Monday, 8 February 2016

Hearts and Flowers

 As regular readers know....... i just lOvE hearts and flowers........all year round :).......
 ............. i usually make a new heart to hang up here for valentine's day and this year is no exception............this weekend there was time for a little bit of sewing and a little bit of crochet too.....
 ..............i sewed a little red gingham heart and crocheted some tiny flowers and leaves and a picot edging for it............i made the edging by crocheting a chain that was long enough to go round the heart edge with a little bit over for joining and followed a simple pattern for a picot edge online, then sewed it on to the heart...........the long narrow heart is from a pattern in my book simple sewn gifts...
 .............i think crochet flowers are the sweetest thing to use for embellishments........i like the very simple ones that look like primroses..........i've made these easy ones for a long time but again there are many patterns for them online............just a simple five petal flower pattern............
 .............a nice cup of tea and a little crafty project.....a perfect way to enjoy a weekend afternoon.....or any afternoon :).....
 ..............i have been enjoying some real spring flowers too this week........tulips and hyacinths and muscari mainly..............
 ...............and some more crochet flowers and even cross stitch ones too........
 ................and flowers on my china of course.............
 .............below is a little peek at my new project in this month's crafts beautiful magazine out in the shops now..........a quilted tea cosy and a little cross stitched card...........you can find out more about the magazine and download patterns here...............
 ...............one more flowery project coming along fast now is my alpine flowers blanket.......
 .............i am looking forward to finishing it and using it on the new grey sofa.......hope to get the joining all done this week and then decide on a border............
 ................ muscari or grape hyacinths making my kitchen feel spring like....these were a gift from a sweet friend and they actually bloomed twice :)..................
..............thank you for visiting here dear readers and for all the quilt love in my last post.......and thank you for all your heart warming kindness to me over the past month too............i hope you all have a wonderful valentine's week and wish you lots of love and happiness...........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

53 comments:

Florrie May51 said...

Your photos are always so pretty...I love the little heart and your crochet blanket is looking lovely...x

Ali said...

So pretty as always xx

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Your little heart is so charming! I am inspired by your wonderful creativity!

Annerose said...

Das sieht ja super schön aus bei dir, liebe Helen, ich mag dein Herz es gefällt mir sehr gut. Die Farben sind richtig Frühling und deine Häkeldecke wird mit Sicherheit wunderschön.
Ganz liebe Grüße Annerose

Jacky H said...

Hi Helen
I love your hearts it is nice to mix fabric and crotchet, it works so well .
Have a lovely week.
Jacky

Maywyn Studio said...

Beautiful! Its always spring here.

KC'sCourt! said...

Beautiful, just beautiful
Julie xxxxxx

Jenn M said...

Such a lovely, spring-y post. Everything is just perfect as always!
Have a wonderful day :)

Jenn @jennscraftyworld

crazydazy said...

Your gingham heart with crocheted edge is so pretty.

Teje said...

Hi Helen! What a lovely idea to make the cute heart even more sweet! Crocheting with those beautiful colours is sweet like candies! Thank you for all the beautiful flowers and photos! Have a lovely week! x Teje

Teresa Kasner said...

I love spending time immersed in the pretty colors of your crafty world, Helen! I have some new yarn coming in "Helen" colors.. can't wait to show you. What a pretty x-stitch project! Bravo! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Ana Love Craft said...

Dear Helen your post are always a delight to my eyes! I also love hearts and flowers! The crochet trim is adorable! Your muscari is so beautiful!
Have a great week!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

Christine Barnsley said...

Lots of lovely Spring flowers in your blog today Helen! Beautiful! I love your little heart and the crochet makes a perfect accompaniment. Hope you have a lovely Valentine's day! Christine x

Little Quiltsong said...

Beautiful projects. Especially love the fabric for the tea cozy!

Jo@awholeplotoflove said...

Beautiful photos as always x

Wood Fairy said...

lovely pictures - very Springy - I love muscari. Your blanket is going to be a stunner.

Jo said...

Lots of lovely style inspiration as ever. Happy days Helen. Jo x

Jo said...

Lots of lovely style inspiration as ever. Happy days Helen. Jo x

Marta said...

Le tue foto sono sempre stupende e anche ciò che realizzi a cucito e uncinetto. Complimenti per tutto. Ciao

greenrabbitdesigns said...

What a sweet little heart Helen, I do love a crochet flower myself! :)
I'm really looking forward to seeing your blanket, the colours are gorgeous.
My muscari bloomed twice too, it was lovely treat.
Have a lovely week,
V x

bj said...

Such beautiful photos of color....love the little long heart...I am trying so hard to crochet a granny square but not much luck as yet...I am about to wear out my yarn...lol

Amy at love made my home said...

Hearts and flowers are a great combination aren't they! xx

Jane said...

Hearts and flowers are a perfect pairing Helen and yours newest one is so pretty.The crochet edge and flowers work so well. Your spring bulbs are so cheerful. Enjoy Valentine's day...I hope Mr P spoils you. Take care xx

flowers on my table said...

Hello Helen, everything is very Springlike in your neck of the woods. I love your little gingham hearts, and think they would be pretty as shoe stuffers. I love the cross stitched card and the little boxes, and have a thing for tea cosies. Your pretty flowers are always lovely to look at. Have a wonderful week, love Linda x

Kim said...

Helen, you know that I am a big fan, everything you make is outstanding...but today, those sweet cross stitch boxes with the measuring tape accents are just calling my name! Love them!! :)

Mickie said...

Helen,
Such a sweet post and perfect for Valentine's Day. It looks like you are as ready for spring as I am.
Thank you for sharing.
Mickie, Indiana

Cindy said...

What a cute little heart! I love the border and flower. I bought some hyacinths and muscari too. I am so ready for spring! Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful crafts with us!

Robbienae said...

The red gingham hearts are very precious!

Gracie Saylor said...

Hearts and flowers are lovey all year long, I agree, Helen! Your latest projects are all pretty and motivate me to celebrate Valentine's week and the seasonal progress of Winter toward Spring. Our froggy chorus from the front pond is quite boisterous already even though the weather has not been very warm yet, and we are seeing our daffodil leaves pop up rapidly in the flowerbeds! Exciting! Sending you lots of hugsxxxxxxxx

Jennifer said...

Such a lovely post as we approach Valentine's Day. I too love hearts and flowers. Your photos are beautiful; everything has the perfect mix of colors and pretty designs. I just loving seeing your house and your crafty endeavors, even just the bare materials of them. I hope you have a good week, Helen.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hello to my Happy Place! Hearts, flowers and those pretty colors just make my day!!!!
Happy Valentine's Day to you.
warmly,
deb

Amy DeCesare said...

Thank you for the breath of springtime fresh air that wafted over the internet! I can almost smell the flowers...even the beautiful crocheted ones! Such a lovely heart you made!!!

Ania said...

Hi Helen! With so many flowers it looks loke spring has already vidited your home. The heart and the crochet blanket look lovely.

Blondie's Journal said...

I love all of your creations but hearts and flowers always make me smile. Also your signature choice of fabric and yarn...pretty colors but muted a bit. I simply love everything you do.

Happy Valentine's Day, Helen!

Jane

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

really love your little heart!!!! so precious!!!!
happy week, xxxxx Ale

Stins said...

Everything I see in your pictures is so lovely colourful and fresh... Just the sight of it makes me happy :-)! Lots of love from Mirjam.

cristina said...

Hearts are so sweet and cute! and I am eager to see finished this blanket with the edging, it will be surely beautiful! I do not doubt it! a big hug, Helen!

Michelle makes and bakes said...

Love the hearts, I have been making the ones from your book, and everyone likes them, a friend has asked me to make some for her. Love your colours as alwaysxx

Cream Linen said...

I love, love your Valentine's heart. It's just perfect for the day.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S Helen!
Tina xxx

20 North Ora said...

Helen - LOVE your new little heart - especially love the crocheted edging and flower. So sweet.

Judy

Lorrie said...

Such pretty hearts and flowers - two of my favorite things as well. The crocheted edging makes such a sweet finish.

Chloe said...

Your flowers and hearts are so cheerful and lovely. It makes people feel better for sure.

Delia West said...

Such a beautiful warm and bright post today I am loving the heart how did you get that crochet edge on it? so clever I must research that it looks gorgeous the use of colours and pattern work so well together. Love spring flowers to they really are so cheerful :-) dee xx

Lee said...

Love your posts,always so Stunning and inspirational.Love the lil heart and flowers soooo cute,great crochet too,lots to keep you busy.I Love Tulips and Grape Hyacinths they are just soooo pretty.Take care,sending you huggles.xx

Frances said...

Oh Helen, the addition of the crocheted flower and picoted edging to your checkered heart is a grand idea. You always have a great sense of how to elevate a design.

I've got a pretty little fuchsia pink, yellow centered primrose plant on my windowsill, and hope to find time to do some color pencil drawings, or even some watercolor studies of this one while its blooms continue to resist the challenges of the nearby radiator.

I wish you and yours a very Happy Valentine's Day! xo

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you for telling us how you added the crochet edging to your pretty little heart. One day I hope to add a crochet edging to my stitching ..... one day .......... !!!
Lovely post, Helen.
Barbara xx

Madelief said...

You made some sweet little hearts Helen! Wishing you a happy Valentines day too!

Madelief x

Jacqui Wise said...

Very pretty.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

You always manage to tie everything together so beautifully. Such a pretty little heart. Love the x-stitched card. happy weekend, Tammy

handmade by amalia said...

Hearts and flowers - who can resist?
Amalia
xo

Simone said...

The alpine flowers blanket looks gorgeous Helen. I love the white with the flowers - a fresh combination. x

Jenn M said...

Everything is so pretty as always! I love the heart with the crochet flowers and trim. Of course it would look good anywhere - I don't know how you could stop at just one.
Happy Days!
Jenn

alexandra s.m. said...

Each of your posts is like a dream!
Thank You!!