Monday, 7 December 2015

Merry Making

 There has been lots of crafting going on here over the past week, some work things being made for next year's magazine issues, some things being made for gifts for my dearies and some being created just for fun................here is my new festive version of the little dogs doll's quilt from my book *modern vintage gifts*.............
 ..........this version was just as much fun to make as the original one................
 ..............the fabrics are mainly *little joys* by elea lutz for penny rose fabrics.......the plain red and white are kona cottons and the binding is a michael miller stripe which made me think of candy canes.....

 ..........when the quilt was completed i looked around for someone to snuggle underneath it....and there was the little bear also from my new book :) ......
 ..........a sweet friend of mine gave me the scottie dog shortbread biscuits below.......it does seem a shame really to eat them (but they are delicious)................
 ...............still making festive things with the little joys fabrics...they are so pretty.....
 ...........also busy crocheting something new with some bright festive colours............
 ............while waiting for the new order of yarn to arrive last week for my next blanket, i began hooking up a quick cushion cover...........will show you this soon......just doing the back now....
 ..................below: work in progress crochet and christmas mug of tea...love getting out the christmas china again and finding favourite decorations each year too......
 ..............at the weekend we visited a beautiful garden centre (the grosvenor garden centre, chester) and i took a few pictures there......there were so many gorgeous plants including dozens of hyacinths in flower which gave out the most intoxicating scent and made us think of spring..........will show you those another time as this picture seemed more suitable for my theme today :)...........
 ..............before i go back to my crafting and merry making i would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has bought my latest book, or who has it on their christmas wish list, or is gifting it to others..........and thank you so much for all your kind words about it too........x
..............thank you for visiting me here in my little bit of blogland dear readers, and for taking time to leave such lovely comments, especially when life is so busy............wishing you a wonderful week ahead with plenty of merry making.................back soon xxxxxxxxxxoooooooxxxxxx

40 comments:

sew said...

You were only a few miles away from me at the garden centre!
For some reason, I don't usually buy hyacinths until after Christmas but may well break the habit of a lifetime after seeing some in full bloom at my neighbour's house yesterday.
The doggy quilt is the cutest thing ever and I love your Christmas mug :)
I'm hooking away at a hot water bottle cover for a gift this afternoon - looking forward to seeing your cushion. ♥

Jacky H said...

Hi Helen
Once again thank you for your lovely blog.
It's really nice to see your lovely items you have made.
My husband ordered you book off amazon on saturday and it came sunday.
I had a little look I can't wait til Christmas to open it.
Have a lovely week.

Simone said...

You really do make such pretty things Helen. Congratulations on your new book - the teddy looks so cute. Have a lovely merry making week! x

KC'sCourt! said...

That's a lovely little quilt
Julie xxxxx

Zwergenwelt said...

dear Helen,
the new quilt with "scottie" is such a cute and pretty work; I love the choice of fabrics very much, so pretty fabrics, not only for winter time! the little dog is a very cute design for little boy and girs, I mean.
Now I am going to look at your new book. It seems a wonderful christmas gift for me ;O)
Have a wonderful december week with enjoy and freedom, cornelia

Glenis said...

Oh Helen this little quilt is so lovely, who would have thought pink and red should look so right.
I love looking at your posts, eye candy.
Glenis

Jane said...

What a vibrant quilt Helen....gorgeous colours and a sweet Bear to climb under it...perfect! Glad to hear that your book is selling well....it's beautiful. Have a great week xx

Kate said...

Such a beautiful quilt, Helen. I love the colour and the Scottie dogs. How nice for you to have a Scottie dog cookie cutter.
Have a swell week and enjoy the season.

Kim said...

Helen, I always love visiting your blog. Your colors and creativity are always such a pleasure to view. Have fun with the merry making!! :)

eclectichomelife said...

Where to start. I love this post That quilt, the colours, the blocks, everything about it. How apt the Scottie biscuits. I'll be sure to pop back.

Betty the Wood Fairy said...

How very lovely your scottie dog quilt is, such detail! the little bows on each dog - a lovely thing to make and keep. Garden centres this time of the year are brimming with things to plant for spring - I just planted up hyacinth, tete-a-tete and muscari - can't wait for them to come up as I will have forgotten where I planted by then!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

I love that little quilt Helen, it's one of my favourite patterns in your book....so pretty!
I love the colours of your new crochet project, looking forward to the reveal, as always!
Garden centres are so pretty at this time of year.
Have a lovely week,
V xxx

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

I love the little dog theme, it looks so cute on the doll's quilt. I love all the Christmas colours xx

Christine Barnsley said...

What a pretty little Christmas version of the little dog quilt! So pretty! Love the look of your new cushion too.... can't wait to see the front! Have a lovely week! Christine x

Amy at love made my home said...

Absolutely adorable!! xx

Cindy said...

I love your little Scottie quilt. such pretty fabrics and I love the colors of your yarn for the cushion. Some day I AM coming over to England - i want to visit all the wonderful gardens and garden centers!

Teresa Kasner said...

I enjoyed your post today! I adore the spool wreath.. what a clever and fun thing! And I love the crochet you're doing... doing two rows of white and one of color make the colors look like polka dots.. how fun is that? Of course I love your quilt too.. your family will be happy with their gifts made by you.

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Gracie Saylor said...

Your scotty dog material is especially charming to me. As always I enjoyed viewing your creations, Helen, and wish you another happy creative week, too! I've started crocheting a little bag to hold doll clothes for a grand girl :) xx

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Always such lovely colors and patterns and projects. I'm merry making over here when I really should be cleaning something. But the latter certainly isn't quite as fun which is why it rarely happens. Happy holidays!

Annerose said...

Oh wie süß, ich wünsche Dir und Deinen Lieben eine schöne Adventszeit.Liebe Grüße Annerose

Things and Thoughts said...

Endless inspiration on your space Helen! I especially love those teddy bears in the last photo!
Happy countdown to Christmas!
Olympia

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

You have been busy. I love the scottie quilt and the spool wreath.

Stins said...

Such a sweet scene, the little Bear and that sweet blanket...
I enjoyed your colourful pictures, as always! Lots of love from Mirjam.

Jo@awholeplotoflove said...

Another lovely quilt x

Jo said...

The dog bows are inspirational. I love it and want to copy right now Jo x

Jo said...

I love the dog bows. Inspirational, I want to copy it right now!

Marta said...

Mi piace sempre passare dal tuo blog, fai oggetti veramente deliziosi. Foto così belle. Complimenti per tutto. Ciao

Judith said...

Hi Helen,
Your crochet is so beautiful. I especially love you granny squares. Wondering if you use the invisible join? Just discovered it. And do you break your yarn and start with a new piece with every round?
I also just got a swift and yarn winder. Wonder if your yarn twists when you use it. I tried using yarn from inside and outside of ball. Maybe this is the nature of this wound yarn.
Enjoy waiting for each blog. Thanks for writing.
Judith

Blondie's Journal said...

Helen...as always I smile when I see your pretty quilts! You find the most darling fabric and the colors are precious. And those little Scottie cookies! I'd have a hard time watching them disappear, too.

Congratulations on your book! I think you deserve to sell a million copies! Your sewing, crocheting and crafting is amazingly beautiful!

Thank you for your visit and lovely comment today. And Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Jane x

Thimbleanna said...

It's always so pretty here! Your new little pillow cover matches your mug perfectly -- sooo pretty. And Little Joys! I love that collection -- I have a bit that I'm hoarding. Someday I'll figure out what I want to do with it!

Lauren said...

Helen,

Thank you for always sharing what you make! They are always so lovely. I am making a bedding set for a cradle for my little girl's dolly for Christmas and your ideas are so inspiring. Thank you!

cristina said...

Hi, Helen! This new quilt is so beautiful as all your creations!
and hearts fabric stolen my heart! I remember sweet birds that I got from your part we decorate the wall behind my sewing machine. I thought with you every day when I see these birds! My dear helen, I wish you Merry Christmas! many kisses from Catalonia!

scrappyjacky said...

Love the beautiful quilt.

Winkel's Crazy Ideas said...

Lots of lovely pictures! Gorgeous colours and makes. Pam in Norway (p.s. Really do like your Christmas mug!)

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

ALWAYS delighted to visit here. Everything is always so beautiful and inspiring!!!
Have a lovely weekend,
Lin

20 North Ora said...

Helen - Just received your new book and absolutely LOVE it!! So many pretty things that I cannot wait to make. Congratulations on another beautiful book!

Judy

Art and Sand said...

All is lovely . . . all is bright ...

My favorites are the bunnies and the wreath.

Mia said...

Hello Helen,

What a lovely post! I can't believe how much lightness&brightness&happiness there are in these images, I really could use some here (dark&gloomy again today!). And that little bear... looking so cuddly!

Happy December days, Holidays just around the corner...

Yours,
Mia

Lee said...

Beautiful Festive post.Wishing you all a Very Happy Christmas.xx

Elea said...

Oh Helen!! This is the sweetest quilt! Those little scotties melt my heart! I'm such a big fan of your beautiful creations and books. What a joy to see your darling Little Joys creations. Hugs, Elea