Monday, 3 November 2014

Little Things

 Little crafty things, perhaps i should say, as this post is filled with pictures of some of the little craft related things cheering up this first week of november for me...............
 ...............i made a little striped stuffed heart as a tiny new home gift for one of my dearies........
 .............i often make these instead of, or as well as, a card........the house button (from just another button company) and charm key are decorations i love to use........the pink paper roses are some i bought recently from a local craft shop...
 ...............i have been immersed in the world of creating a book.........so there are lots of my favourite little things lying about my studio and sewing room, like buttons, glass jars, ribbon, rubber stamps....
 ............and below is a bundle of new scrapbook papers i found at a local garden centre which luckily also has a craft department :).............love the papers so much i used them as backgrounds in some of these photos............it will be a shame to cut them up eventually............
 ..............visits to garden centres for spring bulbs to plant in my pots and containers also means finding new christmas decorations and collecting together some plain white pillar candles ready to decorate like the one below....
 ..........last week was half term and my daughter and her husband had time off to spend with charlie and daisy for a wonderful week.....we celebrated charlie's seventh birthday (already??) and they had a party, carved pumpkins and went trick or treating as well as lots of other exciting things......we had so many trick or treaters to our house we had no sweeties left over this time...............
                             ...............my daughter bought me these lovely flowers :).............
 .............i haven't seen lilies like these before.......they don't have the pollen in the middle like the usual ones......so pretty and delicate and the roses are gorgeous shades.............
 ............of course in my list of lovely little things i have to include some crochet and this week's make is some red and white striped wrist warmers which i may be gifting at christmas time...........
 .............a lovely little fabric bundle ready for a new project, this is sitting waiting on my work table right now and i might even get around to cutting in to it this afternoon......
 ..........some autumn garden pictures now..... bright berries, still a few cranesbill flowers, and of course little molly is one of my favourite things ever.....she is so much part of the family now and such a sweet companion..........she loves to potter around the garden, as i do too.................
 .............i am loving using this old red and white quilt again at the moment and want to make a new red and white one but with plain fabric in a simple layout and with big quilt stitches......maybe i will have time to start one soon.......it is another thing to add to that great big old autumn/winter to do list of mine..............
.................thank you as always lovely readers for your visits to me here and for your sweet comments that i do so appreciate..........if you would like to see my photos larger simply click on them to do so...........i wish you all a happy november enjoying the little things, cosy times and lots of crafty inspiration.....................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxx

54 comments:

marmarel said...

Lovely pictures. The heart is great, I love key-charms too. The button is an idea for me to make from polymer clay.
Greetings from Marijke

scrappyjacky said...

Love your heart.....just perfect for a new home gift.

Anna-Marie Field said...

Lovely Little Things indeed!!!! Have a happy and creative week!!!
Love
AMarie
xxx

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

Love all your little things they are so pretty!! That little stack of fabric looks like so much fun! Enjoy planting bulbs, have a great week!!

Kate said...

Your blog is very cheerful and colourful - gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. :)

Ali said...

Gorgeous as always love the colours they just 'pop' xx

Simone said...

I love the red and white theme. Even Molly is red and white with her red collar! Have a lovely week Helen.x

Rhona said...

What wonderful crafty things! Good luck with the new book.

Bee Lady said...

I love all of the red and white! Very happy colors. Love the house button...such a cute idea. Is that a beehive I see in your garden?

Cindy Bee

Art and Sand said...

love the heart . . . love the quilt . . . love the candle . . . everything is lovely!

Things and Thoughts said...

These little things fill our life with joy and your creations are always so inspiring Helen! Hearts are perfect and I love their symbolism.
Happy new week!
Olympia

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The red and white quilt is perfect for this time of year. We're all starting to think of Christmas sewing and crafting! Love your pretty heart, too. Sweet hugs, Diane

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

Your flowers are very pretty and I am sure Charlie had a wonderful birthday. They are so cute at that age. I just love your heart, it is sooo pretty.

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Helen! Another beautiful and inspiring post! I love all your little red and white craft items and your lovely quilt! Molly is very sweet!! Glad you got to spend some time with your family!! Have a lovely week! :) xx

Lily Razz said...

Wonderful! You're so creative.. Everything made me smile!!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Such a pretty little heart Helen and what a lovely gift for a new home! Beautiful backing papers too, I'm afraid I have a soft spot for backing spores as well!
So happy to hear that little Molly has settled in well and become part of the family.
Happy 7th birthday to Charlie!
V x

Cozy Little House said...

I LOVE that quilt! Red and white just makes my heart go pitter patter.
Brenda

Ingrid Orens said...

The fabric heart is so much prettier than a card to give !
I love the idea of the white and red wristwarmers as a christmas gift... I like to give handmade gifts at christmas, but was lacking inspiration (maybe because it is not yet cold enough ;-))... I think I'll steal your idea, if I may...(well, the odds that we have friends in real life in common is very small, so there's no danger of us presenting the same gifts to the same people ;-))))

Jo said...

Lovely quarters. I am cutting a quilt too I am on 180 squares out of 270!! I like your photos. Jo xx

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

LOVE all the red and white in your post today, Helen! My mom loved strawberries and her kitchen was decorated in red and white, so your first photo really caught my eye and tugged at my heartstrings just a little. xo

Amy at love made my home said...

I always enjoy stopping by to see you and seeing what you have been crafting away at. I especially like the new home heart in this post and I am sure that you friend will like it too. xx

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Helen! Beautiful peppermint post! Adorable flowers and I love always your sweet sewings! How I think that Red is not my colour and when ever i see something especially with white, i really like it! x Teje

Jane said...

There are so many sweet little things here Helen and I am so glad to see Molly too. What a sweetheart she is and you must love her company. I love red and white..it's a great Christmas combo. Thanks for brightening up a very cold wet evening, hugs xx

Michelle Hagger said...

hearts are a big theme in my house! from wicker to decopatch and sewing in between. love the red and white themex

Christine said...

so beautiful!!! love the red and white quilt

Frances said...

Helen, our New York weather went through fierce rain at the end of last week, and I think that we might have sent the remnants across the Atlantic to you.

Since then, it's much chillier here, and seeing your pictures of projects using red and white were in harmony with some of what I was working on today...trying to get a few gifts made early, while getting a bit worried that I have yet to start painting my annual Christmas tea cup cards.

All that you've been working on looks so good. I smiled to see that the new pup is also enjoying becoming part of the family.

xo

Teresa Kasner said...

You inspire me so much! I adore your candy cane colored wrist warmers! You've inspired me to make some for the holidays.. and perhaps some for gifts!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

vintage grey said...

Such beautiful crafty things!! I love your red ad white quilt!! So pretty! Looking forward to seeing what you make with those lovely fabrics! Have a wonderful and crafty week Helen! xo Heather

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Well, you have had a busy week young lady! Your heart is so cute love the house charm. You got to have family fall fun too! I love the flowers your daughter gave you. Two of my favorites. I just love your red quilt. I so need to put that on my to do list. And Molly, she is the cutest. Looking forward to seeing what you make with your flower sugar fabrics. Thanks for sharing your week and I hope this one is wonderful too!

Ladybird Diaries said...

The little heart is gorgeous and will make such a pretty house warming gift. Those stripy wrist warmers are going to be so pretty too. Have a great week lovely Helen.
Marianne x

KC'sCourt! said...

Beautiful post. I love the colour red, there is just something bright and cheery about the colour
Julie xxxxxxxx

Gillian said...

So many lovely little things! When I see them I just want to go and make something. Those flowers your daughter bought are lovely - I've never seen lilies without the stamens covered in pollen.

cristina said...

Helen! how many nice things you're doing! all of them are a beautiful gift for Christmas! the heart is delicious and the red and white wrist warmers too! Your study always seen joy! Thanks to make us happy!

Jane said...

Hi Helen, another inspirational post. Your little stripey heart is very sweet and what lovly flowers. Lillies without the pollen: I love that idea - so much more clothes-friendly! Hope you're having a good week.
Jane xx

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

….. with all this red around , you feel Christmas is approaching ….!!!! love both the stripy wrist warmers and the fabric heart!
happy week Helen, xxxxx Ale

Annerose said...

Hallo, vielen Dank für die schönen Bilder und die Einblicke bei Dir liebe Helen. Die Decke ist wunderschön und die neuen Stoffe auch, das wird sicher wieder etwas ganz tolles werden. Ich freue mich darauf.
Vielen liebe Grüße Annerose

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Oh Helen I love your"little things", all in red and white! I don't know how you do it, you are so productive and so wonderful at what you do! Love the quilt and all your red and white flowers! Even Molly is white with a red collar : ) xoRobin

Alison Machin said...

How lovely your makes and little things you have around you are Helen. The little house buttons are just perfect on the hearts-what a lovely gift they make. I too love the beautiful crafting papers you can get now and use them for lots of projects-they are just lovely to look at. How sweet Molly is pottering around the garden. Oscar likes to follow me around too but he will keep chewing my card if he can find it! Best wishes Alison xx

Ingrid K. said...

Hi Helen!

I love your Red and White Theme going on here, lovely styling!
Everything looks so pretty!
Your heart is very cute!
Love seeing Molly! :)
Wishing you a creative time!
Ingrid xx
http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Always lovely to see all the projects you have on the go. Happy November! Tammy

Madelief said...

Your little crafty things look very pretty Helen. I like the Christmas colours!

Your daughter gave you a beautiful bouquet. Love the pink and white lilies!

Have a good evening!

Madelief x

Cathy Daniel said...

Your pictures are so lovely and full of inspiration. Love the red and white quilt too - all ready for snuggling under on a cold Autumn evening! xCathy

claire said...

Thank you for your spot of red and white brightness on such a miserable week :)

Pink Milk said...

Oh Helen, how lovely is that heart? Between you and me, I think it's far nicer than any card.

I do love the way you refer to your 'dearies' - it enchants me. :-)

I've been having a lovely catch up with your posts - I'm sure it will come as no surprise that I absolutely adore your wrist warmers, particularly the pretty stripes, such gorgeous colours.

Thrilled to meet Molly too, what a peach!

Have a super weekend.

Heather xx

driftwood said...

oh that red and white quilt is just gorgeous. and I'm glad I'm not the only one with a winter to do list x

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Such a bright and beautiful post Helen for this grey Saturday morning....your little heart is lovely and I love the colours of your quilt too...(and how sweet is Molly!)
Happy 7th Birthday to your dear Charlie!!
Hope you have a lovely weekend,
Susan x

SuperMomNoCape said...

I always love reading your posts and seeing the photos that go with them. Thanks so much for bringing such beauty for my day.

forgetmenots blue said...

I really like your home sweet home heart so cute with the little charm perfect finishing touch. The wrist warmers look like they will be fab x

Pat said...

The darling little heart is such a nice gift Helen, adding the key finishes it off perfectly :) Love the Lily flower .. it is gorgeous!
Have a wonderful day and a good week... Pat xx

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Hello Helen,
This is such a lovely blog! I look forward to following along.
Hugs,
Lin

Gracie Saylor said...

I had forgotten that Charlie and my oldest granddaughter are the same age, and have birthdays so close to each other!
It's nice to know that you and yours have been sharing happy times,
AND
you are working on another book!
Lovely :) xx

My Little Home and Garden said...

I like your idea of giving a little heart, made with love, rather than a housewarming card. It's a personal touch that would charm a recipient.

Karen

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

You are the Queen of embellishing! The heart is a prime example and too precious for words.
I adore the red and white quilt....I have to make one of those for sure!
Yes, this time of year calls for "hunkering down" inside and crafting and creating! What fun!