Monday, 14 December 2015

Christmas Crafting

 It is certainly feeling (a lot) like christmas here now....with the trees decorated, the wreaths up and the cards arriving daily........i am still creating work designs for the coming year....but there is some christmas crafting going on too...............
 ......i made this fabric wreath as a project for my latest book.....it was an idea i had wanted to create for a long time..........
 ...........i wanted to make lots of fabric embellishments and add them to a fabric covered wreath....and then to add extras like bells, bows and buttons...........
 ............it was such fun to make and i loved the light scandi feel of the colours..........
 .............the individual elements can be used on their own for decorations too, like the candy canes below........
 ............and the little birds can be used in endless decorative ways..........the christmas wreath is from my new book modern vintage gifts which can be found in all good book stores, on amazon or here.......
 .............i have just finished a quick festive crochet cushion made with granny stripes....two white stripes alternated with one coloured stripe made this an easy crochet design to hook up.........the yarn i used is stylecraft special dk in pomegranate, bluebell, grass green, fondant and white.......
 .............i have more candles than ever this year, i love them so much....my daughter gave me the pudding bowl candle and i think it looks lovely.....
 .................some more (secret) crafting has been going on too........little grey rabbits in the making....it is like santa's workshop in my sewing room at the moment.......i look forward to showing you these cute little girls very soon :) ........
 .............you can tell it is christmas here when my kitchen has festive mugs all around and big bowls of satsumas.........
 ...........my latest crafty project is a new crochet blanket....it was inspired by my alpine scarf made a couple of winters ago and i am looking forward to hooking this over the christmas holiday........i made a good start on it this weekend watching christmas movies.....
 ......i hope you are enjoying the festive countdown....getting those lists ticked and feeling the spirit of the season and not the stress :)...............i still have lots to do........but am sure it will all be finished in time ;).........
.................thank you so much for visiting me here in my little blog world, dear readers, and for your sweet comments...... wishing you a wonderful week with happy crafty festive days as we move through december...........back soon xxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

37 comments:

All4 Barbie said...

Hello from Spain: I like. Fabulous proposals. Nice photos. We keep in touch

Christine Barnsley said...

I love all your Christmas crafting and ideas Helen! Your house must look wonderful! Love your new pillow and your new blanket is already looking beautiful! Have a lovely week! Christine x

Kate said...

Beautiful, Helen, absolutely beautiful!! I like your clever idea for the wreath.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Love the little wreath with all the handmade embellishments. Blue and red together is always very pretty. I wonder, is there ever a day when you just don't want to make anything? I've been feeling very lazy lately. All these grand ideas running through my head and yet I don't follow through on very many of them so am not accomplishing much at all. My to-do list is definitely not getting checked off. :) Have a good week!

Ali said...

Just gorgeous as always xxx. Enjoy your week xx

Teje said...

Hi Helen! Your Santa's workshop looks so inviting! Mouse pieces are waiting on my table but have to finish first one quilt. Can't wait to sew the little one and choose the fabric for her nightdress. I wish you wonderful time with your little secrets! x Teje

Cindy said...

Everything looks so festive and bright! I love your wreath with all the fabric add ons! And you cushion and new granny squares are so pretty - it makes me want to get out my hooks! And since I have got my gifts all made, I can do some crafting for myself. Yeah! Have a great week, my friend!

Mickie said...

Helen,
I love all your creations, especially the granny stripe cushion. My favorite, however, is the little red bird in the heart shaped holly wreath. I do enjoy seeing whatever you are working on, they give me inspiration to keep crafting. I am looking forward to the finished bunny projects.
Thank you for sharing.
Mickie, Indiana

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Such a pretty wreath Helen, I love the fresh Scandi feel to it. :)
Your new cushion is lovely and I look forward to seeing your blanket grow!!
I can't wait to see more of the gorgeous bunnies. :)
Happy new week,
V xxx

Stins said...

All so fresh and light in these dark days, just perfect to cheer me up ;-)! Love your use of colour; that blanket must be a joy to work on. Xxx from Mirjam.

KC'sCourt! said...

Love your Christmas wreath.
Julie xxxxxxxxxx

Jennifer said...

Oh, I just love that wreath. The colors are so fresh. You've got a lot going on and it's all looking very pretty and festive. Your cushion is very nice, I really like the effect of two rows of white between the colored stripes, it's more dramatic this way. You seem to be enjoying your Christmas preparations very much. I hope you have a good week, Helen. :)

Алена Боц said...

Wonderful!!!!

Jacky H said...

Hi Helen
your Sants work shop has been busy.
I love your wreath that's on the to do list for next year. I've just retired so I'm hoping to do loads more crafting in the new year.
You blog is so cheery .
My husband has got got me your new book for Christmas I'm hoping to do loads of projects out of it.
Have a happy crafty week.
Jacky

Jane said...

Lots of wonderful work going on here Helen. The wreath is gorgeous and all those elements work so well individually too, really lovely. Those sweet bunnies are breeding I think.....such a fun photo. Enjoy your festive makes and those lovely candles...you can never have too many candles in my book! xx

Kim said...

Lovely, Helen and super festive. Nothing like the sound of bells in December!

cristina said...

I love wreath, Helen!
and your new blanket!
Have a Merry Christmas!
Anf thanks for sharing many nice things in this year whi finished!
I wish you a Happy New Year too!
Kisses and a big hug from Catalonia!

Amy at love made my home said...

Such lovely things! It is the perfect time of year to be creating Christmas things isn't it! xx

Teresa Kasner said...

Greetings dear Helen! Love your pastels wreath.. it's so *YOU*! I really want to try your polka dot crochet one day.. maybe after the holiday rush. I am saving the reading of your book after the rush too as I want to savor it.

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Lorrie said...

Beautiful projects, Helen. Your palette and style are so consistent and lovely. It's always a pleasure to see your makes. Enjoy the holiday crafting!

Baa. xxx said...

Ooooh, little rabbits - sounds lovely. Love the wreath!

Rhona said...

You have been very busy creating wonderful goodies in fantastic colour schemes, Helen....even Santa would be jealous!

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Lovely post Helen, almost missed it!! Wreath, bunnies and cushion are so gorgeous and I can't say enough about all your Christmas mugs! I have quite the collection that I bring out each season. Makes coffee and teatime fun!
Enjoy your week, xoxoRobin

handmade by amalia said...

Your makes and decorations are so lovely, Helen! The wreath is wonderful.
A happy holiday season to you and your family,
Amalia
xo

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I like that pretty one wreath you did! Looks so adorable and charming! All the other crafts are very pretty, too!

Pat's Patch said...

All looking very festive. Beautiful beautiful Christmas makes.xxx

FlashinScissors said...

I love it all Helen! The wreath, the rabbits, candy canes, mugs, everything! You've really got the festive spirit! Hope you are enjoying a lovely week. Barbara xx

Simone said...

The fabric wreath is lovely Helen. I like the fabric embellishments especially the holly berries with their tiny beads. x

Thimbleanna said...

Ooooh, it all looks so Christmassy and beautiful -- I think I'll just sit staring at your pretty pictures -- it will keep my mind off of the fact that I'm not going to get everything done LOL!

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

I want everything, love everything and want to make everything you posted today! I love the wreath and the little birdies in red.... want to make that crocheted Christmas cushion... want to get out my yarn right now! and it all made me feel so festive and good. I always LOVE your posts! (did I use the word "love" too much??) Marilyn

Jo said...

Certainly does look like a Santa workshop. Go Helen, go! Jo x

Jo said...

Certainly does look like Santas workshop. Go Helen, Go. Jo x

Janet said...

The wreath is beautiful Helen. If only there were more hours in the day, I would make everything I see.

Cream Linen said...

I love the wreath and all your makes!
Pretty colours and beautiful creations!
Have a wonderful holiday season.
with love,
Tina xxx

Zwergenwelt said...

dear Helen,
lovely colours in your christmas work, the wreath is beautiful, I love red, blue and white for christmas too. Now, this year on my decoration at home I prefered white and nature and a little bit of silver!
Funny bunnies are at work, so cute!
Have a wonderful christmas time, best wishes, cornelia

Madelief said...

Your Christmas wreath looks lovely! You chose some pretty colours. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

Madelief x

Clara (Clover&Violet) said...

Love your wreath and all of your decorations!!