of April 2014
Taken at 6 weeks (I’ve had to highlight it slightly as it was so small
Our upside down spaceman at 9 weeks
Our Alien with hands behind head at 12 weeks
Looking like a proper baby at 13 weeks
The Wigtown Book festival is “A ten day literary celebration in Scotland’s National Book town.” Drawing authors and visitors from all over the country and abroad, Offering “more than 175 events and activities for all ages, including music, theatre, food and visual arts.”
“Wigtown is a traditional market town, set in the beautiful countryside of Dumfries & Galloway, south-west Scotland. It is also Scotland’s National Book Town, a designation that reflects its dozen or so second hand bookshops and annual literary festival. Founded 15 years ago, the 10-day Wigtown Book Festival is now one of the UK’s best-loved literary events. In 2007, Wigtown Book Festival became a charity. It is run by a small professional staff assisted by more than 100 volunteers.”
Just a few days ago I had the privilege of being part of the Wigtown’s book festivals craft event, in the extremely busy Kist marquee selling my hand made products, but my highlight of the week was teaching a workshop in fabric stencilling to some of the younger visitors of the festival. This group were aged between 11 and 17 years (actually we had a few adults too, as I can’t bear to see parents standing over their children looking longingly at what their children are doing, wishing they were children again, so I asked them to join the class. They didn’t need asking twice!!)
It started of quietly as I’d expected, as they watch some demonstration of the products I bought along with them to try, In a matter of minutes they were mixing different paints and mediums to create some fantastic designs and pictures to decorate note books with. It was with much regret that the class had to end, as the more they did the more they wanted to experiment. I happen to own a fantastic fabric cutting machine called a ‘slice fabrique’ which I discovered could also cut acetate and meant they could cut their own stencils, leading to more experimenting. Check out their work below….
I was delighted to be asked to take part in the Kirkcudbright arts and crafts weekend by Solway Books. A delightful bookshop selling new and second-hand books (of which I bought many while I was there)
I ran four daily workshops which included felting pictures from wool, magnet making and card making, (though everybody just wanted to make magnets) and fabric stencilling. I was going to do a workshop on hanging decorations, but the felt making was in such high demand I swapped the decorations for another day of felting.
The classes were designed so they were adaptable for every age. The youngest was just 18 months old and the oldest…I wouldn’t dare! (suffice to say they were long retired )
My biggest delight was the children. As a former Nursery Nurse I love working with children. However I am aware they come in various shades of attitudes. Every child that came to me that weekend was a credit to their parents. Every child was a delight to teach and so mannerly. Huge thanks to all of them. (A special thank you goes to the lovely couple, Bev and Keith of www.solwaybooks.co.uk for having me and keeping me supplied with copious cups of tea and laughter, and my felting mentor Liz Gaffney of www.heartfeltbyliz for teaching me everything I know)
Here are a few pictures of the weekend’s workshops.
I have finally finished a large furniture covering contract for a delightful couple and their holiday home.
They loved the suite they had in their holiday cottage and couldn’t find another suite they liked as much so enlisted my services to have it covered instead. They could have had them reupholstered, but liked the idea of being able to take the covers off to wash them, so they asked if I could make some loose but fitted covers.
The job included two sofas, an arm chair, a footstool, some cushions, and to preserve the longevity of the seats they wanted arm covers that could be washed on a regular basis, rather than removing the whole cover.
Before taking on this job, my pet hate had been making piping cord, due to the time it takes compared to making the actual item (saying that, piping does give a beautiful finish to products).
Having now made over 100 meters of piping over the course of this project, I seem to have made my peace with it, thankfully! Apart from the piping the biggest problems i found were matching the pattern to make sure cushions, covers and skirts matched up, and also the weight of lifting the heavy upholstery fabric on and off the sofa and getting it through the machine.
Below are some before and after pictures of the furniture.
I’m delighted to say they liked the new suite covers so much, they asked me to cover another sofa and a foot stool for their house.
For the last 3 years I have been waiting for the boys to bring the excavator into the garden to remove some trees and scrape off the top soil and reseed to give me a perfect manicured lawn. However….. While hanging washing on the line in my unkempt garden I realised I was in love with my garden the way it was. I was standing in the middle of a thousand bluebells (approximately), with the early morning sunlight creating dappled shade through the beach trees at the edge of our wood, with cabbage white butterflies dancing above the long grass and an owl (who had quite forgotten it was bed time) hooting in a neighbouring tree. Why would I want a manicured lawn when I could have this romantic wilderness? Unfortunately when the bluebells die it all starts to look rather scruffy and I return to my thoughts of a manicured lawn again.
So this weekend Mark and Alex set to work with the strimmers. My Dad (who was here for a holiday) and I, set to work with a saw and secateurs. We now have a very respectable garden. By taking off all the branches below head height on intruding trees we have opened up the garden and can now see into the woods from the house. There’s still more work to be done to level the ground, but now I can have a lawn from June to January, and from February to June I shall allow it to grow wild so I can once again stand in the middle of a thousand bluebells (approximately) whilst hanging the washing in the trees.
It was unfortunate that it rained the whole time we were working, but it gave us much to laugh about, especially as my dad looks like a turtle with his green head and legs and brown body. He’s definitely my hero in a half shell, Turtle power! (Teenage mutant hero turtles)
It’s been a while since my last post. Mostly due to lots of work, and starting my day earlier to fit more in.
Since my last blog I’ve taken on an orphaned calf, a large soft furnishing order, I’ve designed my new spring range of bunting/garlands, and taken over the running of the Dumfries and Galloway Mumpreneur networking group (to name a few things). I’m loving being so busy, but it does mean some things get missed, like my blog and down time!
I thought I’d get back in to my blog by introducing you to my Calf.
Age: 3 months
Weight: very (according to toe calculations)
Here’s a wee video clip of me feeding Buttons this morning. He gets a little frustrated in between top ups of his bottle. It would probably speed things up if he gave up trying to find if I had udders!
http://youtu.be/NgRTrfuUdDs (please click on the link)
And people ask why I spend my life in overalls and waterproof trousers!
It’s happy dance for us here at the farm. I have a fully fitted roof with beautiful new windows on my workshop. Mark and Ben have worked 10 days solid to get a watertight roof. Working through severe frosts and biting winds. They finished this lunchtime with a few hours to spare, as I look out across the hills to see the rain rolling in.
Regarding the happy dance, it’s probably just me dancing, as the boys are now frozen shells of their former selves and can’t move much to dance, but they assure me they are smiling on the inside.
Please behold my new roof.
Ta Da! I have windows.
For those of you who have been following the slow progress of my workshop… As you know, being Farmers we have a small window (no pun intended) of time over the winter to work on non farming projects.
The boys have worked like trojans this weekend and have fitted 8 velux windows., giving me this incredible floodlit space. They are now back on the roof this morning to start the tiling.
With a bit of luck I could have a complete water tight shell by Christmas, and a plain interior box by the start of spring……
One of my handmade Lamb rugs to give away for Christmas.
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