Monday, 27 April 2015

April Flowers

 The sun is shining here and the garden is green and growing and filled with spring flowers......
 ................i have been doing some relaxing crochet in between sewing some commissions.......
 ............as well as weeding the beds, watering the pots and generally loving the spring......
.............the painters are here again today but it may be their last day as the job is almost done and the old house is looking very spruced up with shiny paintwork now.........
 .................my new crochet blanket is underway........i love making these circles in flower colours.....
 .............almost all the yarn is stylecraft special dk left over from other projects........
 ..........there are just a couple of extras from yarn i found on my travels but now can't identify......not a good idea if you want to find the yarn again or tell others what you have used, so i am going to try and keep a note of each yarn that i buy for the future.....
 .............some of the tulip bulbs from the old tulip patch have now flowered down in the box garden.....they look pretty there so i will be adding lots more next autumn.........
 ...............the cutting garden is mass of spring flowers............
 ..............more of my favourites, bellis daisies.....love these little button flowers so much :).........
 ..............at easter we got a new seat for under the cedar tree....it is the place to go and sit in the shade on hot summer days........the old seat was in a sorry state so we bought this new one to replace it.........then we decided to mend the old one and put it somewhere else.....can't have too many seats around the garden to sit and rest after gardening, to watch the birds or the grandchildren playing (or do some crochet in the sunshine)........
 ..................i made the circles into squares and using the join as you go method i started putting the blanket together at the weekend.........
 ..............this week is a busy one for me, with magazine project making, book proofs to check and all the delicious fabrics in my sewing room waiting to be sewn............and lots of family times too........
 ................plenty of moments to enjoy the spring flowers as well, i hope.............
..................thank you for visiting me here, dear readers, and thank you so much for all your very kind comments..........i wish you a happy week ahead with flowers and sunshine and peaceful crafty times..................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

52 comments:

Zwergenwelt said...

dear Helen,
so lovely, your new post!
The circles and squares are so wonderful, I love these colours.
I hope for you, that you have time to enjoy the new seat under the cedar tree and the busy week is not tooo busy ;O))
All the best from cornelia

Simone said...

Looks like you have a lovely and busy week ahead Helen. The crochet circles are so sweet. They look a bit like the Bellis Daisies in your garden! Have a lovely week. I hope the sun continues to shine for you! x

Angela Moore said...

Such fabuloous colours, I too love Bellis Daisies must get some for my garden. Alhough I am trying my lucky this year growing Dwarf Asters.

Always envious of your crocheting as I have yet to master it :)
Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

Lovely colours of Spring, in your blanket and in your garden, too !!!
happy week, xxxxx Ale

елена лисина said...

knitted blanket like little spring flowers! Your post is beautiful! Thanks for the spring mood!
P. S. sorry, I don't know very well English

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Helen! Another delightful post! What a lovely way to start the week looking at all the lovely Spring flowers from you garden! Thank you! :) x

Jill at emeraldcottage said...

Beautiful flowers and love the bright colours in your crochet circles :) Have a happy week :)
Jillxo

Betty said...

Oh how lovely your house must smell! I love the smell of fresh paint. I hope you don't mind me asking but it looks like you have a little hive in your garden (grey)? I hope you do - any honey? Lovely flowery woollyness. Betty

Cindy said...

Love seeing glimpses of your garden. I'm glad the weather is good for you and you can enjoy it. Your blanket is so pretty, with the white border. Now I want to make one!

faith76 said...

Beautiful post and thank you for the sneaky peek of your new crochet blanket xxxxx Leah

Kim said...

Gorgeous colors, as always! This is the sunniest part of my day! Thanks for sharing all the pretty!

Mickie said...

Helen,
What a lovely post!! So many glorious spring colors in the yarn as well as in all the beautiful flowers.
Thank you for sharing.
Mickie, Indiana USA

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Your new crochet project is beautiful Helen, using white as a joining colour really makes the colours pop!
Your garden is looking lovely too, I agree you needs lots of seats in the garden, I like to move around with the sun!!
Enjoy your week, I'm afraid we have hailstones instead of sunshine today,
V x

Mary Clark said...

You have filled my Monday morning with beautiful spring flowers - truly lovely! I hope your new book comes out soon as I can't wait to get my hands on a copy - do you know a publication date?

Mary

Ingrid Orens said...

The crocheted circles will make a beautiful and colourful blanket !!
And that is a véry pretty garden seat, the white one !

Thimbleanna said...

Ah, so now I know where the name of the Bellis line of Liberty fabric comes from. I've seen those daisies, but didn't know what they're called. They're beautiful!!!

Jan said...

I just love the Springtime colors of your crochet rounds and squares!

Rhona said...

All those gorgeous colours in your crochet circles! And they look so different now that you are joining them together - the white is lovely!
So jealous of all you wonderful spring flowers - your garden must be a riot of colour already!

handmade by amalia said...

One of the loveliest things about spring is that it makes you want to DO things. And you certainly have a lot of pretty going on, Helen :-)
Amalia
xo

Evelyne said...

So lovely your Spring post Helen!
Beautiful Greengate jug.

Hugs,
Evelyne

Jill said...

Everything here is so beautiful and cheerful! So many blessings :-) Thank you for sharing, have a lovely day!

Blessings
,jill

Kate Eastwood said...

All so beautiful Helen, a real burst of sunshine on this rather grey day.
Kate xx

Pat's Patch said...

What a lovely start to the week,your spring flower blanket and garden are beautiful. I do love the picture of your beehive and new bench as well. Love Pat x

Alison Machin said...

I too love Bellis daisies Helen, such a lovely shape. Also I have a 'Lutyens' bench like yours but in teak- your white one is gorgeous! Lovely garden and how lovely to have the house painted for the Summer
Best wishes
Alison xx

Madelief said...

Your new garden bench looks lovely Helen. I agree with you. One can't have enough seating areas in the garden! I enjoyed seeing the photo's of your garden with all the cheerfully flowers.

Your crochet blanket looks lovely!

Wishing you a happy new week!

Madelief x

Jennifer said...

This is such a beautiful, colorful post, Helen. I love seeing your flowers. I can't wait to do some planting, just waiting for the weather to make up its mind over here! Hope you have a lovely week.

Jane said...

Hi Helen, your garden is looking so pretty I'm glad you nearly have your space to yourself again. The new crochet is very pretty, I need to look a the ways of joining the squares, yours looks very neat. Enjoy the flowers and hope you get all your work out of the way on time xx

cristina said...

His granny squares and circles look extraordinary!all with beautiful colors and a beautiful garden! hope you have a nice day, Helen!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Dear Helen, beautiful as always! I love your yarn and crochet photos and flowers of course! Really cute crochet projects with sweet colours! I wish your wonderful week! x Teje

Teresa Kasner said...

Hello my friend! Your garden is looking fabulous and I am swooning at appreciation of the colors you used in your blanket.. you inspire me so much! I think you live a wonderful life of a fulfilled and creative woman. I'm at the beach listening to the waves pound the shore and the sun is shining.. time to go on an adventure. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Miss said...

I love both!! crochet and flowers!!
Enjoy your sunny days!
Miss

Cozy Little House said...

I need to learn to crochet those sweet little pretties. But I don't follow directions very well. Wish you were here to teach me.
Brenda

Amy at love made my home said...

What gorgeous colour combinations in your crochet! Your garden looks beautiful. I hope that you get lots of time outside to enjoy it. xx

Frances said...

Helen, your new garden bench is a beauty, and looks comfortable for sitting awhile, too. Glad to learn that you are holding on to its predecessor. As Madelief has already written, more garden sitting locations are wonderful.

Perhaps coincidentally, I've also had one of my trusty crochet hooks in hand recently, making a gift for a friend I met for tea today. Funny to think of crocheting something useful, perhaps attractive, while watching an episode of Wolf Hall on television.

Back to knitting now, with a few watercolor studies on the side.

xo

20 North Ora said...

Beautiful crocheted pieces. Love all of your vibrant colors and flowers!

Judy

Carla said...

Your garden is such a feast for the eyes! So beautiful enjoy your freshly painted house

❤Coco Rose❤ said...

Such a beautiful post Helen. I always love reading your posts. THey are always so uplifting, inspiring and colourful. I always leave feeling very happy and 'brightened'!!!!! Have a super rest of a week, Vanessa xxx

Jo@awholeplotoflove said...

I love seeing glimpses of your garden, it looks like a wonderful place to work in x

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi dear Helen, You make me want to pick up my crochet hook and make a flowery blanket! So inspiring Helen, as always. Your home gardens are looking so welcoming, beautiful and cheery. I do hope you have a happy busy week too. xoRobin

donna said...

Your flowers are gorgeous. It is so much fun to see your gardens. I love the colors you are using in your crochet. Looking forward to seeing how your blanket turns out.
Hugs
donna

Gracie Saylor said...

Thanks for posting, Helen! Your new blanket is so pretty, and as I admired your flowers I was interested to note that one of your flowers looks similar to one I was trying to draw in baby Rosie's album today. I am trying to draw flowers to represent each letter in the alphabet. So today one I drew had pink petals surrounding a yellow center, like your favorite bellis daisies but mine was named erigeron which is not familiar to me. Wishing you a happy week! xx

Gillian said...

Your flowers are beautiful. Love the crocheted blanket - it's really lovely when it's joined up.

floral and feather said...

What a lovely, colourful week! I've not tried a join as you go blanket yet, but must!

Zoe | floral and feather

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Your photos show such perfection this week. You are so lucky to be at the end of the painters visiting. It's lovely to be all shiny and new. Love the crochet. I really, really must get on with some soon before I forget how to do this! Take care x

gillyflower said...

I have missed all the beauty I always find on your lovely blog Helen! Loving the colourful and pretty crochet squares, and your garden is looking so full of pretty spring flowers!
Sorry to be a stranger!
Gill xx

Claire Mitchell said...

Your blog just makes me smile xx all the pretty things and bright colours. It has inspired me to have a go myself. Im going to try and make your birds on a string using my baby boys baby gros!! I can't bear to throw them out! Is there anywhere I can find a pattern please as I'm not quite as creative as you and would hate to ruin them xx thank you in advance, Claire : cemitch@hotmail.co.uk

vintage grey said...

All your flowers are so beautiful and love your newest crochet blanket! So colorful and cheery!! Happy sweet day to you Helen! xo Heather

Viola said...

Dear Helen, I haven't been to blogland for quite a while but I really enjoyed reading all your posts I have missed the last couple of weeks. Your garden lookes beautiful, I do envy you a bit. Our garden is 'under construction' at the moment, we are replacing the childrens' sandbox, building a new terrace and having different other projects that make our garden look like a construction site. But some day everything will look pretty.

And your new blanket will look gorgeous. I love the colours very much. As I have finished my ripple blanket I am considering to start with a granny blanket but I haven't decided yet. Hope you have a nice and sunny Sunday, Viola

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

I just realised I called you Vanessa in the comment that I left. So sorry! Hope you will forgive me!

Have a lovely evening!

Madelief x

Rachael said...

Could you please confirm with a simple yes or no if this is how you've made your circles:
12 trebles separated by a chain
Then next round a treble in each chain space - separated by 2 chains perhaps
Third round clusters of three trebles with a chain in between
Thanks

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

Oh, your gardens are just gorgeous! And I too love those daisies. The new bench is very nice and I am going to look for that pattern of granny square as it looks like a good one to practice the jayg method of joining which I have not done.