Saturday, 2 June 2012

Sew British

If ever there was a time to be sewing with patriotic british fabrics then it would be now as we begin the Queens's Diamond Jubilee celebrations ..............my little town is festooned with bunting and so is my house and even the potting shed......i made these little pincushions as special jubilee souvenirs............
.                                ..........the fabric is from the cool britannia range by benartex.............
...........they work really well together or alone, or mixed in with other reds, whites and blues........
                           .........i love the turquoise blue which gives a fresh feel to the colourway...........
 ....and i love the printed map fabric, which shows some of the places i know and have stayed in when visiting london............a cute little piece of ribbon makes a tag......
 ....here are some more guardsmen, on my jubilee cakes this time,  in the pound note cupcake cases, baked ready for tomorrow's street party....we have bunting and brollies at the ready as the weather is grey and rainy and oh so british today and worse is forecast for tomorrow but it will not put us off..............
 ..........the guardsman cake topper is my favourite from the set below, though the golden carriages look rather good too, and all together they make a quirky little collection on the plate...more pictures soon......
.....the little corgis here came from granny's attic (perfect timing).....they are probably fairground ornaments and the paint is chipping off but they have a real corgi character ....my mother in law kept corgis too, like the Queen but only one at a time :)........the red tulips wrapped in red white and blue were a  nice surprise from mr p......
......one more thing i sewed with the cool britannia fabric was this little corsage.....i am planning to wear it to the jubilee party tomorrow....probably on my raincoat :).........thank you for dropping in to see me here in my little bit of blogland......i wish you all a happy weekend and if you are in the uk and joining in with the jubilee celebrations  have a wonderful time................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

59 comments:

gilly said...

LOVE all your pretty things.. It's rain here too, but it's not going to dampen our spirits and I'm busy baking and decorating for our Jubilee BBQ this evening. Have a fab weekend xx

Cheryl said...

You've made so many lovely things, and I love the corgis, very appropriate :) Have a lovely jubilee x

crafts@home said...

What beautiful makes :) I love everything jubilee at the moment. your cakes look fantastic, I hope the weather is kind to you for your celebrations. Were going to miss our usual street party and were very sad about it, we have to make do with an organised one in a local park on Tuesday :)
Sue Xxx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

I love it all Helen!! :)
The little guardsmen are especially cute. :)
There are some beautiful patriotic fabrics available at the moment, aren't there! Your little cushions will be a lovely keepsake.
I hope the rain stays away for your street party, we have lots of sunshine here this morning, sending some your way!
Happy Jubilee weekend,
Vivienne x

bellaboo said...

Lovely makes..as always.Have a wonderful time,and heres hoping the weather holds! ;0)

moonstruckcreations said...

Super makes Helen.

Sadly I feel as if the Jubilee is passing me by a bit as Ive had 17 hour days working over the past few days - only 12 hours a day for the preceeding weeks....

But seeing this has inspired me to try to save the day by rustling up a few last minute bits... will have to see how it goes!!

Have a wonderful weekend, whatever the weather brings!

Helenxx

marigold jam said...

Love those little pincushions! Such lovely fabrics. Hope your party isn't rained off!

Fleur Cotton said...

Your jubilee makes are beautiful, I just love the 'cool britannia' fabric. Hope you have a great jubilee weekend.
Fleur xx

Erna said...

Love all your Jubilee makes,I hope you will have a wonderful Jubilee weekend and a great street party
Hugs from Amsterdam
Erna x

fee @ chipper nelly said...

lovely everything! especially love the soldier cupcakes. I made some scrummy london blocks for someone this week - SO up our street! I struggled to part with them

here's the flickr link

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chippernelly/sets/72157629969992472/

Hope you have a great weekend - even if it does pour up here! cakes will still taste good...fee x

Happy in red said...

This is fantastic!! Great work.

I also just ordered some London Fabric, for Olympic purposes!

Have a great weekend,
Esther.

Alessandra said...

love everything in your fresh and happy post!!!
Enjoy the Jubilee,
xxxx Alessandra

Ali said...

Love everything, your pincushions are gorgeous and the guardsman are fab - have a lovely weekend xxx

Teje said...

What a lovely collection, Helen! Those fabrics are so wonderful and your pin cushions the most cute! x Teje

Cindy said...

Everything looks great! I hope you have good weather and have lots of fun this weekend!

Deborah said...

I'll be celebrating the jubilee here in California.....trying to catch glimpses on television! I am positively in love with your pincushions!!

sew said...

I just knew a jubilee post would appear and there it is!
Certainly worth waiting for too - and what can we say about the corgis?!
Hope you enjoy the weekend.
xx

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Lovely Helen, I can feel the excitement in your world. I love all the decorations and colors. The fabric is fabulous, I would love to get my hands on some of them. I love the turquoise, it is SO fresh and pretty. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and try to stay dry! Love your brooch! It is pouring here and windy too.
Celebrate for me too, xoRobin❤

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Lovely Helen, I can feel the excitement in your world. I love all the decorations and colors. The fabric is fabulous, I would love to get my hands on some of them. I love the turquoise, it is SO fresh and pretty. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and try to stay dry! Love your brooch! It is pouring here and windy too.
Celebrate for me too, xoRobin❤

my4lilgirls said...

I love all your makes, so very jubilee :)
Have a great weekend
Karen x

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

How gloriously red, white and blue everything is. If only the skies weren't so grey!

I'm very taken with those corgis!

Have a lovely time tomorrow Helen x

Simone said...

A wonderful patriotic post full of lovely things! Enjoy your party and wear your lovely corsage even if it is on a raincoat!!! x

My Little Home and Garden said...

Have a wonderful Jubilee celebration, Helen. It all sounds very festive and exciting.
-Karen

Lexilooo said...

I love the little corgis! I need to get some of the Cool Britanica fabrics...

Missy said...

Hello, been reading your blog for a while but haven't commented. I love the Cool Brittania fabric. I'm a born and bred Londoner, although I no longer live there and my dad drove a bus and then a taxi so that fabric speaks to me!
Lovely makes and I enjoy reading your blog.
Enjoy your weekend!

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

We are watching all the ceremonies tomorrow from here; now I am really looking forward to it, and only wish I could have a guardman cake!
xx
julie

moleymakes said...

Fabulous range of fabric Helen. Very appropriate for the Jubilee and Olympics.

Your cushions and other makes are wonderful. Love the corgis :)

Enjoy your Jubilee celebrations.

Paula said...

Hello sweet Helen, I love all of your wonderful, cheerful posts! Your photos are beautiful and I love the sweet pincushions you made for Jubilee souvenirs! The fabrics are so pretty and special! You did a beautiful job with them! I love your creations. The guardsmen look smashing and your cakes yummy! The street party sounds like so much fun!!! I love the little corgis, tulips, and other pretties in your collage! So sweet and patriotic! I also love the corsage you made and the bunting!!! Both are very pretty! I do hope the weather will turn sunny! Have a wonderful weekend and Jubilee celebration sweetie! Love, Paula xo

My Life In Stitches said...

Super collection of fabrics those colours are really good together. I like the cakes with the guards on top they look fun.
Julie.C

cupcakejojo said...

Ahhh such loveliness! Gorgeous makes of the fabric and bakey kind! Hope you have a super Jubilee party. Our town is full of heathens.....no bunting or any Jubilee celebrations anywhere! :( I'm flying the flag & bunting though :)

Jo x x x

Jane said...

We had a sunny day today Helen but I think the rain is heading to London tomorrow. As you say we will still have fun celebrating. I love all you Jubilee things especially those guards in their pound note cases and the corgies. Have a wonderful time.
Jane x

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Oh Helen! What lovely thing! You fabric choices are gorgeous, love the little Corgis - so retro :) your cakes look delicious and your little corsage is so sweet! Enjoy your weekend, Victoria xx

Trouble said...

Love the corsage!!!! Have a great weekend!

Luv Jane XX

Lynn said...

Lovely post - I am truly relishing all things red, white & blue :)
L.x.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

We've had a very dusty and blustery day around here. Your little pincushions with the British fabrics are so sweet. And those little corgi figurines adorable. I love corgis. The dog I had from the time I was 2 until I was 17 had a bit of corgi in her. Her name was Toni and she was the best friend ever. Boy did I love that dog! Best wishes to you, Tammy

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Happy Jubilee Weekend Helen!!! I love every single thing about this post, especially that pin cushion!! xoxo Debbie

Poppy said...

Beautiful makes Helen!
I hope you have a fab weekend xxx

by Teresa said...

Dear Helen, thank you so much for sharing all you Jubilee decor and fun as it makes me feel a part of it all! I wish I was there! Hugs, Teresa

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Jelly Jam said...

Lovely bits and bobs you've made. Hope your corsage shuns the mac in favour of dry weather dress!
Ellie
x

catkin tales said...

fabulous! i love all of it ❤ the guardsmen, the corgi's, the wonderful fabrics and pretty tulips. a very bonny jubilee post indeed. has put quite a smile on my face :)

wishing you a lovely weekend xx

Natalia Glazacheva said...

Aaaah...Helen...it`s just all I love...thank you so much for sharing :o)
love
Natasha

vintage grey said...

Helen, these are so sweet!! What sweet treasures from your granny's attic! Have fun celebrating the Jubilee!! xo Heather

Cozy Little House said...

How cute these are! I love these fabrics.
Brenda

flowers on my table said...

Hi Helen, how lovely everything is! I love the little cakes with the guards in. I have been reading my daughter a Dick King Smith book about the Queen's Corgi's, and she has gone Corgi mad. She was thrilled when she saw them made of flowers at the Chelsea Flower Show. Your little corsage is a really sweet idea too. Enjoy all the Jubilee celebrations, love Linda x

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Hello Helen...Such a lovely celebratory post!..Your pincushions are so pretty in those patriotic fabrics. The guardsmen on the cupcakes are just perfect and I have really fallen for the little corgis!
I hope you won't need your raincoat today Helen and you have lots of fun at your Jubilee party...Don't forget your corsage...it really is lovely!
Susan x

Sam I Am...... said...

All your things are SO lovely and I SO wish i cold be there to celebrate. I don't have cable t.v. so I can't even get it on the telly. It really makes me mad as this is BIG! Oh well, I guess I'll just have to go online shopping for Diamond Jubilee fabric. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! LOL! Have a wonderful celebration and congratulations to all of you and of course The Queen!

Kay said...

I love the British pincushions. I have just taken part in a pincushion exchange, and really wish I had made something like that instead.

Mia said...

Lovely red-white-blue's Helen, and those tiny corgi's - adorable and so perfect for the jubilee-weekend! Have a great extra holiday today, sunshine and happy moments!

Yours,
Mia

Amanda Makes said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You are so clever! xxx

angelasweby said...

What lovely preparations for the Jubilee. I love the gorgeous fabrics and the creative way you've used them.

I am so sorry you had such awful weather for your party but, having seen the enthusiasm with which the choir sang to her Majesty in the steady downpour yesterday I am now sure nothing could dampened the hearty spirits of anybody at a Jubilee celebration. We are going to one tomorrow come rain or shine :-)

The little corgis are gorgeous. Imagine, they have been waiting in grannie's attic for the exact time to make an appearance....perfick!!
Angela

home made gorgeous said...

Hi Helen, I absolutely love all the British fabrics and those cakes look yummy! Hope you are having a lovely Jubilee weekend.. despite the weather - always on a bank holiday, eh! (You are right though, it hasn't put us off) Sarah x

claire said...

Your cakes making skills are awesome - they look perfect. I hope the weather was dry like here yesterday.

pat said...

I clike your pillows!
Pat

koralee said...

What fun...I have been watching it all on TV.....wish I was there it celebrate ....enjoy! xoxox

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

Your pillows and cake look so festive! I hope you had a lovely weekend celebrating.

Madelief x

Lori ann said...

dear helen,
as we waited at heathrow for a several hour layover i thought of you. there were jubilee decorations everywhere, so festive!
all your lovely projects are so special, as always, and i hope you had a wonderful time celebrating.
thank you also for your comment, it was truly touching and most appreciated. and really my pleasure to share.
xxx lori

Linda O said...

Hi Helen, Love the London pincusions, isn't that fabric wonderful??
Your cakes look yummy too and I love the toppers.
Hope you had a great weekend and didn't get too wet!!
Linda O xxx

serena said...

The pincushions are GORGEOUS!
I love these fabrics, I wonder if the next time that i'll go to London, i'll find them!
Also all your decorations are so pretty! I adore all about England :)

Hugs
Serena