Monday, 30 June 2014

Home From France

 Bonjour!......here i am back again and feeling refreshed from my blog break.........last week mr p and i were in the sunny south of france and here are a few pictures from our trip.............
............the harbour at nice.........beautiful light and gorgeous colours........we have been to other parts of france but not to nice until now.......... my parents used to spend three weeks in nice every spring and they gave us lots of tips of places to see.............
 .................more wonderful colour combinations and i do love the shutters............
 .................the sparkling blue mediterranean sea.........as many of you will know, this is a famous view over the beautiful baie des anges..............
                                 ............and we could see why it is called the cote d'azur................
 .................of course i came home with my camera stuffed with photos of things i loved, and my case stuffed with french finds, and my head stuffed with impressions and inspirations :)............
 ...............i especially loved the old town and the amazing buildings there, windows with lace curtains fluttering and bright geraniums in pots and window boxes, as well as the neon bright bougainvillea spilling over railings and walls................
                                .............i picked out the colours of this house especially...............
                                       ................and the beautiful negresco hotel ..............
 ..............i found lots of flowers too, here is just one gorgeous plant...............
 ................and when i got home i found my latest issue of love patchwork and quilting magazine with my floral wreath project in it.................this is a fun design, easy to make and i took a quick picture of it below with my first sweet peas which were also here to greet my return...............

 ..............the magazine is full of inspiration for all fabric lovers, beginners or experienced patchworkers and quilters will enjoy its perfectly styled pages, gorgeous photographs and interesting features as well as the many marvellous projects.............you can buy the magazine here and subscribe here......................
 ................perfect for a post holiday browse with a cup of tea and a couple of macarons...............
...................thank you for visiting me here, lovely readers.......it is a pleasure to see you here in my little blog space, and thank you too for your kind comments, they are always a delight to read.......i am looking forward to visiting all my blog friends now and to catching up............wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.........................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooxxxx

50 comments:

Joy said...

Looks and sounds like a wonderful break, Helen, so many lovely pics and much colour everywhere. How nice that your magazine article was awaiting you at home, as well as your gorgeous sweet peas; I do like your wreath, it's very pretty. Have a happy week settling in again and catching up, xoJoy

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Oh Helen, how wonderful, I recognise it all and now I want to go back again!!! Isn't it just the most amazing place and you have captured it so well! I'm quite sure your head is full of inspiration because that's exactly what that part of the world does to you and why so many of the famous artists ended up living there. Sigh!!!!
Love your little wreath! :) I'm going to be looking our for your terracotta and mustard inspired crafts now! :)
V xxx

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

Love your pictures and what inspiration is right! Travel is an education and an inspiration and I can't even fathom what you will create now that you've been there with all that beauty and color.
Your 2nd and 3rd links to the magazine aren't working but your first is and the subscribing and buying are also on the first link so not a problem but thought I would mention.
Your wreath reminds me of the sea and the flowers your cottage. It is just darling and so fresh and summery. The magazine is very nice and I need to go back and get some of their free quilt labels and a cushion pattern. What a marvelous place Nice is and what a beautiful world we live in. Glad you're back safe and sound and glad you had such a great time. TTYL!

handmadeby EvaRose said...

What lovely photos! Fantastic inspiration for future projects. There is nothing better than a change of scenery for rejuvenating the body and mind!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Just yesterday, a friend was telling me how impressed some of her acquaintances had been with Nice. Therefore, it was especially nice to read your post this morning.

I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday, Helen. Welcome Home.

Karen

Amy at love made my home said...

It looks as though you stayed in a truly beautiful place, and had a lovely time, the colour of the sea really is amazing. Your wreath is very pretty too!! xx

Kate Eastwood said...

It all looks so beautiful Helen, what a lovely time you had. The colours in your pictures are just so beautifully French - if you know what I mean !
have a great week,
Kate x

Jooles said...

Bonjour Helen! wow what a wonderful trip, I have never seen a more beautiful looking hotel in all my life as Negresco ..... ahhhhhh.
Wishing you a happy new week
love Jooles x x x

Ingrid Orens said...

Looks like you had the most perfect holiday !
And congratulations for having your floral wreath featured in a magazine !!

scrappyjacky said...

It looks like you had a lovely break...and so many pretty coloured buildings.

Anna-Marie Field said...

How lucky you are!!! The perfect mid year break!!! I really love your work Helen!!! It really inspires me!!! Have a fab week!!!
Love
AMarie xxx

Ali said...

Gorgeous photos, thanks for sharing xx

Mia said...

Hello Helen,

Welcome back! Your holidays look fantastic, and you must have gathered so many new ideas for lovely new crafts! And that wreath is lovely, love the pink-blue-white combo!

Happy July soon!

Yours,
Mia

Country Rabbit said...

such a lovely trip, ive been to Paris but never adventured to the south of france would love to look there and stay in a french farmhouse....just dreaming hehe x

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Helen and welcome back! I can imagine how much you have enjoyed your trip! So beautiful views and photos and Colours - very inspiring! x Teje

Cindy said...

Love the colors of Nice! It looks just as I thought it would. I'm glad you had a good time on your trip. Now you get to catch up on your garden:)

Jennifer said...

It looks like you had a lovely trip, Helen. Thank you for sharing these beautiful sights with us. Your wreath is adorable, congratulations on being featured.

Christine Barnsley said...

Welcome home Helen, it is nice to have you back!! Glad you enjoyed your trip.... I certainly enjoyed all your beautiful photographs! Hope you enjoyed your macarons... they are delicious aren't they?!

KC'sCourt! said...

Looks like you had a most wonderful time.
Julie xxxx

Simone said...

Gorgeous post Helen. I am glad that you had a lovely and inspiring time in Nice. How could a person not be inspired?!!! Love the ice cream colours in this post and your beautiful summer wreath. x

Madelief said...

Welcome back Helen! Beautiful photo's of the French coast! All so colourful. Looks like you had beautiful weather too. Hopmy daughters and I will have sunny skies like you did, when we spend our holiday in the UK soon.

Happy week!

Madelief x

driftwood said...

your holiday colours are gorgeous xxx

Anne Toprak said...

Hello Helen, I feel like I've had a mini break in France with you. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos.

Happy July creating to you.....
A bientôt,
Anne
PlumCreek22

Irene Jackson said...

Helen, I always love your colours they inspire me with my various crafty creations - thank you!

Gracie Saylor said...

Your choice of what to share with us in your photos is once more perfect, Helen. Thanks so much for making the effort to do so...the colors...sights...sooo enriching to view...especially the amazing ocean! I am glad you had a good break and were rewarded for your work prior to your trip by coming home to see your pretty wreath featured in the magazine. [I am very chuffed that you are one of my blogging
friends :) ] xxxxxx

Frances said...

Helen, thank you for sharing these photographs of Nice. They brought me rich memories of the colors I saw there so many years ago.

Did you perhaps get to the Matisse house up the hill above Nice? It was visiting that place that actually won me over to the color genius of Matisse.

I still remember the scent of the orange blossoms I saw along the road up the hill. I took a bus up the hill, but walked back down to savor the atmosphere.

xo

cristina said...

A lovely post, Helen!
Thanks for sharing!

Teresa Kasner said...

Welcome home, Helen! Thank for bringing back wonderful images to share with us.. it's like we got to go with you. The ocean there looks so clean and blue! And I love all the colorful painted buildings. Congrats on your published article.. you are a crafty rock star! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Hillside Garden said...

Oh macarons, how wonderful! Welcome back, and thanks for the nice pictures, I think it was hot?

Sigrun

Annerose said...

Hallo Helen, das war sicher sicher eine sehr schöne Zeit, tolle Bilder.
Liebe Grüße Annerose

PamKittyMorning said...

It looks lovely! The colors! Love your little wreath! You always make the cutest things and take the best photos!

forgetmenots blue said...

Oh wow Helen looks like you had wonderful break. The houses look so beautiful. Glad you've enjoyed your holiday x

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

What a wonderful holiday....just looks marvellous! :) x

Jane said...

Welcome home Helen, what gorgeous photos from your fab holiday...so much inspiration there. Love those shutters too! Your wreath is so pretty and perfect for the sunny weather x

cida silva said...

Lindas imagens !
Pura inspiração.

flowers on my table said...

Hello Helen, welcome home. Looks like you had a great time, love the photos. We went to Nice for our honeymoon. Your little wreath is very sweet. Have a little rest before you start work again! Much love, Linda x

soleillucie said...

Les photographies sont magnifiques! Merci de partager vos délicieux moments avec nous.
Lucie x

Janine Marques said...

Hi hellen :)
Thank you for this photo tour so nice to show your trip :) funny this weakend i purchase some flower like the 1º photo in Olhão marquet were i leave Algarve Portugal and they are very nice and after your dry them they last one year :)
Hugs with love and sea blessings
Nina

paula said...

Beautiful pictures. I especially loved the scene looking down the walk between the sherbet colored homes. yummy colors. Looks like a wonderful, relaxing get away.

Jane said...

Welcome back Helen, looks as though you had a wonderful holiday, great photos. Love your pretty wreath. Enjoy the rest of the week.
Jane x

yarn and pencil said...

Such a beautiful holiday and how could anyone not return home so inspired by all those beautiful colours! Stunning! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring me too :-)
Tracey xxx

thriftwood said...

Oh Helen, I'm drooling over your beautiful pictures ... you've captured the colours perfectly! Congratulations on your magazine appearance ... you celebrity, you!

Have a lovely day

Claire xxx

flowers on my table said...

Thank you for your lovely comments Helen. I am looking forward to a little break, will call in again soon. Love Linda xx

Lorrie said...

Beautiful images of your vacation. The blue, blue Mediterranean is gorgeous. I'm sure those colour inspirations will be in your mind for a long time.

Things and Thoughts said...

Welcome back dear Helen! Your pictures are breathtaking, the last one is my favourite.I'm so happy to hear that you have had a wonderful stay in France and your summer crafts are unique, I can't believe how you can be so perfect,it's a gift, I admire you!
Olympia

Alison Machin said...

Bonjour Helen! What a fabulous time you had in France. I am a real Francophile as I have been a French teacher all my life...Your photos are gorgeous. How I wish I was sitting outside one of those little cafes right now tasting a delicious macaron. I just realised I have had your book for some time-absolutely brilliant projects-merci beaucoup! Alison xx

gillyflower said...

Lovely! I do love the south of France and we have had many happy holidays there over the years, so it is wonderful to see all your lovely photos!
It is so special there, vibrant and exciting, and I'm glad you had a great holiday!
Lovely project, I must look out for that magazine!
Have a great weekend Helen!
Gill xx

gillyflower said...

Lovely! I do love the south of France and we have had many happy holidays there over the years, so it is wonderful to see all your lovely photos!
It is so special there, vibrant and exciting, and I'm glad you had a great holiday!
Lovely project, I must look out for that magazine!
Have a great weekend Helen!
Gill xx

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Helen,

I enjoyed seeing your photos from Nice and as we had been there last year, recognized some of the same places we visited.
Happy Sunday
Carolyn

Ana Lopes said...

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