Thursday, 25 October 2012

October Houses

 Some little stuffed fabric houses, made from scraps....such a satisfying way to de stash the scrap basket....and if i was to choose a colour of this week this bright yellow would be it....closely followed by orange........although the skies have been a leaden grey some of  the leaves have been so vivid against it and they seem to look even brighter in contrast on a dull day than on a fine one.........
 ...........these little october houses are part of my autumn home decoration this year.........
..........i love the text fabric on the roof of this one........the text-ed blocks appearing in these photos were all made for me by lovely fee at chipper nelly........... the tags are some i made for a project a while ago, and i love to mix one project in with another for something new..............i'm also loving this white pumpkin...i'll be sorry when i have to stop taking pictures of it :)
 ...........it has been such a busy week, with work projects to finish for deadlines, and at the weekend my daughter and son in law are holding a big birthday party for charlie (five years old and with lots of new school friends) so there has been lots of crafting and baking going on with plans for games and activities for the children to enjoy.......including a pumpkin treasure hunt, ghost bowling, decorate your own halloween biscuits........and many others too :) ...............
........tomorrow i shall be carving a big pumpkin and icing a LoT of  halloweenie (daisy's new word for the occasion) cupcakes.........my daughter has worked so hard  preparing lots of things and my younger daughter is coming home for the weekend too so it will be fun...........
 ..............i am still bringing some garden snippets in to brighten up the house.....we have masses of berries in the garden this year, many more it seems on some of the shrubs than usual, though the ones on the rowan tree have all disappeared now, eaten by the hungry birds..........
...........because i was busy making new projects this week guess what?....i have messed up my tidy fabric cupboard and there is a lot of fabric strewn around in my sewing room again now :)........i've also put the first few stitches into my farmer's wife quilt so will show you that  next time...........after i've finished the halloween party things...........and met the design deadlines........and knitted this tiny little jumper in a pumpkin shade....
                               ................one cake ready.............four dozen more to go................
.......thank you for your sweet comments and emails recently and a big warm welcome to my new followers, it's always delightful to have your visits...........wishing you a wonderful weekend and (if you are celebrating it) a very happy halloween :)...........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

49 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

They are lovely houses. Very pretty!
Julie xxxxxx

Jane said...

Hi Helen, what sweet little houses and yes that pumpkin is the perfect prop. What an exciting weekend you have planned, there is nothing like a proper birthday party is there! Have fun ;0)
Jane x

Débora said...

As casas ficaram lindas!

Desejo boa sorte na festa, que as crianças se divirtam muito!

Beijos!

Jelly Jam said...

Cute houses Helen! I've made some similar ones and filled with lavender.
Happy baking.
ellie
x

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Oh Helen, these little houses are just lovely, think I will just go and remove the picture of mine off my blog, I'm embarrassed by them!!! Ada :)

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Those houses are just gorgeous Helen! I'm loving the yellows and oranges at the moment too. Have a fab weekend!
Victoria xx

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

OMGosh!!!! Halloween is my favorite and Fall in all it's glory and if you haven't done it up just the cutest! LOVE the houses....I have to make some of those...too cute...at first I thought they were pencils...LOL! I better go get my eyes checked.
What a great time to have a birthday and 5 years old....how wonderful. Now, how did you do that frosting with the perfect edge on those cupcakes????? Is it marzipan or what? They are absolutely gruesomely gorgeous...I can't frost anything worth a darn....another item for my "to be mastered" list! Ha! Ha!
Is there anything you cannot do? How can one person be SO talented and gifted and another (moi) be so lacking....but I am good in math and science...does that count? LOL! I want to come back as you in my next life. Any time I need a dose of inspiration I sure know where to come!
I understand completely about "messing up" but you know...I have friends who's kitchens always look perfect too and even their cupboards and guess what? It's because they never use them!!! So, here's a toast to creative messes....may they lead to even more creativity. So good to visit you again. Have a wonderful Halloween and birthday party and family get-together!
HUGS!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

What pretty little houses Helen and I love that white pumpkin, I'm definitely going to try and grow a white pumpkin next year.
A very happy 5th birthday to Charlie, it sounds like it's going to be a fun party with the 'halloweenie' theme, have fun!!!!
I wonder who the little jumper is for?? :)
Happy weekend,
Vivienne x

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Mia said...

I love your scrap-houses, Helen, so wonderful way to use even the smallest bits too! And also some pretty buttons here and there... Beautiful!

I wish you Happy Halloween soon (even we're nor celebrating it here), those cupcakes look yummy!

Yours,
Mia

vintage grey said...

Hi Helen,
So pretty are your houses!! I made some similar last year as ornaments, and they are fun to make! The Halloween cupcake is too cute!! Have fun carving a pumpkin, and have a lovely weekend! xo Heather

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

I love your little houses, I have never made houses before, but I am planning to now. Happy Birthday to Charlie, sounds like so much fun will be had!! I am glad to know your sewing room also gets untidy while sewing, mine sure does!!

Anna said...

Ooooohhhhhh!!!! Me encanta tú blog!!!!!!
Anna

cristina said...

Thank you for giving us moments as good as you give us with your creations! Always some wonderful pictures, really ... congratulations for your works!

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Boo Helen! Love your tall houses with all the lovely scraps and buttons and ribbons! Great combinations of colors! Your white pumpkin is indeed perfect for a ghostly halloween. Tag is a nice touch! Wow, your Charlie is getting up in age : ) the party sounds so fun, I think everyone will have a fabulous time. Enjoy your weekend and happy 5th birthday to your grandson.
Here's to eating lots of sweets, xoRobin❤

l.wilks11 said...

Its amazing what you can make with a bit of imagination and some pretty scrapes......xx

My Little Home and Garden said...

Your little houses are just enchanting, Helen. Daisy is a very lucky little girl to be able to see all of your creative treasures.

Enjoy your upcoming weekend and, as always, thank you for your post.

-Karen

Frances said...

Helen, thank you for your visit and comment. I think that your take on Halloween houses is more to my personal taste than that extravagantly decorated brownstone in my neighborhood.

Still, isn't it fun to have a variety of ways to celebrate a holiday. Our rather over the top NYC versions are very far from more spiritually connected versions around the world.

I do love those little white pumpkins and think I will be buying one (and maybe also a mini orange version or two) during my next visit to the farmers market.

xo

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

LOVE the Halloween houses!! Have a fun weekend with your girls and I'd love to see your jack-o-lantern :) xoxo Debbie

Jenny said...

I just found your blog and the timing is perfect. I've been looking for ideas to use up some scraps of fabric - plus I LOVE little 'house' decorations (I had the most wonderful dollhouse growing up). These pillow are adorable. What a great idea.

I'll be popping in to read again!

Alessandra said...

Your houses are really adorable!!!
Happy weekend, xxx Alessandra

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Helen..I am overcome with the 'wanting disease' when I look at these cute little houses. I think God knew what he was doing when he made leaves turn orange/red and gold in autumn when there is a gorgeous backdrop of stormy cloud in grey! Have a wonderful week.

Ali said...

Gorgeous!!

Sheila said...

How exciting and Halloweenie (which i agree is a word!!)
Those houses are so pretty and bright-which we need for this weekend as its going to get an awful lot darker!!
x

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Helen! I love always houses and yours are the sweetest! Best colours for the season! Have a lovely weekend! x Teje

sew said...

Phew! What a relief that your fabric cupboard gets untidy - I thought it was just me!!
I love your October houses and have been trying to work out how tall they are in comparison to the tape measure on the right hand side.I want to make one NOW!
Enjoy the lovely weekend which is coming your way.

Simone said...

Happy 'Halloweenie' Helen! I adore your October houses and think I should maybe have a go at making something similar with scraps of fabric. I too noticed the vibrancy of the leaves against the grey october sky. Have a fun party weekend! I am still loving the white cinderella pumpkin!!! x

Jenny said...

Hi Helen, thanks so much for your comment yesterday, it's so nice to be back reading your lovely blog, though I have about four months to catch up on!! I do love your fabric Autumnal houses, and all your Halloween preparations - you always have such gorgeous seasonal decorations :) Have a wonderful weekend with your family, Jenny xxx

Siobhán said...

Oh my gosh, Helen, your houses are wonderful! Super adorable. Love the Halloween decorations, too! Happy birthday to your grandson!

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

There is something very satisfying about these little autumnal representations of home :)

And I'd be shutter happy around that white pumpkin too!

I'm sure the party will be a great success, have fun, and Happy Birthday to Charlie :D

flowers on my table said...

Hello Helen, oh those little houses are so 'up my street', I adore the french wording on the roof, so cool. I love your labels also.

Happy birthday to Charlie, and Happy Halloweeenie to you all, love Linda x

Shari said...

By far the cutest thing I have ever seen! Beautiful work!!!

Lynne said...

These little houses are great! They would brighten up the gloomiest of days. Have fun at the party, sounds like it's going to be fun!

Deborah said...

What extraordinarily lovely houses. I love the warm Autumn colors. Happy Halloweenie and have a fun party.

my4lilgirls said...

The houses are just the cutest ever, have to say I'm in love with yellow at the moment, seems to be making a big impression all round right now, its so good on the houses.
Great cupcakes too, have a wonderful party :)
Karen x

Kay said...

The houses are perfect, fun and pretty. Would you be able to give us rough measurements so we could all join in with the fun?

Grayseasailor said...

Our household is gearing up for my grand girl's fifth birthday on November 8th ... the preparation and anticipation are such fun, aren't they. I hope you and yours have a happy celebration of Charlie's birthday, Helen. xx from Gracie

purple-roses-country-cottage said...

Dear Helen, the fabric houses look so nice! What a wonderful combination of fabrics. Have a happy Halloween. Nicole XXX

koralee said...

Your little houses are beyond adorable! I would love a whole row of them along my window frame...how about Christmas houses...so so cute. Hugs to you my friend and I hope your weekend is filled with many joys. xo

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Wonderful use of little scraps. Your October houses are so very pretty. The big 5 birthday party will no doubt be a blast! Have a lovely rest of the weekend. Tammy

by Teresa said...

Helen.. it's always a pleasure to visit your blog - your bright and pretty colors and great photos.. along with your warm and welcoming personality are wonderful.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Hello Helen,
Happy 5th birthday to your little Charlie!..I hope he has a wonderful day!
Your fabric houses are so sweet and such lovely fabrics and colours too. It's so funny tidying fabric away..I'm the same.. as soon as I start working on something it ends up all over the place again!
Love the little cupcakes,
Susan x

20 North Ora said...

Helen, those little houses are just precious. Your mind must go all the time creating new things. I think they are just darling. Love your colors.

Judy

Crafted by Carly said...

Loooovely little houses! I made some similar ones for Christmas (in reds and greens) last year. I like the idea of having a few for every season!
Carly
x

Pickworth said...

I absolutely love and adore houses with turrets! Always wanted to live in one, and imagine the turret area being a library or a private place just for mois! How romantic would that be ... not very practical, but romantic would work for me! Just love the Fall colours and the white pumpkin, a perfect 'prop' for the scene!
Your posts are always so inspiring, and give me the courage to try new things.
I must mention a post of a few weeks ago, in which you displayed all your gorgeous fabrics in piles!
I wonder if it is illegal to covet your neighbors fabric!
Hugs,
Patricia

Claudia said...

Lovely houses! Yellow and orange together are just great! :)
Happy Halloween!

Maria Glazacheva said...

Bonjour Helen !!!
Quelles jolie photos et coment sont mignon les maison que vous avait fait!! :0)

Et aissi une bonne nouvelle j`ai vous ai donnee le prix Liebster award!! :0)
Visitez mon blog pour la prendre!! :0)

Bonne semaine!!
xxx Maria xxx

claire said...

Hope the party weekend is a success - happy cake baking :)

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

Love the houses and what a fun time you must have had with Charlie and your family. How do you get such perfect frosting on your cupcakes? Is it marzipan that you cut out in that shape? Darling! I'm thinking maybe hanging out here at your blog that a little of your creativity is starting to tub off...just a little! LOL!