Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Hearts for Spring

With the sunshine beaming down, the garden filled with birdsong and the scent of flowers and cut grass....it is very hard to stay in and draw templates and write up projects which is what i've been doing this week....i have made a lot of patchwork projects lately but can't show them until they are published....but i can show these little hearts made from scraps and decorated with chick patches and flower buttons.......
 There are signs of easter appearing now too.....some chickens and some little eggs here and there....
 .....at the weekend we were outdoors all the time enjoying the sun...so hot and unbelievable for march......
 ....we even had to water the plants.....and i planted some seeds and ordered some sweet peas (more about those later).....i had a couple of lucky duck moments again over the last week.....one was winning this sweet fabric in Tricia's giveaway......perfect little prints to make some small projects, perhaps a doll's quilt.......Tricia makes beautiful things, i love her quilts,  her sewing and her crochet...you can find her here and her etsy shop is here..
                      ...........thank you Tricia for your generous sharing of sweet fabrics with me :-)........
 .....one more lucky find was this thrifted embroidered tablecloth, perfect for afternoon tea in the summery garden...............
...............each corner is beautifully stitched in pretty coloured flowers and each one is different  too............
...........back to work now.....drawing and painting illustrations today....might pop out to the garden though in my lunch hour ;-) .........thank you for dropping in to see me, i do love your visits....... i hope you are having a sweet and sunny week wherever you are and enjoying good times...........back soon xxxxxxxxxx

44 comments:

Little Nell said...

That tablecloth reminds me of a tea traycloth I made years ago, my first attempt at embroidery. If I remember correctly the design was laid on with a blue transfer, using a hot iron, and the trick was not to let any of the blue show in the finished product. It was supposed to wash out, but it didn’t always do so. You seem to have got yourself a lovely example.

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

It is so very hard to stay indoors when the sun is shining outside! Your hearts are so pretty and perfectly Springy! i really love your tablecloth find. How kind of Trish to share with you! Have a beautiful day!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

The weather is beautiful, I've just come in from being outside!
I love your pretty little spring hearts and your wooden crate filled with flowers is gorgeous.
What a really lucky find with the tablecloth. :)
Enjoy the sunshine,
Vivienne x

Ditte said...

Love your fabric hearts♥

Cindy said...

The fabric hearts are very pretty! You were lucky to find that tablecloth! I love it! I am finding it hard to go to work this week. The weather is perfect for working in the garden and there is so much to do. Oh well...

crafts@home said...

The weather is stunning, I love the smell of cut grass.
Your hearts are as delightful as ever, I can't wait to see your patchwork projects.
Enjoy your week :)
Sue Xxx

A tale from toadstool house said...

Hi there Helen,the weather s just so beautiful isnt it?hope it lasts.Love the hearts with the little chicks on and LOVE the embroidered tablecloth too,so sweet.have a happy week,lots of love,juliexxx

Deborah said...

Love your hearts! Love your photos! Love everything you do!

Mia said...

The hearts are so beautiful. Love the brightly coloured hearts. So matches the sunshine outside!

KC'sCourt! said...

More of your lovely pretty pictures. Every picture is so sunny!
Julie xxxxxxxxxx

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Hi Helen! Your hearts are so bright and cheerful. I think you captured Spring perfectly :) xoxo Debbie

Mia said...

Lovely springly things, Helen! Those hearts with little tweets are so sweet, perfect for little inside sunshine :)

Happy Wednesday!

Yours,
Mia

vintage grey said...

How sweet are the spring hearts!! Love them!! Your new embroidered tablecloth is beautiful!! :) xo Heather

Madelief said...

I can imagine how difficult it must be to stay inside. In Holland the weather is glorious too. It feels like summer!

Your hearts look very sweet! Love your tablecloth!

And I see you already have tulips in your garden :-)!

Happy evening!

Madelief x

bellaboo said...

Loving the hearts,such pretty fabric!
I've started collecting those embroidered tablecloths..and now I can't stop! Yours is so lovely.
Lets hope this glorious weather last just a bit longer. :0)

Надежда Ру said...

Ах, как нежно и красиво.

Rubyred said...

Hello Helen,
just been having a little catch up on your posts! Love your Mother's day gifts, especially the beautiful brooch from your clever daughter!
I loved your bright and cheery cushion too! I have been crocheting some little flowers myself! I love your little hearts, they are adorable and your brilliant and bright photos always put a smile on my face!
Rachel x

Jane said...

It's been so glorious hasn't it Helen, the gardens are racing away. What sweet hearts and a gorgeous table cloth you have. Perfect for using in a sunny garden,
Jane x

Teje said...

Hi Helen! I just love your sweet hearts! They are so beautiful and perfect decoration! Your new fabric looks so lovely - congratulations for winning!
x Teje

delia hornbook said...

The weather is beautiful at the moment i have struggled this week to work inside to and i am so behind on reading up on my blog list there is no way i can catch up. Love your hearts they are so pretty gorgeous fabrics. Enjoy the sunshine while its here, dee x

Lynne said...

Pretty little hearts! I love the red and white ribbon.

koralee said...

Oh I love your hearts...the fabric is adorable..and that little chick is lovely.
Have you got your magazine yet..I mailed it last week..it should be arriving soon. xoxo Hugs.

by Teresa said...

All your images are lovely and I'm so jealous that you're having warm weather.. we had just enough nice days to tease us, then it got icky again. Rain, cold, grey.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Jenny said...

Hi Helen,

I love your patchwork hearts with the little ducks, really sweet. I am technically 'on holiday' this week and I couldn't have picked a better one if I'd tried - the weather has been so lovely. Have done lots of crochet, chatting and relaxing in the sun, it is like mid summer!! Hope you get to get out in the garden some more over the weekend xxx p.s the sweet embroidered table cloth you've found is gorgoeus, perfect for Summer! xx

Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Such a happy Spring post Helen...Your patchwork hearts are so pretty with the little chicks and the embroidered tablecloth is such a wonderful find...a real treasure...It will look perfect on your Summer table...
Congratulations too on winning Trish's Giveaway...such a lovely parcel of fabrics to receive!
Hope you have a happy day painting,
Susan x

dutch sisters said...

Lovely post gives me a great spring feeling! What a great tablecloth you found I love it.

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Love these, oh so, bright and colorful hearts! Just the right touch to any peg or doorknob! "Fabric" you must be in heaven! A perfect win for you. Enjoy your potting and sun. Get your work done fast so you can enjoy!
xoRobin❤

my4lilgirls said...

Oh Helen the hearts are so pretty I love them, lucky you winning those gorgeous fabrics
Has a lovely weekend
Lol Karen x

...Tabiboo... said...

You've got to love chicks at Easter - that and bunnies of course.

Nina xxxx

paintdropskeepfalling said...

A lovely burst of sunshine - good luck with the book writing

francis said...

Hi Helen , Your blog is so bright and inspiring .
I decided to go for some tulips and pansies and new magazines and make a cake ......
For the weather is grey overhere and I need sunshine and chocolate .........
I love the hearts with the little chickens ......
Wish your weekend will be sunny and cosy

Jooles said...

pretty little hearts x
It really is hard to focus inside...i feel the sunshine calling my name!
happy weekend
love jooles x

Paula said...

Hello sweet Helen! Your posts are always so beautiful and cheerful! Every lovely photo puts a smile on my face! I am so glad you are enjoying a wonderful spring! I love your darling patchwork hearts! The fabrics are so pretty! Your flowers are beautiful too! I am so happy you won those beautiful fabrics! I know you will enjoy them and put them to good use! The tablecloth is a wonderful find and so gorgeous! Enjoy your day! Your plans sound wonderful! Much love, Paula xoxo... thank you for your sweet comment and for visiting me! I received your beautiful book, Sewn Gifts, that I ordered from Amazon last week, and I LOVE it! Every single project is so gorgeous! I can hardly wait to make them all. Beautifully done sweet friend!

AshTreeCottage said...

Such precious hearts! Your blog always enchants me.

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Crafty Mermaid said...

Congratulations on your win! Its good karma - for having such a lovely blog and sharing it with us all (and the entering the competition too!)

purple-roses-country-cottage said...

Dear Helen, I love the hearts with the birds on it. And the tablecloth with the stitched flowers looks beautiful. Have a sunny weekend. Nicole xxx

My Little Home and Garden said...

The hearts and embroidery are so fresh and pretty. Have a lovely weekend, Helen.
-Karen

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Do you know, I remember my Great Aunt having a tablecloth with that same motif embroidered on it ... I wonder if it came from a transfer included with a magazine way back when. I didn't appreciate the work that must have gone into it as a child, but hers had drawn stitch hems and must have taken forever to sew.

Congratulations on the giveaway win :D

Lori ann said...

beautiful post as always helen, so cheery and bright! you put me in the mood to sew, looking at your sweet hearts and patching!

Kay said...

The hearts are just beautiful, so summery and just the thing to make people smile.

Simone said...

Lovely hearts, china chickens and plants and fabric. All things that make up another fantastic post! x

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Hi Helen

What a busy bee you have been such lovely hearts and the quilt is stunning!

Take care

Denise

molly said...

The hearts are so beautiful.
Love your pictures.
Lovely hugs
Molly
You are one of my favourites.

Style Sisters said...

So adorable!! You have inspired me to try and make some fabric hearts for my grandkids. I highlighted your post today on my blog. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2014/01/valentine-ideas-round-up.html
Karin :)