Friday, 19 August 2011

Making Notes

 My tidying up this week has meant discovering all kinds of things...like these crafty notebooks...I have always loved stationery of all kinds, as a child getting a new supply was the thing that cheered me up when the school holidays came to an end....as a student I loved all the art materials, especially the sketch pads and notebooks just waiting to be filled....
 ....I made this set of handmade notebooks as a Crafts Beautiful project a while ago.....the recipe one has a concertina arrangement of pages with folded down pockets to contain clippings of favourite recipes from magazines as well as hand written ones.....
 ...I especially love garden notebooks, there are always things to try to remember for next year...garden lessons learned about planting (or not planting) and what do well, what to avoid in certain parts of the garden...easily forgotten over the winter months (by me anyway)....I also love collecting garden ephemera in little handmade garden scrapbooks, some of which I'll show another time....
 ....a handy noteblock is always to be found for quick jottings and messages...one of my nieces sometimes leaves me a cute little note on here, or on the kitchen chalk board after a family gathering.....
 ....here is my sewing notebook, also a CB project which I loved making...the plastic tape measure was a free one, but actually plastic tape measures often cost less that ribbon so it's really ok to chop it up for creative projects :).....
 ....another sewing project came winging its way home to me this week....this is my selvedge heart and corsage set featured in this month's Sew magazine.....the heart uses strips from the beloved flower sugar range with little cross stitched flower and heart borders too....

 ...the summery flowery corsage has a cross stitched posy covered button for its centre...I just love covered buttons at the moment and can't wait to make some more....
Thank you so much for dropping into my little crafty world today....I wish you all a wonderful weekend with lots of happy, sunny times whatever you are doing...now I'm off to make a list of things to do in my little notebook..........back very soon xxxxxxxx

37 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

Pretyy things. I love the notebook and the flower.
Julie xxxxxxx

Ali said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely - I too have always had a thing for notebooks and pens but yours are fabby xx

♥coco rose♥ said...

What a beautiful notebook collection. Such prettiness to brighten ones day!

Vanessa xxxxxxxxxx

Happy in red said...

Those notebooks are fantastic! Well done. Tutorial!!! ;-)
Have a great weekend,
Esther.

crafts@home said...

New notebooks are lovely to own, full of anticipation.... I love your gardening one in particular, and a sewing notebook, that sounds like a particularly useful one to add to my collection, I am a notewriter.... the selvedge heart is wonderful, if only I'd thought to keep all those interesting bits of fabric cut from the edges!!! Have a lovely weekend,
Sue Xxx

marigold jam said...

Lovely and I have just noticed your little vase of spring flowers pn your side bar too - really delightful.

Gem said...

These are so pretty, they must have taken you ages to make, but so worth it, they are lovely. Have a great weekend xxx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

All your notebooks are so lovely Helen! I too love notebooks and have quite a few, sometimes they look so pretty I actually don't want to write in them (daft, I know)!!!
Have a lovely weekend,
Vivienne x

AshTreeCottage said...

Oh Helen ~ I am just oohing and aahing over these darling projects! I especially love your sewing notebook! Of to Pinterest these go!!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Jane said...

I am such a notebook and list girl Helen, mine are usually scraps of paper though, nothing like as gorgeous as your ones...I especially love the garden one. What a great idea to cut up a tape measure! Thanks for the tip, I may use that some time in my card making.
The sun has reappeared here today, it was like autumn yesterday, so fingers crossed for a sunny weekend.
Jane x

Mia said...

Lovely notebooks, Helen, and I especially love the sewing one with its wonderful covers! These are really handy too as when sewing/knitting/crocheting you're SURE you'll remember it all tomorrow/next week, and when the time comes... Always forgotten, and the little notes save the day!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Yours,
Mia

Hazel said...

I love all your lovely notebooks. I love notebooks as well!! x

Teje said...

Dear Helen, your notebooks are special and unique! You have made them so beautiful and always you have lovely ideas for cute details! Here the shops start to have school things and I loved also always the beginning of the school year with new books, notebooks, pens and pencils.
Have a wonderful weekend!
xxx Teje

karenskrafts said...

Helen your notebooks are so beautiful, really, really sweet :D
Karen x

cathleen said...

I have a weakness for pretty notebooks and yours a just gorgeous! Have a lovely weekend, Helen.

Jenny said...

Hi Helen,

Such a lot I've missed from your lovely posts over the last few weeks whilst I've been away!! What lovely things you've made and been up to... Everything is so lovely but your granny blanket in particular is fab... so very pretty, well done! Can't wait to see what your next project is, flowers look great so far :)

Your little notebooks are all beautiful too - you can never have enough - especially such pretty ones! I love making lists so always have a few notebooks on the go too...

Anyway, hope you have a lovely sunny weekend working on your new crochet!

Jenny x

Scented Sweetpeas said...

I am glad I am not the only one with a stationery fetish :-) I also used to get so excited about getting new pencils and pens for school and still love buying them for the kiddies :-) Love your creations. x

flowers on my table said...

Oh Helen those notebooks are almost too lovely to use. I love your little corsage with the button, so very charming. I love pretty stationary and so does my daughter, I have to fight her off sometimes!! Have a lovely weekend, love Linda x

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

Had fun admiring your notebook creativity today! =)

Barbara said...

Hello Helen, thank you for visiting my blog! Loving your photos ... I've been tidying up too, found my long-lost "little scissors" - very happy.
Be sure to have a lovely weekend, Barbara :) x

happy little cottage said...

Matching notebooks and pens make me so happy! ♥ ♥ ♥

by Teresa said...

Helen... you are one amazing and wonderful lady! I am the same, I love notebooks and papers and pens and all. I am back from camping so I do hope you pop over and see the photos. Missed you!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

T's Daily Treasures said...

I love how you take your little cross-stitchings and use them to decorate so many things. I've started stitching again thanks to your inspiration. Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

ALISON said...

Beautiful as ever.....you always have great ideas....ciao Alison

Cindy said...

Love your notebooks, especially the sewing one. I make quilted covers for notebooks, but I really like the cross stitch accent.

Anonymous said...

Those notebooks are divine! So so so pretty! What eye candy! Best wishes, Mandy :)

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

It's all so pretty. I love your eye for color. The stripey heart with cross stitch is just beautiful and I am with you on the covered buttons, it seems I am adding them to everything!

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

I meant to ask...where is the best place to close those stuffed hearts? I usually do it on one side but have to hide the closure with a button. I can never tell where you sew yours shut. Thanks, Patty

Cozy Little House said...

You always make the cutest and most colorful things that just make me smile.
Brenda

Simone said...

Lovely notebooks - especially the recipe one with places for recipe clippings! I also adore the cross stitch covered button. How dinky is that! x

gillyflower said...

So many lovely things here Helen.
I love the pretty notebooks, especially the gardening and recipe ones!
The heart is so cute!
Gill xx

paintdropskeepfalling said...

Helen, if I had gorgeous notebooks like that I'd never write in them until i had taken calligraphy classes! Beautiful as always.

millefeuilles said...

Dear Helen,

Perhaps we should set up a Notebook Lovers' club? Truly the best part of starting up a new academic year or course was buying new and artistic notebooks. And when I could not find what I wanted I would make my own although yours are far prettier.

I am looking forward to your next post ... and can't think where the time has gone and why I missed this one.

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hello Helen, oh my those notebooks are awesome. Love all of them. I 'm a notebook girl too, pens, paper and the works, but I have to say yours definitely win the prize! : ) xoRobin❤

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Helen..I'm just developing an urge to cover a few buttons too! I love your posy covered one...and all those covered notebooks...and your selvedge heart design. You're always full of good ideas..thank you. I hope you have a really enjoyable week.

patchworkandlace said...

i love your blog , its very colourful and inspirational , i look forward to your posts

sandrasc said...

first time to read your blog but it is now added to my "favorites" column. You have such lovely projects.