Monday, 22 February 2016

In the Kitchen

 It feels like spring in my kitchen this week.....the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming....
 ............besides cooking in my kitchen i do lots of crafting there too, often while waiting for something to bake or cook......and i sometimes hang freshly washed quilts and crochet blankets on the aga to dry............
 ............i have made a little crochet pot holder and have another one on the hook too.......just a quick and easy little project using scraps of stylecraft special dk yarn left over from a blanket project...... a simple sunburst granny square with as many rounds as you wish to make it the size you want......
 ..............this sweet little vanilla cupboard was a present from my kind mr p at christmas.....i had spied it in a local shop and told my daughter how much i liked it......what a lovely surprise to receive it on xmas day.......planning to fill it with french-style kitchenalia............
 .............love the words on the door glass........
 ............my little grape hyacinths with a second flush of flowers..............
 ..............this is  picture of my half term knitting project.......a soft cowl for springtime cosiness...
 .............half term cakes for all the family too..........i found the pack of tiny chocolate hearts in the supermarket and used them as part of my valentine treat making............
 ...............another view of my little pot holder............
 ..............and a patchwork pot holder that is also decorating my kitchen........this one is made from simple hexagons, one of my favourite patchwork shapes......you can find the pattern for the cherry pot holder in my latest book modern vintage gifts if you'd like to make one.......
 .............this week i am enjoying creating some new sewing projects for magazine commissions, and some tiny flowery crochet projects too......more coming soon.........
 ..............next week i will be taking a little blog break as we are off the to country for some rest and relaxation after a very sad and stressful time in january and also to celebrate our wedding anniversary.......we are so looking forward to quiet times, long walks, log fires and country cottage living.......i will take lots of pictures to share and i will bring back a nice little gift for you too :) ......
............thank you for your visits to my little blog space dear readers, and for taking the time to leave me such kind comments.......wishing you all lots of  happy sunny times with plenty of crafty inspiration......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxx

55 comments:

Annerose said...

Das ist ja echt der Frühling pur in deiner Küche, liebe Helen. Die Decke ist fantastisch und die Topflappen finde ich ganz toll. Schön dass unsere Töchter wissen was wir lieben, klasse das Schränkchen.
Ich wünsche dir eine wunderbare Zeit und erhole dich gut.
Liebe Grüße Annerose

marmarel said...

So lovely pics! I love your crochet-potholder and your cowl. Really spring!
Greetings from Marijke

GreenRabbitDesigns said...

Love both your little pot holders Helen, both crocheted and sewn....so pretty!
And I am totally in love with your gorgeous little cupboard, clever Mr P!!
I wish lived nearer I would definitely pop round for one of those gorgeous cupcakes! ;)
I hope you have a lovely relaxing time in the country, you certainly deserve it after recent times, happy anniversary to you both. ❤️
V xxx

Christine Barnsley said...

Love all your beautiful pot holders Helen.... your kitchen looks a fabulous place! Cosy and warm! Have a lovely break. Christine x

sew said...

I'm currently sitting by my Aga where my just completed ironing is airing - a great deal of my time is spent enjoying the warmth of my kitchen with a basket of yarn & a hook.

I recently made a batch of madeleines to have when friends called in for coffee - and spotted your tin here.
Your cupboard is beautiful - what a find!
Happy anniversary to you and Mr P - have a lovely break.
Thinking of you.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I just learned how to crochet a granny square, and I can't wait to start a project. You've inspired me for quite a while, and I love visiting your blog!

Stange and ich said...

Oh how great is this going !!! The colors just a dream !!!!
Just perfect!!!!
Sunny greetings
Antje

Kate said...

Your post says 'spring' to me! Your kitchen is so cozy, Helen.

❤Coco Rose❤ said...

I'm with Kate, this post shouts out 'Spring' and I love it! Such gorgeousness and full of colourful delights. Your pot holders are so sweet and the cabinet is BeAuTiFuL!

Have a super rest and relaxation away, it's always good to recharge the batteries.

Take care

Vanessa x

Maywyn Studio said...

Happy Anniversary!
Wishing you a wonderful time with perfect weather!

Cindy said...

What a pretty kitchen you must have! Some day you should do a house tour for us - I'm sure everyone would love that! Happy anniversary and have a good relaxing time!

Kim said...

I really need to learn how to crochet, so I can try to mimic some of your lovely creations. They always make me so happy to see. I'd love that view in my own home. Enjoy your time away. I hope it brings you some peace and relaxation. Thinking of you...

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

How I wish I could pop over and spend some time with you in your kitchen, Helen. Everything is so pretty, I would be afraid to use those pretty pot holders and get food on them!

Love the cupboard as well - so pretty!

Happy Anniversary to you and your sweet husband.
xo,
Lin

Susan said...

Thank you for such a colorful post. It does indeed say Spring. :) I love your new cupboard. I hope you have a relaxing and peaceful holiday. Happy anniversary.

Bee Lady said...

I love the potholders. I think I am going to make some for my next little project. I also love the pink and blue colors on your blog. Very inspiring.

Cindy Bee

Jane said...

It looks like spring in your kitchen Helen. I love your AGA, your kitchen must be so warm and cosy. Your crochet colours are perfect and so cheerful. I am glad you are having a little break away. Take time out to rest and recuperate, it has been an awful start to the year for you. Hugs xx

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

I'm so glad Mr. P brought home the Vanilla cupboard, don't you just love it?! Your new crochet pot holder is lovely, so is the hexie. The cupcakes look so pretty (and yummy). Have a wonderful vacation; as we near the end of winter here in Virginia I'm thinking of warmer climates somewhere south. Meanwhile someone mentioned a chance of snow on Tuesday :)

Mary

Mickie said...

Helen,
What a lovely post! Each and every picture is inspirational. I love the sweet pot holders and must make some. The sun is shining here today and spring will be here before we know it. Thank you for sharing with us and enjoy your holiday and R&R. Will be looking forward to another lovely post soon.
Mickie, Indiana USA

Ali said...

Enjoy your break hope the weather is kind to you xxx all your makes are gorgeous and I love your cabinet xx

Teje said...

Helen, everything looks again so beautiful! I love your new cupboard! It's perfect for your lovely decorations! x Teje

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

The pot holders are so pretty. We had a warm Saturday, but now it will be getting cold again and snow.

Ana Love Craft said...

Hello dear Helen! Your potholders are so lovely! I always love your colorful and beautiful photos! The cupboard is really amazing. I love the cupcakes, they look so yummy. I hope you enjoy your holidays full of sun. Happy anniversary!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

KC'sCourt! said...

Beautiful kitchen
Julie xxxxxxxx

crazydazy said...

Great photos. Love the colour of that cowl. Have a nice break I'm sure you will be taking some portable craft work with you!

crazydazy said...

Great photos. Love the colour of that cowl. Have a nice break I'm sure you will be taking some portable craft work with you!

Pat's Patch said...

Happy anniversary Helen and Mr.P. you lovely blog posts are full of Springtime joy. Love your potholder and kitchen looks warm and inviting. What a super Xmas present to fill with French favourites.. Have a relaxing break! Love Pat xxx

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

There's so much in your blog posts that I'm always afraid I will miss something. Good thing you're taking a break so that way I can catch up on what you have been doing. I have missed you but it is my own fault. Trying to get things done around here which isn't easy for me. I want your Aga! What a stove!
I lvoe your potholders, both crocheted and quilted. I need some smaller projects right now. And you have a new book! Gorgeous! It will be going on my book list!
I love your cowl and that color yarn just speaks to Springtime. I have always loved hyacinths too especially the fragrance which is the smell of Spring! Have a lovely time in the country and tell r. P that he has excellent taste in cupboards! Hugs~Sam

Stins said...

Your kitchen looks so cosy and inviting with all these nice colours ....
And the picture of the cakes also helps ofcourse :-).
Your new cupboard is such a sweet gift, he really knows what you need!
I wish you all the best and a lot of fun and good times on your trip, well deserved indeed!!
Hugs from Mirjam.

Little Quiltsong said...

Love seeing all the eye-candy from all your lovely projects. Your crocheted pot holder brings back memories of all the pot holders my mother used to crochet. I wish now that I hadn't been so impatient and taken more time to sit and learn when able. But I sew........:)!

❦Bayside Gal❦ said...

I so love seeing your lovely handwork Helen. It really inspires me to keep going with my own little projects. Have a wonderful time in the country. A well deserved rest and wonderful anniversary celebration.

Jacky H said...

I love reading your blog it brightens my day up.
Have a lovely break.
Jacky

Teresa Kasner said...

Can we trade homes? LOL! 5 acres in the Oregon countryside in a 100 year old farmhouse. ;-)

I love your AGA and your new cabinet.. it's divine! And I think I'm going to make a similar blanket.. flowers in the snow.. with off-white background. You're so inspiring! That last photo is frame-worthy.

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

bj said...

What a lovely post...your photos are so pretty as is your choice of colors....so soft and gentle..never jarring .... I am trying my best to learn to do that granny square and just about the time I think I MIGHT be getting it, the phone rings...or someone comes in and I lose my concentration and have to start all over...:( If I stick with it, I'm bound to learn, tho.
Have a wonderful vacation...

Amy at love made my home said...

Have a lovely time away! Your potholders are both lovely, I really like the crocheted one. Love your aga, how wonderful! xx

thewarmfireplace said...

Have a wonderful break.
Sue

pens and needles said...

A little visit to your colorful and cheery kitchen is a treat for me! Your potholders are both adorable, I love the pink cowl and will look forward to seeing the finished project, and your sweets look ... well, good enough to eat! :)

Baa. xxx said...

Beautiful photos! Have a lovely rest and relaxation and time out on your break!

Lorrie said...

Your kitchen is full of charm and comfort, just as a kitchen should be. Enjoy your rest and time away!

Mountain Mama said...

Enjoy your peace and tranquility at the country cottage. Love your Aga and that cabinet is gorgeous - hubby did well, for sure! You have such talent - I might have to try working with fabrics and yarns at some point in my life as I'm so amazed at what some of you talented ladies create.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Such charming and sweet photos...they make me smile! Wishing you a relaxing and happy time away!

handmade by amalia said...

This may be one of your prettiest posts, Helen, and that is saying A LOT. Pure spring.
Amalia
xo

Gracie Saylor said...

Have a wonderful rest and sweet celebration of your anniversary, Helen. Thanks for sharing your lovely projects and glimpses into your kitchen. Thinking of you with love xxx

Simone said...

Such a pretty post. Enjoy your break Helen. x

Anna @ paperdollsandposies said...

Helen, this is a wonderful post shouting spring!!! Thank you for sharing these lovely photos.
Anna x

Frances said...

Helen, I completely agree that spring has arrived in your kitchen. What a cheery place not only to prepare food, but also what lovely light it has...perfect for crafting. Your colors are clearly singing a spring tune.

Do enjoy your country break. A very Happy Anniversary to you all. xo

cristina said...

Helen, I really like the furniture in your kitchen! and the photography blanket hanging in the kitchen is very beautiful! and your small projects too. Hope you have a happy week and I hope you have a happy wedding anniversary. A big hug!

Blondie's Journal said...

The gentle colors you share in your posts, Helen, always make me smile and feel at right in the world---I know, a little dramatic. ;-D I just love these pastels. The pot holders are heavenly. I also love your cabinet...are the words original? Not that it matters. Your home is lovely and you have such a talent with your needle work. What else makes a house a home?

Thanks always for your visits---love them. Wishing you a better bit of time ahead than than before---hope things weren't too serious.

Jane x

Tammy McDonald said...

Enjoy your time away. A cozy cottage sounds lovely.

Gabri Ercole said...

hello compliments for your lovely blog!!So cute your kitchen...ful of craft flower sweets and lovelly things!!Have happy anniversary holiday!!Kisses from Italia!!

Delia West said...

Beautiful warm post today. Love your little kitchen cupboard and pot holders such pretty colours. Have a lovely break and will look forward to hearing all about it, dee xx

Madelief said...

Such cheerful photo's Helen! Your cakes look delicious! Lovely pot holders and kitchen cupboard. Such a sweet present.

Have a lovely evening.

Madelief x

driftwood said...

so many lovely things Helen. those chocolate hearts are adorable x

Cream Linen said...

Beautiful and tender, sweet and soft . These are the words that come to my mind when I see these photos.
I wish you 'Happy Anniversary!' and a mosr relaxing and happy holiday!
Tina xxx

Hartslove said...

Dear Helen: Your photos and captions do my heart good. So much prettiness! I too really like the crochet potholder. I also like the creamy melamine cups and the pink-rimmed white floral plate in the final photo! Thanks for sharing all these Spring-themed handiworks and tableware, as well as the country vacation photos. Happy Spring. Alexine

Viola said...

Your potholders are gorgeous, I like the colour combinations. I have never made potholder because they often look so old-fashioned but yours are truly beautiful. Viola