Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Fresh and New

 A fresh new year, and a fresh new start....i love the sense of new beginnings that this time brings.... and the tidying away of the xmas decorations and arranging of new things that i received from my dearies is always a new year pleasure......the blossom in the sweet new greengate jug above is from a tree in our front garden that blooms almost all year round...
                          ....some new sewing pretties came my way and will be put to good use ......
 
 .....and some delightful new pip china ......there is a jolly little robin in the garden today too, just like this one...i love the vivid colours and the textures of this design, and the stripes and the clever mix of new and vintage style...
 ........soon there will be more baking.... once the recent feasting has been recovered from.... and this sweet book will be inspiring me.......
 ..........i've been working hard since yesterday when Mr P went back to work and so did i.....my studio has been de-christmassed and some new bulbs have been brought in (yet to open, but almost there).....
 ....the light changes all the time, from a bright sunny spell first thing to grey and silvery and then to deep dark cloud......
 ....i have lots of illustrations to do, and my new book projects to make and write about, and my new stripy crochet blanket is growing amazingly fast, as many of you predicted, i love doing the stripes too :-))....will take a picture of it very soon.....
......wishing you all a happy first week of January...thanks so much for dropping in to see me and for everyone who follows and comments a big ThAnK YoU.....keep cosy and have a wonderful week....i'll be back soon xxxxxxxx

48 comments:

a-l-t-i said...

Все такое яркое и красивое! С новым годом!

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Good Morning Helen, I'm up early to get a head start and off to work, even though I'm not feeling so well. BUT your post did brighten my outlook. What fabulous photos, the colors and light are so great! Haven't seen the sun here much lately. I love all your gifts and new decorating. The robin set is just so sweet and I can see why you are in love with this lovely mix of vintage and new. Enjoy your week. See you soon. xoRobin❤

Excited about your new book, love your 1st : )

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

Inspiring photos, love all the colors! Sewing is always fun!

cupcakejojo said...

Oh such lovely, inspiring photos! I'm trying decide which cake to make first out of the very same book :) Happy New Year to you x

Jo x

Jenny said...

A very happy New Year to you Helen - you are ahead of me with the de-Christmassing - I am just about to start. Feeling a little sad to take down the tree and all my little festive bits and bobs but I do have a real sense of fresh beginnings this year so maybe it won't be a bad thing after all! Love your new pip china and your sweet blossoms - it is reminding me how lovely spring is and how much we have to look forward to this coming year! Here's to a happy, healthy and creative 2012 xxx

crafts@home said...

Happy New Year to you :) I love the new china and ribbon. Your new book looks very inspiring... I love the photo with the rotring pen in as well, happy memories!
Sue Xxx

MelMel said...

Good afternoon Helen (just as it's only 12pm!)
It's all looking bright n spring like at you home today!

I'm about to put away the decorations....I'm back to work on Thursday...agency work that is....so want to spend the next two days getting things into some kind of order!

I just adore the robin cup! Pip studio does the sweetest things!

Melx

Gem said...

Beautiful, beautiful post :) x x x x

happy little cottage said...

Good morning Helen! Love the polka dot pitcher and the flowering branches are amazing. I have never seen Pip china before. This is something entirely new for me to be crazy about!!! Hope you enjoy this first week of 2012!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

It's great to start afresh Helen!
I love the blossom, how wonderful to have it all year round. :)
Such pretty new things too, I especially love the Pip.

V x

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Hi Helen

Oh love all your Pip studio goodies
I dream of a studio like yours
I would gaze out the window all day,
lovely post

Denise
xxxxxx

KC'sCourt! said...

Pretty China, I love red. There is something about RED isn't there?
That watercolour looks exciting! Pretty blossom
Julie xxxxxxxxx

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

Gorgeous photos and inspiration as always. What a beautiful flowering tree. How lucky you are to be able to snip those branches all year long. Have a wonderful day. Patty

Simone said...

Happy New Year Helen! It looks as though you are off to a great start! x

Mia said...

All looks so fresh, NEW and springly, Helen! I still need to take off the C-decorations, and you just inspired to me to do it fast! It's really time to introduce some light and colors!

Have a wonderful first days of 2012, and happy book-making, that sounds so wonderful!!!

Yours,
Mia

delia hornbook said...

Love your new china the red and white pot with the little bird on top is adorable. Your home looks so fresh and clean and pretty. Enjoy your projects, and happy new year dee xx

peas and carrots said...

So glad to have found your blog. Such beautiful photos.

Mummy Boo Bear said...

What lovley pictures! That jug with the pretty blossom is so beautiful a hopeful image in mind of the spring to come.

Oooo just love greengate they do some fab stuff and pip studio. I have been coveting some pretty bowls and china from both place for a while. Maybe one day.

Happy New year to you wishing you lots of luck and happiness in 2012


MBB x

Poppy said...

You really do have fab taste.... I can say that because i've got the very same jug but bigger. I haven’t got anything from Pip Studio, but I do love it.
It felt like it was a Spring day looking at those beautiful pictures.

Lou xxx

Annie said...

Everything looks as delicious and fresh and colourful in your studio as always Helen, and the light is amazing. Are you really that blessed with good light or do you have huge windows, white walls and the right kind of lighting? I seem to spend hours chasing the light from room to room here so I envy you your bright, airy space. And what goodies you have filled it with!

Jane said...

It's always lovely to see some blossom this time of year Helen. The year has kicked off now we are all back to work. I am glad your creative juices are flowing well......enjoy!
Jane x

paintdropskeepfalling said...

Beautiful as always. Were we seperated at birth because I've got that jug - different colour and that beaker - different pattern!

Lori ann said...

dear helen, i just love your studio, i was going to comment on the light coming in when you described it beautifully, how inspiring!
love all your sweet photos and your new treasures. i love this time of year of renewal and hope.
have a beautiful day in your lovely world.
xxx

Teje said...

Dear Helen, what a lovely post to start January! You made me miss painting with that beautiful photo from your studio! I just love your polka dot jug and that adorable set with Robin! Have a wonderful time and enjoy making your book!
x Teje

Ali said...

Gorgeous!!!

Andrea said...

HI Helen,
A really lovely post, there is just something so lovely about Pip and Greengate pottery, it is so refreshing and your blossom looks lovely in the red spot jug.
Have a happy week Helen, looking forward to seeing all your new makes in the months ahead,
Andrea x

Jooles said...

beautiful jug x
we have de-christmased too, i was a bit sad but now feel inspired.
love you pip china, i bought my daughter a pip dressing gown ....oooooh i want one!
have fun
love jooles x

Gill Smith said...

Lovely bright post as usual Helen! I also had a "cotton reel" pincushion in my stocking!Love the blossom...spring is on its way!!Gill xx

Rhona said...

How lucky you are to have a tree blooming at this time of year! It looks great in that cute polka dot pitcher!

T's Daily Treasures said...

No doubt you are whipping up some beautiful, colorful stripes. I look forward to seeing how your project turns out. I need to start on one for one of our teachers at school who had a baby over the winter break. Back to school on Sunday (our weekend is Friday and Saturday). Have a great rest of the week. Tammy

Patchwork and Play said...

Love the robin china! So pretty! And isn't it great to clean up after Christmas! Everything is fresh and tidy!

Catherine said...

I love all your pretty new bits and bobs! Have a wonderful, healthy and productive New Year! Cx

Jelly Jam said...

Love your Pip china. I've just treated us to some half price towels in the JL sale. Too nice to use though!!
Ellie
x

A tale from toadstool house said...

Love the spotty greengate jug and the blossoms so lovely and fresh looking.looking forward to seeing the crochet;O) have a lovely week,lots of love,juliexxx

Kentish Keg-Meg said...

I was looking at the Primrose Bakery book only yesterday and it nearly went into my basket. Will be buying it soon.

My Little Home and Garden said...

I'm quite enamoured with the flowering branches in the polka dot jug. Wouldn't that make a pretty watercolour! I think watercolour, because there certainly aren't any flowering branches here in January.

A mermaids purse said...

beautiful sprigs of green and floral blossoms- i have the jug and a matching sugar pot ;0)...you make things look so sweet and perfect x

Squirrelhaus said...

Oh my, flowers in January! What a lucky lady you are...I can only dream of such wonders! It would be a miracle to have flowers here, LOL!! Loved your post, everything looks so fresh and springy!!!
Chris :o)

♥ Priddy Priddy ♥ said...

Yet again a lovely, chirpy and inspiring post!
Hoping you enjoy lots of happiness for 2012
Nicky
xx

AshTreeCottage said...

Visiting you always puts a smile on my face and I leave with a happy glow!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Jill said...

I hope I haven't written this twice as my comment seems to have disappeared. But your lovely post has brightened my morning, inspirational and lovely photos. I too have cook books for Christmas the Vintage Tea Time but I think I will wait a while until I use it!!!
jillxx

flowers on my table said...

Love your little robin china, it's just the thing to cheer up these wet, windy days we're having. Looking forward to seeing some of your new projects. Have a lovely weekend, with love, Linda x

bellaboo said...

LOVE the spotty jug...well everything on your post actually!
Always a pleasure to visit,hope you have a very happy weekend Helen. :0)

annie's abode said...

all these gorgeous things - i look forward to seeing more. your blog is so pretty.
happy new year
anniex

purple-roses-country-cottage said...

Dear Helen, have a happy new year 2012! Just stay the way you are. Kindest regards Nicole

patchworkandlace said...

You have recieved some lovely gifts ,your posts are always lovely xx

森morikomidori said...

i have some of the pip robin china too (robin's hold a very special significance in our family), it really is very cheery :)
again, your photographs are beautiful!

The Bathtime Team said...

every picture looks so fresh and uplifting in design and colour and theme.

the bathtime team x
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