Thursday, 4 August 2011

Crafty Summer

It's a very crafty summer here at my house, with an extra injection of bright colour from all the new crochet that has been going on.....and almost to my surprise, the very first blanket I began is finished!!!!! I realised last week that I had now accumulated rather a lot of grannie squares, making them whenever I had a spare moment,  when we were away, in a traffic jam on the motorway, watching movies and old (not yet watched by us) seasons of Mad Men, chatting to friends and family....and when I put them all together I had enough for my blanket....
 ...so I sewed them together, and then began to crochet a border using a few colours from the collection...round and round, I really loved that bit....wasn't quite sure when to stop.....
 ...some crafty colours with the grandbabies...they love my art and craft materials and I have to race around moving dangerous things like paint, scissors, pins, needles and so on when they come over to my house...Daisy really loves the wool, like a little kitten she gets all tangled up in it... and they both loved the tactile feel of the grannie squares both before and after they were sewn together....
 ...a close up of some of the squares, randomly made and randomly sewn together - apart from not actually placing two the same colour together that's about as intentional as this creation was...
 ....the partly completed border....I added some stronger green and blue to finish off the edge after this round of rose pink....
 .....everyone loves the blankie! Everyone wants one too....and some want to learn to crochet one themselves......and I want to keep crocheting now I've discovered it so another project is about to begin....

 I am making this post a bit longer than usual to make up for the fact that I'll be away again next week...Each year Mr P sails in the Menai Straits Regatta and we go to stay in the pretty seaside town of Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey. We meet up with friends there, some who sail, some who don't, and all have a good time...I'm happy being at the seaside and pottering about while Mr P is sailing...I'm also taking some of my design work to do and this year I will be taking some crochet too...Above is a detail of my Regatta Quilt, made a few years ago and inspired by watching the fleet of boats against the blue sea, sailing round Puffin Island....
 ...I made two little collages of  some of this season's crafty makes, just a random selection...the pinwheel patchwork cushion, Daisy's sampler, a bit of Daisy's quilt, the flower pot embroidery....
...the sailor bunny, the home sweet home heart, the with love heart (I gave this one to my lovely mum for mother's day), and the finished little doll quilt with matching pillow...I do love this crafty life very much as you can see...
 And a big thank you to all of you who crochet and show pictures of your beautiful makes on your blogs to inspire crochet beginners to give it a go...I'm so glad I did!!

Thank you for popping in to visit me here and for your sweet comments, always sooo appreciated and enjoyed. I hope the sun shines, the flowers bloom and you enjoy a crafty summer week while I'm away. Back soon xxxxx

44 comments:

Nikki Ha said...

Oh wow, what beautiful colours! I love your blanket. I'm currently making my very first granny blanket too - I hope it turns out as lovely as yours! x

Carole said...

Beautiful blog post, as ever, Helen. It is sooo inspiring. I would sooo like to make a quilt, but i`m a little scared of trying! One day maybe.Have a lovely break.
Love Carole from Rossendale xxxxx

♥coco rose♥ said...

I love to pop over here for a visit Helen. I always leave with a big smile on my face! Your blog is full of beauty and colour, and one cannot help feeling happy!

I hope you have a super week away and the sun shines for you!

Vanessa xxxxxxxxxx

carrad said...

Beautiful pics, I love the colours! Have a wonderful break xxx

Miss Holly said...

Wow!!!! What wonderful colors....this is really beautiful.....I would like to decorate a room around it!!! Great job!

crafts@home said...

What a beautiful post, so full of life and colour.... your blanket is wonderful, I'm not surprised everyone likes it... Your grandchildren will have a fantastic teacher when they are old enough to learn crafting, because I'm sure parents don't have enough time to teach there own children these important things...
Sue Xxx

sylviesgarden said...

Beautiful blanket Helen. The colours are lovely.
x
X

Pink Milk said...

Oh Helen, your blanket is simply BEAUTIFUL. I think you should consider naming it 'the happy blanket' - those colours could lift the heaviest heart.

Have a lovely time in Anglesey.

Hx

Rubyred said...

Beautiful blanket Helen, I love it!
A very inspiring post, full of colour and prettiness I do love to visit!
Have a wonderful holiday!
Rachel x

Gem said...

Hope you have a lovely break. I have been thinking about learning how to crochet for a while now and have decided to give it a go once I have completed some on-going projects, I'm quite looking forward to learning something new xxx

Hazel said...

Lovely blanket! The colours are gorgeous. Have a lovely time away. x

Pipany said...

Hello Helen. Such beautiful images to leave us with before you head off. love the sailor bunny and that gorgeous quilt. Have a lovely time x

Simone said...

Have a lovely time Helen. I can't believe you are a beginner crocheter when you have produced such a professional looking blanket. I may even take it up again!x

4 Lil' Girls said...

Ohhhhhh that is one of the most beautiful blankets i've seen, i adore the colors, all my favourites, it really is lovely!!!
Enjoy your time away
LOL Karen x

sew said...

Have a lovely week on lovely Anglesey. I know how you feel about your crochet achievement as I've just surprised myself by finishing my first ever blanket! What a good job I have a gorgeous new granddaughter to give it to!!!
You'll be easily recognisable in Beaumaris when you're crocheting away!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous blanket Helen! You have taken to this crochet business like a duck to water. :)
Your little grandchildren will enjoy snuggling up in this beauty!
Have a wonderful sunny week away it sounds like a lovely seaside break!
Vivienne x

Frances said...

Helen, your blanket turned out beautifully...the colors all complement each other so well. Do keep going with your crocheting. It's a very portable craft!

Hoping also that you'll have lots of fun next week. I look forward to perhaps seeing some sailing photos upon your return.

Best wishes!

Scented Sweetpeas said...

oohh I am envious of your gorgeous blanket, what wool did you use, it looks scrummy!

Love all your creations :-) Have a fab week away. x

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

The blanet turned out beautifully. The colors are like candy to the soul. I've started one myself and have to agree, it is rather addicting. Have a wonderful time by the sea.

Jooles said...

your blanket is GORGEOUS such pretty colours. I am going to try granny squares as my second project, yours are just so pretty. It is lovely to see your little grand children enjoying your your craft goodies.
You sailing quilt and bunny are exquisite.
have a lovely break
jooles x
P.s i'm having a little giveaway over at my blog if you fancy a peek x

Jane said...

Ooooowwwhhh Helen what a gorgeous blanket you have made. Crochet is still on my list of things to do...I used to make granny square when I was young and knitted lots but all my wool etc went years ago and I am sidetracked now making my jewellery and cardmaking!
Have a wonderful sea break, that sounds such fun. I hope the sunshine returns for you as its been pouring here today.
"See you soon",
Jane x

Teje said...

Dear Helen, your blanket became so beautiful like a caramel! I would be affraid to choose so sweet colours but that's just what grannie blanket needs: lots of sweet colours! I love also the border ending with the blue! I knew that if you start grannies you can't stop!
Siling quilt is also wonderful!
Have a great journey and holidays!
xxx Teje

KC'sCourt! said...

Beautiful summer colours. I love the things you made especially the bunny!
Julie xxxxx

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Hi Helen,

I can't think of a more perfect way to spend a week than at the seashore with a bag full of crafty things to work on. Hope Mr. P does well in the regatta and that you have lots of sunshine! Enjoy!

P.S. The granny blanket is divine♥

Bee happy said...

Such a gorgeous blanket, the colours are so cute and beautiful!! all of your makes are always wonderful, you are so clever :) have a great time away.

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

birdie blue said...

new to your blog, love your use of color, fabrics, and applications in your various crafty endeavors.

i can see i'll have to take some time reading through your past projects/posts. happy to be your newest follower.

xo
~molly

T's Daily Treasures said...

Sounds like you are in for a lovely week away. Crochet is so easy to carry along wherever you go! Your blanket is beautiful and all your creations so sweet and inspiring. Best wishes, Tammy

by Teresa said...

Oh Dear Helen, loved reading your post today - we have so much in common! The colors in your granny square are so YOU.. pastels, pinks, purples and greens - I can imagine each grandchild will want one.

And the sailing.. oh I do hope you show us a photo of hubby on his sailboat next time.. we have a 26 footer and 2 Sunfish sailboats... I'm crazy about sailing.

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Julia said...

Hello! finally getting a chance to skip around blog land and visit some friends - Im in love with your blanket, absolutely beautiful. The colours are fabulous too - what wool did you use for it? Your other projects are as always, very inspiring - it sounds as if you are having a gorgeous time of it lately! Nice to catch up with you, sending love
Julia x

Gill said...

As usual a lovely happy, colourful post. LOVE your blanket, you've inspired me to have a go at one!Have a lovely break
Gill x

Happy in red said...

Oh, ain't this wonderful!! It all looks so great. Well done.
Esther.

Cindy said...

Very inspirational work. I just love crafting and it's so fun to see what everyone is doing. I just love your colors, and want to make a pinwheel pillow next.

Barbara said...

just the perfect crochet blanket ... in the sweetest colors!
Barbara x

Mia said...

What a beautiful blanket and it seems that you finished it so quickly, Helen! And the colors are so you, I love the bright apple-green there too. Just wonderful, it's yet an another family heirloom!

Happiest weekend!

Yours,
Mia

My Little Home and Garden said...

I love the blast of colour I can count on from your posts, Helen. Clearly, I need to learn to crochet.

home made gorgeous said...

Hi Helen, I hope you are having a wonderful holiday! Absolutely gorgeous blanket, I just love the colours you have used. I have been practicing crochet too, it's so addictive isn't it.. You have inspired me to make more granny squares! Sarah x

home made gorgeous said...

Hi Helen, I hope you are having a wonderful holiday! Absolutely gorgeous blanket, I just love the colours you have used. I have been practicing crochet too, it's so addictive isn't it.. You have inspired me to make more granny squares! Sarah x

Ian and Karen said...

Love your colourful crafty blog.
I made a granny blanket for our narrow boat and now am making 'cabin lace' with crochet cotton for the windows. I love crochet!
Enjoy the hols.

Jill (http:stocktoncrafts.typepad.com) said...

What a beautiful blanket! I love your use of colour...but this time you have really made it glow! Hope you have a lovely few days away :)x

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Helen, what a beautiful post. Everything is so pretty, sweet and girly! Love your crocheted afghan. So lovely. I'm back from vacation. Hope you have a fun while you are away. xoRobin❤

Becky J said...

You are such a talented and creative crafter that there was never any doubt that your crochet would be anything but amazing! Well done on completing your blankie, it is gorgeous. Can't wait to see your next crochet project.
Becky x

Mouse said...

Hi you have such a fab blog and i just had to stop by to say what a beautiful blanket i could not believe when you said this is your 1st. I've tried crochet myself but have never really mastered it, we have just come back from Anglesey too, hope you had a great time. Keep up the good work. x

flowers on my table said...

Hi Helen, I somehow missed this post. Your blanket turned out really well, isn't it sweet that your grandchildren love to touch it? I love the collage too. Much love Linda x

paintdropskeepfalling said...

What? Finished already :0 I am in awe and would love to see the whole thing in a photo pretty please (then I'll count the squares and see how big you made it and work out if I was just really slow with mine!) You are awesome :)