Monday, 17 August 2015

Beside the Seaside

 Here we are home from the seaside again............and lolly wore her striped sun dress for a lot of the time as we had some bright sunny days...........lots of sea breezes too, exciting for the sailing......
 ...............we love to stay in beaumaris, it is such a pretty little town and the colourful cottages looked prettier than ever this year.............


............this year we had baby rhys with us for the first time, and molly the dog too........they both seemed to enjoy their first visit very much :)..........i loved spending time with my daughters and their families as well as watching my hb sail his boat in the menai straits regatta............
 .................we spent some time on the beach, collecting shells and looking for sea glass........charlie found me a special piece to keep for always :).............daisy found some little pebbles that we are going to paint bees on next week............below is baby rhys's first bucket and spade set....
 ............i love the bright colours of seaside toys..........and i love the wide blue skies at the coast....
 .............i sewed some of this seaside flowers hexie quilt while staying here a few years ago......this time i was working on my lucky dip quilt which i showed here last time, and also i finished the border on my summer throw.....will show you that in a post very soon ........
 .............i had a lovely time visiting the janet bell gallery and met up with lovely janet herself......and she took me to see her light and airy studio where i had a sneak peek at some of her new work....janet is creating some gorgeous new flower paintings ready for the *happiness exhibition* at the gallery opening on 19 September and featuring many other wonderful artists too..........find out more here......
 ...............i love the colours and freshness of janet's style, whatever subject she is painting.....
 ...............i came away with some treats :)........and now i have some treats for one of my lovely readers too, as it is time to announce the winner of my little lucky dip giveaway......i gathered together the following for my little holiday souvenir package.....three of janet's gorgeous seaside cards, a shell shaped china dish, three tiny soaps in nautical paper with a handmade decoration, some blue seed beads in a tiny bottle and a handful of real seashells.............
 ................and the winner is: christine barnsley of patchwork allsorts.......congratulations, christine, and if you would like to email me your address i will send your gifts to you :).......
..............thank you to every one who visits me here, and for the lovely comments too........it is always a pleasure to hear from you dear readers.........wishing you a happy sunny week with lots of crafty inspirations........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

41 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time. Admiring your pretty quilt. Love the colours of it.
Julie xxxxx

Jane said...

What a fantastic holiday Helen so special to spend it with your family. I love Rhys 's first bucket and spade. ..bless him. We'll done to the lucky winner your gift is so well chosen. Have a sunny week. Hugs xx

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Helen! So glad you had such a wonderful time... I love the colours of the seaside too and I just can't believe that I have won your giveaway! Thank you so much... I will email you my address.... I am so excited!! Christine x

Janet said...

Lovely pictures of your holiday. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations to Christine on her win.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

I was looking forward to this post Helen as I knew it would be full of lovely red, white and blue seasidey fun!
So glad you had a wonderful time with all of your family and that little Rhys and Molly enjoyed their first seaside holiday.
Aren't bucket and spade shops just fabulous.
Congrats to Christine on winning your beautiful giveaway, I love Janet Bells work!
V x

Kate said...

I loved your post, Helen! Thanks for sharing your vacation. x

Jacky H said...

Hi Helen
Glad you had a lovely holiday.
I love your photos .
I can't wait to see your finished products.
Jacky

Susan said...

I'm glad that you had such a wonderful holiday. Everything looks so beautiful. Janet's paintings are lovely. And congrats to Christine on winning your drawing. :)

Annerose said...

Das sieht nach viel Spaß und Vergnügen aus. Ich war bei meiner Tochter in Berlin und habe meine drei Monate alte Enkelin besucht. Es war eine herrliche Zeit. Ich geniesse das Oma sein auch sehr.Liebe Grüße Annerose

Cindy said...

What a wonderful time to have your family with you on vacation! Love all the beachy colors:) have a great week!

Simone said...

So glad that you had a lovely time with your family and beautiful blue skies too! Congratulations to the giveaway winner - wonderful gifts! x

sunny said...

Your pictures are all so beautiful and enticing! I want to visit that seaside town right this minute. Congrats to Christine on a beautiful win.

Kim said...

Ah, the ocean, we just returned from a visit there, as well. I am glad you had a wonderful time! Congrats to Christine! Yay!

Pat's Patch said...

Lovely seaside post of your holiday.Love all the colours and shells. Gorgeous quilt, I've started making a Hexie one, but will take me ages. Congratulations to Christine, such a pretty treats. Happy week. Love Pat x

Ania said...

What a lovely holiday time you had. Pictures are beautiful and give positive energy.

Sharon - creativity and family said...

such beautiful pictures to remember all those happy days! Congrats to Chistine, she has some lovely goodies coming her way :-)

Betty said...

Congrats to your winner, that's' a lovely seasidy giveaway... Janet Bell is a talented artist, her paintings are very fresh. I love seaside spades/buckets and colours too! they make me think of neapolitan ice cream! Lovely to see your pics, Betty.

sew said...

Christine is a lucky girl! This looks like the loveliest of weeks :)
Love the mug too.
I'm a bit obsessed with the seaside at the moment - I've filled my little summerhouse with silly things like signs that say 'To the beach'! If only! I recently bought a cushion sporting a machine embroidered boat in a shop in Rhos-on-Sea for a very modest sum of money - the fish & chips in a nearby café were excellent too - just ask my little granddaughter!
Janet Bell's version of the Menai Bridge is lovely too!
This is a childhood nostalgia post for me ♥ Thank you Helen.

busybusybeejay said...

I love Janet Bell's work.Last Sunday after a camping trip to Anglesey my daughter and family called in(We live in Mold,Flintshire).She brought me a present a lovely framed Janet Bell print/painting of the view of Conway Castle as you go over the bridge.Ithink a visit to Beaumaris is long overdue.It is my husband's favourite place.Barbara

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

I saw your Facebook post this morning, been out all day and couldn't wait to get home just now to see your blog post. Oh I dearly love the colors today, the sail boats, the blue sky, the colorful beach toys. I love the beautiful quilt. And I also love the art work and wish I had some to hang on my walls for sure - my favorite colors. Glad Lolly and the children had fun at the beach, and you and your hubs with all your children gathered round.

Mary

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

What a happy time you had! I'm in love with Lolly's red striped summer beach dress. I want one too! I got to go to the beach here in Oregon a week ago.. the Oregon coast has such beauty, especially the southern coast. Have yet to find, though, a cute seaside village like what you have there. A quaint little village on the sea is "my cup of tea"!!

Jennifer said...

Helen, it looks like you had a fabulous holiday! I love your photos. I'm glad the baby was able to join you, how nice to vacation as a family. Congratulations to the winner of your lovely giveaway, thanks for giving us the chance to win. I hope you have a good week.

Amy at love made my home said...

So glad that you had such a great holiday with all of your family. Sounds as though you had a wonderful time! Good to see you back though! Congratulations to Christine, it is a lovely collection of things to receive. xx

Art and Sand said...

I love reading your blog to get my color fix!

Hillside Garden said...

How beautiful, Beaumaris! Wonderful photographs.

Sigrun

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Dear Helen...such a lovely seaside post...the colours are so fresh and pretty!! ...Lovely snapshots that have captured your family holiday perfectly I'd love to have a browse around the little kiosk and Lolly looks fab ;-) Your quilt and Janet's paintings are beautiful...Finally, congratulations to lucky Christine on winning your very lovely giveaway!
Susan x

Zwergenwelt said...

Wonderful posting, dear Helen, all the colours of summer and the feeling of sea and holidays with your family!
Lovely souvenirs did you buy and the little summer- rabbit is so cute!
I hope I will come to the sea this week or next.
I am planning our holidays. Best wishes♥, cornelia

Jo@awholeplotoflove said...

It looks like you had a lovely holiday, congratulations to Christine to win such a lovely giveaway xx

Magda lena said...

Very very nice holiday story :) I love seaside atmosphere, colors around it and sounds .... Thanks for sharing :)
I'm sad because I missed your giveaway :( Maybe next time ;) congratulations for Christine Barnsley :)
greetings from Poland :)

Ingrid Orens said...

Such lovely photos - I haven't been to the seaside this summer and I really miss it... Nothing more fun than looking for shells and seaglass !!

Erna said...

Hello Helen, sounds like you spent a lovely time at the coast with your loved ones....
Thanks for sharing your great, sunny pictures.

Hugs from a cold and rainy Amsterdam
Erna x

Ella and Nesta said...

Sounds like a lovely holiday! Love all the photos you took. The studio ones are particularly pretty and the light is beautiful!

scrappyjacky said...

It all looks so lovely....you just can't beat the seaside.

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

Happy to hear you had a good time at the seaside. Lovely photo's of your hexagon blankets, blue skies and flowers.

The paintings by Janet Bell look beautiful. Love her simple and colourful style!

Have a lovely evening!

Madelief x

Ladybird Diaries said...

So glad to hear you had a lovely holiday Helen and I so enjoyed looking at your gorgeous colourful photos.
Marianne x

handmade by amalia said...

A lavender pot with pink flowers against a blue cottage - I'm in pastel heaven.
Amalia
xo

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

Sounds a wonderful family time. Love all the blues and reds xx

angelasweby said...

Ooh, doesn't Lolly look smart and ready to go. She is really adorable. I always enjoy reading about your holiday in Beaumaris. Your always do such fun things, collect such pretty goodies and come back with lots of lovely ideas. Thanks for sharing your holiday with us.

Jo said...

Lovely holiday photos full of colour and light. Jo x

Viola said...

Dear Helen, your holiday photos look beautiful. I am just back from the Sea and I could pack my suitcase right away to go there again. I have never been to Beaumaris but it seems to be a wonderful place. Viola

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Looks like you had a wonderful time. Admiring your pretty quilt. Love the colours of it.
Julie
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