Monday, 5 January 2015

January Joy

 Just a few days into january......and we have been enjoying it very much.......my husband had a nice long holiday from work, so i did too :)..........we went on some jaunts..........one was to liverpool.....
.............on a day of soaring blue skies and winds so strong they took your breath away.......
 ...........we visited the albert dock and liverpool tate..............had lunch by the waterside......
 ...........we saw the andy warhol exhibition.......no photography was allowed but a kindly notice near the windows said you were allowed to photograph the view :)........i am always very partial to taking pictures of views through windows.......here is a sunny but chilly river view from the tate.........
 .............i bought a pink badge and a postcard of andy warhol's 'happy butterfly day'.....
                                          .............i loved it with this primrose pot...........
 .............the albert dock is a much visited tourist spot, with the beatles museum and maritime museum to see as well as the tate, and lots of souvenir shops as well.......above is a sweetie shop window filled with jelly beans..........the colours made me think of granny squares in sweetie colours........
 .............i have started two new crochet projects this past week as if i haven't already got a long enough to do list, but it just had to be done because i got the ideas and wanted to start them.......
 .............over the holidays i made lots and lots of paper pieced tumblers.........i love these shapes....
 ............i have begun to sew them together and the patchwork is looking bright and cheery already...
 ...............most of our edible xmas treats have gone now.....but mr p bought me these macarons to remind me of our trip to the south of france last summer so we have saved them for a special afternoon tea.....
 .........lots of january joys.............but the biggest joy of all and most exciting one is that we have a new grandbaby........our younger daughter and her dh had a beautiful baby boy two days ago......we have been to see them and had our first cuddle with baby rhys........he is just adorable and they are such a happy little new family..........soon i will show you what i have been making for him over the last few months..........
.............thank you so much for visiting me here, dear readers, and for leaving such kind comments and for following along too......i wish you all a wonderful january filled with peaceful times, quiet joys and lots of crafty inspirations............back soon xxxxxxxxxxoooooooooxxxxxxxxxxx

75 comments:

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Oh Helen congratulations on your new little grandson, how wonderful, January joy indeed.
I love the shapes in your new patchwork and your lovely granny squares! Always good to have a reminder of France, I find! ;)
Have a lovely week and once again many congratulations to the new lttle family!
V x

moonstruckcreations said...

What wonderful news, many congratulations!

Helenxx

Anne Toprak said...

Hello Helen, What a lovely news. Congrats on your little grandson!! New year, New baby! THanks for taking us along to Liverpool.
With love and best wishes,
Anne and family xxxx

busybusybeejay said...

congratulations on the the new grandson.Is there a Welsh connection?Rhys is a lovely name.Photos please! barbara

Teresa Kasner said...

*C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* on your new little grandson! I am so happy for you - I know how much joy your little ones bring to you. I can't wait to see what you've made for little Rhys! Love the new granny squares.. such yummy colors!

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Joanne Wilson said...

Congratulations on your new grandson, what lovely news for you all. xx

Gracie Saylor said...

Delightful news, indeed, Helen! Welcome Rhys! So glad you have enjoyed your holiday and are launched into new creative projects you enjoy : ) My son just replaced some lightbulbs in my funny little electric fireplace and it is warmly glowing and luring me to enjoy stitching in front of it, but first I am dashing off to the gym to swim! xx

Claire said...

How lovely Helen. Congratulations to your family x

Samantha Roberts said...

Congratulations on the birth of new baby grandson!

Kate said...

Congratulations on your new grandson!

lilac and old roses said...

Congratulations! Lovely, exciting and blessed. I love reading your posts, they cheer me up and inspire me, carry on!
Liverpool is great isn't it? I love the Tate, the atmosphere in the city, the Walker Art Gallery even the blow your socks off weather! Happy 2015, Jane x

Ingrid K. said...

Hi Helen! Oh, what wonderful news, congratulations on a new grandchild!!! <3

I love your pictures, the pieced tumblers look fun and cheery, and so do the granny squares!!!

The exhibition sounds great!

Glad you had such a good start into the new year!

Ingrid xx
http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Congratulations to you all, what a wonderful new years gift for the family. I'm loving all your on-going crafts! x

Primroses Attic said...

Such a wonderful start to 2015.
Welcome Rhys.
Rosezeeta.

Cindy said...

Congrats on the new grandson! Grandchildren are such a joy and I am very partial to boys, having three of my own and three grandsons:)
Your posts always make me happy with the pretty colors. I'm glad to hear you are having a good start to your year!

cristina said...

Hi, Helen! I also have the daffodils bloom and is a joy to see flowers in the winter, right? their postal butterfly is beautiful and perfect for its flowery corner. Best wishes for the year started. A big hug and kiss from Catalonia!

Ana Lopes said...

Hello dear Helen! Congratulations on your new little grandson!!! What an happiness must be!!! He was born on my month :)
I love your patchwork with amazing fabrics. Thank you for the lovely pictures. I'm glad that you had good holidays.
Best wishes for New Year!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

Jan said...

Congratulations on your new grandson! We welcomed our newest grandson on Christmas Eve! I love the colors of the granny squares, but I have to make myself finish a certain baby blanket before I start anything else. I always enjoy the bright colors in your blog!

Art and Sand said...

Well, anything with blue and white stripes is pretty wonderful!

And, I love the fun parallelogram quilt.

20 North Ora said...

Congratulations on the new grand baby! Your January joys make me look forward to the new year.

Judy

Frances said...

So much to see here, Helen.

First of all, congrats to you and yours on the new grandson. Great to have a new baby at the new year.

I've never been to Liverpool, and so have never visited the Liverpool Tate, but do keep up with the exhibits there. I also like taking photographs through windows.

And...I that tumbler quilting shape is a clever one with so many possibilities.

Your creative energy continues ot inspire me. xo

Lorrie said...

Congratulations on a sweet little grandson. There's nothing like those newborn cuddles.
Glad you could get away with your husband - looks like you saw some fun sights.

Blondie's Journal said...

Helen,

I'm so happy that you had such a wonderful vacation, I'm sure it was much needed. The pictures are great!

And a big congratulations on a new grandson. What a beautiful name...Rhys.

I have a granddaughter coming next month, my first. So excited.


Good health and happiness to all of you! :)

Jane x

Baa. xxx said...

Congratulations - wonderful news!

Jackie said...

Congratulations on your new baby Grandson ~ you must be thrilled. Looking forward to seeing the baby makes :O)x

Jane said...

Huge congratulations to you all Helen, a new baby certainly brings so much joy. How wonderful. I bet you can't wait for a first cuddle....you forget how tiny they are as new borns. Your post certainly brought some January joy too with lovely pops of colour everywhere. I'm glad you got some time away with Mr P xx

Teje Karjalainen said...

Congratulations dear Helen! I'm happy to hear you have had wonderful holidays! I wish you lovely January - as sweet as you photos! x Teje

sew said...

Welcome baby Rhys - a very fortunate little boy - looking forward to seeing what grandma has made for him.

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Helen and a Happy New Year to you! What a fabulous way to start 2015 having a beautiful baby to welcome into the family! You must be so excited!! Congratulations!! Love your photographs of Liverpool... reminds me of my son as he is at University there! :) xx

Filomena Crochet said...

wonderful images!!! Hugs Maria Filomena

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Happy 2015 Helen, hope it's filled with lots of colour, creativeness and cheer! :) xxx

❤Coco Rose❤ said...

Happy New Year to you Helen! Such a lovely bright post to fill me with colourful joy on this grey morning. I love the fabrics and colours that you put together. You have the most amazing eye and I am in awe.

Happy 2015 to you and your family and I hope it is a fantastic one!

Take care

Vanessa xxx

Jooles said...

Many many CONGRATULATIONS dear Helen!!! what a beautiful gift for 2015 ..... I can't imagine a better one x

I love the sound of your little trip and your patchwork is stunning!
Yes please to a macaron ;o)

love Jooles x x x

Ingrid Orens said...

Congratulations Helen !! No better way to start a new year, a grandson !!

Lovely patchwork you're making, beautiful spring colours - I would almost forget it's only January...

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Helen, your blog is so gorgeous and so are all the lovely things you make! I have been inspired - thank you! happy 2015!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations, Helen! How exciting. I can't wait to see what you're making for him. Your tumblers patchwork is gorgeous, I just love those colors. Your day out in Liverpool sounds wonderful. Did you know I once lived in a city in New York called Liverpool? I worked in the schools there too. We often abbreviated it as "L'pool" when we wrote it. I wonder if people there do that too.

Kate Eastwood said...

Oh Helen it sounds as though you have been having the best of times, and so many lovely photos to prove it. How exciting to have a new arrival in the family, looking forward to seeing your baby makes. Have a lovely first week of 2015, Kate xx

Bee Lady said...

Congratulations on the new grandbaby! Lots of fun boy stuff to make I presume! I love the hyacinth and I've decided that I will plant a bulb in a pot TODAY! We had a huge snowfall last night and I'm stuck in my room!

Cindy Bee

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Congrats to everyone! No doubt you've made a lovely blanket for the baby. Very pretty granny squares. And I do love that little butterfly print. Best wishes, Tammy

Jo said...

Hi Helen. Congratulations!
I use a sewline glue pen to hold my pieces to the paper then I can just get on with sewing rather than sewing to paper.I get mine from a site called simply solids. They are brilliant.I love that tumbler shape. Jo x

Erna said...

Hello Helen, congratulations .....and a Happy New Year....
I love Liverpool..thanks for sharing the photos...
Hugs
Erna

Amy at love made my home said...

Congratulations to you and your daughter on the birth of the new baby - and to the rest of the family too!! A wonderful start to the new year for your family for sure! xx

Cozy Little House said...

Congrats on the new baby! Nothing as promising as new life.
Brenda

Kim Fernald said...

Congratulations on your new Grandbaby! How exciting for you and your family ❤️
I have to say I am always excited when I see your name in my inbox. Your posts are eye candy for me and I always love to see what you're working on, or your travels! I love the same colors that you do and you are always very inspirational to me. I bought your most recent book and am anxious to try some of the projects!

antigone_marcelena said...

Congratulations on your grandson. May he have a very happy life!!!! I so much love your posts, they are all full of colour and joy. Keep up the good work, Helen!!!

barbara said...

Dear Helen,
So happy to read your wonderful news ... Rhys is a wonderful boy's name (and baby knitting is the best kind!)

Enjoy these precious days
Barbara x

KC'sCourt! said...

Congratulations on the grandbaby. Thats a lovely start to a Happy New Year
Julie xxxxxx

Hillside Garden said...

A lot of good wishes and congratulation for the new baby!
Very colourful pictures today, Helen. I never visited Liverpool. And also I did not know, that there is a Tate. I only know the Tate in London and St. Ives.

Sigrun

Jill at emeraldcottage said...

What lovely news, congratulations to your daughter and her family :) I love the Andy Warhol,postcard, so colourful and bright :)
Jillxo

Janine A said...

Congratulations on a new baby boy in the family! I love the blue and white stripes! So cute. The macaroons look lovely too. Happy new year, J9 x

thesnailgarden said...

Congratulations on the arrival of your new grandbaby.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones, Pj x

Crafty in the Med said...

Joy indeed Helen as nothing can beat the happiness of the arrival of a new grand child! congratulations!!
Thoroughly enjoyed your photos... Glimpses of liverpool which i still haven't visited.

Happy new year helen

Amanda xx

Hickers said...

Hi- I was looking through your blog and love the Fair Isle scarf by Martin Storey you knitted.

Could you please direct me to how to find this pattern?

Thank you

Hickers said...

Hi- I was looking through your blog and love the Fair Isle scarf by Martin Storey you knitted.

Could you please direct me to how to find this pattern?

Thank you

Gillian said...

Congratulations on your new grandson. What a lovely way to start the new year. Your patchwork is looking lovely and so neat! I was interested in your trip to Liverpool. This is somewhere we would like to visit. Our neice is there at university.

claire said...

Congratulations Helen - what a perfect way to start a new year. Looking forward to seeing your makes for him.

Pat's Patch said...

How wonderful a new baby to start the year. Many congratulations and welcome baby Rhys. Love all your bright colours. Love Pat x

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Happy New Year Helen, and what a joyful one indeed with a new grandson! Congratulations to you and Mr. P. Love all the sharing of your holiday in Liverpool. The Andy Warhol exhibit must have been enjoyable! Loving the new tumbler quilt happening, so colorful!
Love what's on the needles for your new bundle💙
xoRobin

susan said...

Congratulations to you, Helen, on the birth of your new grandson. It's always so exciting to have a new baby in the family. I'm glad you enjoyed your time together with your husband. I love your Happy butterfly day postcard and as always, I love the colors of yarn you use in your projects. Happy 2015!

Simone said...

Happy New Grandbaby!!! Wonderful news for the new year. Hope January is good to you and your family. x

Linda said...

Congratulations on the arrival of your baby grandson. Such special moments to treasure. I love the stripey knitting and looking forward to seeing what you have made for him.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh how exciting!!! There's nothing like a new baby to bring joy into the family. And during the holidays -- how perfect!

Happy New Year -- I'm so excited to see what beautiful things you'll continue to create during 2015!

Jane said...

Hello Helen, happy New Year and many congratulations on your new grandson, what a wonderful start to the year. Looking forward to seeing what you've been making for him.
Jane xx

Jeannie said...

Oh goodness!
I've just found your blog and you are incredibly talented. Everything you make is amazing!

Heldasland said...

Is there anything quite as wonderful as a cuddle from your grandchild? Mine is 10 weeks old. He is the missing piece of my heart. He has changed our lives, such joy.
Helen , you work is amazing , you are so very talented and you inspire me enormously.

handmade by amalia said...

These photos just made me happy - so bright and pretty. Loved the colors!
Looks like you've been having a great holiday
Amalia
xo

Betty said...

Congratulations wishing you many happy times in 2015 getting to know the new baby. Betty

Annie Cholewa said...

Happy New Year Helen, and many, many congratulations to your family on the safe arrival of Rhys. Our older daughter is expecting our first grandbaby in the spring, also a boy. Happy days :)

vintage grey said...

What a lovely time! Beautiful butterflies! Your tumblers are so pretty! Congratulations on your sweet new grandbaby and the one on the way. So fun! Wishing you a wonderful week! xo Heather

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

Congratulations on the birth of your grandson. Such exciting news!

I am happy to hear you and your husband are enjoying your holiday. Liverpool sounds like an exciting town to me. I am a Beatles fan, so enough reason to visit one day :-) I hope the Andy Warhol exhibition will come to The Netherlands as well. The card you bought of one of his works of art, looks beautiful!

Thank you for your kind words on my blog too. They made me blush coming from you! You are so talented!!

Have a lovely weekend!

Madelief x

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Another beautiful post to color our worlds. From the crochet to the Andy Warhol card, I enjoyed every shot.

And the most important thing, CONGRATULATIONS to your family on the new little life! :-)

xoxo

Sheila :-)

Clara (Clover&Violet) said...
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Clara (Clover&Violet) said...

Congratulations on the birth of your little grandson! How exciting to have a little one to add such joy to your family! I love your tumbler quilt and your crochet is beautiful! I love seeing the beautiful flowers too, primroses are one of my favorites!

Mia said...

Hello dear Helen,

The biggest congratulations for your new grandbaby! Such lovely news - happy, happy times!

Wishing you all the most wonderful New Year, may it be a sunny and happy!

Yours,
Mia

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

I'm reading these backwards so again congrats on baby rhys!
I just watched a show last night on about Liverpool and The Tate and the bar they have on top where the drinks are named based on what's being exhibited at the time. And they showed inside the naval museum and Admiral Nelson. I hope I didn't get it messed up because they were going from city to city. So wonderful!