Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Spring

 The sun is shining....the birds are singing......we have daffodils blooming, and tulip bulbs growing taller each day............despite the low temperatures it must be spring..........it feels like it in my house anyway that's for sure...........here is my spring inspiration board...........and here is pansy, the sugar bunny, all dressed in spring-like yellow.......
 ..........i keep this board to tape inspiring images to all year round......when i began my last book i created a mood board on here to show the publishers what i had in mind for the 'feel ' of the book, and the little fabric garland is left over from that......since then i have removed those images and added a whole lot of spring inspiration, as you can see.........
 ...........i love all the birds and bunnies, the nests and eggs, the flowers and bulbs.......
                           ..........and most of all the fresh and pretty colours of spring........
 .............i have been hunting out all the easter decorations this week, finding the painted eggs and straightening out the little easter tree ready to add the teeny eggs to its branches (pics next time).....
           ..........and making some easter packets to send to friends in plenty of time..............
 ...........i am very fond of the three sugar bunnies that i made for my new book * pretty patchwork gifts* and love their little patchy dresses.......i will be featuring the other two bunnies in future posts but this time it is pansy's turn......
 ..................some bright yellow fabrics have come out of the cupboard this week ready to make a special project......and some daffodlis have come in from the garden.......these are the tiny tete a tete ones which seem to flower first in our garden......most of the big daffies are still in bud.............
 ..........besides something in yellow (for a commission), i am also sewing something with a seaside theme which i am so loving making, but will have to keep secret till summer time :)...........
 ...............................lady luck smiled on me again recently when i won a lovely giveaway over at crafted by carly.....this delicious book by donna hay, and one of carly's own gorgeous makes, this sweet rosette brooch......i loved the brown paper package tied up with string too and the chocolate coloured button :)..........
 ............we had a very happy mother's day weekend, and i was so lucky to be able to see my own lovely mum and my two sweet daughters to celebrate it.......i was spoilt with some wonderful crafty gifts and gorgeous flowers............(and cake)...............i hope you all had a very happy time too............
..........now i am going to sew my seaside design, and enjoy the sunshine in my sewing room.........thank you so much for your sweet comments on my last post......and a special thank you  to those of you who remembered those long strings of birdies had a bell on the end....my next version for my daughter will definitely have a bell too :)...............wishing you all a wonderful week with sunny days and happy crafting...........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooooxxxxxxx

50 comments:

debbie @ happy little cottage said...


Hi Helen!!
Thanks so much for the spring sunshine!! It's just lovely! xoxo

Plain Jane said...

My eldest bought me your patchwork book for mother's day and I was so thrilled to have a pattern to create one of your lovely bunnies! Tete a tete are always sweet aren't they - I much prefer them to the bigger daffs in the garden. Look forward to seeing the seaside project x Jane

Ali said...

Beatufiul photos (as always :-)) Gorgeous spring information - if it would just stop snowing!!!!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Beautiful springtime post Helen, your mood board would definitely get anyone in the mood for spring!
I love Pansy, she is adorable. :)
Glad you had a lovely Mother's Day!
Happy Wednesday,
Vivienne x

Ladybird Diaries said...

What a lovely springtime post! I love your mood board and pansy the bunny is just adorable.
M xxxx

Paula lalaboo said...

Your blog is such a wonderful place to visit. For inspiration,colour and hope of sping too!

Sweet bunny I love your creations they are so lovely.

P x

Anna-Marie Field said...

Hi Helen I think you're right, you're certainly in a Spring mood!!! Everything is just lovely and happy! Enjoy it!!!!
Love
AMarie

gilly said...

Ah, a wee visit to your blog always brightens up my day :-)
Right now the sun is shining AND it's snowing lightly.. quite bizarre!
Have a happy week,
xx

Lisa B said...

I do love a good inspiration board, esp when it is spring themed!

xx

busybusybeejay said...

That has brightened up my day.Thank you.

Rubyred said...

Oh Helen, your blog is like a breath of Spring air! Love the bunnies and the gorgeous inspiration board!
The sun is shining here but it's snowing at the same time!
Mad weather!
Rachel x

Simone said...

I love your bunny's sweet little stitched smile! The weather is definitely improving but I have no blooms in my garden as yet. I love the mood board idea. I think I shall have to start one again to give me inspiration too!x

sweetpea family said...

Another sunny makes me smile post - thank you x

vintage grey said...

A beautiful spring post!! I just love your sweet bunny and her dress is gorgeous! Your spring board is a lovely idea!! So cheery! Have a beautiful week Helen! xo Heather

Grayseasailor said...

My copy of Patchwork Gifts has not arrived yet, but this post ramps up my happy anticipation, Helen :-)

I'm glad you had a lovely Mother's Day celebration, and that Spring is springing forth around you. Our daffodils are nearly ready to bloom!

I hope to finish crocheting my great niece's green cowl today.

xx,
Gracie

Cindy said...

Pansy is so cute! Your site is always so bright and pretty and really puts me in the mood to do some spring crafting. Thanks for sharing.

sew said...

How cheery Pansy looks in her pretty dress - as do her comrades in your lovely book. Fancy keeping us waiting for a seaside project - a theme so dear to my heart! I had a lovely Mothering Sunday too & Spring bulbs feature very highly in this house :)

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

So much visual inspiration here - I love mood boards and plan to have one in my new studio - and your bunny is perfect for Easter :)

Jane said...

The longer days are wonderful Helen but we could do with some more warmth couldn't we? I am also waiting for my larger daffs to emerge from bud. I do love Pansy, what a cutie she is and perfect sunshine colors. Enjoy your seaside inspiration,
Jane x

by Teresa said...

Helen, you are very inspirational to me! I love your colors and your craftiness! I am in the mood to find my Easter tablecloth and bring out my egg tree later today. My 2 grandsons are here now - not a good time for frilly stuff. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Things and Thoughts said...

So colorful and sweet blog!Nice crafts.

Vintage Tea Time said...

I always think your posts can't get any fresher and prettier - and then they do! LOVELY! I love Pansy - really gorgeous. Yes, we've got some clumps of Tete a Tete and I prefer those to bigger daffs. It is a lovely time of year though. X

Elfcrafts said...

Your blog always brightens my day. I love that bunny. Your mood board is such a great idea. Em x

Dorothy Griffiths said...

Helen as always you are an inspiration, my most favourite blogger. I adore your bunnies they are adorable. Thank you for sharing them
Love
Dorothy:) xx

Paula said...

Hello sweet Helen! I am so glad you are having such lovely signs of spring! Your home looks very spring~y indeed and gorgeous as always! I love your beautiful bunny and your inspiration board! So cheerful and sweet! I love all the things you put on it! I look forward to seeing your Easter tree sweetie! Pansy is so beautiful and I can see why you adore her and the other two sugar bunnies! I ordered you new book and it is supposed to arrive tomorrow! Yay! The fabric is so sweet and I love the daffies! I am so happy you won sweet Carly's giveaway and that you had a lovely mother's day weekend! I enjoyed all of your gorgeous photos and your lovely words dearest! I hope you have a wonderful week with all those wonderful things too! Lots of love, Paula xo

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi lovely Helen, Sure do love Pansy, she is a sweet little girl. I don't think you can ever go wrong with yellow. It is such a cheery and sunny color and just says Spring all over!
Love your inspiration board, fabulous year round, thanks for the great idea.
Happy Springtime, xoRobin❤

Gerda said...

Just jump over to you, and spring is there again. Cute rabbit, I'm not particular fond of yellow, but with you it looks good. And I love your farmers wife quilt, the colors you used, so nice. It is on my "want to do sometime" list. Groetjes, Gerda

harmony and rosie said...

It's impossible not to feel spring-like, looking through this post. It is lovely, as is your beautiful bunny, I do love her sweet face.
It is raining so hard here but I'm so glad your yellows have perked me up!

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

Happy Belated Mother's Day! You have yours earlier than ours which is in May here in the U.S. You received some very lovely gifts! Your bunny girl is darling and I absolutely adore the idea of an "inspiration" board? I want to try and do something original...we'll see. But I've noticed people who are creative usually base their projects on something that inspired them in nature or in simple things that surround us every day that us non-creative types walk right by with nary a creative thought! LOL! So, Step #1 - Idea/inspiration board! Here I go! Spring is taking it's sweet time here. Enjoy yours!

Naturally Carol said...

What a good idea to have a Spring moodboard at the end of winter Helen! Even if the weather doesn't bring sunshine everyday it really helps lift those end of winter blues.

fee @ chipper nelly said...

I bloomin LOVE your spring board (!)
even if it back to being a little brrrr in our part of the world! You are such an inspirational place to visit lovely lady!
fee x

KC'sCourt! said...

Lovely post, all full of sunshine!
I love the board, I think I might start one of those!
Julie xxxxxxxx

Alessandra said...

yes, Spring is in the air!!!
lovely and bright post Helen!!
xxxx Ale

Hen said...

A lovely blast of Spring, thanks for sharing these pretty photos.
Hen x

Crafted by Carly said...

What a beautiful springtime bunny - just in time to bring the Easter eggs!
I like the idea of having a board like that - you've inspired me to try something similar out!
Thanks for the mention! Let me know if you try out any of the recipes.....
Carly
x

delia hornbook said...

Pansy is beautiful and like a little ray of sunshine. dee x

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Love your new book Helen! :) x

Anonymous said...

Hi Helen,
I just love your beautiful bunnies. I love reading your articles and seeing your crafts I my magazines each month. Everytime I come here it is a breathe of fresh air.
xxoo
Elizabeth Q

serendipity said...

Beautiful bunny, her dress is so cheerful. xx

driftwood said...

oh Pansy is a cutie. I've just been sewing bunnies for a friends comic relief bake sale.

Lori ann said...

i LOVE yellow and i LOVE this post! happy mothers day to you and your dear mum helen, she must be so very proud of you.
xox lori

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Hello Helen...Pansy is beautiful and I love her pretty spring colours! Your mood board is lovely and inspirational..it's making me wish for spring even more...I'm so looking forward to spending time in our garden. Congratulations on winning Carly's lovely Giveaway and hope you have a happy and crafty weekend,
Susan x
P.S I have the same Greengate jug...it looks so pretty with your spring flowers!

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

Love everything! Bright and cheerful as always!

claire said...

A very welcome cheerful, spring coloured post - thank you.

My Little Home and Garden said...

There is a reason why I have yellow walls; like your ravishing rabbit, I appreciate its cheerful hue! If only I had the floral wardrobe of your creations, I'd be decked out for spring.

A beautiful post, as always, Helen!

-Karen

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

Your posts always make me smile. They are so bright and happy. I like your Easter moodboard and your sweet little hare. She is very pretty.

Wish we had daffodils already. Can't wait for them to flower!

Happy week!

Madelief x

...Tabiboo... said...

Hi Helen,

such beautiful yellowness and such a gorgeous bunny. I can't wait for my garden to be transformed into a sea of yellows...just a week or so now.

Nina x

Christine said...

I just love the bunny and her dress I want to make one of your bunnies for my daughter's birthday and my nieces birthday but I don't know if I will have time.

Primroses Attic said...

I love all your Easter decorations. It has now made me think I better get a finger out and put some more up here.
Rosezeeta.

Laura Lane said...

What lovely things you've made.