Monday, 1 June 2015

In Bloom

 There are lots of things in bloom here this week..............it is such a gorgeous time of year......
 ..............here is the paper pieced chrysanthemum block i showed you a while ago....now made into a summery cushion......i placed a piece of wadding behind the block and quilted round the shapes of the petals, then quilted a line of red decorative stitches round the outside of the flower......
 ...............besides this little applique pillow i also recently made one decorated with cross stitch for this month's issue of crafts beautiful magazine...........(there is a matching greeting card too).......

 ...............we will use the pillows on our garden seat this summer....i am imagining them together, sun dappled, looking pretty and comfortable while we sip cold drinks or have afternoon tea :)............
 ..............last week i was given a big bunch of roses..........such a lovely gift..........
 ..............i put some in the hall in a tall glass vase, and some on the kitchen table in a susie watson spotty jug..............
 ............i love to have flowers to look at all the time, and the kitchen table is a good place for a posy....
 ............the kitchen table is also where i do lots of activities like baking with my older grandchildren...... making flower shaped biscuits was fun last week..............
 ............a few were left to enjoy with a nice coffee later..........
 ...............when my youngest grandbaby stayed with us we got out the shape sorter toy to see if he liked it....and he did, very much...........he was quite fascinated............
 ...............he loved lying kicking on the storybook houses quilt too..........he has that gorgeous peachy bloom, so cuddly :)..................
.................this weekend was our little daisy's fifth birthday........she loves her namesake flowers so here are some daisies blooming in the garden.........there was 'frozen' party for lots of children and then a little family gathering yesterday..............a lot of cake with blue icing and white snowflakes has been enjoyed by us all............
 .............now it is time for me to go back to work.......though of course as my job is my hobby and vice versa that is no hardship for me :)...............i love to create things all the time (and always have) sometimes drawing, painting, collaging, sometimes sewing, quilting, appliqueing or crocheting, as well as writing about these things too.....i don't mind what i am making but i always try to follow my heart to make things that inspire me, and hopefully others too................
..............thank you for dropping by, dear readers, and sharing a creative connection here with me in my little blog space.............wishing you a wonderful week with sunny days and happy crafty times...............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

49 comments:

Kim said...

Your grandbaby and your pillows are just lovely! I really like the flower blocked one. I can already see it decorating your garden sitting area. Perfect!

Ali said...

So pretty as always and your grandson looks a cutie saw a hint of a mischievous smile :-) xx

Christine Barnsley said...

What beautiful cushions Helen and the roses look fabulous, as does your garden! What an absolute cutie your grandson looks! Happy June! :) x

handmade by amalia said...

That little cross stitch funnel is a darling.
Amalia
xo

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Oh you always inspire Helen....always! :)
Just look at that cute little man, enjoy him while he is so little, they grow so quickly! Happy birthday to Daisy too!
So much pretty floral inspiration today, I adore anything to do with flowers and gardens. I'm a bit worried about mine today as it so wet and windy here, hoping for some sunny days soon!
V x

Cozy Little House said...

Helen, you cultivate such beauty with everything you do! I just wish you had a Pin It button on your photos because I'd be pinning away to my boards. Maybe I can figure out a way around it. I'd love to share this loveliness with everyone!
Brenda

Jane said...

So many pretty things here today Helen. Gorgeous roses and that stitching around you blocking look great. Your grandbabies are growing up fast, fancy your Daisy being 5...I would love a Frozen party! Have a lovely week xx

moonstruckcreations said...

So many lovely summery things, just fab!

I would also love a Frozen Party, as long as I could belt out "Let it Go" at the top of my voice - I have that song on my mp3 player and often sing along to it, much to my children's disgust/disbelief - they have threatened to disown me!!

Helenxx

20 North Ora said...

Grandbaby is precious! As always, love all of your beautiful work and cheerful colors.

Judy

Sharon said...

Such gorgeous pillows. Your little grandbaby looks so cuddly, chubby babies are just delighful :-) Happy birthday to your little daisy. x

Maywyn Studio said...

Adorable!
The roses are perfection.

Happy Birthday Daisy!

Madelief said...

Happy birthday to your granddaughter Helene! A sweet photo of your youngest grandchild too! What a delight those two must be. Your applique pillow looks very pretty, but everything you make does!

Happy week!

Madelief

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Such beautiful fresh colours to reflect the season Helen. Your Grandson is such a little cutie pie! and a very Happy Birthday to little Daisy xx

Rhona said...

The cushions are perfect for summer! Happy birthday to Daisy and your grandson looks like he's having lots of fun.

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

Buon compleanno to Daisy !!!!!
Lovely works that inspire my crafty activity!!!!!
happy week Helen, xxxxx Ale

The warm fireplace said...

A beautiful cushion, i love the way it is stuffed slightly, have a lovely week.
Sue

Zwergenwelt said...

hello dear Helen,
so pretty, your pillow with so wonderful fabrics, I love it!
The Chrysantheme block is so beautiful!
And your grandson is such a cute baby! Pretty baby on a pretty quilt!
The garden rabbit of your last post is also so cute!
Have a good week with many inspirations, best wishes, cornelia

Jennifer said...

Gosh, that is a beautiful, chubby baby boy! I want to squeeze him. :) I love your pillows, the colors are gorgeous. Congrats on the magazine feature, you are really a staple of the crafty magazine world now. Good for you. I hope you have a great week, Helen.

Rosa said...

Fabulous post and projests.I love summer, warm and sunny days!

Lorrie said...

Pretty makes, lovely flowers, and cute babies make for a perfect post. Isn't summer wonderful?

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

A real "rosie" post dear Helen! Loved seeing all this beauty and especially a peek at your sweet grandson. Nothing like a cute little guy to brighten your day! Have a wonderful week!
xoRobin

Teresa Kasner said...

Reading your blog is like opening a surprise package full of pastel candies! *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to Daisy from all the way in Oregon, USA! And what a little doll your grandson is! Lucky you! Now I'm going to go look at all the photos again and get my fill of your wonderful colorful works of art. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Betty said...

Everything is lovely, the roses are beautiful, they look more a lovely country garden variety than shop bought. Your grandson is sweet.

Jooles said...

Your little grandson is just adorable ..... I can't wait to be a grandma one day in the future!
Your cushions are gorgeous and so prefect and those roses ~ uh divine x
Wishing you a beautiful week sweet Helen.
love Jooles x x x

Sandies' Patch said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely fresh looking Summery makes, they make me feel refreshed!
Love the cuchion with the cross-stitched watering can on a spotty background! I wonder if my Sister has bought a copy of this magazine.....! xxx

Evelyne said...

Pretty roses and a lovely cushion. It look like Summer!!!!
Have a nice week Helen.
Evelyne

Cream Linen said...

Your grandson looks adorable! Spending time at home with your little ones and making things together must really be the greatest pleasure !
Happy summer!
Tina

Simone said...

I love visiting here Helen. A place of comfort and joy. I wish I had a job that I loved doing! The roses are gorgeous, as is your grand-baby and everything else on here! I hope you have a lovely week full of your favourite creative pursuits. x

Jo@awholeplotoflove said...

Your grandson looks very sweet on the quilt, love your photos as usual, so fresh & inviting x

Annerose said...

Oh wie wunderschön deine genähten Sachen. Der Quilt ist ja herzig, gefällt mir sehr gut und auch die Stoffe und Farben sind wunderschön. Ich bin vor zwei Wochen auch Oma geworden, ist ein tolles Gefühl und ich freue mich schon wenn ich mit der Kleinen mal etwas Backen kann.
Ganz liebe Grüße Annerose

Amy at love made my home said...

Fabulous floral fun in every way!!!! Everything is gorgeous - of course!! Especially your cushions and the roses - and your grandson!! xx

Thimbleanna said...

Ohmygosh! Look at those gorgeous rosy little cheeks -- it's a wonder you get anything done at all with that adorable baby around. You always make the most beautiful little things and visiting your blog is like a breath of fresh air!!!

flowers on my table said...

Hello Helen, thank heavens I can visit with you, were it is always sunny! The weather has been awful here, in fact last night the guinea pig and rabbit hutch blew over it was so wild!(They are both well, but Chester the rabbit was found out of the hutch hopping around the garden.) Your flowers are gorgeous, so uplifting to the spirits. You are a great source of inspiration Helen, always.I cannot believe Daisy is 5, where has that time gone? Belated birthday greetings! Your newest little one is just adorable. Love all your pretty makes. Have a happy week, love Linda xx

Ladybird Diaries said...

What a happy, pretty post! Your new grandson looks adorable...those sweet little cheeks. I love your new pillow - it's so fresh and pretty.
Marianne x

Frances said...

Helen, as always it is a delight to visit here and get a glimpse of what's been inspiring you, and what beautiful stitching you've been doing.

Can you imagine that NYC has turned chilly and rainy this week...I am actually wearing a cashmere sweater as I type this. On June 2...crazy, but cosy.

Those rose are the epitome of rosy loveliness. That adorable grandson has stolen my heart.

I do identify with what you've written about your hobby being your work and vice versa, and how you always enjoy all those various projects. For some weeks now, even when the weather was warming up, I've been working on a new fair isle garment I am designing for myself. Lots of experimenting, coloring of graph squares, lots of math, and best of all...lots of Fun.

xo

Gillian said...

Beautiful cushions and the roses are wonderful.

KC'sCourt! said...

Beautiful pictures
Julie xxxxxx

Hillside Garden said...

What a nice post! I would like to see more pictures from your garden. Baking with children ist a fun, I love it. Your cushions are beautiful!

Sigrun

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

What gorgeous roses! I love your pillow with the little cross stitch watering can and the chrysanthemum is so lovely. I like how you did the outline stitches too.
I'm so tired...outside work and running all "the girls" to the vet and I am tuckered out! LOL! I'm too tired by the end of the day to do much except some granny squares and winding some yarn for a pair of socks. It's nice to visit and see your projects. At least someone has some pretty things to look at! LOL!
Your new little grandson is growing! What a cutie and look at those beautiful cheeks. Babies are so precious...little angels from heaven!
Take care my friend and enjoy it all!

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vintage grey said...

Hi Helen,
Those pillows are so gorgeous and sweet as always!! What a cutie your grandbaby is!! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! xo Heather

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

Visiting you at your blog is such a pick-me-up treat, Helen! Bright, and pretty, and happy. :)
Wishing you and yours a lovely weekend,
Lin

susan said...

Always one of my vey favorite blogs to visit, Helen. Love everything you make and all the fabulous colors!

Gill - That British Woman said...

just gorgeous you do beautiful work.

My Garden Diaries said...

Such beautiful makings you have here! My goodness! Every shot is a burst of happiness! And how wonderful to bake with your grandchildren! Those daisies are stunning! Wishing you a creative week ahead! Nicole

Viola said...

Happy birthday to Daisy, Helen! Our dog will get 12 this June, she is quite an old lady by now. I love the cushions you made, especially the one with the watering pot. Cross stitch does look so nice to me. And your grandson is a real cuty, it must be fun having babies in the house again. Have a nice week, Viola

Chris said...

Oh my, just found your lovely blog! I love all your beautiful quilts, hearts, bunnies and your flowers are so lovely!!what a treat baking with your grandchildren!

Heldasland said...

Gorgeous grandbaby .My grandson is 7 months old , time flies by and it is such a pleasure to be part of this process.
Helen, I really can't sew but I am eager to have a go , is your book suitable for a complete novice?. I can cut and sew in a straight line.

claire said...

So much to catch up with and enjoy :) Those roses are truly beautiful (and paintable!)
x