Monday, 15 August 2016

At the Seaside

 Here i am again...home from the seaside and feeling very refreshed :) ........
 .............we spent a lovely week with family and friends on the sunny isle of angelsey.....
 .............my husband sailed in the regatta and we watched the boats set off into the blue waters of the straits each day...or sometimes the grey waters....but always lovely to watch......the scenery in the background, on the other side of the straits is beautiful snowdonia..........
 .............this is the lucky dip quilt that i began this time last year.......it has been finished for ages and was longarm quilted for me quite a while ago too......it was the perfect quilt to use at the seaside, with its gorgeous daysail fabrics by bonnie and camille...............
 .............i really love the boats on white for the backing fabric..............the central panel is made up of snowball blocks and the wide border is ta dot in ocean by michael miller.......
 ..............this year we stayed in a different house in beaumaris....a tall old house overlooking the straits...........it was amazing to wake up to this view each day and we were all mesmerised watching the boats and the seabirds through the large windows...........
 ..............below is a view through our bedroom window at low tide................
 ..............as always when we visit beaumaris we love to see the janet bell gallery......and this year it was twice as good as there are now two janet bell galleries :).............below is the brand new one through the archway, light and bright and filled with janet's paintings..... it has such an uplifting atmosphere...............
 ..............the earlier gallery is filled with treasures too....stocked with the work of 60 other artists, designers and makers.............below is one of the stylish windows freshly painted with gorgeous grey......you might be able to see some blue striped mugs in there and i might have bought those......
 ...............below is a detail from a new painting by janet bell called beaumaris bay.......we loved this especially as it shows a fleet of boats sailing out to puffin island.....i bought this painting for mr p (and me!)...............i had some other treats from the galleries too which i will show you soon....and when the painting is hung in its new place i'll show that too.................janet was very busy painting in her studio but took a little time out to come and have a coffee with me.....x
 ..............there are lots of flowers blooming on the island, both in gardens and growing wild along the coast.......i found this little jug below in a charity shop in beaumaris, just waiting for me to put some daisies in it..............
 .................it was a happy week being with the grandchildren too.....seeing them enjoy the seaside in the same way as we did as children.............we had a lovely afternoon here at penmon, rock pooling and finding tiny pebbles to paint on when we get home next week.............
 .................and now i am home again and looking forward to getting back into my sewing room.....i have some exciting new designs to do including some quilts to make and some sweet appliques to sew and i have ordered the backing fabric for my blue checkerboard quilt so will soon be hand quilting that...........
................thank you for dropping by dear readers and for all your kind comments.............it is always such a pleasure to see you........wishing you a happy sunny crafty week.....................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

43 comments:

Evelyne said...

Hi Helen, nice to read that you had a lovely vacation with family and your grandchilderen. Great pictures too.
Your quilt is fabulous, love the fabric off Bonnie & Camille,and the backing is perfect for this quilt.
LOVE IT!!!

XX Evelyne

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Lovely to have you back again Helen. I missed your post last week, they always brighten a Monday and this one certainly did, thank you for sharing your lovely seaside holiday, so glad you had a lovely time.
The beautiful scenery..... that stunning quilt.....and your new painting....just gorgeous!!
have a good week,
V x

Cindy said...

What a lovely holiday you had! Such beautiful scenery with the sailboats in the background. I love the colors of your quilt. It looks so happy! Have a great week, my friend!

Little Quiltsong said...

This seaside holiday just sounds wonderful. So glad you had a special time with family. Love your quilt - perfect backing! The Janet Bell Gallery sounds like something I would love to browse in. Beautiful painting!!

Annerose said...

Hallo Helen, das war mit Sicherheit ein toller Urlaub, sieht ganz schön aus. Und dein Quilt ist auch wieder wunderschön. Ich freue mich schon auf die neuen Sachen von dir und bin gespannt.Liebe Grüße Annerose

Carole Williamson said...

Wow what a lovely holiday destination. You really are a sucker for mugs and jugs Helen,I am too lol! The picture you treated yourselves to is so lovely, that is my kind of picture. You are giving me some inspiration to do a bit of a revamp in our little bungalow. When pennies will allow I'm going to have a bit of a change around.
Thank you for a lovely blog post as always
Love from Carole in Rossendale, Lancashire xxx (reading blog with coffee mug in hand🙂)

Rhona said...

What a beautiful quilt and the backing fabric is perfect! Love all the pictures of your holiday....looks like you had a great time.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Lovely vacation!
deb

Maywyn said...

Beautiful vacation, and your photos as well

Robbienae said...

Looks like you had a beautiful trip to the seaside! Your quilt is so lovely with all the fun polka dots and sailboats. I love the picture of the sailboats in the water and I am using it as my screen saver here at work where I cannot go boating or quilting but I can dream about it!

PamKittyMorning said...

Oh it's so beautiful there! Glad you had a lovely time!

KC'sCourt! said...

Lovely sunny photos. I love the backing fabric for your quilt. Please may I ask what is it called?

Julie xxxxxx

Cheryl | TimeToCraft said...

What a lovely location. I haven't been there since I was about 4. Your photos make me want to visit again. I can see why you like Janet Bell's paintings so much. They are your colours too. Gorgeous ses side quilt.

Jacky H said...

Hi Helen what a lovely read the quilt is beautiful.
Glad you had a good holiday. It's nice to have you back I've missed my monday afternoon read with a nice cup of coffee. Have a lovely week
Jacky

Jacky H said...

Hi Helen what a lovely read the quilt is beautiful.
Glad you had a good holiday. It's nice to have you back I've missed my monday afternoon read with a nice cup of coffee. Have a lovely week
Jacky

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

Glad you had such a fun vacation! Lovely quilt, I used Bonnie & Camille's fabric to make a lap quilt for my nephew and family who love to sail.

Mary

Linda said...

Beautiful photos...lovely painting and quilt, too! :)

Mickie said...

Helen,
Lovely post! There is nothing I like better than a seaside vacation. Beautiful photos and such a sweet quilt.
Thank you for sharing.
Mickie, Indiana USA

Jane said...

Welcome back dear Helen. What a lovely holiday you had, such lovely photos. Your quilt was perfect, such gorgeous material. It must have been wonderful to share some family time together and I really like the sound of rockpooling...one of my favourite pastimes as a child on holiday. The sun is back too...enjoy. Hugs xx

busybusybeejay said...

Anglesey is a day trip for us,less than an hour from here.I love the Janet Bell galleries and how lovely you could have a chat with her.Last time we were there I bought loads of cards for birthdays.They really are very special.As I sit here typing I have a framed print on the wall in front of me and three more in the kitchen.Barbarax

Annabel Haylett said...

That's a beautiful quilt, Helen. And Anglesey looks lovely too. I must take a holiday there. Thanks for sharing.

Frances said...

Dear Helen, reading your post this evening, I can catch the seaside's energizing effect on you. It was a pleasure to see the photographs you've shared with us, too.
Janet Bell is a talented painter and certainly finds ways in her paintings to capture the fabulous place where she lives. I'd love to travel there someday myself, and catch some of that fresh air and feel the sea breeze and discover how the light contributes to the mix.

Welcome back! xo

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

It's all so beautiful and aqua, red and blue! Love the water and to see it from your bedroom.. how lovely is that? sigh.... I want a seashore trip very soon! We are right IN the middle of hot weather here in oregon... around 100 almost every day! Eeeekkkk I'm ready for the coastal coolness. Love your darling quilt, the colors and the sailboats.. and Janet Bell is a wonderful artist from what I can see. I would be buying her prints too.. as well as cards which I love to buy (beautiful cards of different artists) and frame. Glad you are back and energized and ready to go again! Some time away always does that for me too!

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

I love the quilt. I would also love to be by the sea right now. Our temps are so high and would welcome a cool down.

crazydazy said...

What a beautiful place to stay....so picturesque. I can see why you bought the painting too...it's just lovely. Glad you had a nice time.

crazydazy said...

What a beautiful place to stay....so picturesque. I can see why you bought the painting too...it's just lovely. Glad you had a nice time.

claire said...

Looks lovely Helen - we honeymooned in Angelsey so your post has brought back happy memories

Jo@awholeplotoflove said...

What a lovely place to stay, I adore Janet Bells work. I have one of the prints on my birthday wish list x

floral and feather said...

Gorgeous photographs and quilt. Glad you had a lovely holiday
Zoe | floral and feather

Gracie Saylor said...

Welcome Home, Helen! It is lovely to see some of the photos of your trip. It is always a joy to see Janet's work. I have just one card left of the pack I bought from her, and I can see it on my desk when I look up from my computer screen while typing to you. [I had a very hard time giving the other cards in the pack away!] I enjoy the glimpses of your beautiful work you showed us and will look forward to seeing your progress in the days ahead. I have signed up for a watercolor workshop in two Saturdays and am looking forward to playing with paints with others...and hope to learn some skills, too! Wishing for a good week for you and yours xxxxx

Ladybird Diaries said...

I'm glad you had a great holiday Helen. Thank you for sharing your pretty photos with us.
Marianne x

Gabri Ercole said...

Nice views from your holiday at the seaside!!

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

Welcome back! Happy to hear you had a good time. I hope your husband did well in the sailing contest. What a delight it must be to have a cottage with a sea view.

Enjoy the rest of the week! Hope it is as sunny in the UK as in The Netherlands!

Madelief x

Jo said...

Ah Helen, I love the way your crafting reflects your holiday. It is a beautiful quilt. Jo x

Alison Machin said...

Helen your photographs are stunning and your descriptions evoke such nostalgia-looks like such a beautiful traditional seaside holiday! The quilt is just gorgeous, love the little sailing boats . Best wishes Alison xx

Thimbleanna said...

Oh, what a lovely week away! And I love how your photos match your quilt -- perfection!

Pat's Patch said...

Gorgeous photos of your holiday xxx

Simone said...

Such a lovely post. I feel as though I have just been to the seaside from looking at your wonderful photos! Thank you Helen. x

Connie said...

Your blog is a treat for the eyes . . . so charming and calming.
Perfection :)

piccolina said...

Hi there!The colors look so refreshing...I enjoyed scrolling on the pics. :)

gillyflower said...

Looks like you've had a lovely holiday Helen! I have been all over Wales but not yet made it to Angelsey but it looks and sounds delightful, the view from your holiday home was wonderful!
Beautiful quilt!I love the colour combination and that sweet boat fabric.
Lovely photos!
Gill xx

Rosa said...

Great photos and glad you have a wonderful holidays.Those quilts are just beautiful,love your eye fabric.

Gisela Suski said...

I just love your style.