Monday, 6 April 2015

Easter Time

 We have all been enjoying our easter break here, and i hope you have too.....we have had some sunny days and blue skies and also some chilly days when ethereal mists swirled around us.....
 ............we held our annual egg hunt on easter day, and i am pleased to say the same beatrix potter egg hunt signs we used in previous years are still holding up well and the children love them (me too)..........
 .............we had some little cakes with easter egg toppers..........
 ..............and our anniversary bowl of flowers is full now of gorgeous grape hyacinths and little violas, besides the primroses and tiny daffodils......so pretty........
 ...............there are bunnies on shelves and tiny flower posies in patterned egg cups all around the house...
 .............and lots of bunches of narcissus picked from the garden too..........
 ..........this week the new crafts beautiful magazine was published featuring my latest project....these little painted boxes with cross stitched flowers in the lids............
 .............i thought they would be perfect for crafty gifts, or to hold little bits and bobs for the sewing room.....and then i realised they were also ideal for holding mini eggs..............you can find out more about the magazine here..............
 ..........besides some lovely outings and family times this holiday i have been hand sewing a quilt, perfect for relaxing evenings and movie watching..........when i tidied up my sewing room i found some unfinished blocks of pam kitty morning fabrics, simple alternate squares of white background fabrics and colourful ones......enough for a small quilt............so i joined them together and then looked in my stash for something to back it with............
 ...............i loved this design from sunrise studio and it echoes the squares pattern so nicely.....
 ............i have several other quilts in progress at the moment, and plans for a new crochet blanket just beginning too..........lots of new crafty things to show soon, and one or two outings too when i have sorted out the pictures............
................thank you so much for visiting my little blog space, dear readers, and to everyone who has entered my giveaway in the previous post a big thank you too :)...............there is still time to add your name if you'd like to....just scroll down.......the giveaway is open until april 11............i hope you are having a happy easter break with sunshine, flowers and some well deserved treats.......back soon xxxx

53 comments:

lilac and old roses said...

Lovel post as ever, Happy Easter. It has been beautiful here too. I can't remember if I've entered already so apologies if I have! Jane x

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Helen! It looks like you have been having a really fun Easter break. Lovely projects both made and in progress. Enjoy the rest of the holiday :) xx

My Little Home and Garden said...

Hello, Helen

I'd be quite happy to follow the charming signs on an Easter egg hunt and can almost see the fairies that must be frolicking amongst your flowers! Your boxes are beautiful and the quilting sounds like a lovely project. You have clever hands.

Wishing you a wonderful week,
Karen

Kate said...

Helen, your Easter egg hunt looks like such fun! Your post is always colour therapy for me - I love that!!

scrappyjacky said...

Love your little boxes...perfect for mini eggs [and much more besides].

Simone said...

Gorgeous post Helen! Happy Easter to you and your family. x

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

Everything looks so bright and pretty, Helen! I'm sure the kiddies had a wonderful time on the Easter egg hunt ~ I love the little signs!
Wishing you a lovely week ahead.
xo,
Lin

Maywyn Studio said...

Happy Easter to You & Yours, Helen
Beautiful photos

Frances said...

Helen, that Easter egg hunt must have been such a joyous time for all the little ones (and for the adults who watched it all unfold, too.)

Your new quilt is also joyous in its bright colorway. The backing fabric is perfect.

The embroidered inserts for those little boxes are adorable. I can imagine all sorts of seasonal variations on this idea. A great design!

Thank you for the pleasure of visiting hereabouts! xo

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

I love the Beatrix Potter signs, so sweet. Beautiful flowers and beautiful photos xx

Jane said...

Our family have gone home and we are enjoying a cuppa in the sunshine Helen. What a wonderful weekend we had, such special family time. Yes I am loving my crochet and Billy's Blankie is growing. Your Easter egg hunt looks such fun. I am so glad that you also had some special family time. Enjoy this gorgoeus sunshine..such a blessing. Looking forward to seeing some of your new makes, hugs xx

Annerose said...

Sicher hattet ihr ein wunderschönes Osterfest, liebe Helen, das sieht richtig nett aus bei dir.
Liebe Grüße Annerose

Carla said...

It looks like a storybook Easter egg hunt ; )
Congratulations on the publication. Darling little boxes!

Lee said...

What a lovely huggable post.Love the pics of the Egg Hunt,adorable signs.I must see if we stock that magazine in St.Agnes,I always forget about it until I see your posts,love those lil cute boxes,great idea.Stunning quilt too.Happy Week Helen.xx

Jolana said...

Lovely post :) I have to say, that I always love your pictures and colors :) Have a nice time
Jolana

driftwood said...

such lovely things Helen xxx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Awe I would have loved to have joined in with the Peter Rabbit egg hunt! :)
Your little boxes are so pretty, as is the new quilt!
I'm looking forward to seeing your new crochet project!
Have a lovely week Helen, let's hope this beautiful weather stays for a while,
V x

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Happy Monday dear Helen! What a special Easter weekend you all had. Love the signs for the egg hunt, I do remember them : ) Love the round boxes and I think your use was so brilliant, makes chocolate even more yummy. The quilt is great and the backing is indeed perfect, can't wait to see more of your WIP quilts. You are a busy bee!! Have a wonderful week, xoRobin

Cream Linen said...

I love the little boxes you have made for the magazine. Your idea is very clever.
I hope you enjoy your holidays and I'm looking forward to your next lovely craft!
Tina xxx

Judith said...

Lovely Easter decorations! Know it was a great day. Happy Spring!

Kay said...

oh my, I love the Beatrix Potter signs. No wonder everyone loves following them around the garden. Happy easter. x

Susan said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful Easter. :)

I'm excited to report that the craft store I visited last week carries "Craft Beautiful" magazine. I just moved to a new area, and although the store is a chain, the one back home didn't carry it. Of course here in the States, we're always a month or two behind. But at least now I can get your patterns. I always need my bright and colorful "Helen fix". :)

Ali said...

Gorgeous as always :-) xxx happy Easter xxx

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Visiting your blog always puts a smile on my face. Pretty photos, family fun, and your creative treasures...
warmly,
deb

Teresa Kasner said...

I love your garden and little signs.. what fun you all had! I'm glad your weather was good for you. We were lucky to have a sunny morning and afternoon and were all safely tucked in for a ham dinner when the thunder and lightning started booming and flashing! Love all your flowers and colors. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

handmade by amalia said...

What a treat it must be to celebrate Easter at your house, Helen! It looks so friendly and fun.
Your little boxes are adorable!
Amalia
xo

Jooles said...

Hello lovely Helen!
Your Easter egg hunt looks so much fun and so very pretty in your spring garden.
Love love love your little box design too.
love Jooles x x x

Gracie Saylor said...

We had some egg hunting going on around us, too, Helen. Even 17mo. old Rosie found some eggs :) I admire your current stitching projects! I just finished knitting a baby hat in sherbet colors. Wishing you and yours a happy week xx

Patricia Lester said...

Love your colourful blog - can't wait for Mondays. Patricia Lester (pat@ipwizard.co.za)

KC'sCourt! said...

I love reading you blog, it it always so bright and beautiful.
Julie xxxxx

Luxury Serviced Apartments Lady said...

Beatrix Potter egg hunts sound like the best thing ever! Beautiful photos!

Rhona said...

More beautiful pictures! I love visiting your cheery blog, Helen. Those Easter signs are so cute....looks like the family had fun finding Easter eggs. As always, your stitching is beautiful!
Have a great week.

Thimbleanna said...

Those little Peter Rabbit signs are adorable! I'm thinking I'll need some of those someday -- I hope LOL. Everything looks beautiful and it looks like you had a wonderful Easter -- Yay!!!

Ingrid Orens said...

The Beatrix Potter signs are so cute !!! If I would find those in a store, I would buy them immediately... Even when everybody here is too old to look for eggs in the garden... (Well, I don't feel too old, but the Hubby thinks I am haha... ;-))

Jennifer said...

Helen, you had such a pretty, colorful Easter! I love all of your decorations and the table is beautifully set. I really like your egg hunt signs, how cute! I'm sure the children love them. My kids always hunt for eggs in our backyard and it's one of my favorite holiday traditions for them. Thanks for sharing your Easter, hope you're having a good week.

Anne Toprak said...

Looks like a lovely Easter, Helen. Good luck to everyone in your drawing. I love those little boxes with the cross stitch flowers.
Happy Tuesday and Happy Spring!!
Anne D.T.
PlumCreek22

Jane said...

Looks like a great deal of fun was had by all at Easter Helen. I love your little boxes, so sweet and your beautiful colourful quilt too; I will look out for the magazine. Have a lovely week. Jane xx

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You and I both love our sweet bunnies so it's a fun time to decorate! Enjoy your week my friend. Hugs, Diane

Gem said...

You know I so wish I had of bought this set when I see it a couple of years ago. At the time I thought it seemed quite pricey but I have regretted not buying it ever since. I've even looked online and can't get it anywhere. I'm going to have to look into making my own I think.
Look like you had a wonderful Easter though x x x x

sew said...

Delighted to see that Peter Rabbit continues to escape from the clutches of Mr Mcgregor to make his annual visit to your beautiful garden. Lucky old Peter, I say!

Zwergenwelt said...

Hello dear Helen,
Eastertime is gone, but I see your wonderful pictures, the little boxes are so cute and pretty, and the quilt is such a wonderful work!
I love these Peter Rabbit signs in your garden! so cute, I am a big fan of Beatrix Potter!
Have a lovely Week, best wishes, cornelia

Ella and Nesta said...

So happy to hear you passed a lovely Easter. The weather held here and we had a fun egg hunt with the girls running all over the garden. We still managed to miss two eggs my Dad found a few days later while cutting the grass!
Your boxes are so pretty and make lovely gifts.

cristina said...

I like to see that you have had a good Easter, Helen!
Looooove your little boxes!!!! love it!!!
A big hug from Catalonia!

Betty said...

I know I'm a bit grown up to join in, but would have loved your Easter egg hunt! your home looks so pretty with all the decorations out and the fresh flowers. You have been very busy, will take a look at the magazine you feature in. Betty

pat said...

Lovely post! Pat x

Pat's Patch said...

Easter is such a lovely time in the garden; love the egg hunt with Peter Rabbit sign. Thank you for another bright and sunny post. Love Pat x

Madelief said...

Your Easter sounds lovely Helen. The Beatrix Potter signs for the egg hunt really sweet!

Wishing you a Happy weekend! Hopefully the weather will stay as lovely as it is, so that we can enjoy our gardens.

Madelief x

Winwick Mum said...

Your Easter egg hunt looked amazing! Love your little boxes - anything that holds mini eggs is always a hit in my view! :-) xx

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

We went back to school on Monday but at least it was only a 4 day week and now we have the weekend again, though that is half over now, too. I love how you just whip up a little quilt in no time. I have some little boxes with clear lids that I've saved for cross-stitch projects, but just haven't done anything about them yet. One day soon. Have a lovely weekend. Tammy

Renee said...

I love your Marshmallow blanket! Looks like you had a beautiful Easter xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

A lovely update on your Easter Weekend dear Helen...the egg hunt must have been so much fun and your flowers are just the prettiest! :)
I love your little boxes...they are so prettily decorated and are perfect gift boxes (and would be just lovely on my craft shelves too ;) ♥)
Have a lovely weekend!
Susan x

Heldasland said...

Oh Helen, your little cross stitch inserts are so beautiful. You are so talented. I adore your work.
Looks like your easter was great fun for all the family.
Helen, I'm leaving home right now and I am moving in, hehe

driftwood said...

oh how I do love pretty tea cups! x