Monday, 7 September 2015

Pretty, Vintage and Crafty

 Here is my first copy of my brand new book, on the sunny table in my sewing room, along with a nice cup of tea and all ready for browsing :)..................i will be showing lots of the projects here soon but for now you can have some sneak peeks at the pretty pages here.................you can also celebrate a week of pretty vintage style (and read more about me) here..............
 .................here is my sunburst flowers granny squares blanket that i showed a little of in my previous post...................all finished off with a pretty shell border in stylecraft special dk colour sherbet.....
 ................i didn't use a pattern for this blanket, i just made lots of sunburst flowers (plenty of patterns to be found if you google them, and lots for shell borders too online).......................most of the yarn is stylecraft special dk from my stash...............
 ................i'm not planning on giving this blanket away as it is one of my favourites so far....but if i was it would look pretty in this stripy bag, don't you think?..............

 ................now i am having a busy sewing week in my (soon to be) tidied up sewing room.......
 ............with some hooky time in between of course..........i picked these pretty flowers for my sewing room............they smell gorgeous as there are scented roses, lavender and sweetpeas in there......

 ..............here they are on our garden table......so glad that mister p let me paint it white this summer :).........much nicer for taking pictures on now ;) ..................
 ................last week i had a treat when my dear younger daughter and her darling baby came to stay....baby rhys must be the merriest baby ever and we had a lovely time......we also had my older grandchildren here too one afternoon..............now baby rhys has gone home and charlie and daisy have gone back to school for the autumn term.......
 .................here we were painting tiny rocks that we brought back from our seaside holiday.....
............thank you for visiting my little blog space dear readers, and thank you for taking time to leave such sweet comments..........wishing you a wonderful week filled with happy crafty times......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

51 comments:

Teje said...

Dear Helen, I'm so happy to hear from you! This blanket is exactly as sweet as your flowers! I'm so looking for to see your new book! Happy autumn! x Teje

Miss said...

so happy to see a beautiful book from you. so inspiring, i am looking for one for me!!!
Miss, xx

Jane said...

Looking forward to looking through your new book Helen. Your sunburst granny squares blanket is stunning! Have a lovely week. Jane xx

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Congrats on another lovely book. The crocheted blanket is so colorful and pretty. The first link isn't working for me but was able to find your book and the write-up about it in the second link. Have a great week. Tammy

Kate said...

Your post is colour therapy for me, Helen. :) I look forward to having a peek at your new book.
Thanks for the link.

KC'sCourt! said...

That blue is such a gorgeous colour. Definitely going to see out the book
Julie xxxxxx

Elizabeth said...

Lovely post! The colourful crochet is delightful and the jug of flowers are gorgeous. Your book is now on my most wanted list :) Elizabeth xx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Painting stones is such a fun thing to do, I'm sure your grandchildren had fun!
Your crochet is so pretty Helen, I'm quite sure you don't want to give it away but I agree it would look good in the stripy bag!! :)
I'm really looking forward to seeing your book, I'm off now to read all the links!!
Have a good week,
V x

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

Your granny square blanket ended up so beautiful, the shell border really finishes it off with a flare. Your garden flowers are still lovely, ours have that "end of summer" droopy look now, the August heat is so hard on them. Glad you had some special time with your daughter and grandbabies - my son heads off to school tomorrow (after years of homeschooling) and I'm wondering what I'll do with all those empty hours. I'm sure sewing will take up lots of it.

Mary

Cindy said...

Love, love, love that blanket! Such pretty colors:) I can't wait to get your new book!

Ali said...

Ooooh that will be going on my christmas list!!! Congratulations on your latest book xxx

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! Your book looks wonderful. I'm sure it will be a really inspiring read. I love your blanket too. I made a flowers in the snow blanket last year, a similar design, and I loved matching up colors for the squares. Your blog and work are so inspiring and creative, Helen. I hope you have a great week.

Frances said...

Helen, the cover of your newest book is very inviting...I am sure that lots of copies are going to be purchased when it is published next month. Thank you for this preview...and also for the various links to other intriguing creative sites.

I'm imagining how much fun your grandchildren have had sharing creativity with you! What bliss.

Hoping to find some pink dahlias this week! xo

Jo@awholeplotoflove said...

Congratulations on your book, the cover looks very appealing & that blanket is just divine. I adore the border! x

Viola said...

Your granny square blanket looks wonderful, I can't truely understand that you want to keep it. I wonder if I can find your book here in Germany. Viola

Jane said...

How wonderful to see your new book Helen. Many congratulations you should be very proud. I'm not surprised you are keeping your blanket, it's a stunner. Let's hope we have a while longer to enjoy the flowers from our gardens, your are so pretty. Enjoy the week xx

Ingrid Orens said...

Oh Helen, how wonderful, your book is ready !!! Congratulations !!!
And do keep that blanket - it is gorgeous !
Xxx

Sharon - creativity and family said...

Your blanket is beautiful Helen, so cheerful and refreshing. Congratulations on your new book, I shall look forward to seeing your future posts with things from it :-)

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

Congrats on the book and looking forward to hearing more about it. The crochet blanket is so pretty.

Cream Linen said...

Congratulations and good luck to your book!!! I'm sure it is full of beautiful photos and lovely ideas!
I love the blanket , too. The colours you choose are my favourite ,feminine, soft and pastel.
I was also thinking that you are so lucky that you have a job which is also your hobby! This is a real blessing and moreover, you are so good at it!
Have a lovely week, Helen.
Love,
Tina xxx

Patty Marker said...

It is all so pretty. I am hoping to start on my first granny square blanket in the next couple of weeks and will surely use yours as inspiration to keep going. I can't wait to get my hands on your new book!

Christine Barnsley said...

Your new book looks lovely Helen and I love your blanket too! Hope you have a very creative week! Christine x

Simone said...

Congratulations on your new book Helen - a wonderful achievement! Your crochet blanket is so pretty especially with the shell border. Have a lovely week. x

20 North Ora said...

Am so looking forward to your new book! I know it will be fantastic and full of great projects.

Judy

Patchwork and Play said...

I read all your posts Helen, and it just occurred to me today, that it always seems sunny and pretty where you live! Thank you for adding a touch of Spring to a dreary southern hemisphere day.....

Teresa Kasner said...

Oh dear Helen.. congratulations on the publishing of your new book! Is it available on Amazon yet? I want to buy one. I am just totally in love with your new blanket and I do hope you keep it. I really need to try to emulate your color choices which to me are just magic and a treat to the eye. I'm glad you had all your darling grandchildren to visit you. I imagine you are the perfect grandmama. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

cristina said...

HELEEEN!!!! I loooooooove it!
Have a nive day and a big hug from Catalonia!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Helen, I cannot wait to get your book! So excited. Grand-babies are the best, silly school spoiling our time with them! LOL!! Hugs

Lorrie said...

Congratulations on a new book! Your new blanket is so pretty with those candy colours. I wouldn't want to give it away, either. How fun to have the little ones come for a visit and some time making things with you.
Have a wonderful week.

Leanne said...

Hello Helen
Congratulations on your new book, I'm sure it will be stunning. I hope to find it here in Australia. Your flowers are beautiful and as for your potting shed. Its the pretties one I have ever seen. I want one now.

Pat's Patch said...

Exciting to have your copy of your new book.many congratulations. Soon we,ll be able to have ours! Thank you for more beautiful photos of your gorgeous blanket.xxx

Janet said...

Beautiful blanket, the colours are just perfect. No wonder you don't want to give it away.

Amy at love made my home said...

Congratulations on your new book Helen!!! I hope that it is a great success!!!! I love the blanket, and I would want to keep it too!!! xx

Jacky H said...

Congratulations on your book Helen it's going on my Christmas list.
I love seeing the flowers in your garden. The colours are a real tonic.
The blanket you've done I must Google the pattern . I think the wool you used is such good quaility and so soft for the price. I made my granddaughter at cardi out of it . I was very pleased how it turned out.

Amy DeCesare said...

What a beautiful book!!! I love that it reflects YOU just perfectly. I could have picked it out in a lineup of books...your style is so fresh and cheery and inviting. Congratulations!!!

Stins said...

So much prettiness in one blogpost....
Your book looks like a must-have with those awesome pictures!
Totally in love with your blanket, and those flowers and little stones are so beautiful...
Love from Mirjam.

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

Congratulations on your book! You must be so proud. It looks very pleasing to the eye! I am sure it will be a great success in the UK!

Lovely blanket and flowers. Such a pretty bouquet!

Have a good evening!

Madelief x

Heldasland said...

Congrats on your new book . Helen , you are fabulous, your blog fills me with such happy feelings .you are such an inspiration love your new blanket

Jenn M said...

I see the book is to be released a bit earlier than thought in Canada so I'm quite excited for that. The sneak photos are lovely!
Enjoy the rest of your garden:)
Jenn

Gracie Saylor said...

Hi Helen! I got so busy following the links in this post that I neglected to type to tell you how pleased I am that you have completed another beautiful book! I started to order it, but then realized that I better wait until I can order it from Amazon USA because of the exchange rates and postage. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity in such an inspiring way. I'm so glad that you have been having happy Grand times, too. We are blessed! xx

marmarel said...

Lovely to decorate stones with your grandchildren!! Lovely pics and I'm curious to look inside your brandnew book!
Greetings from Marijke

Things and Thoughts said...

Dearest Helen, I'm sure your book will make a big success because all your ideas and crafts are pure bliss! I'm so happy to find me here again on your inviting and welcoming site.Wishing you all the best and a creative new season.
love, Olympia

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Dear Helen...how exciting for you to be sitting down and browsing through your new book...the cover looks beautiful! I love the colours in your new crochet blanket too and it would definitely look pretty in the stripy bag (but I think I would have to keep it too!;-) ) x
Hope you're having a lovely week,
Susan x

driftwood said...

congrats on the new book x

Susan said...

I love your sunburst blanket. I want to make off with it. ;) It's one of my favorites of the ones you've shared. Someday I hope to properly learn to crochet. And congratulations on your new book. It looks lovely, and I'm thinking it just might be a Christmas gift for myself... if I can wait...thank you again for such a colorful and happy post. I look forward to them.

Oliva Ohlson said...

I love simply have fallen in love with your crochet blanket...the colors are just so soothing and perfection. Thank you for sharing about the sweet peas...they bring so many memories of my childhood growing up in mom's garden!!!

Jo said...

YAY! well done on the book. I think it will be great. I am hanging on to summer colours too. JO x

claire said...

Congratulations on the book - I went to Meet The Author - so nice to see a photo of you! Claire x

Linda said...

Congratulations on the book. Gorgeous photos.

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

Oh my...what a gorgeous book and from the "sneak peek" I can tell it's a winner!!! I love your new blanket too. What fun to have the grandchildren there and yes, they're all back to school here too. Your flowers are simply delightful and I can only imagine how wonderful they must smell.

handmade by amalia said...

Exciting times! The book looks lovely, such a pretty cover. So happy for you.
Amalia
xo