Thursday, 4 October 2012

Make and Do

It's been a busy week here, and i've been making something i'd love to show you.....but it's for a magazine project for next year so i can't yet........but i've been doing other things too that i've taken a few pictures of, like enjoying the last flowers and the bright red berries from the garden.........
 .............there is a gorgeous mix of late summer and early autumn flowers which i'm making the most of......
........the very last sweet peas, and the last of these cake decorations and sugar flowers too....we have had a lot of these over the summer and my stocks are low so time to buy some more.......i love the green icing........ i think halloween cakes will be next though.........
.............i can also show you a peek of my current crochet blanket too.........the dotty pink and blue crochet hook came from my  lovely blog friend robin here.........i will be ordering some more pretty crochet hooks for christmas presents soon........
 ...........the hidden gardens blanket is almost finished, i'm now onto the shell border so will hopefully have it all done soon...............
.............the sewing room is still being organised, at the moment i'm just sorting through the ribbons and trims.........thank you so much for all the great ideas you gave me for fabric storage.....especially what to do with unrolled jellyrolls :)...........such wonderful tips you gave, dear readers, and i will be implementing them all very soon............(and taking some pics too).........
 ...........the fabric ironing, folding and stacking continued into this week.........it took such a long time......
                                                   ............now the cupboard is filling up...........
                                               ..........i finished stacking the yellow fabrics.............
                                                           ...........and the green................
..........and here is what i did with the big bright orange button i mentioned last time.....it was to sew onto my crochet project bag.....i knew it was just the right button as soon as i saw it.......it reminds me a bit of a licorice allsort too.......and how nice to discover that the book someone lent me matches my project bag so well :)............
......a couple more things to say thank you for before i go today.........one is to say thanks for all your kind words about my two christmas projects in the last post and to those who asked about the red and white fabrics in the gingerbread houses, they are scandinavian fabrics from fabric rehab.........thank you too to those who have written to me to say that they have used my patterns either from my books or magazine projects and shown them on their blogs and credited them back to me.....Thank You so much for this, it means a lot :)............
...........i hope you are all enjoying these early october days, with lots of autumn sunshine, homely times and cosy crafting as the days shorten and the evenings draw in........thanks for visiting me here..........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

46 comments:

greenrabbitdesigns said...

So pleased to see you had a bunny to help you with the ironing, folding and stacking Helen! ;)
I love you little flower wreath, there is always so much inspiration on your lovely blog.
You crochet blanket is beautiful, looking forward to the final reveal. :)
Have a wonderful weekend,
Vivienne x

Scented Sweetpeas said...

I am going to really miss the smell of lovely sweetpeas around my house - my dahlias are lovely but they don't smell even half as nice :-) Oohh look at all that lovely coloured fabric, I want to dive into you blog and nose through it all. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, I am sure I will adapt soon, it just seems so very strange without my little helper with me.

Crafts @ Home said...

Your cakes look delicious, I love the colours in the crochet as well, I wish my fabrics were all neatly ironed and tied away like yours :)
Sue Xxx

Crafts @ Home said...

* tidied

Grayseasailor said...

Seeing and reading about your beautiful works in progress is always an encouraging treat, Helen. Thanks for visiting my blog. As the comments roll in it seems that your preference for Earl Grey is a strong contender for the favorite tea of most : ) [I'm glad you enjoyed the hats, too] xx from Gracie

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

That button is lovely, why do we get so excited over a button! Beautiful colours in today's post Helen, thank you! Ada :)

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Your world is such a lovely place!! You inspired me to get my fabric organized too!!! Happy week xoxo Debbie

Natalia Glazacheva said...

Hello, Helen! So beautiful cross stitch project accompanying with fantastic flower wreath :o) Your pictures are perfect. Glass bottle is so exquisite and looks fresh and nice with bright red berries as well :o) And how you make your cupcakes so right, not too high and not too low :))) They look perfect in color too. Lovely crochet. These yarns look yummy ))) Hope I`ll organize my stuff too. Your fabrics are ready to be a part of new project to inspire us ;))
Have a nice day
Natasha

Jane said...

You have been very busy Helen. It must feel great to have your fabric stash sorted. I am still intrigued by these jellyrolls which I assume are not edible! I love the colours in your blanket, it is looking fab.Enjoy these autumn days,
Jane x

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Thank you so much, Helen, for mentioning me on your lovely blog. I wish we could visit for real and trade fabrics like kids do with baseball cards. I love all of your's and you might like some of mine......just dreaming!! BUT really everything looks fabulous and the colors are so inspiring. The crocheted blanket is extremely sweet and will be adored. The last of the flowers are so charming and really extend the
season : )
Enjoy the rest of your week, xoRobin❤

PamKittyMorning said...

The photos are so lovely! It tickles me to see some PKM in there with all that fabric goodness.

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Helen, last time I had eyes for all your blue fabrics, this time I am melting over your greens..so fresh and vibrant..and your sunny glorious yellows. How I do love a colour sorted pile of fabric!

Rebel Blossom @ Studio 2sixty said...

Helen, Thank you so much for visiting my blog, I appreciate your lovely comment!
You had me playing detective a little to make the connection between you and the book in my photo. It's such an inspirational book, I love it so much I am going to buy a copy!
Your blog is a breath of fresh air and loveliness, I am hooked :)

vintage grey said...

Such beautiful projects you have been working on! Can't wait to see the one for the magazine!! Love your pretty garden blanket! Wishing you a lovely and creative weekend! xo Heather

Ali said...

Gorgeous work as always and such alot of beautiful fabrics - can I come and stroke them lol xx

Country Rabbit said...

i just love your photographs- really helped me fight the blues this morning- simply beautiful colours xx

KC'sCourt! said...

Wonderful things. Your photos are gorgeous, fabrics are beautiful and that blanket looks so pretty.
Julie xxxxxxxx

Crafted by Carly said...

That flower wreath is so beautiful. What a wonderful idea to make the VERY most of the last bits of colour before winter sets in!!!
A super-pretty post!
Carly
x

Simone said...

So much loveliness!!! I like the cross-stitch in the white frame and the white wreath too - very pretty. Have a lovely weekend Helen. x

gillyflower said...

It feels like spring time visiting your blog today Helen! All those gorgeous flowers, and pretty pastel crochet granny squares, and then the piles of colour co-ordinated fabrics in spring colours - so much prettiness for a wet, grey afternoon - thankyou!
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Gill xx

Thea said...

A lovely pretty post, I get such a warm feeling looking at your beautiful fabrics, I love the colours you chose for your crochet blanket too!
Thea x

busybusybeejay said...

I love your blanket.Such pretty colours.Your stash of patchwork fabrics is amazing.Wow!

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

Your posts are always so cheerful! The little hares you make look very pretty and I love the colours of your blanket. Enjoy your weekend. They say it's going to be sunny :-)

Madelief x

Mia said...

Lovely colors once again, Helen, and I especially love those neat and pretty fabric stacks...I wish mine were as beautiful...

Happy first October-weekend!

Yours,
Mia

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

I am anxiously waiting to see your garden crochet blanket finished, I love the colors soo much!! Your fabric looks so pretty all neatly folded up, mine never stay neat very long!! Have a wonderful weekend!!

marigold jam said...

Lovely post as always. The cro chet blanket looks very pretty and I love the spotty hook - it looks comfy to hold.

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Hello Helen!...Your latest post sums up the beautiful autumn day we are having today with the mix of summer and autumn flowers looking happy in the sunshine...your wreath is so pretty!
Lovely crochet projects...(I am definitely on the look out for a good video to learn if only to have one of those pretty hooks!)...I always regret that a friend showed me in my teens but I didn't continue as I was too busy knitting.
Love the button on your new bag it looks perfect against the lovely cornflower blue,
Happy Weekend to you!
Susan x
P.S Update on the 'unrolled' jelly roll problem...Hubby's tie hangers would be perfect if I can find one where the slots are just the tiniest bit wider!

Thoroughly Modern Me said...

As always, such beautiful color inspiration from you!! Congrats on the magazine project, you will have to share the details as soon as you can.

koralee said...

oh me oh my..such pretty colours and collections over here today. Love your big orange button...orange is a perfect Happy colour! Hugs for a very creative weekend to you.

Linda said...

Look forward to your post every week, its great to see all your projects. Where can I get a spotty crochet hook please? I am always looking out for them but have seen them for sale.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Dear Helen, your posts bring always smile on my face and happy feeling in my mind! Your photos are so sweet with full of beautiful things, materials and colours - they always make me want to go to sew something beautiful!
Thank you again for a lovely moment and inspiration!
Happy weekend! x Teje

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Always so lovely to see all that you are up to. Such pretty projects and all sorts of yummy things. Best wishes, Tammy

Anonymous said...

I keep scrolling back up to look at those gorgeous piles of folded fabric. There is something so satisfying about them, and it's not just the colour. Must be the promise of projects to come :D

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

No idea how that posted as Anonymous, sorry Helen, it was me :D

My Little Home and Garden said...

There's something so luscious about your stacks of colourful fabrics, ready for your creative touch, Helen.| hope this new week is a wonderful one for you.
-Karen

claire said...

Helen - you are a busy bee. Lots of lovely colour to look at. I'd love to paint the first photo - must grow some berries for next year - what are they?

John'aLee said...

I am in love with you and your blog!!

Crafty Mermaid said...

The usual visual feast. Wonderfully bright and cheery. Just the thing for a changeable New Zealand spring.

Siobhán said...

Oh my goodness, I just love those granny squares! You always have such a dose of happy in your blog posts--the colors you use are wonderful.

Kym Bozarth said...

I am a huge fan of cupcakes, love that little one on your blog!
Your blog is so bright and cheery, I really like it!

Pati from London said...

The fabrics are looking great! Where do you get the Lecien fabrics? Is there a place in the UK where they can be purchased? Nana company uses them and I love them but her stockist is in the USA. I would appreciate the info. Thanks for such an inspirational blog Helen, Pati x

flowers on my table said...

Hi Helen, love the wreath of flowers! Your fabric in colour coded piles is so inspiring.Love Linda x

Tilly Mint Crafts said...

A very inspiring post, the colours are just wonderful.

Liv said...

Wow! Love the colours of those fabrics!
Liv c

Domestic Sweetheart said...

Adorable!! I'm a new GFC follower :)
xo
www.domesticsweetheart.com

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

Your "stash" is so awesome and I love it the way you've got it color coordinated. I don't have much of a stash but was wondering when you just see a fabric you like but don't have a particular project in mind...how much should I buy? 1 yard, 2? Is there a best amount?
Just curious.
The button was made for that bag and I love the bag too. The granny square blanket is out of this world! Those colors and combinations are wonderful. You just inspire me so much I want do it all!
Your flowers are lovely too. It was so dry and hot this year that nothing did very well. The anemones do look like rose buds.
I could go on and on...I'll be quiet now! LOL! TTYL!