Friday, 6 May 2011

Vintage Roses

This is the Vintage Rose bag, stitched and embroidered a few years ago for my book, Cross Stitch Keepsakes.... 
I love roses, as you probably know (doesn't everyone?!) and at this time of year I just love picking posies of them to have around the house so everyone can enjoy the sweet scent and perfect shape and colour....
Does anyone else carry roses round in a colander? It always seems the first thing to come to hand when I go out flower cutting....also the little spiders and insects hiding in the flowers can make their escape more easily before I take them inside... 
       A deep magenta rose in a Pip Studio mug...I do love putting pretty flowers in pretty containers....
.... three different kinds of rose in it this time....the white ones are suffering from a lack of rain and going over too quickly this year...they are all old fashioned and highly scented varieties....
    Here is the pale pink one which I also showed in my previous (pink) post, growing in the garden...
 Here's a close up....
Gathering roses...what could be nicer on a May day? I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and your days are full of roses...thank you so much for visiting me here in my little bit of blogland, and for your sweet comments which i love to read.... back again soon. xxxx

36 comments:

crafts@home said...

That bag is absolutely gorgeous, even more so stuffed with roses, you are so lucky hving so many rose bushes in your garden :)

Mary Jane's Tearoom said...

Love your Vintage Rose Bag Helen....so pretty!
Wishing you a lovely weekend...
Susan x

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

Your rose basket is really pretty! I just saw your books in your sidebar. Wish I was as creative as your are.

I made dresses for my daughters when they were younger, but nowadays all my spare time goes to my garden and blogging. Today I finally found some time to make an apron out of some old fabrics :-)!

Your roses look lovely. You have them in bloom already!

Happy mother´s day weekend!

Lieve groet,

Madelief x

Jane said...

I love roses Helen but they don't like my garden! I don't have much success growing them so I treat myself from time to time and buy some. Yours are so lovely to see in your garden and in your house too. What a pretty rose bag too. Have a lovely weekend,
Jane x

faith76 said...

Roses are beautiful one of my favourite flowers. x Leah

Teje said...

Hi Helen! How lovely and sweet patchwork bag! You know to pick so delicious colours! I love also your mug with roses! Of course every one loves roses and I was so happy to pick some from my garden today!
Have a wonderful weekend!
xxx Teje

KC'sCourt! said...

I love your sweet little bag and one of my favourite flowers is the rose, the other is sweet peas
Julie xxxxxxx

by Teresa said...

Dear Helen, your roses are beautiful and so is your bag and garden! I don't have the best luck growing them as I'm not good about sprays and things, but when we bought this farm almost 25 years ago we planted some by the road and I named the place "Rose Hollow Farm". Not long ago my DIL dug up a row of wonderful roses at their house (she hates rose bushes... I know!!) and my son brought them out and planted them on our farm in a sunny spot. All but one made it, I simply cannot wait until they bloom! All are highly scented. I'll let you know what happens. Hugs, Teresa :-)

Cozy Little House said...

I just found your blog, and you seem to like vibrant cheerful color as I do!
Brenda

Jenny said...

The patchwork bag is just gorgeous, I love the faded vintage rose prints. Your garden roses also look beautiful - I would love to have a rose garden, but unfortuntely the one and only rose in our garden seems to have died. At least it hasn't bloomed for ages, and is definitely looking sorry for itself!
Hope you have a lovely weekend, we've got the first rain here for weeks tonight - it's actually very refreshing but I hope it doesn't stay too long! xx

Poppy said...

What a good idea to use a colander! I can't see why anyone would not love roses. All I can smell is the sweet scent of roses every time I walk into the kitchen.
Gorgeous bag!

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Lou xxx

delia hornbook said...

Love the Magenta roses what a stunning deep colour do they smell also? Great idea with the colander i wouldn;t have thought about the bugs being able to drop easier ;-)) And i love the bag to great idea. Have a lovely weekend, dee x

Vintage Tea Time said...

Such a pretty bag - and lovely roses - your garden must be a delight! Have a great weekend! Abby X

Vintage Tea Time said...

Such a pretty bag - and lovely roses - your garden must be a delight! Have a great weekend! Abby X

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Your roses smell so delightful. I could smell them the second I opened up your post!!! Oh, how I wish that were true. I love the smell of roses and especially your kind. They even look fragrant and even prettier. Love the tote. What a great vehicle for gathering the roses and the colander too. I don't normally use one but I think I will now. It's a great idea. Do hope you have a great weekend and a sunny one at that. xoRobin❤

notes of sincerity said...

I absolutely adore your blog.
It is such a lovely place to visit.
Sincerely, Trish

greenrabbitdesigns said...

What a beautiful little bag Helen!
I love roses, especially old ones, I think they have a much nicer scent. Your roses are all well into bloom, I just have little knots at the minute, they should be out soon.
Have a lovely weekend. :)
Vivienne x

Naturally Carol said...

Beautiful roses..they just look grand anywhere don't they!

Becky J said...

My roses aren't flowering yet, but I planted one last year that has beautiful rosehips in the late summer/autumn so I'm looking forward to that.
What a sweet little bag, Helen. You inspire me to get my sewing machine out (needs a little dusting off first!.
Becky x

sew said...

Your roses are gorgeous -I don't want to ruin the moment - but mine have greenfly!!
However, the rain has arrived here this morning giving a lovely fresh scent to the garden. Thanks for the uplifting pics - I'm sure I'm not alone in already looking forward to the next ones!

gillyflower said...

Love the bag Helen, its too pretty for words!
The roses on powder blue, beautiful!(found some words!;0 )
The roses are lovely.
Hope you have a great weekend!
Gill xx

paintdropskeepfalling said...

Beautiful photo's - I can smell them from here. BTW have you ever visited David Austen Roses in Wolverhampton? If not you'd love it and I'd recommend going in June :) Claire

harmony and rosie said...

I can almost smell those roses from here. We have some out in the garden, I'm off for a pick. Lovely bag, too, Helen.

Enjoy the weekend x

Rosie said...

You can't beat the smell of a good old English rose x

Pomona said...

I really love the bag! Our roses are not really out yet - I can just see one from here, so not enough to pick yet.

Pomona x

Pink Milk said...

Oh Helen, that bag is just gorgeous.

My Gran's garden used to be full of roses - I spent many an hour making petal perfume. The smell always makes me feel nostalgic.

I have a large space in a flowerbed and I think you have just inspired me as to what to plant in it ...

Have a wonderful weekend.

Hx

Mia said...

Lovely bag, Helen! And oh, rose picking...We'll need to wait that for a month and half still but just by looking your pictures I can smell them - thank you so much for sharing!

Happiest and sunniest weekend!

Yours,
Mia

Catherine said...

So beautiful! Roses really are so very pretty and girly! Cx

flowers on my table said...

Love your little bag with the cross stitch roses....adorable! Your roses are much further on than mine. I love your china too, I have seen it on Madelief's blog and Coco Rose, but I am not familiar with it. Thankyou for your lovely comments. Enjoy your weekend, love Linda x

sylviesgarden said...

Your roses are simply beautiful.
x

Simone said...

The bag is beautiful Helen. The cross-stitched roses look so realistic. I do love roses. I think my garden needs more of them. Good idea about the colander to allow the creepy crawlies to escape before getting taken indoors! x

Kathy said...

So nice to meet you Helen...
Such a happy, lovely blog!
I love it here amongst the cross stitching, quilting and sewing ideas!
I'll be back!
xoxo~Kathy @
sweet Up-North Mornings...

Bluebell said...

The rose bag is utterly beautiful and I am envious you have so many gorgeous roses blooming. I hope today might be the day the first one opens in my garden.
Hope you had a lovely weekend, mine was a bit damp!

Rubyred said...

Hello Helen,
your roses are gorgeous, how lovely to be able to pick them at will! At the mo I have only got to rose bushes in flower but I do love them. What a good idea about the colander! I have just bought a lovely terracotta bowl from the charity shop which would be perfect for my geraniums I think!
The roses bag is so pretty, looks just perfect filled with flowers!
Have a sweet day!
Rachel x

gillyflower said...

Hi Helen!
Thanks for your comment!
Glad my post made you smile.
Mr G always likes what I've painted afterwards,like your hubby. Its the idea of it that he doesnt like - can't bear change!
So I have learnt over the years simply to present him with the finished job (and I would never dare paint anything he definitely likes unpainted)!
Have fun with your painting jobs too!
Gill xx

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Hi Helen, I popped over from Mrs. Koralee Bluebird. Your blog is filled with pretty colors and items! Must read some of your previous posts.
Have a happy Thursday xx