Thursday, 15 November 2012

Merry Making

 Now i'm back from my london trip i find i am feeling very inspired by christmassy things...so it's the perfect time to make some merry little decorations for my home and for gifts for family and friends too.............
.........some of my favourite festive colour combinations were selected from the sewing cupboard.......red buttons tipped out to choose from too...........and green felt to stitch for holly leaves.........
............i have made two hearts and am about to make a third one in this red pam kitty morning fabric......
..........i have used festive rubber stamps and pretty shiny jingle bells from a sweet embellishment pack that is a freebie with this month's crafts beautiful magazine.......below is my own project in the mag this month.....

........i made the hearts from the pattern in my book simple sewn gifts....i love this long thin folk art shape...
............here are some of the treats i brought home from the country living christmas fair :).....some of the things i bought are for xmas gifts for my dearies....some of whom might be reading this so i will keep them secret for now.............but these were for our house...........
.........i loved seeing the work of so many talented crafts people.....one of my most favourite was kate toms at angel bill trading company.......... her stand was a quirky delight (with a LoT of people jostling to see it).....and i just love her sweet makes and wonderful vintage finds.........i bought this cushion, the christmas pudding and the wooden hare in the little collage above too.............
............i took this little tin with me last week (just slipped it in my suitcase at the last moment) in case i *needed* to do a little crafting while i was in london.....some festive hexies were made and stitched together when i had a few spare minutes before dinner a couple of nights........i have almost finished the project they were for......hope to show it next time............. 
............now i am off to do some work and to enjoy a nice cup of tea in my ck london mug............

wishing you a wonderful weekend and hoping the glorious autumn sunshine is shining on you as it is here .........thank you so much for visiting me in my little bit of blogland, it's always lovely to see you :)...............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

50 comments:

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

And very merry they are too! Just perfect! :)

Deborah said...

Beautiful makes as always sweetie, love your buys from the fair, it always looks great but have never been.

Bee happy x

Country Rabbit said...

beautiful makes as always helen x
i do love that colour combination- i think thats why these two months leading to christmas make my heart skip so much...merry festive wishes xxx

Hen said...

I love your hearts, you've inspired me! I don't recall even seeing that stall at the CL Fair but I did find it far too busy for comfort this year. Look forward to seeing what you have made with the hexys.
Hen x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Your little hearts are always so pretty Helen, love the festive colours! :)
I am so in love with your wooden hare, I'll have to check out that shop!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Vivienne x

Rhona said...

I love your Christmas heart...in fact, that might be my weekend project! And as for that cushion.....oh my, it's gorgeous!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend too.

Rhona

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Happy Weekend Helen! I adore your hearts! I have been to the CL Fair that is here in Ohio, but would LOVE to see the London version!!! Your CK teacup is perfection!! xoxo Debbie

YarnRoundHook said...

Those are lovely festive hearts and I love the figgy pudding cushion. It sounds like you had an inspiring time in London.
victoria

Crafted by Carly said...

I love your Christmas makes, Helen! I think that making some little heart-shaped decorations is at the top of my to-do list!!!
You did a fab job!
Carly
x

Jooles said...

Ooooh how lovely Helen... you have my mind feeling all inspired :o)
love love love your hearts
love jooles x

Cindy said...

I love your sweet little Christmas heart. I need to make a few of those for gifts:)

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Such a lovely post, full of gorgeous makes! Loving the stripy candles I spied too :)
Victoria xx

Simone said...

Wonderful happy hearts and happy things! Enjoy your weekend Helen. x

Frances said...

Helen, every one of these creations looks festive and has your unique touch. I also like your finds from the CL Fair.

I did manage to find a copy of Handmade Christmas, and quite enjoyed reading your article, as well as being so inspired by many ideas in the magazine. Now I really, really need more time!

I'm in the midst of painting my Christmas watercolor teacup cards, and think I am just about keeping to my relaxed schedule.... Of course, when I am doing these little paintings, I am not knitting, crocheting, sewing or reading! Definitely still managing to see friends, though.

Thank you so much for your visit and comment. xo

Tha

Kristyne said...

So adoreable! I am head over heels in love with you and your style. :) xo

Tammy said...

I love anything heart shaped. Think I will sew up some hearts this weekend. Your Christmas ones are lovely! Best wishes, Tammy

Teje Karjalainen said...

Thank you Helen for Christmas inspiration! Your long shape heart is perfect! It's beautiful and it has more space for cute details! I love your London mug - I'm grazy about mugs. x Teje

Lynne said...

I love all the red and white, especially those hearts with all the little embellishments. What is the fabric with the printed words? I want some badly.
The Christmas stocking with the cross stitched cuff is really pretty.
Have a lovely weekend
Lynne

Bumpkin Bears said...

Isn't it a lovely fair, i went last year. Your decorations are so pretty. Catherine x

Crafty Mermaid said...

The button berry is adorable :)

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Helen, Christmas IS COMING........holy cow! I'm starting on an advent calendar for the kids with ornaments to decorate a mini xmas tree. I love your hearts, I think that will have to be an ornament or two! Great finds on your London trip.....bet your tea tasted extra special yummy.
Happy weekend to you, xoRobin❤

Deborah said...

Your hearts have stolen my heart. At the top of my "to make" list!

Jane said...

What a lovely project you made for the magazine Helen and your hearts are always delightful. You bought some lovely things from the fair and your trip to London. I bet the tea tasted even better from your CK mug. Enjoy the weekend,
Jane x

l.wilks11 said...

Your post is soooo Christmasy. It has inspired me to get into the Christmas spirit.
I missed the Country Living Show this year and now wish i had made the effort.
Happy sewing.....xx

GrannyTaughtMeToCrochet said...

Always so inspired by your lovely fabric and ribbons. I'm away from home too and I have not gone unarmed like you. Bag of wool and some hooks!

gilly said...

Soooo lovely as always - those hearts are just precious. Christmas gift making is such fun, isn't it? Have a fabulously creative weekend! Xx

Katie said...

Oh Helen what lovely goodies you bought back from your trip. So jealous. I love the little festive hearts. I would love to try stamping on fabric, what ink do you recommend? Love katie xxx xxx

vintage grey said...

Hi Helen! Love your sweet Christmas hearts! So pretty!! Your new cushion is so lovely!! Sending you Christmas joy this weekend!! xo Heather

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

Your Christmas decorations look just lovely! What a pretty London cup too :-)

Happy weekend!

Madelief x

by Teresa said...

I love your long thin hearts, too. I'm having to hold off throwing myself totally into Christmas decorating until we get through Thanksgiving next Thursday. Then I'm all in! We got the stove in after our kitchen fire, but the microwave isn't in yet. Tomorrow, I hope!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

sew said...

There's no Bah Humbug here, is there?
I do love your fabrics!
I have the stamps from CB mag and am going to have a go at stamping on fabric after seeing what you've done here.
I wish CB would do more crafty makes and fewer cards.
My copy of Handmade Christmas arrived yesterday (unable to find it locally) and your little houses are so sweet. I can't wait to make one and so many variations are jumping out at me :)
It was nice to read about your crafty Chrismas too. ♥

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

cute heart and love your hexies!

Trudy said...

Pretty Christmas hearts, how lovely! Thanks for sharing all your treasures from the fair too : -)

Siobhán said...

Oh, how fun! I love all the little things you are making and picked up. I'm slowly trying to weed out the tired store bought stuff and do more of my own decorations for the holidays. Your post is so inspirational!

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

I'm trying not to think about Christmas (it's approaching scarily quickly) but your festive hearts are delightful Helen :)

Lori ann said...

i love everything helen, especially your totealong little tin with stitching goodness. i love the thought of women all around the world carrying their crafts with them when traveling, choosing the pieces to bring with great care.
your treasures from london are
merry and perfect!
have a wonderful week ahead.
xxx lori

koralee said...

Such joy this post of yours brings me...I adore your little hearts...they really make me smile with the sweet Christmas colours. Love your mug!!!! enjoy sweet friend.

Dawn Nsubuga said...

Ohhhh I love all these colours! They make my heart skip a beat.

delia hornbook said...

I love all your makes those hearts are really sweet, have a lovely week, dee x

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Beautiful hearts Helen and a perfect choice of fabrics too..I love all the treats you have brought home from the Country Living Christmas fair..it's definitely one I would like to visit..it must be such a treat!
Happy New Week,
Susan x

Cozy Little House said...

So, so cute!
Brenda

Grayseasailor said...

After all the wonderful days of celebration for my youngest daughter's wedding a week ago, it is fun to visit you and see what has been happening in your life. My youngest daughter was able to visit London when she was 16 and she made some wonderful memories on the trip. I am glad you enjoyed your recent time in London, and your merry creations delight me, Helen. Thanks for posting :) xx from Gracie

my4lilgirls said...

So Sweet, I love your christmassy makes, must get started on some myself soon!!!!
Cute mug :)
Lol Karen x

Mia said...

Very merry post indeed, Helen!

Lovely, lovely makes! The happy holidays are getting close, and I just love reading these posts about all beautiful things people create Thank you for sharing!

Lovely week!

Yours,
Mia

Patricia Reid said...

Such a very happy, colourful and merry post from you. It once again really inspires me. Beautiful fabrics, colours and ideas. You are one very talented lady!
A very busy time of crafting ahead, but so much fun and contentment is the business of it all.
Hugs from across the pond

gillyflower said...

Love your pretty Xmas hearts, so sweet!

Gill xx

Jessie @ Messy Jesse said...

oh I love all your christmassy themed projects Helen, so beautiful! xo

Jessie @ Messy Jesse said...

oh I love all your christmassy themed projects Helen, so beautiful! xo

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

I'm "catching up" with you again! Your treasures you got in London are delightful! I Love the "figgy pudding" pillow and the little red "print" fabric, and your Christmas hearts with the sweet embellishments.
I haven't done paper piecing in awhile but when did it I got addicted to it! I love doing those hexies...a great "tele watching" activity and once you get going you can really get a lot of them done before you know it. Love the mug too! Glad you had a good time...what fun that must have been.

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