Monday, 26 October 2015

Autumn Days

 The autumn days are getting cooler here...in fact very chilly sometimes......and perfect for crafting, especially making my cosy big granny square blanket.....now that i am joining the squares together it keeps me warm while i work.......
 ..............i received this pretty bunch of roses from a sweet friend and they lasted all week on my work table........

 ..............my lovely sister gave me a big bag of apples from her trees and we are still enjoying apple crumble (with custard) each weekend :).............
 ..............am loving sewing with these gorgeous fog city kitty fabrics from lakehouse dry goods...........
 ..............love them all, especially the new grey ones.......they are perfect for my chrysanthemum quilt blocks, of which i now have five......i will need fifteen for this quilt...........

 ..................more flowers, in the garden this time.........i planted two trays of violas and one of bellis daisies in one big pot, helped by our own little daisy (our small grand daughter)..........she was very happy to be planting daisies :)..........

 ..............all this floweriness may not look very autumnal but these violas are winter flowering and supposed to continue blooming whatever the weather....in past years i have seen them peeking though the snow :)..........below is the start of my autumn decorating..........
 ...............the october houses that i made a few years ago are here again, along with some (real) pumpkins (both orange and white ones), some fabric pumpkins, some berries, toadstools and bright red apples............
 ..............now it is time to announce the winners of last week's book giveaway............thank you so much to everyone who took part and for your truly kind comments...........................the winners are teje of nero's post and patch and jennifer of thistlebear..............congratulations to you both.......please email me your postal addresses and i will send your books to you.............thank you again to everyone who entered the giveaway....i hope to have another one soon.........x
 .............*modern vintage gifts* will actually be published on october 30 so not long now!......
..............thank you for visiting me here in my little crafty space, dear readers, and for taking the time to leave your kind comments, it is always a pleasure to hear from you...........wishing you a happy cosy week with plenty of crafty inspirations...............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxx

45 comments:

Gillian said...

Such beautiful roses to be given! I'm sure you were delighted. The crocheted blanket is gorgeous.

Maywyn Studio said...

Beautiful roses and lovely photographs! Thank you for the smiles
This is a perfect day on the last Monday of October to see such beautiful sewing and flowers.
Congratulations to your book winners!

Stins said...

Those apples look so delicious... no wonder you eat apple crumble every weekend :-)!
The crochet blanket will be gorgeous; and yes, the evenings are very chilly here too so perfect to wrap up under a nice crochet blanket in-the-making. Light some candles and drink a cup of tea and all is well....
Congrats to the winners of your book; I will look out for it in the bookshop, can't wait!
Lots of love from Mirjam.

Jo@awholeplotoflove said...

Lovely photos as always, crumble & crochet blankets are just the things needed to keep warm now. Congrats to the lucky winners x

cristina said...

Congrats to winners!
I loooove your ner granny squares blanket, helen!
have a nice day and a big hug from Catalonia!

Magda lena said...

Enjoy your beautiful autumn time! Apples look very tasty ;)
Greetings from Poland

Kate said...

I enjoyed your beautiful post! Congratulations to Teje and Jennifer.

Art and Sand said...

It is finally beginning to feel like fall here. I need some cozy fall days to get some projects done. It is so difficult to be in the house when the sun and sea are calling.

I love the tall skinny houses you made and I am going to check out that book.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

That's the beauty of crocheting blankets, they keep you warm as you make them!
Beautiful roses and delicious looking apples too. I really love that pretty grey fabric.
I've been enjoying potting up some winter flowering pansies too, its lovely to have a bit of colour to see us through the dark days.
Have a great week Helen,
V x
P.S. I ordered your book earlier today, I'm so looking forward to its arrival.

Jennifer said...

Oh my goodness, I never expected to win! Thank you so much. I will email you right now. I love that you planted flowers in the fall. We have the same flowers blooming all winter here too, but we call them pansies instead of violas. I like violas better as a name. :)

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

Congrats to the winners and the house's are so cute that you made.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Your posts just make me happy! Congratulations to the book winners!

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Congratulations to the two winners!! Lovely roses and I'm loving all your little houses and new fabric! Can't believe you have flowers that will bloom all winter, I may have to look into that here : )
Have a delightful week, xoxoRobin

Things and Thoughts said...

Your colorful posts and crafty space always amaze me and inspire me dearest Helen! How many pretty images, crafts, items, bouquets...Congrats to the lucky winners! It's like spring by you!
Olympia

Teresa Kasner said...

Lucky winners! I will be getting the book too.. via Amazon! :-) Love how your big granny is coming out.. but I always love your color choices. Adorable pot of flowers! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Jane said...

How sweet that Daisy has been planting daisies with you Helen. A little gardener in the making. Your roses were beautiful and the apples look delicious. Your blanket is coming on so well, my crochet is coming along but at a snail's pace. Well done to the lucky winner of your beautiful book, you should be so proud of it Helen. Enjoy the end of October xx

Christine Barnsley said...

Congratulations to the winners! Looking forward to receiving my pre-ordered copy.... not long to go now!! Love all the pretty flowers in your post especially those beautiful pink roses (my favourites!). Your blanket is looking beautiful too! Have a happy week! Christine x

Amy at love made my home said...

Congratulations to the winners. Lovely to see the beautiful things happening in your studio. I love those houses! xx

Cindy said...

Congrats to the winners! I'm loving your crocheted blanket. Such pretty colors. have a great week, helen!

Winkel's Crazy Ideas said...

What gorgeous roses, and such beautiful neuances. Your blanket is going to be wonderful. Pam in Norway

Gracie Saylor said...

Now I am wondering if I could get flowers like yours to bloom here during the winter...I will investigate! I am so happy for the winners of your giveaway :) It is always fun to glimpse your current projects and seasonal decor as well, Helen, and I can appreciate Daisy's delight in helping you plant some daisies. Today is Rosie's second birthday [already!], Her older sisters wanted to help me wrap Rosie's present. One of them picked some white flowered wrapping paper I had handy. I protested that it was meant to wrap wedding presents. The eldest sister brought my attention to the fact that the wrapping paper had roses on it so was very appropriate for Rosie! Clever girl! We used her choice :) Wishing you a happy creative week xxxxx

Lorrie said...

The pink of your roses is perfect! What a sweet gift from a friend. Your autumn makes are pretty and it's good to have something to keep you warm while working on it!

Rhona said...

Such beautiful roses! Congrats to the winners of your new book.

Leanne said...

Your blanket is so pretty Helen, Just as your days are cooling off mine are warming up, Its been such a long cold winter I'm really looking foreward to some sunny days. My roses are blooming and the garden looks amazing.

Betty Wood Fairy said...

congrats to your winners, that was a lovely giveaway. The new fabrics you have are very pretty, it might be Autumn but when I see all that lovely pinkness and those beautiful roses I want to make a little corner of pink somewhere here myself!

KC'sCourt! said...

More pretty colours,
Congratulations to the winners
Julie xxxxxx

Jacky H said...

Well done to the ladies who won.
I love your blanket you crotchet.
What do you do with all of them when you are finished?
I've a cupboard full of them.

Teje said...

Dear Helen, thank you so much! I use Jennifer's words: oh my goodness, I never expected to win! Can't wait to get the book in my hands!
I'm so happy to see your flowers, how great that violas are strong enough for the winter! They are one of my favourites. I used to have them in my Finnish garden and grew so well (in Finnish = Orvokki). Thank you for your beautiful, sweet photos!
Have a lovely day! x Teje

driftwood said...

oh your blanket is gorgeous, I do love it when I can be cosy and work on a project at the same time, your's looks perfect for that xxx

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Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

congrats to the winners!!!!!!
in here is not Autumn, but Spring ... even though the weather today is really grey and windy!!!!!
xxxxxx Ale

Carole Williamson said...

Aww Helen,
I didn't realise there was a giveaway! And I read you blog post too, obviously not properly😢. I'll be paying more attention in the future.
The roses are gorgeous colours. I received some for my birthday a couple of weeks ago from a friend but sadly they only lasted three days! Anyway my friend got her money back as she spends quite a bit on flowers from this particular florist. But it was such a shame as they were so pretty.
I do love your little houses and the doll too. I really want to have a go at making one sometime. Keep up the good work Helen, your sewing is beautiful.
Love Carole from Rossendale, Lancashire xx

Marta said...

E' sempre un piacere visitare il tuo blog. Fin dall'inizio mi è sempre piaciuto le foto così cariche di colore anche nei mesi freddi. Brava per tutto ciò che fai. Ciao

Delia West said...

Lovely post so much pretty colour. love the colours in the blanket you are making and your roses are so pretty. Its nice to see some colour in the garden left to. Have a lovely week, dee xx

Jane said...

There's nothing like making a blanket to keep the autumn chills at bay, the colours are lovely. I love the chrysanthemum quilt blocks and am looking forward to seeing it finished. Have a great week. Jane xx

Pat's Patch said...

Your lovely crochet blanket looks so colourful and cosy. And garden flowers to match.
Apple crumbles are a 'must have' in autumn. Love all your makes large and small patchwork.Congratulations to the winners! Your book looks fabulous! Love Pat x

Kim said...

Congrats to the winners...love the red fabrics! So quintessentially fall!

craftygramma said...

I just love your blog. So much inspiration in sew many ways!I've been wondering where to find the crochet pattern you use in your big granny squares blanket?

I love it with all the variation, but can't quite work it out.

Please know i will buy it, but don't know where to start looking here in the US.

Thanks. Bless you.

Simone said...

Looks like you are very busy Helen. I love all your pumpkins - both fresh and fabric! x

Jo said...

You blog looks so happy. I have a chysanth paper kit but not tried it yet. I might go and get it out now I have seen yours. Jo x

Susan said...

Such beautiful flowers! And congrats to the winners. :)

Thimbleanna said...

Ahhhh, it's always so pretty here! I love anything Pam Kitty and Lakehouse design and it's always so fun to see what you come up with for their fabrics! Happy Fall!!!

Madelief said...

Congratulations to the two lucky ladies on winning your beautiful book! Your photo's and projects look beautiful as always Helen. So bright and cheerful. A sweet bunch of roses from your friend too.

Have a good weekend!

Madelief x

claire said...

Just catching up on the goings on at your end - oh i missed the giveaway :( Love your large Granny square a lot.

FlashinScissors said...

Congratulations to the two lucky winners.

I love your crocheted blanket! And such beautiful roses!

Barbara xx