Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Flowers in Winter

 After a big search through baskets, boxes, tins and other containers in my studio cupboard....i found some of my lost crochet flowers.........a little stash of these single flowers, rather like primroses, was discovered, though the collection of double flowers i made last spring is still missing, and i'll keep looking for those..........in the meantime i finished hooking up a few more granny squares ...........
              ...........the flowers needed the ends sewing in, which took a bit of time...............
 ..............usually now i sew them in as i go so i don't have to do too many at once.............
 ...............when i learnt to crochet i knew it would give me the chance to play with lots of colour and texture and it has......the lovely flowery pam kitty picnic fabrics here have been made into some new blocks for two on going quilts.............pictures coming soon :)...................
 ...........i just love the colour effects of simple crochet stitches placed next to each other......
 ..........the back is a big bright granny square with one pink flower framed in the centre..............
 ...............inspiring me this week have been these gorgeous bright anemones from my favourite florist in our little town............i put them in the sunny sewing room to help them open up a bit.............
 .............though we haven't had much sunshine here this week......sunday was a particularly grey and bleak day, cold, damp, dull and gloomy.........we wrapped up and went for a long walk, along the edge of the muddy woods and through the town down to the coast where we inspected the storm damage to the garden walls along the promenade.........whole walls of brick and stone had fallen with the power of the waves during the recent storms and high tides..............we came home to hot cups of tea and the last of the christmas cake...........
 ............i love cosy times like these wintry days, working and crafting and reading new books......
 .............this week i have begun reading virginia woolf's garden by caroline zoob..........we visited monk's house a few years ago, and loved both the house and the garden, so it will be fascinating to read the history of it.................
 ..............pots of primulas are cheering up the kitchen window sill again, and a bright pink one is on the table next to where i work.............
..........the little chair in these pictures was sarah's chair when she was a small child........then it became rosie's chair, and many years later charlie's chair.......for now, it is daisy's chair and fits her perfectly..........in between i've used it in book photoshoots, blog photoshoots and have painted it with annie sloan chalk paint :)..............thak you for visiting me here, lovely readers, and thank you so much for your kind comments.........i hope you have a happy week, with some sunshine and flowers and some crafty times too.................back soon xxxxxxxooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

48 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

The cushion is so pretty - lovely colours
Julie xxxxxx

gillyflower said...

Happy New Year Helen!
Love the crochet cushion with the little flowers, it just shouts out Spring!
Such a lovely spring-like post, and just seeing those lovely flowers and the pretty primula make it seem like its already here - wishful thinking!
Wishing you a happy and creative year Helen!
Gill xx

Annerose said...

Ein tolles farbenfrohes Kissen, da denke ich schon an den Frühling. Richtig schön geworden.
Und das Häschen ist auch wieder so niedlich.
Liebe Grüße Annerose

scrappyjacky said...

Gorgeous cushion...and there's nothing like flowers to brighten up a dull winter's day.

By Neymes said...

O CROCHÊ NOS ENCANTA NÃO É HELEN?BOA SEMANA.VALÉRIA.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Such a gorgeous cushion Helen and beautiful anemones too! :)
How lovely that so many have used the little chair!
Have a lovely week,
V xxx

Shari LeBlanc said...

It's beautiful Helen....just beautiful!
xx Shari (thestitchpattern.blogspot.com)

Mary @ Ms. Redo said...

You always have the most gorgeous colors, your pillow is beautiful. Glad you came across these flowers, they're so perfect, and hope you find the others you were looking for. Sorry about the storm damage, that must have been a bad storm. Home to tea and Christmas cake is the best, isn't it?! So cozy and warm, I've spent lots of time this winter by our gas fireplace, reading and enjoying being 60 so I can indulge in such pursuits ;)

Big Hugs ~ Mary

Hannapat said...

Hello lovely Helen and a happy new year to you my dear. I am so in love with that gorgeous cushion, it really is fabulous! I love the colours and the pretty flowers on it. I also like the look of that lovely book, I am off to have a little look on amazon. Wishing you a lovely week ahead xoxo

Cindy said...

Very pretty cushion, Helen. I love those flowers! I also love that vase with the ribbon. Do you know where it came from?
Have a great day! Cindy

Kate Eastwood said...

Hello Helen
Such a sweet little cushion, so spring like in these rather gloomy days.
Kate x

Chrissie said...

The cushion is beautiful! I love the Pam Kitty fabrics and colours, and yes, crochet does allow us to translate fabric colours into 3D! I went on a Caroline Zoob Christmas craft course last month, she is so lovely and had interesting things to say about that garden, enjoy the book, it's stunning! Chrissie x

amanda peters said...

Your blog can brighten up the dullest day.....Lovely work

crazydazy said...

your colourful bright cheery photos have cheered me up on this grey gloomy day.

Deborah said...

Love the history about your precious chair. And the flowers on your cushion are absolutely inspired!

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Hey Lovely Helen, Your posts always make me want to run out and get color, flowers and fabrics in my home!! Love your crocheted flowers and fresh flowers. You are so right how they just add and spruce up rooms and make them so cosy for our wintry climate. Love your vase of Anemones and the ball button jar❤
I hope you have a sunny and happy week also my friend.
xoRobin

Vintage Tea Time said...

Lovely cushion. I can't crochet at the moment, but have just signed up for a 1 day course in Feb, so fingers crossed I can learn! Where could I get a pattern for sewing a rabbit like the one on your little chair? Abby x

Lori ann said...

dear helen,
what a pretty cushion! and i love the flowers as inspiration, so vibrant and beautiful. like everything you make. i am knitting with a similar deep pink and coral too, maybe the perfect color for a winter pick me up! love the little chair too and all the sweet memories you must have of it with the children.
enjoy your beautiful book too!
xoxo lori

Astri Bowlin said...

Oh this is delicious. Like sherbet in summer!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Helen! Your crochet pillow is sweet and beautiful! I'm so happy that I have been crocheting too. I love your white horse there! x Teje

Jane said...

Hi Helen, what a lovely cheery post with lots of bright colour. I'm so glad you found your flowers, it's so annoying when we put things in a safe place isn't it ;0) I love Daisy's chair, we hope to get something like that for our Daisy when she is bigger. Happy Tuesday x

Amy at love made my home said...

Don't you just hate it when you put something away and then you can't find it again!! Yes, obviously you do! Anyway, your cushion looks lovely! xx

Jooles Hill said...

What a pretty cushion, I just love the blues and greens with the little flowers, so glad you found them!
I have a bag of Christmas gifts (bought for other people!) somewhere, I have hunted high and low and still they have not appeared, I think we have naughty nicking elves!
Such a gorgeous little chair with so many precious memories.
love Jooles x x x

Erna said...

Pretty as always Helen, the weather overhere is dull,rainy and grey too..bought the same anemones like you did...
Hugs
Erna x

lilac and old roses said...

A lovely, cheery blog! Thank you, love Jane x

Swallow Barn said...

beautiful as always!

Ladybird Diaries said...

Hi Helen, your cushion is so pretty and I really love the colours you have used together.
Marianne x

sky-blu-pink said...

A lovely bright post i must hone my granny skills, as I am rather slow, and is such a wonderful way to add a pop of colour!

vintage grey said...

Hello Helen,
Oh, your flower cushion is so beautiful and cheery! I love all the colors and the back is just as sweet! I am loving your ripple blanket, too!! Have a wonderful and crafty week! xo Heather

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

What a lovely flowery cushion!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!
xxxxxx Ale

forgetmenots blue said...

Hello Helen
The cushion is so lovely the little touch of the primrose-esk flowers is a great idea.
Lovely little chair so sweet it's been passed through children and photo shoots. Always nice to have some items of furniture that tell a story xx

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Beautiful cushion! :) x

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Such a pretty cushion Helen and I love the mix of colours...love Daisy's little chair too..it makes it very special that it has had so many owners and happy memories for you all...x
Happy Wednesday!
Susan x

Anonymous said...

Lovely spring colours, and your pretty cushion has inspired me to crochet. Thank you ... Patx

Vintage Tea Time said...

Thanks for letting me know about the pattern Helen - off to Amazon now! X

Things and Thoughts said...

I think I can pick up these lovely crochet daisies Helen! You are so gifted with crafts! And you make us feel the spring! So optimistic, so delightful this post! It was what I needed a rainy gray day like this!
A warm hug, Olympia

Ali said...

Lovely cheery post - thank you xx

Dorothy Griffiths said...

Helen I always adore the colours you choose, they are just so uplifting and so so pretty. I do love the crochet flowers and think they really make a cushion look absolutely spectacular. A fabulous post as always Helen, have a wonderful weekend. Big hugs to you
Dorothy
:-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Caroline said...

Very pretty cushion Helen and I love the mix of colours. Daisy's little chair is adorable with so many special memories for you.
Have a lovely week.
Caroline xx

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The little flowers add so much to your pillow...it's like it's blooming now! Enjoy your week. I hope you have some sunshine! Hugs!

Daniëlle Kok said...

HayHay!
Lovely cushion!!!
And beautiful spring-things!
-X- Danielle

Madelief said...

Your pillow looks absolutely beautiful Helen! It has a spring feeling to it :-).

The book by Catherine Zoob looks beautiful! If the inside is as good as the cover, some beautiful photo's will be inside!

Happy weekend!

Madelief x

My Little Home and Garden said...

I always find it interesting, Helen, to read about what it is that attracts your attention and inspires your creations. It must be a rather lovely way at looking at the world around you.

-Karen

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

Oh this is my favorite blog to visit!! I just love your photos of beautiful flowers whether real or crocheted.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and will find your missing flowers soon. I have that happen to me often, missing things that is!!

Gracie Saylor said...

The flowers you are searching for are no doubt in a safe place, Helen :) Isn't it amazing how safe some of our storage spots can be! Meanwhile, thanks for sharing the beauty you see and you are creating around you. I feel refreshed and encouraged from my visit with you, and hope you enjoy your new garden book as well as your other creative adventures...including finding your flowers safe spot!
xx

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moonstruckcreations said...

Your post made me feel that Spring really is just around the corner.

Helenxx

Simone said...

You have great colour sense Helen and know exactly what colours go together. Lovely post brightening up yet another grey day!!! x