Monday, 24 November 2014

Little Birdhouse

 It's a little bit wintry here, just a few degrees colder.........and a few festive things are appearing in my crafty space almost by magic.............
 ...........not actual xmas decorations yet, of course......it is much too soon for that ;) .........it is my husband's birthday at the end of november and about a week after that we begin to think about christmas...............i have been wanting to decorate a little wintry festive birdhouse and this weekend i found a bit of spare time to do so...............
 ................i had lots of red and white printed selvedge in my craft cupboard........and some rubber stamps and a soft red ink pad gave the effect i hoped for..................
 .............there are a few little decorations being made in my sewing room.........
 ................and little by little a few candles, lanterns, berries and red china are just popping up here and there..............
 ...........here are some of my crafty things from this week's projects all laid out neatly........
 ...........each of these has featured in my work in one way or another...........i have made some tiny things for work and for fun............the tiny pin cushion below has a vintage button sewn in the centre....
 ..............the little lavender scented heart with a red bell and button and a tape measure ribbon hanger will be a nice extra to go with a big chunk of French soap............
 ..................the picture below shows the red and white cross stitched and appliqued tea towels i made as my project for this month's crafts beautiful magazine available now......see more here..............

 ...............lots of red and white and some grey too..............below is my new winter's night reading treat.....a new persephone book....'because of the lockwoods' by dorothy whipple........
 .............today has been sunny as well as cold so far and molly and i have had a nice walk admiring the holly berries on the way...........now it is time to get on with some more work........perhaps a quick cup of tea first and a cinnamon cookie might be a good idea..............
.............thank you for your visit, lovely readers, and for your kind comments (and sweet emails too).........i hope you are enjoying these november days, with crafty, happy times and wintry inspirations...........keep cosy.................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooxxxxxxxxxx

44 comments:

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Helen! What another beautiful blog post. I love red and white colour schemes! Your bird house is very pretty. Enjoy your tea and biscuits! :) xx

Ali said...

So pretty as always xxx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

What a beautiful little birdhouse, so pretty!
Lots of lovely crafty things on your table Helen, lovely little pincushion too and the tea towels are gorgeous!
Have a lovely week,
V x

Jilly said...

I love your idea to make the tea towels more special and your red and white theme is making me feel quite festive!
Jilly

Annerose said...

Ein süßes Vogelhäuschen. Und die Geschirrtücher sind richtig schön. Rot /Weiß sind ja ganz meine Weihnachtsfarben.
Ganz liebe Grüße Annerose

claire said...

i love dorothy whipple and birdhouses so i was v happy reading your post :)

Ingrid Orens said...

Even though you say that you only start to decorate for Christmas a week after your hubby's birthday, I see a lot of red-n-white christmas thingies "in disguise" ;-))))
Love your birdhouse !!

A little happy place said...

Such a pretty birdhouse and red and white is my FAVOURITE Christmas colour scheme ever! xo

Madelief said...

Lovely decorations in your sewing room Helen. The birdhouse looks really sweet! Wishing your husband a happy birthday. Only two more weeks to go and we can start decorating for Christmas for real :-)

Madelief x

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

The birdhouse is so cute and I adore the pincushions.

Teresa Kasner said...

I adore your little birdhouse! I went through a phase of painting full size birdhouses with all kinds of designs, like ivy growing around it, or making it look like a barn or house.. so your birdhouse really makes me remember how I love them. Enjoy your cozy times and *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to your husband! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Janine Marques said...

Hello hellen how are you ?? Sorry i dont visit your blog for some time, i had my princess and how my time is very liited :) hope you are well :)
As always your blog it is very beautifull, makes me happy to visit you :)
Hugs with love
Nina

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

Hello Helen - one of my favourite colour combinations and such a cutie of a bird house. I agree, too soon for Christmas though my girls reminded me that next week is officially December. Oh my word!

Nina x

Jane said...

What a sweet bird box Helen. Red and white is such a great Christmas colour combo and so cheerful. It was certainly a cold and frosty morning here today....Christmas is coming...;0) xx

Gracie Saylor said...

While I am still focused on the amber theme of Fall around here, I have been having some fleeting visions of wintery holly berries and in fact I asked my youngest daughter if she had spotted any red holly berries on our holly trees in the woods. I need to go for a hike and see for myself :) Meanwhile, I enjoyed viewing your red berries and your cheery latest red and white projects, Helen.
Happy Birthday to your husband!!! xx

RedSetter said...

What beautiful theming with the red and white. Very festive but very elegant.

Jennifer said...

I love all the bits of red in your post today, Helen. I find myself so drawn to red over the past few years, never having cared for it before. I really love it now, though, and especially with lighter or washed-out colors, or pure white. The birdhouse is adorable and I love the decorated roof. Thanks for sharing. Have a good week, Helen. :)

Lorrie said...

All lovely bits that hint at the season ahead. Such a charming birdhouse.

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

Love all that red that pops out everywhere in your home!!!!!!
xxxxxxx ale

Hillside Garden said...

Dear Helen, the bird house is very lovely! I love the way you decorate your home.

Sigrun

Amy at love made my home said...

Happy Birthday to your husband! So many lovely things in your workroom, it must be very inspiring indeed. xx

Joanne Wilson said...

Christmas in disguise! I adore your little bird house, very pretty. My husband has his birthday at the end of November too, I hope you & your husband have a lovely day.

Kate Eastwood said...

Such a gorgeous birdhouse Helen, and such a clever idea to use the strips of fabric in that way. Happy crafting !
Kate x

Ingrid K. said...

Hi Helen!
I really love the tea towels you made, very pretty! And like you, I also like little bird houses. :)

The little pin cushion is very sweet, as is the hanging heart!

And your collection of crafty things looks great!!

I love your colour scheme of red and white, it suits this time of year!

Have a lovely week!!!
Ingrid xx
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Frances said...

Helen, I've enjoyed seeing how you've begun to introduce these red-and-white seasonal ambassadors into your home. I particularly like the cross stitch and applique tea towel.

Since returning from my holiday, I've been catching up on posts, and appreciated your praise of the Clover pom pom makers. They really are marvelous little devices that do their job very well. And yes, it's good to have a variety of sizes. The world just needs more pom poms, don't you think!

xo

Gillian said...

Oh so many beautiful things you have made.

Simone said...

A very sweet little birdhouse. Enjoy your week Helen. x

Cream Linen said...

Your birdhouse is just beautiful.
I love the colours and the arrangement of objects in your photos .They give me a very warm and sweet feeling of pleasure.

Love from a cold Athens,
Tina

driftwood said...

always have a cup of tea first! loving your red and white theme xxx

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi dear Helen, Loving all your pre holiday makings!!! Love the birdhouse and the selvage idea and stamps. Getting a winter storm tomorrow, not good timing for 5 kids traveling to our house for Thanksgiving! Hope they all make it, I've been food shopping for two days. Hope your days and bright and happy!
xoRobin

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Hello lovely Helen,
I'm catching up today and this post is so very pretty!...Your little birdhouse in red and white is just beautiful and looking at your array of crafty bits and pieces is so inspiring!
I love your Sweetpea blanket in your last post too Helen...little Daisy will be thrilled with it x
Hope you're having a lovely week,
Susan x

Betty said...

I like the bird house, it's fresh and pretty.

Jane said...

The birdhouse is gorgeous Helen, I love the use of the selvedges. The red and white with the black lettering is so striking on the pin cushion and heart, and those tea towels - might have to have a go! Enjoy what's left of your week.
Jane xx

Susan said...

Hi Helen - I always love your color palette. I really like that sweet little pin cushion. I may try making one myself. I'm with you on waiting a bit for Christmas!

vintage grey said...

Love all the pretty red and white, especially your tea towels!! And, the little bird feeder is adorable!! Wishing you a lovely week Helen! xo Heather

Things and Thoughts said...

Red and white look so perfect and it's very traditional for a Christmas ambiance.Your expert eye knows how to match items with colors and your creations have individuality, this is I love more.Wish you all the best things Helen and have a happy end of week dear!
Olympia

Anonymous said...

Hello Helen - Your lovely pre Christmas heart post has such a happy feel. Thank you. Love Pat

handmade by amalia said...

I love the birdhouse! It would make a lovely guest room for virtual bloggers if you put in some heating :-)

Linda said...

How beautiful!!!

moonstruckcreations said...

What a fantastic way to decorate the birdhouse!

Some of my students (I work with young people with behavioural issues) are currently attending a project where they make and decorate birdhouses, it is such a great thing for them to do, very calming. And they are producing some great work. Lots of mums and grans are going to have lovely presents for Christmas!

Helenxx

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

What a darling little birdhouse and I especially like the little postmark stamp you have.
Thank you for reminding me of the Persephone books~I remember being delighted when you posted about them before and I did go to their website but then never did anything. They look like very special books. Do you belong to their subscription? Do you pick your own? Are those the only books you read? Just curious....they look so good I wouldn't know where to start!

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