Thursday 31 January 2013

Crafty day with Dottie Angel and Ted & Agnes

I've been asked by Daisy to blog about the crafty day I spent with Tif and Rachelle (aka dottie angel and Ted and Agnes) last July.  Quite happy to ramble on about it to anyone who cares to still listen so here goes my take on that day....

Once upon a time the lovely Louise of Hope and Elvis sent an email out to say she would be running a crafty day with the two most lovely crafty blogging people ever; much giddiness occured in this household and many others over the country as we awaited the day when we were able to book online.  At 7:30 precisly on a dull Monday morning that time arrived and we all logged on to our computers to try to book one of the 30 available places.  At this time, my hubby's pc decided to crash on me, so with a very sad face I tweeted Rachelle to tell her that I would not be one of the lucky few to see her that day.  Imagine my surprise later that day when I had a confirmation email from Louise to say that I was going!  The email had sent before the pc crashed! (Little known to me but I was actually the 32nd person to email at the same point in time so Louise, most wisely, decided that she had to have 16 people on each session instead of 15).  The crafty gods were most definitely shining upon me that day!

Now this email should have sent me into much delight, however now it opened a can of worms - what fabric did I have that I could take to turn into a perfect pinny, would they like me and most importantly of all, what on earth do you wear when faced with such beautiful granny frocks as always adorned by Tif and Rachelle.

I decided to make a dress, as you do, and set about snipping and sewing wildly in the hope to have something to wear on that glorious day.  I must point out here that I have no dressmaking skills whatsoever and have never made a dress in my life.  Was that to stop me?  No siree it was not!  The first attempt looked okay but didn't fit when I tried it on!

so with a bit of snipping down the middle and some additional fabric and a handy dandy placed doiley it worked, more or less.

 Sunday 1st July rolled around (eventually) and I made my way full of butterflies to Louise's beautiful studio in Worksop. 

 Tif and Rachelle (and Louise) are all divinely lovely which made me feel so pleased and I met lots of other adorable crafters all in awe of a bit of Granny Chic.  The plan for the day was to make a perfect pinny and a what-not to hang in our homes.  We all set about gathering fabric, lace and bits and pieces from Louise's wonderful collection and the day whizzed by with the sound of machines stitching and grannies gossiping.

beavering away

my pinny creation

All too soon it was over though and we had to say our goodbyes.  Many of us had brought our Dottie Angel books for Tif to sign, and she did so most graciously.  The lovely Louise got us all to write down out email/blog/facebook pages so we could keep in touch and reminise about our pinny making time together.

Some of my fellow crafters, who would love a follow no doubt, are:

Louise runs lots of workshops all year round so if you fancy a wonderful crafty day, do check out her website.

It really was a memorable day and I feel so lucky to have taken part in a touch of granny craftyness.
G x

sharing a laugh


  1. Oh my goodness! You lucky girl!
    I loved hearing about that and seeing everyone in the flesh so to speak!
    Again! Again!
    I simply am so impressed with that dress you made too...
    Thank you for re-telling your wonderful tale of such a lovely day
    D x

  2. love that picture of you three girls at the end x

    1. Thanks lovely, we had fun, which you would know as you get to see them lots and lots! x

  3. What a brilliant day ... you must have had a complete ball ... just wondering ... you don't have a follow button displayed ... it's a great way to let people add you to their reading list :) ... Bee x

    1. Oh thank you Bee. Daisy and I have had some trouble with the follow thingy as Google have changed it to +1 and its not the same! Am destined to whitter away to a limited few! x

  4. Lucky you... looks like you had a hoot!!
    I love going on little workshop...smiles Cass

  5. Hello and what a lovely blog you have! I also love that final photo I like a girl who can laugh! Sharon xxx

  6. Just had to say I LOVE your dress - the doily is just a great addition x

  7. I am SOOOO jealous you got to see Granny Chic up close and personal! I have their book and love their style.xx


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