Thursday, 11 October 2012

Someone New

Sometimes when i'm working on a large project or i'm on the computer a lot, it's lovely to stop and make a smaller project....like this little doll who is called lottie.........when i  recently sorted out my fabric stash i re discovered some soft pink cotton fabric which i'd bought specially for making a doll.......and now here she is.........
                         .........i loved making lottie....i think there might be more dolls here soon too.........
........the small doll's bed was one i painted as a prop for my previous book, and it has since had a new life being played with by my grandbabies and used to tuck up all sorts of dolls, bears and bunnies......at the moment daisy spends ages putting her dolls to bed, tucking them in gently and speaking to them so tenderly it is very sweet to see............it is also lovely to see these projects being used and enjoyed.......the quilt on the little bed was published as a magazine project and the one rolled up is my embellished doll's quilt also from my book.......i loved making this quilt and adding cross stitched patches, yo yos and buttons to it........
                     .........more pictures of the doll's quilt from my book simple sewn gifts.........
 .......the small desk we found in granny's attic has now been transformed with annie sloan chalk paint in old white (left over from the hall table).......it's a cute little desk....funny to think that it once belonged to mr p as a small child :).......now i am filling it with children's stationery and crafting things......
........and daisy can pretend she is at school, like charlie........the sweet nursery blocks are from clever fee at chipper nelly here......these are mine (though i do share them with the grandchildren of course) ........

 .......inspired by dolls and their quilts i have begun another little doll quilt using some of my favourite pam kitty morning fabrics for a bright and fresh pinwheel design......(with added buttons)........these little quilts are so quick to make....... i'm also glad to say that my (not so quick) farmer's wife quilt is also making progress and the top is almost pieced together now so i hope to have a show and tell of that very soon :).................
.........a quick question to reply to today, but one that i am often asked and that is where do i buy my fabrics from and especially where do i buy the lecien prints: well i often buy them from the states via various websites but there are some uk websites that do stock some of the ranges i love to use too ........if you would like a list of websites i use please let me know and i'll compile one............thank you for dropping by to my little bit of blogland, it's lovely to see you.........wishing you lots of sunny, happy, crafty autumn times............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

58 comments:

Pink Milk said...

Hello Helen.

What beautiful makes. Lottie is adorable and has the loveliest taste in dresses!

The little quilt is just gorgeous. I could gaze at it for ages. I'm quite tempted to get your book. Will it turn me into a patchwork creator extraordinaire?!!

Heather x

Pomona said...

I love the doll and the beautiful doll quilts. I also love the idea of giving that old desk a new life for a new generation of children - your grandbabies must love coming to see you so much!

Pomona x

vintage grey said...

So precious Helen! Her quilt is just as sweet! Love the white desk! A great find! Happy sweet weekend to you! xo Heather

marigold jam said...

Love the little doll and I could happily play with her and her lovely quilts and bed too!

princess said...

How sweet!!!! Love it! Is there any possibility to send me an email please and write me the list of websites you order your fabrics? Thank you very much!!!

My email: princess.kon@hotmail.com

KC'sCourt! said...

Lottie is gorgeous!
CAn I play at your house too......?LOL!
Julie xxxx

My Little Home and Garden said...

Hello, Helen

Lottie is just wonderful and it must have been a fun treat to create her. I'll look forward to seeing her friends as they are "born".

Enjoy the remainder of the week.

-Karen

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

What a beautiful doll :D What did you use for the hair Helen?

Those grand babies of yours must think your house is the best place on earth :D

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Oh Helen, Lottie is so pretty and her little quilt is adorable. My Little Miss is very much in love with her when she saw the pictures!
Victoria xx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

I love Lottie, she is so pretty!! What a beautiful dress and what amazing hair!! :)
I could spend some time tucking her into her gorgeous little bed with fantastic quilts too.
The little desk is lovely too, your grandchildren must have the most wonderful time when they visit.
Happy weekend Helen,
Vivienne x

by Teresa said...

Hi Dear Helen! I'm back from my trip and just caught up on your posts.. I adore your little new dollie and her bed and blankie! You eye for color inspires me. I want to do a little pastel crochet as it just makes me happy. You are so sweet. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Ms. Redo said...

You never cease to amaze me with your talents - love that doll! Lucky grandchildren who get to visit you and play with all the lovely things. Thanks for sharing the beauty with us. Mary

susan said...

Oh that little desk, so pretty. I bought a fugly early 20th century roll top desk from a charity shop that is being painted up and hopefully patchwork papered for me to use and I shall feel like I am playing school too! My favourite game as a child. (considering I did not like school that is quite odd). I love stationery too.
You are very talented, I would love to see a proper tv series on hand sewing crafts with all the smashing talents in blogland, preferably with no adverts!
Susan x

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Oh Helen, I bet your Grandchildren LOVE to visit you! Lottie is just gorgeous! She would be a major project to me, not just something I do 'in between'! Ada :)

Anonymous said...

You have the most delightful blog! Your cheery photos of your creations, flowers and other lovelies, are so uplifting. I have been transported to happy times. Here is a link to a cross-stitching font you might like:
http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Costura

Glo

Jooles said...

Oh my goodness Helen, what a beautiful post full of loveliness.
Lottie is such a little cutie, everything you make is just beautiful x
I would Love a list of fabric websites please :o)
Gosh Friday already tomorrow! so have a lovely weekend
love jooles x

Jane said...

How sweet is Lottie and her dear little bed and blanket! Your grandbabies must love coming to play..and to think they can sit at their granddad's old desk too...how magical Helen. Have a lovely weekend too,
Jane x

Cozy Little House said...

She sure is a cutie-pie! You make the cutest things.
Brenda

Thea said...

She is so very sweet, I love making dolly's I think its the way the just evolve
Thea x

Cindy said...

The little doll and her quilt are so cute! I know I will like the pinwheel quilt too. Please show when finished:)

Naturally Carol said...

I can just imagine little Daisy tucking her 'babies' into bed and talking to them..it brings back childhood memories for me..I was that type of girl myself. I wished with all my heart that they would 'turn real'! Lottie is a sweetheart too.

Alessandra said...

love your cute doll !!!
I'm finishing a doll project, too!!!
xxx Alessandra

Grayseasailor said...

Recently, my two little Grand Girls gently wrapped three of their dolls and propped them on the couch amongst pillows...a nursery of sorts, and very sweet. Now seeing Lottie colorfully decked out and tucked up in her little bed I realize why I love visiting your beautiful blog so much, Helen. You know how to cherish, and honor, the gentle and beautiful. Just as we try to model Love to the little ones in our household, you craft lovely things that encourage us to nurture and engage in Love. Thank you. xx from Gracie

my4lilgirls said...

Oh helen lottie is so pretty, funny I met a lady last week who stsrted making dolls, must show her your blog, she'd love it.
That desk is fabulous, we had these at school when I grew up, then they modernised every thing, :( no more lil compartments in your desk, I think the old ones are so much nicer.
Enjoyed this post so much.
Karen x
ps I would love that list, have got some good ones already, but new sites would be great.....I'll never get off the computer

thesnailgarden said...

Lottie is so sweet and I love her cute quilt. Best wishes, Pj x

Crafted by Carly said...

She's so cute! And so is the little quilt! Looks like a fun project!
Happy weekend!
Carly
x

Janusa said...

It´s beautiful!

Rebel Blossom @ Studio 2sixty said...

Lottie is so precious all snuggled up in her quilts made with love.
So much sweetness! Thank you again for stopping by, it's lovely to know you! x

susanhal said...

a list of your fabric stockists would be great !
love lottie, i think my little granddaughter may like her too. it would be fun to make her a dolly with a set of clothes..
have a nice weekend
love susan

claire said...

I said 'ahh' lots as i read this...one for Lottie who shares the name of our dog, and another for Daisy playing schools as I have such fond memories of my Lucy doing the same :)

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi there sweet Lottie and Helen! Oh, Lottie is just adorable! Your fabrics and colours are so perfect for her and I love the curly hair!
How I admire those old furnitures and feel sad because living too far away to be able to enjoy my parents' and grand parents' treasures! Happy weekend to you!
x Teje

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Hi Helen,

Lottie is so adorable! I love her curly hair!!
The desk is wonderful and so perfect for a sweet little girl!
This was such a cheerful post to read while drinking my morning coffee!
Happy weekend!
xoxo Debbie

Kay said...

Lottie is just lovely, especially her hair. I already have your book which recently arrived and I am waiting to finish some of the other things in my making basket before I make a bunny for myself.

Pat Hayes said...

Hello Helen,
Lottie is a delight. I do so enjoy reading your blog and absorbing your lovely creations, and making some of them - particularly the wee ones. I would also be gratefully if you compile a list of your fabric sources.
Pat x

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

A sweet little dolly with her adorable blanket tucked into her sweet bed!! Brings back memories of tucking my little ones into their beds with their sweet blankies all cozy!!

All things nice... said...

How pretty is that! Would love a life sized one!

All things nice...

Simone said...

Seeing Lottie has cheered me up! Such a sweet little doll with fabulous hair!!! Have a lovely weekend Helen. x

serendipity said...

She is beautiful and the quilts are so pretty. I love the added buttons. Very cute. xx

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Lottie is so sweet Helen. I think I can see a lot more Lottie's in your future, maybe Polly, Mollie and Sadie! hahaha. Love her dress and of course the bed is darling. Every time I see one of your baby doll quilts I want to whip one up. You are so motivating, I just wish I could have more hours in the day!!!
Have a lovely weekend, xoRobin❤

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Lottie is so sweet, as is that childhood desk of Mr. P's and your lovely little doll quilts. Always such colorful, pretty things in your corner of the world. Have a great weekend. Tammy

Crafty Mermaid said...

Beautiful :)

sew said...

Oh Helen - you've done it again!!
I'd love to know which hairdresser Lottie has been to!!
I've had a few days away only to be cheered by your lovely post on my return.
xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Hello Helen...Lottie is so sweet and such very pretty colours too!....Your little Daisy must have so much fun when she comes to visit!....The tiny doll's bed and desk look lovely with the fresh coat of paint (Annie Sloan is fab, isn't she?)and I'm so looking forward to seeing your quilt top...I already know it will be beautiful!
Wishing you a lovely Sunday,
Susan x
P.S Thank you so much for adding the link to my Giveaway!

Mia said...

Hello Helen,

Lottie is a lovely, lovely girl, and she has my dream bed, really, with that wonderful handmade quilt! And that sweet little desk is just perfect in white!

Have a wonderful new October week soon!

Yours,
Mia

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Helen,
I just saw Susan's lovely mention of you and your blog and just had to pop over and say hello.
Your dollies are adorable...and, oh, your pretty prints are a delight.
Have a happy day, my new friend,
Blessings from across the pond,
Carolynn

Anonymous said...

Hi Helen,

I simply adore the new Lottie and the fun, bright, cheerful prints in your quilts. Like a few others I am curious where you get or how you make the hair for Lottie. I would love a list of the websites you buy your fabric. Thank you,
VP

flowers on my table said...

Hello Helen, just loving little Lottie. I love rag dolls. I think your grandchildren must adore coming to your house, with all these lovely goodies everywhere. Much love to you, Linda x

koralee said...

your sweet little doll is adorable...you just whip things up so fast..it would take me weeks to complete her..you really inspire me my friend. I have your sweet little heart you made be over my desk and I look at it everyday and think of YOU! Hugs.

20 North Ora said...

That is the sweetest little doll - Lottie is a good name for here. Her quilt is beautiful.

You are such an inspiration to me. I love all of your bright, cheerful colors and always ooh and aah over everything you do. Keep up the wonderful work. Your work lights up my day!!

Judy

Maria Glazacheva said...

Bonjour Helen!
Comment c'est mignon! J'adore et sur tous la couleur!!
Bonne semaine!!
xxx Maria xxx

Natalia Glazacheva said...

Hi, Helen
Your Lottie looks very sweet and cute :) I do love her gorgeous dress as well! It's not hard to imagine your little Daisy playing with! Everyone I think would like to play with your gorgeous creations (even me :o) They are absolutely amazing. And yes I certainly would like to get a list of your fabric sources too )))
Have a happy week
Love
Natasha

purple-roses-country-cottage said...

Dear Helen, what beautiful sewing works. Lottie looks so cute in her wonderful dress. Nice fabrics with bright colours. Lovely! Thank you for showing us. Nicole

Pati from London said...

Helen, Lottie is adorable and your mini quilts are so sweet!! I would love the info on uk fabric websites.That would be fantastic. Thanks very much, Pati x
pibarrola at yahoo dot com

Madelief said...

Lottie looks just beautiful Helen! I like the way you transformed the desk. It looks very pretty with a layer of Annie Sloan paint.

Madelief x

cristina said...

I have no words! Awesome, really! A truly wonderful, colorful, funny, romantic ... all beautiful! I love your blog ...

Anonymous said...

I love the little white bed, and the doll and the quilt. I think I'll have to try a doll quilt.

Jacqueline

Handmade and off-centered said...

Oh wow how sweet your blog is. I love the little doll and the bed. I am so glad to be following you!

Best regards,
Birgitta, Iceland

http://handmadeandoffcentered.blogspot.com/

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

Oh, Helen, she is just precious! I was such a tom boy as a child and I never liked dolls but here I am a "senior citizen" and I am loving them but the stuffed kind and handmade animals and such. I love Beatrix Potter so maybe that's why. I have a little doll crib that I picked up at a sale for cheap and the doll quilt I made when I was teaching myself to quilt...I'm seeing a doll in my future! At my age...imagine that! LOL! It's the only thing missing now. I have to get your book too....how many do you have? LOL!