Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Flowery Things

 A few weeks ago i decided to make a crochet project bag using some of the yarn left from my first ever big bright crochet blanket that i made last summer..........as you can see i made the bag with simple granny stripes....
..........and lined it with a sweet tanya whelan rosy aqua print....i also lined the strap with the same fabric.....these flowers are from my cutting patch....some of them turned out to be a very bright orange (unexpectedly)......
.........when i'd begun to make the project bag i decided to have lots of crochet flowers on it, and made some simple ones in matching colours...............and then i found i had won a surprise giveaway over at green rabbit designs, from my lovely long time blog friend vivienne.....three lovely flower corsages.........perfect for pinning on my coats, cardigans....and  especially on my new project bag too :) ....i was delighted ..... vivienne is so talented at knitting and crochet and makes some lovely things...you can find her shop here.............
.........thank you again, vivienne :)............. here is the biggest crochet rose corsage pinned in place and matching so well.......
...........some flowery cross stitched china is next....this is my little vintage kitchen design made recently for a  crafts beautiful project...... i decided to mat the little design on card to make a hanger rather than framing it........this is a good inexpensive way to show small pieces of needlework...........the pinny hanging up with it was a gorgeous birthday present...........
...........lots of charts and patterns are now available to download for free from the craft beautiful site, including ones from earlier issues, so have a look if you'd like to see what's available here.............
............this is my set of beautiful new cards from the talented painter claire leggett, who is also a long time blog friend of mine (her blog is paint drops keep falling)...........i love claire's work and ordered a set of her new cards as soon as i saw them....in fact i was the first person to do so and claire  kindly sent me some special extras to celebrate...some lovely fabric, buttons and ribbon and a sweet print....all of which i will show you soon........the card pictured above is from a painting called 'tea at the pavillions' .........
 .........this one is called 'teatime'...........i think they are all lovely and if you would like to see more of claire's work her online gallery is here................
.........off to work on another project now......i have several on the go as usual, and as long as i keep working on them all a bit at a time that's fine......work projects in the day......things just for fun in the evenings and weekends.........each one in a special bag like my new one :)  ......i am working on something for a giveaway and soon it will be ready.............wishing you a wonderful week.........back soon xxxxxxxx

48 comments:

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Your bag is beautiful Helen, such fabulously bright colours. And the crochet flowers make it look extra lovely!
Victoria xx

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Helen this is just beautiful, you are sooooo clever! I don't think I will every be so good, keep practicing hard though! Ada :)

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Oh Helen I love your new bag, it is so pretty and I can't believe what a good match the corsages are for it, it was definitely meant to be!!!
Your little cross stitch is beautiful, the little jugs and Cornishware bowls are so cute. :)
What a talent Claire has, really lovely artwork, I must go and have a look.
Lastly Helen, thank you for your very kind words. :)
Vivienne x

Happy in red said...

Very lovely, I like the colours you've picked out!
Esther.

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Your crochet bag could not be any cuter!! xoxo Debbie

Ms. Redo said...

You so make me wish I could crochet, your bag is gorgeous, love those colors!!! And the tag, are you kidding, love every detail. Thank you for sharing your beautiful artwork with us. Hugs ~ Mary

marigold jam said...

Useful and pretty - love the bag!

Natalia Glazacheva said...

Hi, Helen! Love your colorful bag! Always lot of inspirations here :o) Congrats on your cute prize! Sweet tea time cards look gorgeous as well :o)
Have a wonderful day
Love
Natasha

crafts@home said...

I love the crochet bag, it so reminds me of one my dear Mum made me when I was little, although in different colours, the flowers really add something to it. I love the paintings (cards) as well :)
Sue Xxx

Ali said...

Your bag is lovely, the corsarges look fab. Beautiful cross stitch (as always lol) off to check out your links xxx

Missy said...

Lovely bag, the colours are very pretty and I love the lining! I'm going to look at the links, the cards are very nice indeed and I can imagine them in frames.
x

Alessandra said...

I love your colourful, stripy crocheted bag!!!
xxx Alessandra

Lee said...

Hi your bag is stunning.I am just getting back into knitting n crochet which i just LOVE.Been looking at loads of fab blogs with knitting n crochet.I can't crochet fast enough lol so much you can make.I am not that experienced so i just make blankets at the moment.

Cozy Little House said...

It's just beautiful! Such cheerful colors too.
Brenda

by Teresa said...

Dear Helen, oh my, you do have an artist's eye in the colors you used on this bag! And it's so special and obviously designed just by you! I also love your cross-stitch. I'm proud to know you! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

vintage grey said...

Helen, you crocheted bag is beautiful, and such cheery colors!! Love the vintage kitchen design cross stitch! So pretty! Wishing you a lovely week! xo Heather

my4lilgirls said...

Oh goodness the bag is soooo very pretty & I adore the cross stitch, what a wonderful post. I'm off now to check out the links
Lol Karen x

Mia said...

Lovely bag for lovely yarns to be turned into lovely things - just a perfect summer-project! Your posts just make me so happy, Helen, thank you for sharing!

Yours,
Mia

moleymakes said...

I just love the little bag. Such gorgeous colours.
Your cross stitch picture is super cute too. In fact, everything you do is wonderful! You truly are a talented lady.

Ruby x

delia hornbook said...

Oh Wow Helen your crochet bag is beautiful i adore the colours and the added flowers are just perfect i would love to be able to make this you have even lined it, its perfect. dee x

Jooles said...

Good morning Helen :o)
so many gorgeous things to mention...1. love love love your china cross stitch...you are so clever
2. we have the same pinny, i will think of you when i wear mine x
3. Vivienne is a genius, isn't she? i won a little crochet brooch from her a little while back and it is so pretty and very well made
4. Your bag is GORGEOUS...maybe i could have a go at making one...you inspire me so much when i visit
5.Fab cards...off to investigate
love jooles x

Deborah said...

Great job on the bag, so pretty :)

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Petunia Pill said...

Just found you (via "by Teresa"). This bag is adorable! I love the colors...so bright and cheery! Annette

Kay said...

Gorgeous bag. i keep telling myself that I wil learn to crochet soon. I am going over online now to look at those cards too, thanks for the link.

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Useful and beautiful, absolutely the best kind of bag!

Aren't Claire's cards gorgeous, I've already admired them on her blog but must get around to ordering some.

gilly said...

Oh Helen, that crocheted bag is just THE loveliest! I've just finished the back of a cushion cover in similar colours - was going to post about it, but think I may just need to turn it into a bag instead!
Thanks for the inspiration :-)
xx

mags said...

Love the bag - am feeling confident enough about my crochet to try making a bag myself, though less sure about lining it! I love Claire's work too and really enjoy her blog. Looking forward to seeing your finished makes

Simone said...

Lovely post Helen. Your crochet bag is wonderful and Viviene's crochet flower adds the finishing touch. You are so accomplished at crochet now and to think that not so far back you was a beginner! I look forward to see the other projects you have in the pipeline. x

Rhona said...

Love the bag you made- those colours are just so bright and cheerful. The crochet flowers are the perfect finishing touch!

purple-roses-country-cottage said...

Dear Helen,
what a beautiful post! I love your crochet bag - the colours are so nice! What a lovely idea to use the nice fabric for the inside.And thank you so much for your kind comment. The fabric I used for the heart is from "Tante Ema". I love her fabrics. Have a lovely week. Hugs Nicole

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Everything you do, Helen, is finished to perfection. I might be able to crochet the bag, but my sewing skills are non-existent. And I don't know why I can combine every color imaginable in my own home, but can't seem to choose colors for craft projects. Your cross-stitching is so very pretty. What kind of glue do you use to tack it down? Claire's work is so very lovely -- she has the same last name as my cousin's husband. :) Hope your day is great. Tammy

koralee said...

What a darling bag my friend...I love those colours together..you are one inspiring friend. I am not even going to ask you about the magazine...I suspect it will get to you by Sept.....and this time I am not even worried. xoxoxo HUGS

Jane said...

What a wonderful bag Helen and Viv's corsages are a perfect match. It looks like summer is returning this weekend, that pesky jet stream is finally moving North!
Jane x

Teje said...

Helen, your new project bag is so beautiful! Seeing that you just can't resist catching the hook and needles and continue with those sweet colours!
Thank you for sharing links - those cards are so adorable - I'm on my way to see more her work!
Happy weekend (already) to you! x Teje

Crafted by Carly said...

Helen,
That bag is amazing!!! You're so clever - and so good at putting beautiful colours together!!!
Carly
x

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

It is always a joy to look at your projects. The bag looks beautiful and so does the cross stitched china.

Next week we are off to your country. I will take some crochet needles and cotton with me for in the evening. Already looking forward to it :-)!

Have a lovely weekend,

Madelief x

Crafty Mermaid said...

Such a bright and happy project bag - and thanks for the link to the project site, I have to make myself a cup of tea and investigate

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Lots of flowery loveliness Helen!...I love the combination of your pretty crochet bag and Vivienne's beautiful corsages. I was lucky to win one myself and always have it on my dressing table...they really are lovely..
Hope you have a happy weekend,
Susan x

Katie said...

What a gorgeous bag helen. the colour are so bright and beautiful. Those cards are indeed gorgeous! I will have to pop over there for a peek. Love katie xx ps enjoy your weekend Helen xx

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Hope you are having a lovely weekend, I have just nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award.
Victoria xx

Nia Cross Stitch said...

Gosh, Helen, I remember crocheting a bag similar to this when I was a teenager. Mine was made out of granny squares though. This really does bring back some memories. I love the way you've made yours stripy though. Lovely.

Nia

Lori ann said...

Oh how ADORABLE! the bag is so special helen, so happy and cheerful! i love the lining especially, it adds the perfect finishing touch and makes is so much more useful. it's just charming. i love the art work by claire, it's SO pretty. and your cross stitch, i finally bought a magifying lamp (it's still in the box) but now i can do cross stitch again! i can't wait try one of your patterns, the little cups and teapots are so cute!

Linda O said...

Helen, your bag is beautiful, I love the colours and the flowers are so sweet.
I'm trying so hard with crochet, but just can't get it!! But I am doing ok with cross stitch, not so much to go wrong with cross stitch!!! lol
Love Linda O xxx

trish said...

Your crochet bag is so sweet Helen. xo

koralee said...

Yahoooo ...I just knew it would come. I am so happy...enjoy my sweet friend...you so deserve it! Thank you so much for letting me know. xoxoxo

hafza said...

I love the colors of your bag...

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

Your bag is just precious! I love it! I made one felted bag but I love the granny stripe! I also like your flowers and your friend's corsage.
Your cross stitch design is darling! What a pretty design. Your REAL flowers are so pretty too. The high temps and drought here have been tough on everything.
Catching up on all your progress!
Was that knitting I spied in your new bag? What are you making? I just started knitting in the last year and still learning but enjoying it.

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