Monday, 9 February 2015

Hearts and Flowers

 We have some handmade hearts being finished off this week, ready for hanging up on valentine's day next weekend...........i actually made the hearts a while ago when i made lots of lavender sachets and pillows, but have kept them until now to finish off..............
 ...........i love adding simple embellishments, like little stamped signs, paper or fabric flowers and tiny keys............or buttons and small pieces of tape measure ribbon...........


 .............on my travels i found these tiny test tubes with a valentine message inside.....just could not resist them, with the raffia bows and tiny buttons..........
 ............another heart to hang up (this week especially) is the cross stitch project i made for this month's crafts beautiful magazine............you can find lots of crafty inspiration here and download patterns and charts too........

 ............as well as hearts we have to have flowers of course.........over the past week i had a pretty bunch of pale pink tulips, as well as my usual primroses and spring bulbs planted into whatever container seemed to suit...........
 ................the little white catalogue of garden seeds planter has had grape hyacinth bulbs planted in it for ages and at last they are showing some green shoots.........lucky they had a little chalked sign or i might have forgotten they were there........
 ..............i find the fresh green leaves and soft pretty flower colours very cheering on these cold and wintry days......we have had some sunny times but some very grey ones too and at the weekend a strange cold white mist greeted us when we woke in the morning............
 ............we went out on our annual snowdrop walk anyway and enjoyed seeing lots of different kinds at the botanic gardens we love to visit....here is one of the close ups of these gorgeous little flowers..........their shapes are so neat and perfect, i always love to discover them around the garden, but on the snowdrop walk there are masses of them under the trees.................
 .............a few more views of my new hearts..........btw the pink and the lilac french fabric is from the sausalito cottage collection by lakehouse dry goods, and the striped heart fabric is by michael miller, all from plush addict..............
.............thank you for visiting me here, dear readers, and for all your kind comments...........it is always lovely to hear from you :)............i wish you a wonderful week with happy hearts and lots of lovely crafty inspirations too.............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxx

54 comments:

Annerose said...

Hallo Helen,
das sind ja entzückende Herzchen, die gefallen mir sehr gut.
Und deine Schneeglöckchen sind zauberhaft.
Ganz liebe Grüße Annerose

Art and Sand said...

All so pretty! My favorite is the one with the little scrolled book page. And I must find some little glass tubes for projects.

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Helen! Your hearts are just beautiful! I love the way you have decorated them and those tiny test tubes with messages in are delightful! Loved seeing all your wonderful flowers too! Have a warm and sunny week! :) xx

KC'sCourt! said...

Pretty,pretty hearts. The Snowdrops are very pretty

Ali said...

Sooo pretty as always - I love your little planter xx

Jennifer said...

Your flowers are so pretty, Helen. They look like the perfect spring garden, indoors. I love your Valentine creations too. We've been working on Valentines here too, it's so much fun to make them for friends. I hope you have a great week.

Simone said...

The embellishments make a lovely final touch to your fabric hearts Helen. I also like the little message in a test tube too. Have a lovely week! x

Viola said...

Dear Helen, a real valentine's post that is! I do like your hearts a lot. It looks so nice how you arranged them. And when looking at the pictures of your indoor garden a feeling of oncoming spring arises. Thanks a lot for such a nice post. Viola

Jane said...

A very apt theme for this week Helen. So many gorgeous bright hearts here. The messages in a bottle are great. Have a sunny week and Happy Valentine's day for Saturday xx

Cream Linen said...

Hello Helen,
Your hearts are really pretty . I love their pastel colours and the cute embellishments. I also think the little tubes are a very nice idea for a Valentine's gift or just for decoration.
Have a nice week,
Tina xxxx

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Helen! Happy heart post! I really love the sweet colours on your hearts and flowers! Have a wonderful week! x Teje

Ingrid Orens said...

Lovely hearts - and oh so lovely plants !! Like you say, with these grey and dreary days, nothing like green leaves & soft pastel flowers to forget about the end of winter, and prepare for spring !

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Beautiful hearts Helen!!! :) The little test tubes are very sweet and a lucky find.
So many pretty spring flowers too, there is something about that green that lifts the spirits for sure!
Have a lovely pre-spring week,
V x

Jilly said...

Such pretty hearts, I'm inspired to make a few now! I love the little test tubes too, such a clever idea. Jilly x

Things and Thoughts said...

What a special treat a few days before Valentine's day!The little hearts are so cute and the snowdrops are so beautifully carpeting your garden, we have any of them here...
Happy new week!
Olympia

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

So beautiful and so many lovely designs. I love hearts and have them absolutely everywhere in the house, some homemade and some bought. They really make a home more feminine. xx

Madelief said...

Your Valentines hearts look lovely Helen. They make beautiful gifts! The bright colours of the spring flowers in your home look very happy. Just the way I like it too!

Wishing you a sunny and creative week!

Madelief x

Kate said...

Love those hearts, Helen. I'm a heart addict and have made far too many - they take up more room than my abundance of pincushions. :) Your spring flowers are beautiful. Your blog posts are always a bright spot in my day. :)

faith76 said...

Very lovely hearts :)

Maywyn Studio said...

The hearts are darling.
They'd make adorable tooth fairy pillows.

gilly said...

Oh-so-pretty hearts, and your tulips are just beautiful too.
Happy new week to you too,
hugs xx

20 North Ora said...

Love your hearts - especially the lilac French ones. So cute. The little test tubes are just darling. You make me wish Spring would hurry up and get here. However, I can't complain, we broke a record yesterday with 72 degrees.

Judy

cristina said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Cindy said...

The hearts are so pretty. I am inspired to make some and add little embellishments too!

cristina said...

Helen, I love your hearts and small glass containers. A great little detail! but what I really love are your small gardens, your tulips and flowers that you show in your blog ... there is so much beauty! good week, Helen! and I 'am immensely grateful for your visits. Thank you and a big hug from Catalonia!

Mary Clark said...

Wishing you a very happy Valentine's Day - your hearts are lovely (hearts are my favorites), I love the fabrics and the little extras you've added for interest.
Mary

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

The little extra embellishments make those hearts that much more adorable. Ah! You inspire me, Helen! This makes me want to drop everything and go sew some hearts!!!

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Helen, Love ALL the hearts and the message in the tubes is brilliant and something I would have loved to have found also. Great shopping for sure. Time is flying, can't believe it, but we still have snow, 2 feet to be exact! I'm ready for Spring and our June wedding!
xo, Robin

Jenn M said...

Very pretty Helen!
Jenn

Frances said...

Helen, what beautiful Valentine's Day treats you've been making and have shown us! Pink, lilac, rose and creamy white, with lots of clever trims. Lovely!

Your early springtime flowers also are so cheery.

I've finally got some pink hyacinths in my apartment and am enjoying watching them grow closer to actually bursting into bloom.

xo

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

You are definitely st for Valentine's Day. Lovely fabrics and of course I am always "ga-ga" over your embellishments....so sweet. I wish we could get pretty flowers like that here...not even in season. You have to grow your own or go without.
It's been gray and cold here too. We had several nice days and then that was it....back to gloom but I love being cozy so it doesn't bother me. TTYL!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Visiting your blog, ALWAYS makesme smile with all the prettiness! Love the hearts and the sweet embellishments!
warmly,
deb

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Helen, your hearts are made with the pattern in your patchwork book right? I love your book and was going to make some. Boy have you given me inspiration with your post today! Thank you for sharing a beautiful post filled with hearts!

Teresa Kasner said...

Oh how I love your pastel colors and hearts! My hearts always end up blood red, I need to invite some pastels to the party. LOVE your long hearts. I hope you have a super duper week ahead. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Ingrid K. said...

Hi Helen!
Such lovely posts and recent makes! I love your hearts and the plants provide a bit of winter cheer!

Have a nice week!
Ingrid xx
http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

Magda lena said...

spring is coming :) I like it!
Greetings from snowy Poland :)

Michelle makes and bakes said...

They are such pretty heartsxx

Zwergenwelt said...

Dear Helen,
so pretty hearts you have sewn, so cute with these little embellishments and your posting is so fresh and like the spring! Have a wonderful Valentines day and thank you so much for commenting so friendly on my blog, i was very happy about!! Nice week for you, and best wishes, Cornelia

Amy at love made my home said...

I love all of your hearts!! Beautiful snowdrops too!! xx

Thimbleanna said...

It looks like you're all ready for Valentine's Day -- Beautiful little hearts everywhere. And those snowdrops! They're gorgeous!!!

vintage grey said...

Such lovely and pretty hearts!!Your flowers are beautiful! Wishing you a sweet Valentine's day! xo Heather

Linda said...

Hi Helen,

Everything is so beautiful and heartwarming!

driftwood said...

oh those are just beautiful Helen, you are so talented x I love the embellishments but especially the test tubes, appeals to the scientist in me x

Jane said...

Beautiful hearts Helen and the snowdrops are such a welcome sight this time of year, I must find a good snowdrop walk before it's too late. I love the little white flowers with the tulips, is that some kind of primula? Enjoy the rest of your week.
Jane xx

Joanne Wilson said...

I do enjoy seeing your photos, so fresh & vibrant. I adore the test tubes such a lovely idea, I must look out for them. Your hearts look great too x

Hillside Garden said...

Beautiful hearts! Very special.

Just in the moment I come from the garden, seeing my snowdrops, a lot of plots with them.

Sigrun

Ana Lopes said...

Hello dear Helen! Hearts and flowers... here are two things I love!All sweet hearts are beautiful with delicate details. My favorite is the one who have a key charm, so cute. The fabrics are stunning too! By curiosity yesterday I bought a primrose like yours, I love it :)
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

Clara (Clover&Violet) said...

Your hearts are so pretty, the embellishments make them extra special! I love visiting here and seeing all the beautiful things you make! Have a nice weekend!

Clara (Clover&Violet) said...

P.s. HappyValentine's Day!!

handmade by amalia said...

So pretty! Hope you had a great day!
Amalia
xo

Ella and Nesta said...

Your hearts are so pretty! It looks as though spring has already arrived in your home! Beautiful.

Ella and Nesta said...

Your hearts are so pretty! It looks as though spring has already arrived in your home! Beautiful.

Mia said...

Hello dear Helen,


Thank you so much for this pretty hearts-filled post! These posts of yours always brighten my days and I cannot help smiling - thank you!

Lovely February days!

Yours,
Mia

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Such a pretty post Helen... all your hearts are lovely ♥ (I especially like the hearts with the little message attached) I've been having a lovely Sunday morning catch up on your posts and most importantly must add how beautiful is baby Rhys ...such a wonderful surprise...I'm so thrilled for you all...I can only imagine how excited Daisy and Charlie must be!!
Susan x