Monday, 21 July 2014

In the Pink

 Summer is here and the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and we are sipping pink lemonade to keep us cool.............i have two finished projects to show you today :)..........first of all this is what i used those hexies for that i showed you last time................
 .................i joined them in a traditional grandmother's garden hexie block and then used fusible wadding to back them with, then quilted round the outside and the middle with pink cotton........
                            .............to make two table mats for the summer garden table..............
 ................a lovely easy make for summer sewing, and of course can be made in any colour......though i like the shades of pink and a bit of purple, like the sweetpeas................
                                    .................we had something matching to eat.............

                             ..................and to drink........i love pink drinks.................
 .................and my second finished project today is rosie's blanket which she loves and has now taken home with her to their country cottage...........i made a little tag and tied it with a pink and green ribbon..............
 ...............i almost forgot to take some pictures of it, but managed to snap a few just in time.....
 ............i loved making this with it's pretty repeating pattern of pink, green and cream granny stripes and simple pink and green border, it was a pleasure to crochet...........i am also enjoying making daisy's new ripple blanket too, and my best boy charlie has requested one next in red and white stripes.......his football team colours :)............
 ...............besides crochet i've been quilting and doing some new patchwork blocks but will show you those in another post...........below is the beautiful fragonard sweet pea soap from france.......
 .............the packaging is so beautiful i am keeping it in my studio to look at often.........and the soap is delicious and a pleasure to use..............i will leave you with a picture i took of pale pink houses and bright pink bougainvillea tumbling over a wall in a tiny old street in the south of france..........
..................thank you for dropping in here to visit me, lovely readers, for your blog friendship and your sweet comments too...............i hope you are all in the pink and enjoying these july days wherever you may be...............................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxx

60 comments:

Jane said...

Hi Helen what a vision of pretty pink. Pink lemonade sound gorgeous. Your new works are all so pretty especially the lovely blanket. Keep cool and have a lovely week. I am just waiting for my girlies to arrive. They are here til Wednesday ;0) xx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Beautiful Helen! :)
Your little mats are very sweet and I'm sure Rosie is delighted with her beautiful blanket. Sounds like you will have plenty of crochet to keep you busy for a while!!
Thank you for the little French reminder of macarons, Fragonard and pretty streets......lovely! :)
Have a lovely week,
V x

sunny said...

Such pretty eye candy. I've just decided I need a new pink project for my bedroom. :-)

Ingrid Orens said...

Hmmmm macarons..... Soooo yummy...
Your blanket is so pretty ! I think the person who got it as a gift, must have been delighted !
Xxx, Ingrid

Gracie Saylor said...

As I look around me I am surrounded by more red, white, and blue, than pink, Helen, but your post reminds me that I feel "in the pink" as I am enjoying our warm summer days, I just strung some cobalt blue beads I will try to show you in a post soon, but meanwhile, thanks for showing me some of your pretty projects that inspire me to create my own :)
Hope you and yours have a lovely week.... xx

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Helen, I so enjoy visiting with you. You are such an inspiration. I love your hexie mats and you have inspired me to also make them. May I ask what size hexie you used? I only knit but boy do I appreciate anyone who can crochet. Just so beautiful as is all your work.

Things and Thoughts said...

Dearest Helen, I will repeat how pretty are your hand made crafts and how much I like them. I made a similar blanket for our country house and I'm glad make the comparison with yours!Your posts are always so vibrant and transmit so much joy!
Hugs, Olympia

Kate Eastwood said...

Such a beautiful blanket Helen, and I so agree with pink drinks being the best ... pink champagne, pink lemonade ...
Kate x

Teresa Kasner said...

Hello Helen! I'm so impressed with your pretty colored hexy mats! And that blanket is quite simply a family heirloom.. you should be very proud. Your eye for color is so happy! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Yes, Helen, you are in the pink and how nice it is! Love your photos and the hexes are so sweet. I'm thinking you have fusible wadding? in fabric? (not familiar with that but I love the idea. I will have to look into it. Rosie's blanket turned out so yummy I could just hug it. I would also have saved the soap box, too cheery to toss. Pink is one of my favorite colors so you made my day!
xoRobin

Jooles said...

Ahhhhh lovely Helen ..... so pretty as always!
The little hexie placements are very sweet and Rosie's blanket is just glorious.
Anything thing pink is a winner with me too ;o)
love Jooles x x x

Jooles said...

Ahhhhh lovely Helen ..... so pretty as always!
The little hexie placements are very sweet and Rosie's blanket is just glorious.
Anything thing pink is a winner with me too ;o)
love Jooles x x x

Bee Lady said...

I love all of the pink color! Color is what I love about summer. And I just told someone yesterday, I want to slow it down. It's going much too quickly and I'm afraid I'll go into a depression if we have another winter like last year!

Cindy Bee

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Helen! I love the look of your pink lemonade!! Those macarons look tasty, especially sitting on one of those cute little hexagon mats that you have made. Just delightful!! Love the crochet projects too!! Enjoy Summer in your beautiful garden :) xx

A little happy place said...

Oh that blanket Helen...I am so in love with crochet stripey blankets and your is a stunner! What a great idea for the hexies and so lovely to enjoy them whilst sat in the garden. I hope that you're enjoying the sun! Sarah xo

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Hi Helen, I love both of your sweet projects. I have an antique grandmother's flower garden quilt on my bed. I cherish it. I found you through Brenda's blog where we were both featured today :)
xo
Laura

Bluebell said...

Hi. I love your crochet blankets they are such pretty colours, the hexie table mats are also lovely colours what a pretty pink summer you are having.

Jill

cristina said...

Helen, I like the hexis but the granny blanket are my weakness
and your are so beautiful... !!! a wonderful gift!
Many kisses from Catalonia!
Have a nice day!

Susan said...

Such lovely pictures. Pure pink goodness. Your blog brightens my day and inspires me. I too would love to know the size of hexies you used. :)

Jennifer said...

Oh, wow! Helen, you've really outdone yourself with the blanket. It's just gorgeous. And the table mats are beautiful too. I love the fabrics you used in them. Well done.

Poppysnest said...

Hi Helen, what a lucky little girl to receive such a beautiful blanket. X

Joy said...

Ooooooh, everything is so pink and delicious Helen, I love coming to visit you! Rosie's blanket is just wonderful and that ribbon is so sweet and matches so well - I haven't come across ribbon so lovely and must keep my eyes open when out and about! Your little hexi mats are gorgeous too, what a lovely idea, and they inspire me to fall in love with hexis again.
I love your pic from the Sth of France - and isn't that a beautiful bougainvillea, thanks so much for sharing your beauty with us! xoJoy

Baa. xxx said...

Your blog just makes me happy everytime I visit. Such pretty, beautiful things to see.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Pastel pinks always look so pretty and feminine. I love the little mat and use those a lot in my home. I had lemonade tonight with my dinner...wish it has been pink! I always love your posts! Sweet hugs, Diane

Hillside Garden said...

Think pink! Beautiful Helen. I have never seen pink Lemonade - only in Britain.
The soap looks nice, I collect soap and the most we never use.
Your needlework is great!

Sigrun

Samantha Roberts said...

Hello Helen, lovely images - thank you. Your sweet crochet blanket is lovely, the colours are very summery and the hexie place mats are such a good idea! I would love to buy some of the soap when we visit France soon, we're not going to the south though. Enjoy your summery day! Sam xx

Šárka said...

Oh, what a sweet post! The pics are lovely and the blanket is super cute! May I inquire as to what yarn did you use?

scrappyjacky said...

Such perfect colours for summer....and how good that we actually seem to be having one this year!!

Simone said...

The summer table mats are wonderful and I like the edging on the crochet blanket. Finishing touches make all the difference don't they? x

moonstruckcreations said...

Such a clever way to use those hexis!

Your photos truly capture Summer.

Helenxx

Frances said...

It's fun to see all the ways that we can enjoy pink under the summer sun. I like all the examples you've shown us, Helen.

Seeing those hexie mats reminds me to tell you that I actually did add some of my own embroidered hexie patches to a needy cushion cover recently. I used white linen thread on a neutral beige linen/cotton blend fabric. I made the cushion cover needing this decorative patching ages ago from some pink, rose and green Laura Ashley fabric. It's very faded now, so adding my freeform patches has contributed some shabby chic. I hope!

I do love the edging you used for that pretty crocheted blanket. It really does give a perfect light definition to your design.

Happy summer! xo

Cindy said...

I just love all the pink in your post and am inspired to add more pink in my home and garden. Those hexie flowers are so cute and precise! How do you make them look so neat? And do you back them with another flower?
The blanket is so sweet. No wonder your granddaughter loves it!

Annerose said...

Das ist ja schön heute bei dir, liebe Helen. Nur so tolle Farben und liebevolle Dinge. Gefällt mir gut deine Hexagon-Untersetzer. Richtig schön. Ganz liebe Grüße Annerose

Lorrie said...

Beautiful pinks. The hexagon table mats are so charming and what a cozy throw you crocheted.
Enjoy these pink days of summer!

Amy at love made my home said...

I love the hexi mats!! Very pretty and summery indeed. They would go really well with the blanket as well, which is also lovely. xx

Dorothy Griffiths said...

Lovely Helen sorry I have been away for so long - life has been tooo busy for all the wrong reasons I am afraid. However, what a joy to catch up with your posts Helen - as always the colours, shapes and creations fill my heart with joy, they are all stunning and inspire me as always. Your wonderful photographs from France bought a tear to my eye bringing back happy memories of our trips there when my lovely husband was well - hopefully one day I will visit there again. I have loved catching up today Helen and hope you are enjoying a fabulous day. Big hugs and loves to you
Dorothyxxxxxxxxxxxxx

eight by six said...

the pictures are beautiful and very summery. I love the little hexie table mats, would make nice gifts for friends. Amanda x

Miss said...

Pink, I am I'm in love with pink.
Pink macarons and a pink soap from France... a feminine world I love.
I always like yours bright pics.
Miss.

Anonymous said...

Hello,

so lovely things, greetings from Finland :)
Katja

Chrissie Crafts said...

Is there any colour prettier, happier or more perfect than pink? It is and will always be my favourite, and this post is just so wonderful! The blanket is a gorgeous treasure, and the hexie mats are brilliant! Chrissie x

Crafts @ Home said...

Hi Helen, another wonderful post, I love pink too, I'm quite envious of the sweet pea soap..and its box! Did you make the macaroons, my son made a couple of batches recently, flavoured with rose water, oh my, they were delicious. Have a lovely week, suex

tubakk said...

Lovely hexie projects. I too love hexies.

Nita said...

Oh, those hexie mate are fabulous...I want to make some! I would love to see a photo of the back...how are they finished? Did you just turn the edges under?

claire said...

Oh, the Fragonard package makes me want to go back up to the studio straight away and start painting again :) Thanks for sharing it.

vintage grey said...

Love your darling hexie mats!! So sweet!! And, the blanket is gorgeous!! I just adore the colors!Wishing you a wonderful summers week!! xo Heather

flowers on my table said...

Joyful pink, how fresh and lovely. I do love pink lemonade. You finished Rosie's blanket so quickly! The hexxies look lovely as mats, and very pretty with your striped plate, you are the colour Queen!! Much love to you Helen. xx

gillyflower said...

Lovely pink post Helen, perfect for this summer weather! So many lovely photos, am loving the pretty hexy mats ideal for outdoors in this glorious weather whilst you sip your pink lemonade!
The French soap looks lovely and no doubt smells divine, I too cannot resist pretty boxes, and I remember bringing home and keeping pretty French patisserie boxes for years!
So pleased Rosie loves her blanket,it is a beauty and will be treasured by her because you made it.
Thanks for all the lovely images Helen and have a lovely weekend - nearly there again!
Gill xx

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

Very summery and pretty Helen. Love the hexie mats. I love the adorable blanket you made too! Have a wonderful week!!

forgetmenots blue said...

Wow lovely hexes so pretty. The fabric is lovely. Your crochet blanket is stunning x

Annie Cholewa said...

If pink drinks are your thing, and you haven't yet tried Fentiman's Rose Lemonade, well you absolutely should.

Such a pretty blanket you've made for Rosie :)

Anna-Marie Field said...

I love pink!!! And eat and drink pink is so naughty but nice!!!! Love all your beautiful makes!!!! Have a fab and fun weekend!!!
Love
AMarie xxx

Jane said...

Your crochet blanket is beautiful Helen and I love the hexie table mats in all those pinky sweet pea colours - wish I could get the scent of that soap, such lovely packaging too! Have a lovely weekend.
Jane x

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Pat said...

Beautiful goodies Helen, lovely post! Pat xx

Ladybird Diaries said...

Gorgeous colourful post as always. I love love love the crocheted blanked! The colours are just perfect together and I'm sure it will be very much loved and appreciated in it's new home.
Marianne x

Mia said...

This is my absolute-favorite post, Helen,

All pink! Gorgeous pink! That blanket turned out so beautiful, so summery, and your packaging made it all perfect.

Have lovely, sunny last days of July!

Yours,
Mia

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Such a beautiful summery 'pink' post Helen! Your hexie placemats are so pretty and I love Daisy's new blanket x
Now I'm dreaming of living in one of those pretty plaster pink houses in France and drinking pink lemonade!
Wishing you a happy new week,
Susan x

Anonymous said...

Sigh! Love France. Never been but love the French country side. I love your hexagon tea mats. I am a hexagon fan for sure. I just finished cutting out 4,000 of them. Took me 4 days. Hopefully I can find the time to do all of them in some form. My quild hates hexies. Too bad for them. I take them along and do them at our gatherings every week. Chuckle. It's the little devil in me. They allow me to be in with my hubby at night watching tv, so he doesn't feel left out. He goes with me because I have TIA and he doesn't want them to freak out if it happens. He knits. Yes he makes hats and rugs. Anyway Love your post and I will be a follower of your blog. Safe trip home.

Teresa Aparecida de Aquino Soranso said...

Helen, seu blog é tão lindo e inspirador! Adoro as cores do que faz. Que sua semana seja feliz! Beijos

sky-blu-pink said...

Lots of pretty pink in this lovely post, delightful!