Saturday, 16 July 2011

Seaside Postcards

 Hello!...I'm back again...after a few lovely days of sea air and sunshine, I have tipped the seashells out of my bag and shaken the sand from my shoes ready to begin normal life again....hello to all my regular blog readers and hello to the new followers who joined me here just as I was about to go away for a few days, I look forward to visiting you all very soon.....
 We went to some of our very favourite coves, cliffs, beaches and villages on the south west coast......
 ....places we've enjoyed visiting all our lives and this time we had the added pleasure of lots and lots of sunshine and blue sky....
 ...I had quite a lazy few days, did a bit of sketching for some new illustration work and thinking about a new book plan...but lazy hooky time on the shingly or sandy beaches was my main crafty activity and the pile of grannie squares has grown a lot more.....we walked miles, visited gardens and craft fairs and had more than one Devon cream tea...
 ....we also sampled a few of these...as a small child I was surprised at the relative size of the cornets I received compared to the ones on display outside the shop and I have a fondness for the oversized retro advertising icecreams to this day...
                   Some seaside crochet...inspired by the colours of bright stripy seaside rock.....

I hope you have been enjoying sunny summer days too, and I can't wait to catch up with all your blogs now. Thank you for the lovely comments on my last post and for your good wishes for my little break. It's good to be back in blogland again!! I hope you all have a happy weekend and see you again soon xxxxx

44 comments:

4 Lil' Girls said...

Sounds heavenly, the pics are beautiful :)
Karen

marigold jam said...

Glad you had a good time. Love those squares inspired by the seaside rock.

Jooles said...

Hello! lovely to have you back and to read all about your seaside break.
Looks like you had a fab time, oooh i could do with a cream tea right now.
The granny squares look beautiful

by Teresa said...

Welcome back, Helen, I missed your bright and happy posts! Thanks for sharing your coastal images, I do so miss the beach when I'm not there. We have a vacation there planned for October for hubby's birthday.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

T's Daily Treasures said...

Looks like you had a wonderfully relaxing trip. I love crochet because it is easily portable. I take it with me wherever I go. Have a great day. Tammy

Simone said...

Lovely to see you back Helen. The photos are wonderfully seaside-y! The candy coloured crochet is so summery. It has been dreadful here. No sign of summer whatsoever! x

carrad said...

Glad you had a lovely holiday. Fab to see more "crocheting in public"! xxx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Welcome back Helen!
Ah the good old British seaside at it's best. Buckets and spades, seagulls, ice cream and rock, lovely!! :)
Your crochet is coming on a treat!
Vivienne x

faith76 said...

It looks really beautiful down there and very lucky with the sunshine x

Leah x

millefeuilles said...

Helen, it's fantastic to have you back!

Your holiday sounds PERFECT! Cooking up a new book project, lazily crocheting away your time on a sun-drenched beach.

Blissful.

When I lived on the Normandy coast we NEVER got rid of the sand in our shoes and clothes. It was everywhere in the house.

When you get a moment could you pop over and see what I did with the Rowan Cilantro organic yarn?

Have a beautiful weekend.

crafts@home said...

Bliss.... it's made me want my holiday by the sea even more now!!!
Sue Xxx

debbie said...

Lovely photos! I can smell the salt air....

So glad you had a wonderful holiday. Welcome back :)

Ali said...

Looks like you have had a fab time - lovely photos xx

Jane said...

Welcome back Helen, I'm so glad you had a lovely break with lots of sunshine and ice cream...the best combo I think.I loved your seaside photos. Have a lovely weekend,
Jane x

Mia said...

Welcome back, Helen! It seems that you had wonderful, inspirational and also creative blog-break, the very best kind! Have a happy new week soon!

Yours,
Mia

Cindy said...

Sounds like a heavenly vacation. I love going to the beach! Can't wait to see more of your work. (Or play!)

a mermaids purse said...

sounds like the perfect holiday ;0)
as always you picture such a dream!
i love your images xxxx

Gill said...

Welcome home Helen. So glad you enjoyed your time down here in the SW....I recognise some of those places, as we go there all the time!!Still can't believe I live in such a lovely part of the country. Love Gillxx

Mandy said...

Glad you had a good holiday! Lovely photos! Loving your crochet! :)

KC'sCourt! said...

Glad you had a good holiday, and you had perfect weather.
Love the squares the colour of rock sweets.
Julie xxxxxxx

sew said...

A waft of sea air has just entered my sewing room via your lovely post. Your photos are superb. This crochet lark is unbelievably addictive - and so portable!
Nice pincushion in CB mag too.

Bluebell said...

Hello Helen,
Glad you had such a lovely holiday. You photos give a real taste of the seaside, so colourful and happy!
I would love to take one of the boat trips to see the Puffins. x

liz mortimer said...

goreous pics, love the colours x

Mummy Boo Bear said...

Glad you had a great holiday!

We are looking forward to ours but have to wait for a few weeks.

Sounds like you had a brilliant time.

Love all the colourful pictures.


MBB x

susanhal said...

Lovely sunny photographs, you can almost smell the sea!
Glad you had a good holiday and nice to see you back.
Susan x

My Little Home and Garden said...

Helen, after looking at your seaside photographs, I'm even more happy about my upcoming trip next month. The country and coastline may be different, but I'm anticipating a similar bliss. I must take along a little yarn project with me... (Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your kind comment.)

My Little Home and Garden said...

A quick "post script", I'm adding your lovely site to my blogroll.

Mary Jane's TEAROOM said...

Beautiful photographs Helen...These lovely coastal colours are closely connected to my latest project so thank you for some fresh inspiration!...
Wishing you a blissful week ahead,
Susan x

Anita Bonney said...

Good to see seaside pics esp on a weekend like this - rain! rain! rain!

How did you manage to group 4 photos together in blogger; loks good.

also , if you like entering giveaways, I have one on Bath Bomb Creations. Also looking for a review panel and you get to add your button/blog name to the review post. would you be interested?
with love Anita

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Helen, what a lovely time it sounds like you had! Love all your summery photos. I got the real summer feeling looking at them. Welcome back to blog land! We missed you. xoRobin❤

Annie said...

Happy homecomings :) I always think it's good to go away, but also to be home again. And it looks as if you had a fabulous time and found lots of creative inspiration at the seaside :)

Debbie said...

Sounds as though you had a lovely time...love all your pictures.
Debbie x

delia hornbook said...

Lovely to see you back. Great photo's i love the way you have arranged them all such fab colours to. Have a great week, dee x

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Love all your photos and especially the rock inspired crochet :-) Those large ice cream ads are misleading aren't they - do you think you could demand a larger one or report them to trading standards lol ? Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog, go on keep some caterpillars from the garden and watch them turn into butterflies. xxx

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Helen..Welcome Back and thanks for sharing your georgeous seaside snaps! (intersperced, I notice, with lovely granny squares in delectable colour combos!) I love the first image of the breakers crashing and tumbling to the shore..the colours..you can't beat nature can you?

Rubyred said...

What a lovely little break! We are off to Devon a bit later this year!
Have a lovely day!
Rachel x

Teje said...

Dear Helen, your summer looks wonderful! That must have been lovely trip! Your photos have so sweet summer taste!
xxx Teje

Pipany said...

Oh what I would give for some of that sunshine right now Helen! So glad your break was as lovely as that and we get to share your photos x

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

What beautiful shots you took and such a lovely blog. SO happy to have found it. Now I am going to look thru all your lovely photos.

Andrea said...

Hi Helen,
So glad you had a lovely time, your pictures are lovely and I am sure a lot of new work and ideas will come from your inspiring phototgraphs.
Have a lovely week,
Andrea x

Becky J said...

It looks like you had some wonderful weather. Lovely colours in your crochet, it will make a beautiful blanket.
Becky x

angelasweby said...

Your holiday snaps are lovely, Helen. I feel as if I was on holiday with you. I lived for 3 years in Weymouth and 21 years in Cyprus and I miss the sea very much. Your pictures of the sea and sandy coastline, colourful buckets and spades and yummy cream teas stirred up some very lovely memories :-)

I love the little crochet squares in pastel seaside rock colours and I'm sure your sketch pad is crammed full of lots of inspiring ideas.
It sounds as if you found the perfect balance between some energetic hustle and bustle and plenty of relaxation.
Angela

gillyflower said...

Seeing your wonderful summery holiday photos makes me wish I was going away this year!
maybe I will try to persuade hubby and daughter that we do, after all, need a break - I yearn for some warmth by the sea!
Gill xx

The Patchwork Heart said...

Now there's a real crafter with some hookey on the beach! Im just about to make up my holiday sewing pack of embroidery to take to Texas!
Heather x