Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Flowers From The Garden

We have been enjoying such beautiful sunny summer days here, and the flowers are blooming away in our garden, with plenty to spare for gathering into big bunches and enjoying indoors.......my special jug for 'flowers from the garden' was a present from one of my sweet sisters last year .........and it somehow wouldn't feel right putting flowers from a shop in  it :)
 ...............i gather the flowers in this very old shallow flower basket that came from grannie's house when we sorted it out.....
 ...............i like to use it as it is the perfect shape for the job and makes me think of ladies of the past and their leisurely days of snipping flowers to arrange........
 ..............my days have been very busy, and not so leisurely as i mentioned last time, working on lots of new designs, mainly christmas ones.............but i have had the windows and doors wide open while making and making and sewing and sewing..................
 ................and this lovely fragrant bouquet in my sewing room to enjoy..............
 .................i have fitted in a little bit of crochet in the evenings, finishing off rosie's blanket (pictures of that soon) and making some more flowers for my next cushion in my flower cushion collection :)
 ...............one of the designs i have been working on had numbers in it.....the ones i practiced on were lying on my desk so i made some quick tags with them............
 ..............i love making these little flowers........last year i found the pattern for them on the internet and wrote it in my notebook, but now i can't find it again and am not able to attribute it to anyone......if you recognise it please let me know..............
                    .............a few more flowers inspired by the colours of my bouquet...................
 ................and here is some stitching to show you too, this is my house sampler design in this month's crafts beautiful magazine............i love red and white samplers, and i love stitching houses too..........
 ...................i added the home sweet home word embellishments by printing them onto card.......combining paper crafts and stitching is continually inspiring to me and there are always new ideas to try................
 .............some views from our garden this week.............lots of blue sky, the sweet peas canes, a little glimpse of the sea and roses growing over the old garage roof..............and below is the round shabby chic table in our tiny courtyard outside the kitchen door where i have lots of geraniums growing and some new red and white striped petunias..........the little door behind the flowers is the door to our old garden store................
 .................besides loving the summery days and being in the christmas zone work wise, i have also been washing and ironing and packing our suitcases as we are going on holiday in a few days....
................so next week i will be taking a little blog break.......but i will be back the week after with pictures to show and lots more crafty news then too..............thank you for visiting me here lovely readers, and thank you for all your sweet comments...........wishing you sunny days, bright flowers and happy times..............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

50 comments:

20 North Ora said...

Oh my - your flowers are just gorgeous! Such beautiful colors. Love the old basket - perfect for gathering bouquets out of your pretty garden.

Have a good week off on your break - you certainly deserve it.

Judy

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Helen! What beautiful flowers you have collected from your garden and what stunning photographs of the garden itself! Love your 'home sweet home' red and white sampler and I'll miss your cheerful posts whilst you are away but, I wish you a wonderful holiday!! xx

Betty said...

How very pretty everything is, you certainly have captured Summer.

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Your flowers are so pretty, Helen, and I loved the number tag as soon as I saw it tied around the flower jar! So cute! I hope you have a fantastic holiday - enjoy your time away and we shall see you on your return! xo

Mickie said...

Helen,
I love your posts, they always measure up to my expectations, so cheerful and inspiring. When do you find the time for all that you do?
Have a wonderful holiday and I am looking forward to seeing some lovely photos.
Mickie, Indiana USA

Ali said...

Soon pretty xxx Enjoy your break xxx

crazydazy said...

you have a beautiful garden and that vase is just perfect for the flowers....have a nice holiday

Jilly said...

The jug for your flowers is just perfect, such a lovely present. Your garden is looking really pretty, it's shame to be going away! Hope you have a lovely holiday xx

soleillucie said...

So beautiful! Vous avez un réel talent our les fleurs.
Lucie x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Oh you are so right Helen that beautiful jug couldn't possibly hold anything but you own gorgeous homegrown blooms. :)
I love your pretty crocheted flowers as well, I too love to make little crocheted flowers.
Your garden is looking so lovely, it's great the weather has been good enough to enjoy it!
I hope you have a wonderful week away, happy holidays,
V x

angelasweby said...

What a lovely sunny blog post. The flowers are beautiful and perfect for your pretty jug. I love the antique basket too.
The crocheted flowers look are really pretty.
Enjoy your holiday. Hope the weather stays lovely and hot and sunny.

Joy said...

I have really enjoyed your beautiful flowery post Helen, thank you. Your 'flowers from the garden' jug is so lovely and your hand-picked blooms are a delight, your garden must be such a joy to you! Enjoy your time away! xoJoy
PS Just so you know, I have made some of your beautiful hearts and credited you with the inspiration in my latest post, thank you so much!

Cindy said...

Your bouquet is so pretty - so is the jug! Have a good time on your trip. And I hope the weather stays nice for you.

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

So many lovely flowers Helen! Love the flower jug and all the basket gathering to make that jug so beautiful. Crocheted flowers are so frilly and colorful, will make a sweet cushion for sure. I hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with sunny days, laughter and love, xoRobin

Blondie's Journal said...

Life sounds so pleasant and breezy, Helen, just the way it should be in the summer! Beautiful flowers and I really love your jug. And your garden is looking lovely as well! Funny to think of Christmas but some things can't be put off. So glad your days are happy and full.

XO,
Jane

Teresa Kasner said...

Helen, what a pretty jug of flowers from your garden! What a thoughtful sister! I'm so curious as to where you're going on holiday - I hope you have a wonderful time and bring back lots of fun photos. And maybe a souvenir for me. LOL! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Samantha Roberts said...

Hi Helen, your garden flowers are lovely and look so good in your special jug. The weather has been fab of late and it's been so nice to be in the garden (it's raining today though)
Those labels are great and the red and white stitching is pretty too. Have a good holiday, Sam xx

Simone said...

Such a feast of visual delights! It is difficult to know which area to focus on! I must say how much I like your redwork house and mixing the stitching with the papercraft. Have a lovely break Helen. x

...Nina Nixon... said...

Hi Helen - what a gorgeous posy of pastels.

I've adopted a garden for this summer so I'm having to go with the flow, but we have a few roses so I've very happy indeed.

Nina x

Ladybird Diaries said...

Gorgeous post Helen, those flowers are so pretty. I would enjoy collecting blooms in that pretty basket too. I love the little house cross stitch....I love red and white needlework designs and I have three cross stitch pictures hanging in my living room which I have stitched in red on white from your home sweet home cross stitch book. I shall have to purchase that magazine now! Hope you have a really lovely holiday.
Marianne x

KC'sCourt! said...

Beautiful flowers.
Julie xxxxxxxxx

scrappyjacky said...

I love this time of year when there are so many flowers in the garden to pick.
Your crochet flowers are such pretty colours....they look very like my sweetpea colours.

Chrissie Crafts said...

Beautiful blooms, they certainly inspire colour palettes for crochet and other crafts! And I bet the scent and sight makes packing and sorting out the house pre-holiday so much more pleasant! Have a wonderful break! Chrissie x

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Enjoy your holiday Helen! I love popping in to see what you are working on...they are always lovely!
xoxo

Jane said...

Hi Helen I am back from holidays as you go off on yours ;0) I love the pretty flowers from your garden and they are in the perfect vase. Happy holidays and "see" you soon x

Amy at love made my home said...

I hope that you have a great holiday Helen! I have the same jug as you, but mine just holds twigs with lights on them, I feel that it needs flowers after seeing how beautiful yours looks. I love the little red house! Incredibly cute. xx

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

Helen, I would be on vacation in your garden....and with a view of the sea? I had no idea you were on the coast. Do you have a beach you can walk on or are they high cliffs? I am not good with heights.
Your vase is lovely. What a nice present.
Enjoy your holiday!

Christine said...

Gorgeous flowers!! I love all your stitching. I make Christmas stuff this time of year too. I do it now because the fall gets so busy and all of the sudden it is December. I love Christmas so I enjoy thinking of it year round even though today we were all in our bathing suits at the beach. Enjoy your vacation!

Christine said...

Gorgeous flowers!! I love all your stitching. I make Christmas stuff this time of year too. I do it now because the fall gets so busy and all of the sudden it is December. I love Christmas so I enjoy thinking of it year round even though today we were all in our bathing suits at the beach. Enjoy your vacation!

Janine Marques said...

The flowers are beautiful helen love ter colors :) this week i was reading My old cross stitsh magazine with your entervew witch i love :)
Hugs with love
Nina

Madelief said...

What a beautiful bouquet Helen! Love the soft pastel colours. Isn't the garden pretty at the moment with all those flowers in bloom!

Enjoy your projects! When I look at the beautiful things you make, I always wish I had more time...

Have a lovely evening!

Madelief x

Annerose said...

Das sind wunderschöne Blumen und die Farben passen perfekt zusammen. Genau unsere Farben, nicht wahr ?
Liebe Grüße Annerose

yarn and pencil said...

Such a sweet scented post :-) Have a lovely holiday
Tracey xxx

sew said...

Beautiful flowers - woolly and otherwise and that jug was simply made for you and your gorgeous garden. Have a relaxing break. xx

gillyflower said...

The flowers from your garden are beautiful Helen, the pretty pink roses and campanulas especially lovely.
Also loving those pretty little crochet flowers - they will make a beautiful project.
Hope you have a good holiday Helen. We are off for a few days holiday this weekend too,lets hope the weather stays sunny!
Gill xx

driftwood said...

oh that basket of flowers is the most gorgeous thing ever xxx

My Little Home and Garden said...

You may well be one holiday by now and I hope that it is/was an enjoyable one. Visiting your posts is like a little holiday. I enjoyed seeing your stitching and the beautiful flowers. Surely, flowers picked from one's own garden are the loveliest!

Karen

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Christmas in June, how odd that must feel. But you do seem to have an abundance of summer flowers to compensate :)

Jane said...

Such beautiful flowers in your garden Helen. Wishing you a very happy holiday.
Jane x

Crafty in the Med said...

Hello Helen
Balm on a Saturday morning to my eyes. I,ve popped into my blog this morning for a quick update on a few blogs and straight away yours called to me.It must be the beautiful flowers,the colours and the crochet ...as alway such a lovely post. Your 'flowers from the garden' jug from your sister is such a perfect gift filled with beautiful hand-picked blooms; a perfect centre piece.

keep well

Amanda xx

moonstruckcreations said...

Such lovely flowers, your home must smell divine!

I love the house sampler, must look out for the magazine.

Helenxx

Roberta Mendes said...

Hi, I love your craft, is beauty, I love a colors, I follow your blog, hugs from Brazil.
Visit my blog - Tita Carré - free patterns crochet

flowers on my table said...

Hello Helen, hasn't the weather been wonderful! Your flowers and garden look wonderful. I hope you were wearing a big floppy straw hat when you collected flowers in tour trug, because I imagine that you did! Love the red and white house and the number tags too. Have a fabulous holiday, a chance to recharge the batteries. Much love to you, Linda xx

koralee said...

Hi sweet friend...sorry I have not visited for such a long time...your blog is just as lovely as always. I do love just going to my garden and clipping flowers...Happy Summer!
Thanks for the sweet wishes about our grandbaby that is soon to come. xoxo

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Yes indeed, no need to purchase flowers when you have such a lovely array to choose from in your own backyard. I love geraniums but they have a very short life span in this environment. I would find it hard to create Christmas projects at the moment. You always have to think ahead when you are designing and I am such a procrastinator. Have a lovely holiday. Tammy

Pat said...

Such gorgeous flowers Helen! Your garden is heavenly ... and the vase you use is so special!
Pat xxx

sky-blu-pink said...

Love your flowers, both scented and real, and so beautifully yarn-ed. See you after your well earned trip.

Astri said...

Oh my, the colors of the flowers (fresh and crocheted) are so pretty!

Mia said...

Hello Helen,

So beautiful flowers, pink&blues go so well together. I can't wait to see your newest flower-pillowcase, happy crocheting!

Yours,
Mia

Ana Lopes said...

Hello Hellen! I looove your beautiful flowers arrangements! Lovely projects too!
Have a lovely sunday!
Hugs from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com