Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Spring Making

 It may be wintry outside.....but in my sewing room it's spring........i am so enjoying sewing with flowery fabrics this week, in particular these from the new pam kitty picnic collection........
 .......i made some small drawstring bags as part of my tidying up plans......i realised last week that as i kept losing crafty things it was probably time for a sort out and re organise of my crafty space......it is something i am doing in small steps as it takes so long and is not so much fun as making things........
                            .............the little bags can be labelled to show the contents.............
 ...........and they fit nicely together in a box or basket and take up less room than bigger bulky containers..........rather like the idea of feedsacks in the old days that replaced big barrels :)...........
 ...........i have some new flowers for my sewing room this week.......i love these primulas and bought two, one for my daughter................
 ..........the flowers look like little paintings, and when i was working as an illustrator i used to paint them for greetings cards every year...........i had a look in the garden and, as happens each january, got a nice surprise to find these tiny iris flowering..............
                                       ...........something has been nibbling the petals......
 .............playing with floral fabrics and having spring flowers around me has been very cheery during this week of cold winds, rain, hail and often gloomy light, though we have had a few blue skies and some sunshine, which is when we go out for a walk or do a bit of gardening........
 ............i am cutting out floral patches for an applique idea which i hope to show soon, as well as my picnic quilt, charmed star quilt, sampler quilt and ripple blanket......i do love lots of wips.....
 ..................after i made the floral bags i made another, this time from the blue recipe fabric which i really love............
..............it makes a sweet storage bag for cookie cutters.........and i know some people who keep lots of their kitchen dry goods in fabric bags though i haven't tried that yet.............
 ...........i am planning to bake something later today........so many of your blogs showing delicious cakes and bakes have inspired me to get baking again :)......................
 ..............but before that i have a few more piles of crafty things to sort out........i know that as soon as i send something off for recycling i will most likely need it though.......
............thank you for dropping in here, lovely readers, and for your sweet comments on my last post.....i do love to read them and to visit your blogs too..............wishing you a happy week with time to make things, bake things, enjoy some flowers and keep cosy..............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

56 comments:

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Make, bake and enjoy flowers......best advice ever Helen! :)
I love your little fabric bags, practical and pretty! Those primula are so beautiful, they just sing spring, don't they.
Happy Tuesday,
V xxx

Kate Eastwood said...

Hi Helen
Your bags are utterly gorgeous , and such a good idea! They must look so pretty in your craft room.
Kate x

❤Coco Rose❤ said...

Oh My Word....such loveliness here in this post. It's making me feel all spring like and upbeat! A beautiful dose of colour and just what I needed today! Thank you Helen!

I may just have to stay here a while longer and drool a bit more!

Have a super rest of a week

Take care

Vanessa xxx

Kate said...

You made me feel like spring was here or at least on it's way - thank you....such a beautiful post.

handmadeby EvaRose said...

Fabulous fabrics and bags! A well needed injection of color on this dark and rainy morning. Your flowers are so delicate and fresh. Thank you for putting a smile on my face with your lovely photos

Tilly Rose said...

Such a cheery post for such a glum dreary day here in Cambs...
Love the idea of the cookie cutter bag!

Tilly x

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

beautiful atmosphere, so bright and floral !!!!!!
xxxxxxx Ale

Fotf said...

Lovely makes, lovely flowers, very enjoyable read :)

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Sweet Helen, It's amazing how flowers, dirt and containers can brighten a room/ kitchen and change the whole atmosphere! I'm a fan of doing this also. Tulips in my kitchen now. Loving the fabric drawstrings, great idea and so cute. The blue recipe fabric is my favorite too. Great parcel for cookie cutters, may have to join you in the tidying up mode. So many exciting WIP's, all sound beautiful.
Stay cosy my friend and enjoy your baking, xoRobin

Ali said...

Love them all such pretty fabrics and flowers xxx

Betty W said...

The bags are so cute and I love the fabrics you used for them.

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

Love your little bags, they are such a great way to use adorable fabric!! Organizing and sorting does take a lot of time but very worth it! I want to start some new projects so I can have a lot of variety of wip's to work on too!!

crazydazy said...

your post has cheered me up on this very grey gloomy day......such lovely fabrics!

Annerose said...

Ich finde deine Beutelchen sehr schön und wiedermal tolle Stoffe, das hast du richtig fein gemacht.
Liebe Grüße Annerose

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

It really is always spring over at yours.....I do like a good craft area reorganisation, don't you! :) x

Jane said...

What a great idea those bags are for crafty storage Helen. .I love the blue one especially. It feels so spring like on your blog today. I have just bought 2 bunches of daffodils to cheer us up
..let's hope this rain eases soon x

Mary @ Ms. Redo said...

Love that Pam Kitty Picnic fabric, I've been looking at it forever but as soon as I saw it here, I jumped over to Fat Quarter Shop and ordered it! Cannot wait to start my next quilt with it! Sewing machine finally started working properly and I completed my Scrumptious quilt, such a great feeling to make a project and finish it - hanging up in the dining room so I see it regularly. You are very lucky to have flowers, we are having cold temps and predicting snow which I'd prefer to avoid :) Big hugs across the pond ~ Mary

Cindy said...

Those pretty little bags are such a good idea! I have some items that would be better contained in a bag than in bulky plastic boxes. I can't believe you have flowers blooming now. Today our temp is -5 F! Can you believe it?!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Helen! These are so cute! Your beautiful Fabrics are so perfect for little feed sacks! Thank you for inspiration! Most lovely flowers, too and I love the small white bottle! x Teje

Caroline said...

I love your sweet little bags, such a great idea. And what gorgeous primulas, they really say Spring don't they :)
Have a lovely craft week.
Caroline x x x

scrappyjacky said...

So much gorgeousness.....loving all those Spring colours.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love organizing and the pretty bags WITH tags works great. I think I'll play in my craft room today. Love your pretty flowers, too! Hugs!

Chrissie said...

Oooo, what pretty little bags, a lovely idea to label them, too - I could use a few of those around here! Golly, I could just bag up everything in this house in sweet floral fabrics, I'd be the happiest 'bag lady' in the world! ;-) Chrissie x

Dorothy Griffiths said...

Helen your colours are just divine, I wish I could replicate them in some, would love to bottle them up for good! I adore the fabrics you are using and the projects are such pretty things as always. Helen you continue to inspire and delight, thank you so much. Have a fantastic week Helen, I am always excited when you put a new post in. Big hugs to you
Dorothy
:-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

sweetpea family said...

Hi Helen another beautiful sunny post that never fails to lift my mood. I love your draw string bags I am really tempted to have a go x

20 North Ora said...

Helen - Your blog always lifts my spirits and makes me think Spring - even if it is 22 degrees here today. At least the sun is shining.

Judy

Ladybird Diaries said...

Hi Helen, thank you for sharing such a lovely, cheery and bright post today! It has cheered me up on this grey and damp January day.
Marianne x

Things and Thoughts said...

Perfect ! Your bags are perfect Helen ! Do you have an e-shop or something ? It would be interesting if somebody could buy an item of your amazing creations.

Rhona said...

Such pretty bags...and you're right, they do take up less room than boxes and tins etc. I may have to get my sewing machine into action now!

RedSetter said...

What gorgeous bright spring makes and lovely flowers. definitely brightens the day.

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

What a great point that the bags take up less space than containers. And with the tags and placing them in a basket (of which I have SO many) it's not only practical but beautiful.
Your flowers look like they're painted for sure...they're so pretty.
It's pretty cold here...no flowers blooming here. But there was one day last week that was warm and got some outside work done.
I'm reorganizing my sewing/dining room now so I can find things so I can sew..LOL!

vintage grey said...

Hi Helen,
What wonderful spring makes! Love the new Pam Kitty Picnic prints you used!And, your floral applique pieces are so pretty! Wishing you a wonderful and crafty week! xo Heather

Hillside Garden said...

Oh Helen, you have very nice fabrics, I'm allways looking for something new.

Sigrun

Pat said...

I like your idea of pretty bags with tags for storage!
Have a wonderful day, from Pat on a very sunny warm day with a hint of rain later on, here in South Africa xx

Gracie Saylor said...

You are doing a wonderful job bringing Spring into your home, Helen :) And thanks for sharing it with us. It has been gray and rainy here today, which actually is a blessing because we are behind on rainfall...but your glimpses of Spring are delightful! xx

KC'sCourt! said...

Another pretty post. I love those primulas, they look very unusual.
Julie xxxxxxx

Jenn M said...

Very pretty! I'm having a craft room clear out myself and those bags would make much more sense than some of the things I have to house bits and bobs.
Happy crafting!

jenn

claire said...

All those flowers and spring fabrics - music to my eyes! I am calling in Spring myself - can't wait for fresh blooms to paint :)

gillyflower said...

Your bags are so pretty Helen, and so useful for storing all the bits and pieces in your craft room - they must be a pleasure to use!
Lovely flowers, just what we need to see during these wet winter days!
Gill xx

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Oh I just love your drawstring bags, and what a great idea to use them for sorting craft supplies. Thanks for the lovely inspiration!

Madelief said...

Such a pretty post Helen! I love your drawstring bags! I will be in the UK in April. hopefully I will find such colourful floral fabric like you have.

Lookinf forward to see your ripple blanket and your decoupage project!

Happy day!

Madelief x

Teresa Kasner said...

Dear Helen, your pretty spring-y colors are so joyous. I love your idea of making bags to organize your crafty items. Your Primula is gorgeous.. I hope I see one for sale sometime! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Your new fabrics are beautiful Helen and they make such pretty drawstring bags mixed together...I love those fresh springy colours!
Ooh, such gorgeous primulas...you do always find the prettiest of flowers too!
Happy baking and creating!
Susan x

Kay said...

So pretty, I really like the white fabric with large flowers on it. I like that you tell us who the fabric is by so I know where to look for it. xx

Hannapat said...

Ooh I can see why all those pretty fabrics is making it feel like spring in your little workshop. I love all those pretty fabrics, endless opportunities. I also love all your pretty flowers, we most certainly need to surround ourselves with all these pretty things when things are a little grey outside. Enjoy your weekend xoxo

sew said...

What a way to get organised with lovely fabric bags - WOW!
Don't Spring flowers gladden the heart? I have a beautiful amaryllis and sweet smelling hyacinths in my sewing room but can't wait to find some anemones!

Daniëlle Kok said...

Pretty bags!
Love it!
And the spring flowers makes me happy :-)
-X- Danielle

Mia said...

Hello Helen,

Those little pouches are so sweet, and perfect for so craft-tidying. Such a great idea! And wow, it sounds that you'll be busy bee for next a few weeks with all those wips - happy sewing!

Lovely last day of January!

Yours,
Mia

Shari LeBlanc said...

Lovely...oh so lovely Helen. Those little bags are speaking to me and so are all your lovely little flowers. Makes me wish for Spring!
xx Shari

Janine Avery said...

Such gorgeous WIP's though!! I love those little bags - simple but so useful! Enjoy your weekend, J9 x

Astri Bowlin said...

Oh the little bags are just so precious! And those pink flowers, WOW! What a sight for sore eyes this time of year. :-)

Erna said...

Just lovely, and by the way...they made a song about your first sentence....It may be winter outside,but in my heart it's spring :)
Hugs
Erna

Janine Marques said...

Hello my dear friend, your crafty bag is so beautiful, i wonder if i can make one lollll but :) i´m going to be a mummy and i think, that is going to help me to organize things :)
It is a good inspiration, thank you dear***
Blessings with love
Nina

koralee said...

Your little bags are so sweet! I love them...perfect idea for giving. xoxoxo

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