Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Winter Winnie

 Now that we are in the grip of some very wintery weather here in the uk, i thought it was time to show you some pictures of a new little doll i've made.............meet winter winnie...................she was made a while ago, but only finished recently...............
 ..............first i made the doll and created her hair using wool left over from a cardi (rowan felted tweed)...i often buy ready made curly and shiny doll's hair but this time i thought i'd try to make a choppy style :)....
..............i knitted the little sweater specially to fit winnie....long arms, short body........and a little moss stitch scarf to keep her cosy (the yarn for the jumper and scarf was from my stylecraft crochet stash, because the colours were just right)..........and her lovely skirt was made from some of the gorgeous simple life fabric from riley blake...........i love this range and am using it in lots of different projects..............
 ...............like this pretty needlebook (i showed you the patchwork outside of it a while ago....i love the pink print i used for the inside too)...................btw i am making winnie some little boots from felt too but they are not quite finished.............
                      .................more of this lovely collection from sew deerly loved here.......................
 .............i made a few sewing notions as gifts but these are the ones i'm using myself at the moment......
 ................they are so pretty and i love the colours brightening up my sewing room on grey chilly days :).......
 ............here is the beginning of a little doll's quilt, waiting for some embroidery and quilting stitches.....
 ...........gorgeous hyacinths in the kitchen........mr p says it's like a garden centre..........that's good, yes?..............i have planted primroses in some of the beautiful greengate cups.......here is one on the breakfast table  next to the bagels, jam and coffee and the book i'm reading), it's happy little flowers looking perky and cheery.......
 ...........i have enjoyed seeing all the snowy pictures this week on people's blogs around the uk and elsewhere.........it hasn't snowed where we are here on the north west coast, though we have had very cold temperatures, hail, sleet, wind, rain and thick frost.......it is said we may have snow here on friday so i will get the sledges out at the weekend for the grandchildren if so.............
............and here is a frosty photo of winter winnie to echo the chilly theme of this week...........also this week i have had a new computer installed.....just getting used to all that updated stuff now and finding my way around what used to be soooo easy but now.....isn't.......yet......thank you to everyone who visits my bit of blogland, thank you for reading and for your comments and emails....it's always a pleasure to hear from you............wishing you a happy crafty week and keep cosy................back soon (with quilts) xxxxxxxxxxx

54 comments:

CRAZY DAZY said...

hi, love winnie she is very cute, cold grey and chilly here too in Norhern Ireland, ali

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Winter Winnie is beautiful, I love her colours ! :) What a sweet little quilt too!!!
Looking like a garden centre sounds good to me Helen and the primrose in the teacup is gorgeous. :)
Keep warm,
Vivienne x

My Little Home and Garden said...

Winnie is adorable and beautifully dressed for a cold winter day. I love her face and hair! She looks very "huggable".

Have a wonderful week, Helen, full of blooms from your flowers and pleasant creative projects.

-Karen

Sandra said...

Just found your blog, I'm glad to say! Winnie is lovely, as are all the things I have looked at so far.
Sandra
http://livingin22.blogspot.com

Ali said...

Oooh far to cute - love your choices of fabrics - just gorgeous - you have exquisite taste xxx

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Well, you've done it again, created a beauty! She's fab! :) x

♥ Priddy Priddy ♥ said...

Oh she is such a cutie! Loving the flowers, hope they smell as fine as they look.
Nicky
x

Marlene Rodrigues said...

Oh! it´s a lovely doll!
Your little doll's quilt are so sweet with all the hearts.
hugs,
Marlene

my4lilgirls said...

She is adorable, such a lovely inspiring post, a real cheer up browse
Lol Karen x

Vintage Tea Time said...

Winnie's great - and she lookd ready for snowy weather! lovely hyacinths - they're the business - the scent's so heady! You keep cosy too. x

Paula said...

Hello sweet Helen, Winter Winnie is adorable! I love her happy face and sweet outfit! You did a beautiful job! I love the pretty fabrics too, and sweet Kerri has such a lovely selection! I love her shop! The pin cushion is darling and the dolls's quilt is the sweetest! You are so talented sweetie! I love hyacinths, they smell so good and primroses are such cheerful flowers! Love them too! Keep warm and cosy and I wish you a happy, crafty week as well! You will have the hang of your new computer in no time. Love and hugs, Paula xoxo

Paula said...

Hello sweet Helen, Winter Winnie is adorable! I love her happy face and sweet outfit! You did a beautiful job! I love the pretty fabrics too, and sweet Kerri has such a lovely selection! I love her shop! The pin cushion is darling and the dolls's quilt is the sweetest! You are so talented sweetie! I love hyacinths, they smell so good and primroses are such cheerful flowers! Love them too! Keep warm and cosy and I wish you a happy, crafty week as well! You will have the hang of your new computer in no time. Love and hugs, Paula xoxo

Shirley said...

Winter Winnie is great, loving her jumper and scarf, it this weather keeps on I think we will all need a quilt.

Deborah said...

Winter Winnie is too precious for words. I imagine she loves to play with your grandchildren! And her sweater is red! My favorite color!

Dorothy Griffiths said...

Helen I just love your work and your blog. You are so talented. Keep warm Helenxx
Dorothy

Rhona said...

Winnie is gorgeous! Love all your flowers, they really do brighten up a room and make you cheerful.

Simply Shelley said...

What a little cutie...I like her.....blessings

vintage grey said...

Hi Helen,
Wintery Winnie is so adorable and has the sweetest face!! Love the doll quilt that you are making! Those prints are so cute and the hearts are the perfect addition! So inspiring you are!! Wishing you a lovely and crafty week! xo Heather

Alessandra said...

Really nice doll!!!
xxx Ale

by Teresa said...

I adore your doll! OK, now I'm curious.. what kind of new computer did you get? Us geeks want to know the details! I'm a Mac girl, myself. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Cindy said...

Such a pretty little doll. I love her sweater and scarf. Also love that fabric. I have got to order some!

Miss Holly said...

You are SUCH inspiration!!! Really you could have your own magazine!! As always everything is beautiful!!! Love the fabric choices....

koralee said...

Oh me oh my she is so delightful...I am in love with her sweet outfit..I really wish I had a skirt like hers! You my friend always make me smile...your creative creations are the BEST in all of blogland.
Thank you for your very sweet comments you left me about my book...I am blessed to have such supportive friends like you. xoxo

Alessandra said...

I've just passed you an award :http://homemadeatmyplace.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-big-thank-you-to-2-girls.html
xxx Ale

Suuske said...

Winter Winnie is such a cutie!
I LOVE the fabrics you've used. (I saw you are a Greengate-lover too).
Are you Dutch?

Groetjes!

Suzanne

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Oh I love Winnie and the new quilt. Love hyacinths too, have a lovely week Helen
Xx

Country Rabbit said...

my lovely, no longer with us Nanny was called Winnifred, but we called her Winnie...Such a lovely doll. i so love your fabrics. i brought some felt sheets to make some brooches and they are still in the haberdashery bag in the hall- naughty me, must be more creative...lovely blog, its like a ray of glorious sunshine x

Knitting Nix said...

She is adorable xx

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Winnie! Your hair is great and I love your cloths! As always your sewings and flowers are so beautiful! x Teje

Jane said...

Winter Winnie is just wonderful Helen and that choppy hair is perfect....very rag doll. All those fabrics are just a feast for my eyes and so cheerful especially those you used for the doll's quilt. The forecast is looking pretty bad here for the next few days too. Keep snug,
Jane x

Simone said...

I love Winter Winnie and her 'choppy' hair! I think having a kitchen looking like a garden centre is not a bad thing at all!!! x

Siobhán said...

Oh my goodness, Winter Winnie is just adorable! I love her jaunty scarf.

Catherine said...

Winter Winnie Is fab! Can I borrow her scarf please for this nippy weather?! Cx

busybusybeejay said...

Winter Winnie is gorgeous.

Lori ann said...

Oh Helen, I am SO glad we are never too old for dolls! I LOVE winnie! I love everything about her, her Rowan felted tweed (love that wool) hair is perfect. The fabric looks so charming, I think this will be the year I start stitching again, your inspiration stays with me, encouraging. I have picked up my cross stitch!
Stay cozy warm and enjoy those beautiful blooms!

Crafted by Carly said...

What a gorgeous post! I love your dolly - she looks SO perfect - and I love the colours you've used for her winter outfit! :-)
Carly
x

Thea said...

Winnie is so sweet all wrapped up for the snow,,very pretty fabrics
Warm wishes
Thea x

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Winnie is delightful Helen ... will she stopping with you or befriending a small person.

I think we are all due snow tomorrow, finally we have plenty forecast for our corner of North Wales having had none so far this winter. I do love a good snowfall! And a reminder of spring ... such pretty things primulas, I have some here too :D

flowers on my table said...

Hello Helen, oh Winnie is gorgeous! I have always had a bit of a soft spot for rag dolls, never really cared for plastic or china dolls, but fabric ones are terrific. Winnies little outfit is so sweet. I checked out your link too, and just drooled!
Your bulbs and primroses are really lovely,so pretty and fresh.
Thank you for your lovely comments, so sorry I am only just replying to them now.We are due for snow tomorrow,so I shallbe staying in and keeping cosy. I hope you have a lovely weekend, love Linda x

moonstruckcreations said...

Such a cute doll!

Helenxx

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

She's so precious! I never played with dolls as a child...I was such a tomboy but now I want to sew them!
Thanks for the Etsy shop link....she has gorgeous fabrics....right up my alley!
Alicia Paulson made bunnies this week with some cute felted boots...what a stitch...literally! You are both so talented....I suppose you just made the pattern up in your head and then sewed it up?
Amazing talent! I've been cleaning so how refreshing to see your sweet accomplishments! Thank you!

Kay said...

Winnie is delightful. I wish my gran were still here to knit for me, I just can't get the hang of it.

Jooles said...

How pretty is Winter Winnie?! beautiful Helen....but hurry with those boots, her toes will get cold!

I am guessing you have snow today? we do too ..... so happy

good luck with the new computer
Wishing you a happy weekend
love jooles xxx

Ladybird Diaries said...

Winnie is just gorgeous! I love the colours you have chosen for the little doll's quilt too, so pretty.
M xxx

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Winnie is adorable! Of course you would have the perfect yarn to make her sweater and scarf with since all the colors and fabrics you choose always go together so beautifully! And yes, having pretty plants bloom and grow is a wonderful thing. Stay warm and cozy and have a great weekend. Tammy

Teresita said...

Me gustaron muchos tus trabajos! Que tengas un maravilloso Año 2013!

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Winter Winnie is beautiful Helen and perfectly dressed for this very chilly weekend...We have quite a lot of snow here this morning!....She's going to look lovely in little felt boots and these are some of my most favourite colours too!
It looks as though you may have a happy weekend of sledging with your grandchildren as I look out of my window...Wishing you lots of fun!
Susan x
P.S Love all your flowers...definitely a good thing!

Scarlet-Sometimes said...

yet again such lovely vibrant creations. I love reading your blog, and seeing what you've been up to. I think I'm very drawn to it because we have such similar tastes in fabrics and how to put them together. Your blog never fails to make me go ooooh!!!! I've been vaguely dabbling for a while, and do struggle with it, but I'm hoping practise and persistance will get me there....and who knows, one day it may end up as inviting and appealling as yours :-)

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Helen, I really like winter winnie's textured hair and 'wooliness'. I have ordered some of that fabric too..but I think it has been lost in the post. I really hope it gets here in the end, better late than never. It has been very hot and dry here, no bushfires near here but too hot to be on the computer much and swimming is a daily 'must'!

purple-roses-country-cottage said...

Dear Helen,
I love Winter Winnie - she is so cute. Thank you so much for showing us. Have a great week. Nicolexxx

Grayseasailor said...

Thanks for sharing Winter Winnie with us, Helen. No doubt she will delight her caregiver! I want to crochet some doll clothes for my grand girl's little dolls...perhaps sooner rather than later :) I hope you have a happy cozy week, too.
xx,
Gracie

Pickworth said...

Your home must be a treasure trove of wonderful memories for your grandchildren. Little mice snuggled in a tiny bed, rabbits dressed so beautifully, and now Winter Winnie! You are truly amazing!
Keep warm,
Patricia

julie said...

I think I have fallen in love! Winnie is gorgeous Helen with such a sweet face and I'd love an outfit like hers for myself!

gillyflower said...

Winter Winnie looks very cosy in her scarf, jumper and long skirt!
Lovely photos here Helen, you have been very busy as usual.
Its so lovely to see some flowering bulbs! The hyacinths and primroses look lovely and are making think wistfully of the spring.
Thanks for sharing these lovely photos, have a good week Helen.
Gill xx