Saturday, 19 November 2011

Flowers and Fabrics

 All the flowers in this little jug were picked from the garden today.... unusual November flowers for our garden which is normally rather flowerless by now, but today i found some cornflowers... some cosmos....some lavender.......white geranium....cranesbill.....fuschia.........
some nasturtiums... scabious.... daisies....and some purple flowers that i can't remember the name of....
i went out to put some vegetable peelings in the beehive composter this morning and saw a hyacinth flowering in one of the borders, which made me then go and investigate the rest of the garden to see what the flowers were up to, and that's how i found all these....most unusual but a pretty surprise.....
 This week has been a bit of a fabric fest here as i've been working on some big fabric-y projects......
 ....more about these lovely Liberty fabrics in a future post....how delicious they are......
 and so is this lovely tilda fabric which i've used to back my christmas quilt, and then made a quick pincushion with some of the left over fabric....i can never have too many pincushions and love lots of them around the house....
 ... as you can see this little bundle of squares has the cute name of flurry and though we haven't had any snow flurries here yet, it's been a flurry of fabric and projects in my studio this week.....these squares might become a cushion but i haven't quite decided yet.......
....and yes, there has been a bit of christmas crafting going on too....a few teeny things hidden away as surprises for family and friends....and i am making some little labels to add to my christmas quilt using rubber stamped words...i've been washing them to test for colourfastness and they seem fine, and i thought i might add some of these red and green dotty buttons too....
Thank you very much for dropping by to see me and for your very kind comments....i hope you are all having a wonderful weekend......i'll be back soon with a giveaway!! xxxxx

45 comments:

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Helen, those fabrics. I can harldy take it! I used to make blouses and even dresses from liberty fabrics, but I can't really find them in big swaths anymore. And honestly, all those wonderful Bonne Maman Jelly and jam jars. Is there anything more homey? I can't believe your boquet in November.
All very uplifing
xx
julie

Jenny said...

A beautiful fabric-y post Helen! Those Liberty prints are gorgeous, can't wait to see what you will be doing with them! Also that Tilda fabric is one of my faves, I keep spying it on other people's blogs but not yet got hold of any for myself! You've picked some lovely flowers too - I can't believe all of those came from your garden at this time of year... amazing! Have a lovely rest of your weekend xxx

Bee happy said...

Such pretty flowers at this time of year from the garden! love the jam jars at the side, it makes a gorgeous photo :)

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

crafts@home said...

The garden flowers are a wonderful bonus for this time of year, displayed wonderfully in your pots, I love your choice of liberty fabrics, they feel so wonderful don't they.... I can't wait to see what you make with them :)
Sue Xxx

Ali said...

Hi Helen, lovely photos always so bright and cheery love the Tilda fabric and your new Moda fabrics xxx

Happy in red said...

Can't wait to see what the squares will be! I have a bundle of 2,5 inch strips, still pondering what to make with them,,,
Have a great Sunday!
Esther.

notes of sincerity said...

Oh my goodness. Your flower pot is so cute. :0) What a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Such lovely fabric for your quilt backing and little pin cushion. I am not sure it is available in the states.
Have a lovely weekend. Trish

do you mind if i knit said...

Beautiful fabrics, and an exquisite tea cup Helen. But the flowers! It looks like Summer is still gazing on your garden judging by the selection of lovely flowers, beautiful, and so nice to see this time of year. Vanessa xxx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Lucky you Helen, at this time of year, being able to fill a jug with lovely garden flowers.
Lots of pretty flowers on your gorgeous fabrics too.
I really love your little pincushion and dotty buttons. :)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Vivienne x

millefeuilles said...

This post should be named 'Four Seasons in One Day': summer flowers and beautiful Christmas decorations and gifts all rolled into one.

So much in this post to lift our spirits. You've made me think I should make some pincushions too.

I like the idea of rubber stamping messages onto the fabric. That Tilda material is so pretty; do you have any of her books?

happy little cottage said...

What a lovely surprise to find such colorful flowers still growing in November!! Love the Tilda fabric...wish I could find some here in the U.S. Enjoy the rest of the weekend with your lovely fabrics!!

by Teresa said...

Your bouquet made me feel like Spring! But your bright light colors always do. I am excited about your giveaway.. what could it be? I'm in the holiday mood!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Helen..it looks like you've had a little spring reprieve in your garden this November..so pretty, as is the jug. Gorgeous fabrics and a very sweet pin cushion...do you know I've never made one? Don't tell everyone!

artesdejanine said...

My dear Hellen those fabrics are lovelly and i love the doty buttons very cute :O)
Im starting to work on my christmast presents :...
Wish you an excelent weekend, big hugs
Janine

delia hornbook said...

Wow those flowers are so pretty its hard to believe there still growing in November the seasons have all gone crazy ;-) Gorgeous fabrics you have so pretty loving the little pin cushion. Happy crafting and making, dee x

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

To have all those beautiful flowers still in your garden. It brought a smile to my face! I miss it already and can't wait for spring to come again :-).

The Liberty fabric looks just beautiful and those polka dot buttons... It makes me wish I was one of your family members or friends ;-)

Happy weekend!

Madelief

paintdropskeepfalling said...

I really do need some gardening tips from you if you can find flowers in November! Love all the sneak peeks - very enticing. Have a great weekend.

Annie said...

Popping in here is always like walking into a bright sun-filled room Helen, and especially so today. What a jolly, cheering, colourful post. I'm another fan of that Tilda fabric, the teacup is gorgeous, and the buttons are such fun. So much to like :D

koralee said...

You are so blessed to have flowers still..so pretty. I adore your fabrics...I would love to have all those as napkins on my table...do you ever sew napkins and sell them my friend. I would love to buy some. Hugs for a great week.xoxox

flowers on my table said...

Hi Helen, your flowers... i can't believe them, they look so summery! I know, you have a magic garden! All your fabrics are gorgeous, I too, like others am particularly drawn to the Tilda one, it's the little birds I think.
As for those buttons and your little quilt labels, I am in love!Thankyou for sharing all this cheer and loveliness.

Thankyou for your visit and comments, I appreciate them greatly. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, love Linda x

Simone said...

A lovely flowery, fabricy post and very inspiring as usual! x

Crafty Mermaid said...

Your labels are such fun!

Kentish Keg-Meg said...

Love the Flurry fabric. The plants in bloom at this time seems so strange. Hard to believe we are nearing the end of November.

T's Daily Treasures said...

This time of year is our growing season since the temperatures are cooling off. But for you to still have such pretty blooms in November is quite a surprise. No doubt you are making some wonderful items in your studio. Have a great new week. Tammy

Teje said...

How nice to see you again Helen! Your posts are always so beutiful and full of lovely things! Your flowers are so sweet and you found them in November! I love your flower fabrics! I like so much stamps on fabric!
Have a great week! xxx Teje

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

Gorgeous post Helen. I love all the fabrics and that flurry oh, I have to get me some! Cute idea for the labels, too. Patty

dutch sisters said...

Lovely flowerpost! The garden flowers are beautiful as are the flower fabrics!

bears footprints said...

so lovely to see your selection of flowers, i must say that i to have been pondering on some of that bird fabric slightly different in pattern but still lovely x I look forward in what you make with your fabric x

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Oh how I love your flowers and the pitcher. Polka dots and flowers what more could you ask for in November. Love all your fabrics and buttons and labels. I just can't get over your gardens still in bloom, show us more if you gather more. Hope you had a great weekend.
xoRobin❤

Natalia Glazacheva said...

Hello, Helen! Cutest flowers and fabrics! Love them all, but white one with roses I saw in my childhood. So sweet :o) Thank you :o)
Have a nice day
Hugs from Russia
Natasha

Carole said...

Your jug of flowers is soo pretty. On my patio i have 2 large pots with container clematis in. One pot flowered beautifully thro the summer. But the 2nd pot didn`t flower at all, but the leaves were lovely and healthy! No about 2 weeks ago i noticed a bud at the top of the plant and it`s starting to open!! Go figure!, as they say in the US. Beautiful photos as always Helen.
Love Carole from Rossendale xxxx

Rhona said...

You are so lucky to find such wonderful flowers growing in your garden at this time of year.
Love your fabrics - can't wait to see what you make with them.

Jane said...

Hi Helen, it's been another incredibly mild weekend again hasn't it. There are still so many flowers growing, I still have my fuchsias in bloom and I noticed the trees are only just dropping their leaves. Your little vase is perfect for some autumn colour in your house. Great to see some Christmas crafting going on, I can't wait to see your end results - your work is always so beautiful.
Enjoy your week,
Jane x

Country Rabbit said...

beautiful fabrics- those colurs and patterns are beautiful- i love your treasures in your home you have such delightfully lovely things ;0)xx
i always think adding word labels to makes makes them so personal and sweet. i bought some lovely ribbons and buttons like the spotty ones from my local haberdashery - love spots x
i adore that jug with the berries branch on your last post- what a treat ;0)xx

you always inspire me so much x

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Wow, it is amazing that those flowers are still flowing in mid November, it has been rather warm for the time of year hasn't it. Ooohh that fabric looks scrummy! On the subject of fabric where did you get your linen for the bunny you make in your book as I am going to try and make Esme one :-) x

Poppy said...

As always, so many beautiful things! I picked some roses from the garden today.

Lou xxx

Booty-licious! said...

What beautiful fabrics, jealous me!!! Those flowers are beautiful too, I imagine your garden is lovely. What a lovely idea to stamp labels, did you use a special ink pad Helen? Katie x

Mia said...

Beautiful crafts again, Helen!

What a festive feel these have, and those little buttons are so wonderful! I am so happy to see little Christmassy things here and there - makes this holiday waiting so much fun!

Happy crafting week!

Yours,
Mia

Pomona said...

Some really pretty pictures - I love coming to visit - your blog is so cheering!

Pomona x

gillyflower said...

Its amazing there is still all that colour in your garden in late November!
Lovely fabrics, especially like the Tilda.
The little labels are so sweet, especially with the bright polka dot buttons.
Happy crafting Helen!
Gill xx

Mary Jane's TEAROOM said...

Hello lovely Helen!...Your Liberty fabrics are so pretty...and I am so looking forward to seeing what wonderful things you do with them...and your pretty jug of flowers...who would believe we are in mid-November?
I have been Christmas crafting for family too...unusally organised this year and enjoying every minute...
Susan x
P.S Love your little pin cushion!

bellaboo said...

I just love visiting you blog,everything is so gorgeous and colourful! You do find some delicious fabrics,and those buttons...I LOVE them! I'm sure your friends and family are going to be thrilled when they receive their presents from you,I know I would be! :0)

said...

oh my goodness, summer flowers and liberty prints! who could wish for a nicer surprise or better feast for the eyes in november :)

Pat said...

Hello...pleased to have found your blog, so many beautiful ideas!

Pat said...

I just started following you today, thanks for all you do.