Monday, 27 October 2014

Cosy Crafting

 It is nicely autumnal here today, not too chilly and with a little sunlight filtering through the grey clouds now and then.....a very atmospheric day............we have been busy outdoors over the weekend, gardening and walking in the colourful woods...........as always i have been collecting natural finds for my seasonal decorations...............
                                              .............fir cones, berries and leaves............
 ..............i have been getting the extra quilts out ready for the chillier weather...........
 ...........and making more wrist warmers......... just love making them...so easy and so quick :)........
 .........someone asked me which pattern i used for them but i didn't have a pattern.....simply made a  chain of 34 (measured round my wrist) and then worked 15cm in double crochet and random stripes......then repeated this for the second wristie.........sewed up the seam with the yarn ends from the stripes so it was nice and neat.........
 .............i have made a few pairs now and will give some to my daughters............
 ..........the touch of orange in this pair is unusual for me and right for autumn i think......
 .............cross stitch cherries for a cosy kitchen pot holder is my project in this month's crafts beautiful magazine...........ideal for a festive gift.........or to keep to brighten up a kitchen corner....you can find out more on the crafts beautiful website here...........
 ..........the cookery and baking books are out now as i plan some new tasty treats.......
 .............and some nice bright dahlias are gracing the sewing room with their gorgeous petals.....
 ..............i have been hand quilting my rosy churndash quilt.....it is fairly quick to sew as it is only a small one which i plan to hang on my sewing room wall when it is finished.........
 ............there are lots of other things i want to make too....i have a big list....it is always like this in the autumn, with christmas on the horizon and that feeling of cosy homeliness settling in.......
..........thank you for visiting me here, dear readers, and for your kind comments which i so love to read..........i hope you are all enjoying a wonderful cosy crafty week wherever you may be......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

53 comments:

Simone said...

Wonderful post Helen. I love your Pumpkins! x

shabbyamelia said...

amazing ideas! Thanks a lot!

Silvia said...

So lovely!!!!!!!

Maywyn Studio said...

Nice wrist warmers! Ilove the colors you chose.
They are especially nice to wear with coats and jackets that have open sleeves.

Michelle Hagger said...

Love the Quilts and Granny Square blanket.

The wrist warmers are so pretty, I have made a couple of pairs they are so good when it's chilly.
xx

Ali said...

So pretty as always xx

Thimbleanna said...

I can so relate -- my head spins in the autumn with project ideas. Maybe it's just nature's way of being sure we have projects to carry us through those long winters? Beautiful colors and inspiration, as always!

Annerose said...

Hallo Helen, schöne deine Herbstdeko, bei uns ist es auch ein herrliches Herbstwetter mit Sonne und Nebel und angenehme Temperaturen. Ich finde deinen neuen Quilt wunderschön und bin schon gespannt wie er fertig aussieht. Auch der Topflappen ist eine tolle Idee für Weihnachtsgeschenke.
Ich wünsche dir noch eine schöne Zeit und möchte mich für deinen Besuch auf meinem Blog bedanken. Ich freue mich immer wenn ich von dir lesen kann.
Liebe Grüße Annerose

Jo said...

Love your makes. I wish you made your photos bigger on your blog, your projects are too good to be on small photos! Lovely pot holder. Jo x

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

your wrist warmers ….. just love them all!!!!!
xxxxxx Ale

driftwood said...

lovely wristies Helen. do you leave a space for the thumb?

20 North Ora said...

Reading your bright and cheery post is a wonderful way to start off the day!

Judy

scrappyjacky said...

Autumn definately does bring a 'cosy homeliness' with it. It's been a bright sunny day here and I've been tidying up in the garden....and picking the last of the apples.
Your wrist warmers look lovely....and we'll soon be needing them.
I,too,would love to see your photos a bit larger.

Jane said...

I like your pretty wrist warmers and I love your red and white patchwork quilt - the cross stitch cherries are sweet too. Definitely an autumnal feel here too today, especially now the clocks have gone back. Have a lovely week Helen.
Jane xx

Gillian said...

I have a long list of things I want to make too! But one thing I've just finished is a little Christmas cross stitch - I'm so pleased with it.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

I love your wristwarmers Helen and as I love orange I think the orange strip looks great.
Cute little pumpkins too, in fact all your autumnal decorations are beautiful! :)
V x

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Helen! Another beautiful post full of lovely goodies! I just love your wrist warmers and that cute churn dash/rose quilt.... looking forward to seeing it finished and your dahlias are delightful! :) xx Have a lovely week :) x

Susan said...

Thank you, Helen, for another cheerful and colorful post. :) I love your Cosy Kitchen Potholder. I have most of those fabrics too. I sure wish I could find Crafts Beautiful magazine here in the States. I'm loving our cooler and breezy (yet still warm) Autumn days here in California USA. The change is more subtle but it's noticeable. I love Autumn. :)

Ingrid Orens said...

What a pretty quilt blanket, in the third photo !!!
And when it comes to wrist warmers - you can never have enough of them :-)... Love the colours you chose !!

Cathy said...

Your posts are always cozy delights. You have inspired me to crochet in brighter, playful colors. Thanks!

Lorrie said...

A very cozy post. It's dull here today, too and I'm beavering away at my sewing machine. Love those wrist warmers!

Betty said...

nice cosy looking wristies, I like the colours.

Anna-Marie Field said...

As always, I really enjoy your colourful world with beautiful hand made goodies!!! Have a happy and creative week!!
Love
AMarie
xxxx

Mia said...

Hello dear Helen,

Lovely wrist warmers, those would cheer up any gray&rainy day! And I am a big fan of natural elements on autumn/winter decoration, your wreath is just beautiful!

Happy last days of October!

Yours,
Mia

julie said...

Such pretty colours in your post Helen and it's definitely feeling like the right time to be getting ready for cosying up. You look well prepared for colder days with those lovely wrist-warmers x

Madelief said...

It sounds as if we are having the same sort of weather Helen! It was bright and sunny in Holland as well today. I like the colours of your wrist warmers. They match the weather and your flowers.

Have a lovely week!

Madelief x

Jane said...

What lovely autumn finds from your walks Helen. It has been so warm here today..20c.. it was a shame to be at work. You will need those lovely quilts out soon and the wrist warmers look so cozy, perfect for the coming weeks. Take care xx

moonstruckcreations said...

Such lovely Autumn cosy-ness, this really is my favourite time of year.

Helenxx

Frances said...

Helen, perhaps like you, I do not always include orange in my favorite color combinations, but there really is something different about that color at this time of the year.

The autumn light is very different (and increasingly rare each day) and the turning leaves and pumpkins give us more color hints than those carrots we can see year round.

Anyhow, I love the way in which you've inserted lovely bits of orange into what you've been making. Great to see that slight color edge enter into these photographs!

xo

Cindy said...

Those hand warmers are so pretty. Love the colors! Since I have started to use bright pastels in my decorating, I struggle with how to do fall. Looking at your blog helps:)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You always work with such 'delicious' colors! I love using a sweet potholder like that for a mug rug. I need to make a new one for Fall. Enjoy your week my friend. Happy sewing! Hugs, Diane

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh, Helen, I was smiling over all of this beautiful color in your post! You are so organized with the knitting and planning your cooking and baking! I recently saw some of the knitted wrist warmers in the Sundance catalog I get. $34.00! Very pretty! You are talented!

Jane xx

Gracie Saylor said...

The fir cones, berries and leaves are beautiful finds and beautifully arranged, Helen. I have yet to make wrist warmers, but your pretty ones make me want to make some. But I especially want to make your cherry design for my youngest daughter who is always on the lookout for cherry themed materials. Sigh.... Now for better time management on my part to make it possible ! Thanks for the inspiration :) xx

Teresa Kasner said...

Hello my friend.. your world is so pretty! And you make it that way.. I love that about you. I try to make my world pretty too.. it's interesting how we all do it differently. We're at the beach for a week.. I'm doing some crocheting! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Carla said...

Such a pretty pretty post! Such eye candy. I am loving that red and white patchwork

A little happy place said...

I love those wrist warmers and that red and white quilt is gorgeous!! Have a lovely week. Sarah xo

Crafted by Carly said...

Super makes, Helen!
Your pretty autumn wreath has inspired me - I need to buy-make one for our front door (and maybe one for EVERY season)! :-)
Carly
x

Ladybird Diaries said...

Such a gorgeous colourful post Helen which has made me want to get all cosy and crafty immediately! Have a great week.
Marianne x

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hello my Dear Helen, I love the second photo with the fir cones, berries and leaves.....it reminds me of "C"
The wrist warmers are so sweet and the colors are wonderful. I imagine so fun to come up with the color scheme.....you have a lovely eye for color! Love the pompom edging on bottom granny, talk about color : ) Happy quilting and cozy times to you, xoRobin

marmarel said...

Thank you for your wishes, I had already some cozy crafting days! I'm finishing some old projects. ;-)
I love your wristing warmers and orange in it is so cheerful. It matches perfect with the other colors!
I wish you happy crafting days too!
Greetings from Marijke

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Helen, reading your posts are like reading a good book you do not want to end! Yes here in Illinois I have also been getting out the extra quilts. How I love your red and white one. It is so soft and cozy looking. I bet it has been loved a lot. I do not crochet but I knit. Wrist warmers would be wonderful for the grandchildren. I always asked my MIL to make them longer so they could tuck in their coat. I love cherries, thank you for your inspiration.

gillyflower said...

A lovely and colourful post as always Helen, just whats needed on this grey and wet day we're having here today.
The wristwarmers are very cheerful, and will soon be needed, and the pot holder is lovely.
Have a great week Helen!
Gill xx

nerospost said...

Hello dear Helen! Your crochet blanket with the pom poms is sweet like a caramel! Something like that makes every day sunny even it was raining! You have always so beautiful colours in your projects! I just finished the latest quilt 'Pic Nic on the Beach' and posted about it to join the blogger's quilt festival - so now I'm Free to crochet wrist warmers! Have a lovely time! x Teje

Ingrid K. said...

Hi Helen! Such a wonderful post, and evocative pictures!!! I love your decorations!

That potholder looks fantastic! <3

And your sweet wristwarmers, so cosy looking!!! Just beautiful!

Thanks for sharing your lovely makes!

Have a good week!

Ingrid xx
http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

Jill at emeraldcottage said...

Colour-tastic!
Jillxo

Cream Linen said...

Oh I love your wrist warmers! I will soon try to make mine. Thank you once more for all the inspiration!!
Love,
Tina xxx

Annie Cholewa said...

I rather like that pop of orange in your wrist warmers Helen, it's not only appropriately autumnal but rather cheery too :)

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

I really love your quilt and your cherry crosstitch mat is adorable!!

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

Oh, what lovely pictures of fall and cozy activities and ahe potholder is so cute. My daughter and I both love cherries, to eat, to draw, to cross stitch, we are big fans of Mary Englebreit too which might have sparked the cherry love. Yours is just precious!

Anonymous said...

Such cheery colors and photos. Lovely projects! Your choice of fabrics look very snuggly. I will check back often.

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Nice wrist warmers! Ilove the colors you chose.
They are especially nice to wear with coats and jackets that have open sleeves.
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Joan Belzer said...

Helen, how I wish you were not so far away. I am just a beginner quilter at age 78. I love the red and white QUILT YOU HAVE PUT OUT FOR THE WORLD TO SEE.Beautiful!!!Would like to see more of it. Joan

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