Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Sowing Season....... and a Winner!

 Happy April everyone!.........the new month - as the old rhyme says -  really is bringing the primrose sweet and scattering daisies at our feet and i have a flower packed post today :).........
 .............all the daffodils and narcissus are flowering in our garden this week and there are lots in jugs and other containers around the house too.........as well as lots of flowery fabrics like the ones in this finished hexie cushion made with gorgeous, colourful pam kitty picnic fabrics............
 ...............the cushion will look perfect on the painted garden bench this summer............
 ............i may just have to make a few more too though my next project is going to be a flowery quilt..........and i began a new granny stripe crochet blanket requested by one of my dearies at the weekend.....
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 ............the bellis daisies have been a real pleasure to have in my sewing room over the past couple of weeks, such a cheery little flower shape and pretty colour................
 ..............the hexie cushion on the rocking chair, a nice and simple painted chair looks lovely with a patchwork cushion, i think..................
 
 ............some of our garden daffodils in full bloom.......this week i am sowing seeds and weeding the tulip patch which has begun to flower and as soon as more flowers are open it will be time for a photoshoot......a family of newts have moved in to the completed garden pond and last week two big ducks (mr and mrs mallard)  arrived to inspect it but didn't stay long, just had a paddle and a little rest...........
 ...............i love browsing through garden books and catalogues, including vintage ones, at this time of year especially........love all the ideas to try, and tips from gardening friends too..............

 ...............i was a very lucky mother this weekend and had lots of gorgeous gifts from my dear girls for mother's day............lovely things which will be appearing in my photos for quite some time :).......
 .............and speaking of gifts.......it is now time to announce the winner of my recent springtime giveaway.............the random number generator had to be used this time as there were a lot of entries (too many for a hat).....thank you so much to all those who took part and for your very kind comments..........and the winner is..........farmgirl sam...........congratulations, sam, and if you would email me your address i will send your parcel of gifts straight to you :)......................
 ...............i am busy working on some patchwork projects this week, so will be returning to the cutting table in a moment or two.........i'm creating a magazine commission as well as a new quilt for me so all the fabrics  neatly stacked in the fabric cupboard will soon be scattered far and wide while i choose the patches.............love it.....though not so much folding them all back up again later..........
..............thank you, lovely readers, for visiting me here and for your lovely comments which i do appreciate so much..............i hope you have a happy sunny week with plenty of flowers and crafts to enjoy..................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxx 

48 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

Spring has turned into summer on this lovely blog.
Love the patchwork cushion
Julie xxxxxxxxxx

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

congratulations to the winner!!!!!!
xxxxxx Ale

my4lilgirls said...

I have so enjoyed this post. Spring has definitely sprung at your house.......so pretty
Karen x

Jooles said...

Hello lovely Helen :o)
A post filled to bursting with beautiful spring things, I LOVE it!
Your hexie cushion is just gorgeous and love love love your birdie jug, what lovely girls you have x
love Jooles x x x

Things and Thoughts said...

Lucky winner!!! Oh, Helen, your images, creations and flowers feel the spring so beautifully!The cushion is wonderful!

My Little Home and Garden said...

This flowery post is a charmer, Helen. I was so excited to find snowdrops in my garden this week and a few bits of green emerging from bulbs planted last fall. Spring will arrive later than in England, but it will arrive.

The cushion looks joyful. I expect the winner of your giveaway bundle is too!

Have a lovely week.

Karen

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Lovely and sunny and spring like! Mind you it's always spring here! :) x

Lily Razz said...

Happy April! A very flowery post indeed, it makes me so happy! That hexagon pillow is precious! Congratulations to farmgirl Sam!

Amy at love made my home said...

Lots of lovely spring at your house!! Beautiful. Congratulations to Sam for winning your giveaway! xx

crazydazy said...

lovely post.....you've put me in the mood for some gardening

Jennifer said...

So many lovely things in this post. The hex cushion is so beautiful. I'm glad you had a nice Mother's Day. Congrats to Sam!

Lorrie said...

Delightful spring on your blog today. Congratulations to the winner. Enjoy your day, Helen.

Hannapat said...

Oh so many pretty things Helen and I love your hexie cushion, how very gorgeous and it just looks perfect on that chair. I am just the same I love trawling through garden books, if I had money I would have theeee most amazing garden, we can but dream. I love your pretty jug, where is it from?? Congrats to the winner a very lucky gal! I hope you have a lovely Easter I wont be around to read your posts, but I will see your news when I get back. Sending you much love xoxo

A little happy place said...

Gorgeous Spring post Helen, thank you, it made me smile after a very long day!! S xo

mamasmercantile said...

Wow, so many gorgeous things to look at, what a beautiful spring post. I particularly loved the hexie cushion, what a dream.

Madelief said...

Happy birthday to farmgirl Sam! You made me realise I have to sow too :-)

Looking forward to see your field of tulips!

Have a lovely evening!

Madelief x

Ali said...

Gorgeous post as always loving all you jugs of flowers I particularly love the watering can xx As always your makes are soooo pretty xxx Take care lovely xxx

Christine Barnsley said...

Love your beautiful Spring flowers and your fabulous hexagon cushion! Looking forward to seeing your progress on your new quilt as it unfolds. Christine x

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Helen! I love your hexagon pillow and I think I shall make also pillows with my hexagons! I'm here in Finland and I was so happy to 'find you' yesterday! = your book in the library! I'm sure I said loudly and smiling: oh Helen! I enjoy always your sweet, flowery posts and your beautiful projects! x Teje

Ladybird Diaries said...

Hi Helen, I adore the gorgeous hexie cushion so pretty as are all the lovely flowers in this post too.
Marianne x

Josie said...

Helen, a visit to your blog always leaves me on a happy cloud! Such stunning pictures, I'm more than a little in love with your fabulous
hexie cushion x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Gorgeous hexie cushion Helen, beautiful fabric!
I love the little seedling box and your lovely watering can too.
How wonderful to have so much interest from wildlife in your new pond already, that is brilliant!
Have a lovely week,
V xxx

Chrissie said...

As always, beautiful things happening with you, so much colour and creativity, you truly are inspiring Helen! I like the look of your gifts...and congrats to the lucky winner! Chrissie x

PamKittyMorning said...

Oh gosh Helen, that pillow is so cute! Love those hexies. Of course as usual your photos are amazing, your flowers so pretty! Thanks so much!

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

Dreaming of pretty flowers!! I love your hexie pillow and your ripple crochet is so pretty! Have a wonderful week! Yay for Sam!!

Handicraft Passion said...

Such a delightful and cheerful site which I always come to. It's great isn't it to be crowded with so many pretty things - flowers and crafts....

Thank you for cheering me up.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh my! It's someone I know! Congrats to Sam! She is the sweet blog friend and I'm so thrilled for her! Love your fun for Spring! enjoy your week my friend!

Rhona said...

Wonderful spring flowers...they always make us smile and cheer everyone up! Your hexie cushion is gorgeous. Glad you had a lovely mothers day.

Jane said...

Daffodils and Daisies, my perfect spring post Helen. Such pretty spring flowers are everywhere,I love your watering can full of them. Glad you had a lovely Mother's day and quite rightly was spoilt. Enjoy getting out in the garden, the weather has been just wonderful hasn't it x

Cindy said...

Lovely springy post! Thank you for sharing your flowers with those of us that don't have any yet. But soon!

Emma Pearce said...

I love this post, it has really brightened my afternoon. Such glorious colours and lovely patchwork. I am a little envious of the daffodils I must admit. Mine are very droopy this year no matter where I am getting them from xxx

Teresa Kasner said...

I must say I was hoping to win something from you! LOL! But congrats to the winner. That pitcher your daughter gave you is magnifique! As always, the colors you surround yourself with inspire me.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

thesnailgarden said...

A beautiful post, with lots of spring colour! And congratulations to Sam. Best wishes, Pj x

Scented Sweetpeas said...

What a gorgeous looking cushion. I am adoring all the flowers in the garden springing up , just what I needed, it really does bring a smile to your face :-)

Christine said...

So many gorgeous pictures! I love everything you make. Thank you for always inspiring me.

Simone said...

A scrumptious post Helen. The patchwork hexie cushion is lovely and really does brighten up a painted chair. I have taken a fancy to the bellis daisies. I must grow some! x

Frances said...

Congratulations to the lucky winner!

Helen, the spring color scheme to this post has got the season captured so well. Perhaps it's the yellow and green warming up the mix?

I'm so happy to have seen some flowers blooming over in Central Park and think that the daffs might be showing us their beauty by week's end.

xo

forgetmenots blue said...

Congratulations to the winner!
Your springy colours are lovely. x

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

OMG! I can't believe I won your give away?!?!?!? I am one lucky gal! I'm doing a happy dance right now! Sorry I didn't catch you sooner. I think I caught Spring fever...literally. I was under the weather for a bit of the week but I'm up and about now. Just a "Spring cleaning" of the intestines evidently. LOL!
I'm so excited! I will send you my address via email forthwith!
I love the way the cushion turned out. It shouts "Springtime" and Summer too. Those bellis daisies are so precious. I've never seen them before or even heard of them. We have really "sad" flower choices here and not much variety. You need to plant from seed here if you want anything truly unique. I love Thompson's Seed Catalog as it has so many varieties. I learn just by browsing through it. I haven't even been on my computer much at all so I need to catch up again. Thank you SO MUCH for the drawing and I am thrilled to pieces that I won!
Oh, when is Mother's Day there? Ours is in May here in the states. Happy belated Mother's Day and it looks like you received some lovely things. TTYL! i will definitely let you know when I receive it as it will be a blog post all its' own! LOL!

Anonymous said...

So fresh and unashamedly pretty. Your joyful colours and projects are so inviting and motivating. Marilyn.

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Happy April to you Helen and such a lovely post to welcome in the new month! Your new cushion is so pretty....I love the colours and fabrics..it looks beautiful sitting on the white chair..x
How lovely for you to see the wildlife making their home in your new pond too and your new jug with the little birds is just gorgeous!
Congratulations to your very lucky winner :-)
Happy Weekend!
Susan x

gillyflower said...

Well done to Farmgirl Sam on winning your giveaway Helen!
What a lovely colourful post Helen, but I'm sure I say that every time! But they are always full of colour, flowers and pretty fabrics, and I just love your hexy cushion in this post, so pretty!
Have a lovely weekend!
Gill xx

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Hello Helen,
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vintage grey said...

Love that sweet pillow and all your pretty spring flowers!! Hope your week has been lovely! xo Heather

koralee said...

I am loving those flowers of yours ....congratulations to the winner and sending your oodles of spring time joy...happy creating and happy new week. xoxo

claire said...

Oh I missed a givewaway while i've had my head down working :( Lovely as always to step into your bright flowery world for a moment.

Pati from London said...

What a beautiful post, Helen! And congratulations to the winner!! as usual you bring us loads of inspiration. Wishing you a very Happy Easter!!
Love the beautiful jug, is it greengage? I think my mum would love it,
Pati x

Joy said...

Congratulations to the winner! Another beautiful post Helen, always filled to the brim with gorgeous content, thank you! Joy xo