Thursday, 22 March 2012

Happy Days

The sun  is shining, we have bright spring flowers, there are blackbirds singing outside my studio window.....happy spring days are here.....and before i tell you more about the last few crafty days i would like to announce the winner of my springtime giveaway........a big thank you to everyone who took part i wish you could all be winners but there is only one today, and that is......birdie blue.......a sweet blog that i love to visit! congratulations to you molly...i will be in touch x...........  i've been thinking up more giveaway ideas so will be having another one soon............. so good luck everyone in the next one...............
 .......recently i mentioned that i was making some granny squares with the yarn left over from my spring flowers granny stripe blanket.....i crocheted them together with spring green yarn and then i added.....some flowers...
                                            ............so it became the primrose patch pillow..........
 .............i love making crochet flowers....and on mother's day i was delighted to discover i wasn't the only one in our family making them..........my daughter sarah learnt to crochet a few weeks ago, and i knew she was busy making a gorgeous stripy blanket.....but i didn't know that she was also looking on the internet and learning to make flowers to make me a sweet mother's day brooch...!
 ........happy days....seeing my dearies....having sweet gifts like these......wonderful pip studio jug picked specially for me by rosie ...eton fudge shop deliciousness......pretty cards and flowers........
 ....a delightful mother's day block which my daughter secretly ordered from fee..........and CaKe of course (not made by me).......yummy lemon drizzle cake with vanilla sugar lemon topping.....and there were scrumptious chocolate buns too but i didn't manage to take a picture of those..........the children were very keen on munching those up and daisy loved the squishiness of them and the exciting potential for chocolate-y decorating on everyone and everything ;-)
 .....you can tell it's spring because a little chick flew into my studio last week....master willow is cheeping happily here thanks to jooles.....i missed out on the little robins that jooles made at christmas so i got my order in quickly this time for a spring chick........i was a bit spoilt for choice as there were so many cute little chicks to choose from.....
....this week i am sorting out seeds to plant.....i am planning to have my usual sweet pea wigwam and next to it the beans wigwam, and then a few salad vegetables.......and a little bit of spare ground is going to be a cutting patch (i hope!)....so maybe this year will be the floweriest year ever in our garden...?  
Thank you for visiting me here in my little flower patch of blogland....i love your visits and it's been fun reading your comments on my giveaway and meeting so many lovely new (to me) bloggers....wishing you all sunshine and happy days..........back soon xxxxxxxxxx

52 comments:

notes of sincerity said...

Good Morning Helen.
Oh what special treats for you on Mother's Day. And so sweet that your daughter created such a pretty brooch for you in secret.
Your pillow is just gorgeous. :0) And the little chick is too cute. :0)
Sincerely. Trish xoxo

Jane said...

Hi Helen I am on the bus meeting my dearest friend for lunch. It's so warm out today. What a lovely post to read on my sunny journey. It's always so cheerful! Have a wonderful spring day.
Jane x

driftwood said...

oh what truly gorgeous things. love the idea of you growing lots of your own flowers, last year I grew cosmos and was always bringing armfulls into the house, it was such a joy.

happy little cottage said...

Hi Helen! What a lovely, happy post! I adore the way the jug of tulips matches your crochet pillow! Happy gardening, and enjoy your day. xoxo Debbie

my4lilgirls said...

Hi Helen, oh my you were spoiled for mothers day, its so lovely.
Your cushions are beautiful, so pretty & springlike, such a nice post, Have a sweet day
Lol Karen x

luci wallis said...

The colors are so wonderful in your photos. Enjoyed finding your blog.
Bristol

Annie said...

Coming to visit you here Helen is akin to walking into a room where the windows have been thrown open to let in sunlight, fresh air and birdsong ... much appreciated.

Happy seed sorting :D

fee @ chipper nelly said...

te he - glad I (unknowingly!) made you a nice block (with 3 buttons - most only had 2!!!)
Loving Pip (natch) and DID NOT need to know that there was a Spring Chick option from Jooles...I literally hung around like a saddo waiting for her to put the christmas robins on her site...and my little bird is still hanging in the hall. Only yesterday I looked at her, in her whooly scarf, and thought I should put her away until winter. Now I'll have to seek out the spring variety!
Lovely sunny post...and there are some new blocks with your name on on my Flickr site!!!
fee x

Bee happy said...

You got some gorgeous presents, love them all :) you have made a great job on the cushion, love the idea of putting the little flowers on the front too, so cute! hope you are having a happy week sweetie

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Cindy said...

So glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day! You received some lovely gifts. I always enjoy your posts. They are so bright and uplifting. Have a great day.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Oh I do love your primrose patch cushion Helen, the little primroses are very cute!
You have received some beautiful gifts, I just received my block from Fee this morning, I'll share soon, she's a clever lady. :)
Well done too to your daughter on her crochet brooch, it's very pretty. :)
Happy sunny Thursday and have a wonderful weekend,
Vivienne x

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Happy Mother's Day to you. (late) What a wonderful celebration you had with your girls. You can see the love in their special gifts to you. All the things you love! Enjoy your beautiful weather. I have been enjoying a few days of warm weather here, as I recover from a horrid head cold and cough, but I think I'm on the mend.
xoRobin❤

KC'sCourt! said...

The cushion is STUNNING!
Julie xxxxxx

YarnRoundHook said...

Happy days indeed. What a lovely, cheerful cushion cover you made.
Victoria

Jooles said...

Oh my oh my lovely Helen....what treats you received for mothers day :o)
Your cushion is beautiful....just perfect for spring time.
Say 'Hi' to Master Willow from me x
happy planting!
love jooles x

Dinki Dots said...

Your cushion looks lovely! I love your posts, they are always so pretty and full of colour!
I've been tempted by Jooles's little chicks too, they are so cute!
Maria x

Knitting Nix said...

You received beautiful gifts and your cushion is just so pretty. I love the tulips in the first picture too.

Deborah said...

Oh my goodness! I love this cushion. Makes me want to work even harder on my crochet! Your posts are always so inspiring. And what exceptional gifts! Deb.

vintage grey said...

Hi Helen! I love your granny square pillow with the flowers! Beautiful! I just started to learn how to crochet flowers, and they are so fun, and addicting! Sweet little chick! :) xo Heather

Paula said...

Hi sweet Helen! Your photos are gorgeous and full of beauty and cheerfulness! I am so glad spring days are there! Your flowers and vignette are so pretty! Congratulations to the winner of your lovely giveaway! I love your beautiful granny square pillow and the flowers you added, so sweet! How wonderful your daughter is crocheting too! She made you a gorgeous brooch!!! All of your gifts are so beautiful! I am glad your day was a happy one with your dear ones. The little chick is darling and looks right at home! I missed planting my sweet peas, here in the south you have to plant them in late fall for spring blooming. I look forward to seeing yours! Wishing you sunshine and happy days in return! Love, Paula xo

bellaboo said...

Such a pretty 'Spring' cushion!
You are lucky to have such a sweet daughter...it's times like this(mother's day) that I wish I had children.At least I have my lovely nephews and nieces to spoil!
Have a very happy weekend. :0)

Ali said...

Great post. Congrats to the winner - lovely photos so bright and cheery and lots of lovely goodies to look at xx

princess said...

Oh Helen, I love everything you make but i also like you're involved with gardening! I hope to see pictures of your blooming garden! Kisses!

Mia said...

Lovely, sunshine-filled post again, Helen, and that cushion is just adorable!

Have a wonderful weekend soon!

Yours,
Mia

Jenny said...

What a gorgeous happy coloured cushion Helen! Love those flowers too, I am yet to try a flower shape even though I have been meaning to for a while! I just bought myself a chick though :) I have had my eye on one in particular since last week and luckily he hadn't been sold to someone else since I was being so slow! Glad you had a lovely mother's day too, you were very spoilt! xxx

Catherine said...

All gorgeous! i love the cushion. Such pretty colours! Cx

...Tabiboo... said...

It has turned totally gorgeous this week and I have to be honest, I even fell asleep in the garden for ten this afternoon it was that warm.

But you know when you're half asleep and can hear someone snoring that you think 'oh please will you be quiet, I'm trying to take a nap?'. Then you wake with a jolt when you realise it was you making that noise. 'yep' - that was me this afternoon.

I just hope the neighbours didn't hear me. I couldn't hear any giggling that is.

Happy spring to you Helen

Nina xxxxx

JP said...

love the cusion - Iam making new ones for us and am enjoying it alot- i love the fact your daughter made the little brooch and that Daisy is folowing behind too!

Lynne said...

Your cushion is so pretty! I like the addition of the yellow flowers. I'm also looking forward to some spring planting. Just need it to warm up a bit more, then I'm off to buy some tomato plants. Take care. Lynne

delia hornbook said...

aahh what a lovely pretty and warm post. Bless your daughter for making the brooch its beauitful one to treasure that is for sure. Such a pretty jug to. Isn't it lovely to hear the birds and have the days sunny and mild ;-) Enjoy everything you are doing, dee x

Frances said...

Helen, you post is full of joyful new springtime and Mother's Day celebration. Truly lovely!

The little yellow primroses put a perfect accent on your granny crochet cushion. Funny, before I saw your cushion, I'd never realized how well crocheting can mimic primroses...one of my favorite flowers. Now, I must try some of my own.

Thank you. xo

by Teresa said...

Hello my friend! Your family spoiled you on Mums Day, you must be a wonderful mum and grandmum to have your family do such special things for you. Love your bright pillow! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

koralee said...

Your cushion is adorable...so happy you had a wonderful Mother's day.
Your parcel is in the mail...yahooooo...should be getting it any day.
Love and hugs to you.

Fleur Cotton said...

What a lovely Mother's Day you had!

With all this beautiful Spring sunshine around I can imagine you are so excited to be planning this years planting.

I spent yesterday making a new little herb garden .... what a lovely time of they year it is!

Have a lovely weekend in your garden.
Fleur xx

Natalia Glazacheva said...

How sweet your presents are, Helen! So lovely brooch made by your daughter and your crochet cushion is lovely too :o) I want to plant some flowers too this year ;O) PIP is cute. Congrats to Molly. Jooles`s bird is cute too, she is so nice lady.
Have a very sweet and nice weekend
love
Natasha

Poppy said...

Well done to the winner!
The brooch your daughter made is so sweet, you got some lovely bits.
The little chick from Jooles is so cute.
Wishing you a flowery weekend X

harmony and rosie said...

How sweet that your daughter is taking after you with your wonderful crochet. I LOVE the pillow, so cheery and Spring-like.
Happy weekend Helen
Kate x

My Little Home and Garden said...

How nice that you had a lovely Mother's Day. Beautiful, happy photos, Helen. Have a wonderful weekend.
-Karen

Rhona said...

Sounds like you had the perfect Mother's day!
Love the crochet flowers, they are adorable!

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flowers on my table said...

Hello Helen, I am so glad you got pampered a little on Mother's day. Your cushion is so spring-like and cheerful, as is your new little chick.
All the garden plans sound very exciting, looking forward to the flowers particularly.

Many thanks for your comments on stencilling. Yes I should think the alphabet and number stencils would come in very handy for your work. Apologies for the belated reply. It is good that I am busy as I have had a slack period, which is nice for a while, but then you start to panic! Have a wonderful weekend, love Linda x

Country Rabbit said...

wonderful treats x lovely colourful post- happy sunshiney day to you my lovely xxxx

Pink Milk said...

What lovely pressies from your girls. They clearly have inherited your wonderful taste!!

Beautiful cushion - such gorgeous spring colours.

How strange, a chick flew into my kitchen too - Miss Buttercup! Great minds think alike ;-)

Have a super duper weekend.

Hx

Crafty Mermaid said...

The cushion is such very springy colours! It sounds like a magical Mother's day :)

Tanya said...

Мне очень нравятся Ваши работы! Потрясающие фотографии!!

Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Hello Helen...Congratulations to Molly on winning your gorgeous Giveaway...she will be very happy indeed!!
Ooh, so much prettiness here today...I love your Primrose Patch pillow...the colours are so pretty... and how lovely that Sarah can now crochet too..the little brooch is perfect as are all your gifts on your special day.
Hope this is a happy Sunday too...I think it will be one for your garden!
Susan x

Madelief said...

Hi Helen,

It's always a joy to pop over to your blog! Your pillow looks just lovely. I enjoy crocheting flowers too, but I haven't made the ones I see on your pillow yet. I like them very much.

Congratulations to Molly on winning your giveaway. She is a lucky lady!

Enjoy your time in the garden. I put my Sweet Pea Wigwams up this week :-)

Love,

Madelief x

gillyflower said...

lovely spring like post to match the weather!
Congrats to your giveaway winner!
Loving your granny patch cushion, such pretty colours, and what wonderful Mothers Day gifts you received!

claire said...

what a delightful, happy post - it's put a spring in my step :)

❤Coco Rose❤ said...

Hello Helen,

I wanted to stop by and say hello and hope you are well. I have been a bit absent in blog land of late and have missed a few of your wonderful posts. I need to go and make a nice cup of tea and have a 5 minute sit down to read your posts and have a good old catch up! I just wanted to say though, that your primrose cushion is GORGEOUS and your Spring Flowers Blanket is truly beautiful! Such brightness has lifted my soul already!

Take care

Vanessa xxxxxxxxxxxx

Riitta Sinikka said...

Hi! You have so many beautiful things / pictures here!! Now I am following your lovely blog.

Blueberry Heart said...

oh I love your bright, cheery posts!!

BH x