Monday, 12 March 2012

Crafty Days

 I have some crochet to share with you today.........i finished the spring flowers blanket last week and here it is hanging on the back of a chair in front of my newly (re) painted white dresser...........
 ...........i LoVeD making this granny stripe blanket and will be beginning another one very soon.......
 ..........the colour pallette was inspired by the spring flowers that have been brightening up my window sill over the last few wintry months.........the various shades together in nature work so beautifully...
..and in yarn combinations too........i made a very simple border for this blanket, after all those stripes i decided to just do a plain pink border, very simple indeed but it pulls the whole thing together ..........
 ........here is gorgeous little grandbaby Daisy having a peek at the new blanket and the yarn stash....she is already showing a lot of crafty interest, will play for ages with a basket of ribbons, can remove all the bands off a whole heap of embroidery thread skeins in the wink of an eye and squeals with delight if she discovers a new bunny in my studio.....we have a lot of crafty fun together.......
 ..........my next crochet project is using up the rest of the yarn from the spring flowers blanket to make a cushion....this is the beginning of it and i'm having a bit of a craze on it so hope to have it finished soon....
         .....before i go i must show you my little patchwork project in this month's Crafts Beautiful magazine......
 ......a close up of the selvedge ribbons i made to decorate the top....for more crafty ideas look here......
.......thank you so much for visiting me here in my little bit of blogland and thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway in the last post.....it was wonderful to hear from so many of you and i look forward to visiting lots of lovely new (to me) blogs in the next few days :-)....thank you for dropping by......
.....the giveaway is open until March 21 so there is still time for you to put your name in the hat if you'd like to.....
i am off to do some more crochet now.....i hope you are having a happy crafty week too.....back soon xxxxxxx

57 comments:

happy little cottage said...

Hi Helen! I love all of your projects! The granny stripe blanket is so cute, but Daisy is even cuter!! xoxo Debbie

Jooles said...

Oh my your blanket is scrummy....those colours.....ooooohhhh
little daisy is in love with it too by the looks of it, she obviously has her grandma's great taste :o)
lovely cushion...you are so clever
love jooles x

Trouble said...

Love the blanket!!!!

Liuv Jane XX

crafts@home said...

The blanket is gorgeous, love the patchwork cushion as well, I'm sure Daisy will learn a great deal from you as she grows up :)
Sue Xxx

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Gorgeous!! Lovely colours and lovely photos. I've been crocheting all weekend, I have RSI crochet hand - haha - but worth it! Suzy x

Love from Poppy said...

Beautiful blanket and cushion. I love the pretty colours.
Dx

Chaucer's Aunty said...

Gorgeous blanket and cushion, such lovely cheerful colours! Laura (cutecrochetedcreations.blogspot.com)

Charlotte said...

What beautiful colors. I love the giveaway and would like to be entered. Thanks

harmony and rosie said...

Your new blanket is beautiful and you're right, Mother Nature is a clever old thing!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Your new blanket is beautiful Helen and most definitely the colours of hyacinths and primula!
That other little flower in your life, Daisy, is beautiful too! :)You're never too young to get into crafts.
Have a lovely week,
Vivienne x

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Helen,
Loved seeing all that you have been up to, and my goodness you are one busy bee. The new blanket is so bright and cheery, I just the love the colors as seen in your flowers. Daisy was so busy and I think she is on her way to being just like her grandmother. So precious!!
Have a great week, xoRobin❤

Deborah said...

I love that you took your color cues from nature. Beautiful! I have one grandson whom I adore and I'd love to have a granddaughter, too. Daisy is the cutest name!

patchworkandlace said...

Lovely pictures ,and loving the crochet ,please count me in to your giveaway too xxxx

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Helen you are one talented lady,
Your blanket is stunning, ah and Daisy so pretty!

Take care

Denise

Annie said...

You have such a gift when it comes to using colour, everything you do feel so fresh and clean.

Flowers often inspire my colour palettes too, but I was looking at my orchids earlier and thinking that although beautiful, their particular combination of burgundy, shocking pink and green really wouldn't make a sweater! Then I wondered if it would make a quilt ... if only I had the time to devote to finding out :D

purple-roses-country-cottage said...

Dear Helen, lovely projects!
Busy as a bee. Nicole xxx

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

Love your crochet blanket and the colors are perfect! So bright and beautiful!! Your little granddaughter is adorable. Congrats on your recent winnings!!

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Helen its so pretty, you do beautiful crotchet work.
xx
julie

Cindy said...

Love the colors of your blanket and the cushion will be so cute too!

vintage grey said...

Love you blanket and the colors! The patchwork cross stitch cushion is beautiful! :) xo Heather

Frances said...

What an adorable little girl. Just imagine how much fun you and she will have in the years to come.

All the crochet photos show lots of springtime color. Lovely!

koralee said...

I love your blanket...the colours are amazing...pure joy! xoxox HUGS for a great Tuesday.

All Hand-Made Crafts said...

Your projects are so beautiful... i just simply fall in love with all of them...

All Hand-Made Crafts said...

Your projects are so beautiful... i just simply fall in love with all of them...

Anonymous said...

Hi Helen
I am new to crochet and wondered which yarn you use?
Such beautiful, fresh colours in your granny stripe blanket

Donna x

Pipany said...

That blanket sums up spring perfectly Helen. The colours are just beautiful and very welcome as it is misty here again today - spring on hold! Have a lovely week x

Teje said...

Dear Helen, you made my day with your beautiful projects and those sweet sunny colours! I love the pillow, blanket and grannies ... your made me want to crochet again!
We have the most terrible winter strom even it should be lovely spring!
x Teje
PS. Thank you for that great link!

KC'sCourt! said...

Pretty blanket - love the colours
Julie xxxxxxxx

Jane said...

What yummy spring colours there Helen.Your blanket turned out beautifully. Dear little Daisy obviously loves the bunnies you make, what a lucky girl to have such a creative Nanny! Enjoy your week,
Jane x

delia hornbook said...

Your blanket is beautiful such pretty colours and your cushion is lovely to such nice fabrics. Daisy is adorable bless her ;-)) dee x

cupcakejojo said...

Oh it's gorgeous! Love the colours!

Jo x

Jenny said...

I love your granny stripe Helen - how pretty the colours are all together. Your CB cushion is lovely too, was admiring it in my copy the other day :) I just love that house print! Hope you have a nice rest of the week - it's horrible and grey here and I have masses of work/orders to do but my embroidery foot has just broken :( have just superglued it and thought I'd pop across to your blog for some calming happy spring pictures whilst I wait for it to set :D Jenny xx

Fleur Cotton said...

Beautiful crochet as usual!

Love the little house fabric on your new cushion.

Fleur xx

sew said...

What a particularly lovely post!
The colours are beautiful & so is Daisy. I wonder what yarn you have used.
I'm sewing granny squares together at the moment & finding it a bit tedious, I have to admit- I think I might try stripes next time.

Julia said...

How beautiful! Those colours are really spring like and pretty! You've inspired me to dig my granny stripe out now and get busy with it again!

Love Julia x x x

Ali said...

Gorgeous!!! love the colours of your blanket and loving your new patchwork cushion just lovely xx

Paula said...

Hi sweet Helen! I enjoy your gorgeous blog so much! You are very inspiring and talented! I am learning to crochet and love it! Your granny stripe blanket is so beautiful! I love the gorgeous colours you used! The quilt and your newly painted dresser are beautiful too! I love the hyacinths and primroses and the little pots they are in! Such a happy and cheerful mix! Daisy is a darling girl! I can imagine all the fun you two have together! It is wonderful you are crafting with her at such a young age! She will have many happy days in the craft room with her dear grandma!

The crochet cushion will be as pretty as the blanket! I love your beautiful patchwork project in the magazine! That is wonderful! I will have to see if they have this issue here in the US. Have a happy crafty week too! Much love, xo~ Paula

gillyflower said...

Gorgeous stripey blanket Helen - such pretty colours!
Love the patchwork cushion too, and what a lovely photo of little Daisy!

have a great week!

Gill xx

Rubyred said...

Such beautiful and bright makes Helen!
Daisy is such a cutie pie!
Rachel x

moonstruckcreations said...

Absolutely stunning as usual Helen - no wonder that little lady loves to visit you!

Please may I put my name in the hat for the giveaway?

Helenxx

Helen said...

ooooh so many lovely things in this post! The colors in the granny stripe blanket & those little squares for the pillow are just gorgeous - really make me want to pull out all my yarn, find some similar colors & play!
Love the little patchwork pillow too - way cute! Once again a very inspiring blog - thank you :)

*Bella Bliss* said...

Sooo many inspiring things in this post! Beautiful blanket, too!

Ciao Bella!

Come and have a peek at my blog if you'd like!

Bella Bliss

Gill Smith said...

What a wonderful blog to read first thing in the morning! Bright spring colours to once again inspire a go at crochet LOL. Daisy looks adorable....your happiness comes through in all your beautiful work...keep it up PLEASE
Gill xx

Simone said...

You are so productive Helen and yet your work isn't rushed in any way. It is perfect! You really do have an eye for colour and design. Have a lovely week doing lots of wonderful crafty things! x

Country Rabbit said...

beautiful grandbaby, beautiful window flowers and beautiful patchworks and crochet ;0)x i love your posts helen, so bright, colourful and very cheerful xx

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

Another lovely post! You make the most beautiful things. The plaid looks lovely and so does the pillow!

I enjoyed seeing your granddaughter too. She must be a joy!

Have a lovely evening,

Madelief x

Laura said...

Hi, I completely love your blanket - such wonderful colours! Can I ask what wool you used for this project? I have a lot of bright colours and would like to invest in a few more pastelly shades! Thanks :)

claire said...

Your crochet hook must be steaming! It a ll looks wonderful

Crafty Mermaid said...

Great colours - and such a great idea for where to take inspiration from. I need to remember it!

T's Daily Treasures said...

So much lovely color in all your crocheted and stitched projects. The blanket turned out beautifully. Hope your week is wonderful. Tammy

by Teresa said...

Hi Helen.. oh your colors in this post are a treat for the eyes! Love your blanket and the granny squares! I am determined to finish Teddy Bear #3 - Mr. Minty - so named by my grandson. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Poppy said...

Every time I visit your blog Helen...i'm saying, I love it, its beautiful, or it's gorgeous. You really do have fantastic taste, as well as being very talented.

Lou xxx

Lynne said...

Your blanket is making me want to drop my ripple and start making a granny stripe. The colors are yummy!

francis said...

Hi Helen . Welcome to my blog and I love yours ! the colours are so happy ! and the ideas .....lovely .
I will visit and be inspired .
You are a mother and a grandmother too ! My lovely granddaughter Eva is almost 10 months and the sunshine in our lives !
Happy weeend Helen !

karen ( bits and bobs zone ) said...

Everthing is so lovely !

Anonymous said...

Your blanket is beautiful, please may I ask which colour you used? xx

Andrea said...

Hi Helen,

Are you able to tell me what brand of yarn you use?? I live in the US, and can't find anything that compares to the colors you use. I stopped in at a yarn shop here - the clerk wondered if maybe it's Rowan? Could you also tell me what fiber it is? Wool? Cotton? Acrylic?

Thanks so much. LOVE your blog!!

Blessings,

Andrea