Tuesday, 11 December 2018

December Days

 These december days are passing so quickly and we are enjoying the countdown to christmas...here is my red berry wreath on the cottage garden gate.....(and in the cottage garden itself there are already signs of bulbs growing and the promise of spring)………..
 ……….the red berries are one of my favourites at this time of year...and here is a peek at my new red and white irish chain  quilt.....more of this soon.....it is one to add to my red and white collection of quilts.....
 ……..here is holly hare.....a christmas gift...…..wearing her woolly hat and striped scarf and a lace trimmed dress made from a lovely old cath kidston red floral...……..
 ………..the pretty hexagons have been turned into bags to hold gifts.....they make nice thread catchers or small project holders once the gift is opened...….the pattern is the one in my book *modern vintage gifts* ………….
 ……...the lining is a candy striped old favourite but the hexies are made from the gorgeous new guestroom fabrics by moda and some pretty red lecien florals too...……...
 ………..the little bag in my book is decorated with fabric flowers but this time i used yo yos….
 ………….i got lots of christmas shopping done last week...….
 ………...both online and when i went to chester with my eldest daughter......
 ………..chester is so full of atmosphere i've always loved it and this time of year it feels really special.....above is the christmas market...……..
 ………...we shopped all day just stopping for a quick lunch and later coffee and mince pies...……..
 ……….heading back to the car in the winter twilight...all the lights twinkling...….
Thank you for visiting my little blogspace dear readers and for taking time to leave me sweet comments...….i hope you are enjoying these december days too....this week i plan to finish decorating the house and will be back with some festive photos soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx




18 comments:

Marta said...

Bellissime le tue borse per il Natale cosi colorate e le foto di Chester.

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

I'm so sorry I have been remiss in visiting your beautiful blog but then I decided I needed to be 'creating' instead of just watching others create. I've been trying but making everything from scratch is hard work! LOL! I make all the birthday and Christmas gifts and cook from scratch etc. You have bulbs coming up? Amazing! I am growing some greens in a container greenhouse outside and here the weeds never die! LOL!
I wish I could visit a place like Chester...there is no shopping here and few decorations. I love the bags you made. Holly Hare is adorable and your Irish Chain quilt in red is stunning! Are those red berries real? You settings for your pictures are always so pretty. I hope you and your family have a wonderful and peace filled Christmas! Hugs ~ Sam

Elizabeth said...

Your blog is such an inspiration, love all you create and love your colours you use.

Elizabeth said...

Love your inspirational blog and it's cheery colours. Happy stitching and merry Christmas xx

Jacky H said...

Thank you for a look into your build up for Christmas.
The colours are stunning.
Especially in the grey days ahead.
I love your Irish chain quilt that's on the to do list.

Mary in VA said...

You always make me long for another visit to England - everything is so lovely. Again I love the wreath on the gate, beautiful. And the hexie bags, love them too! Look forward to seeing your decorated home!

Mickie said...

Helen,
Where oh where do you find the time to do all that you do? Holly Hare is so cute in her finery, and I am loving your new Irish chain quilt. I have commented before that I love red and white quilts, they are so crisp and clean looking. So of course I am partial to your red berry wreath on your white cottage fence, so beautiful. I have a smaller one on a white door. I am inspired to see the hexie bags, as I have some that I sewed together many years ago and now know that I will never make anything very big with them :). I have your book and will make a small bag after the holidays.
Thank you for sharing as always.
Mickie, Indiana USA

Kate said...

Your posts always give me a warm, fuzzy feeling - thank you for that.

Salty Pumpkin Art said...

Happy Holidays!
Berries are a favorite. I have mine wrapped around a basket of pinecones year round.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Holly is such a pretty little hare and looks beyond cute on her sleigh!! :)
I love the little fabric bags too, such a clever idea, new quilt looks amazing as well.
Have a great week Helen,
V x

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Thank you for a nice bright and cheery post! I LOVE all the reds.. and the red and white quilt is just beautiful. I've never made anything red and white, but I love looking! Little Holly Hare is adorable and love her knitted hat and scarf.. oh so darling.. and the berry wreath on your white fence? Just love it. I love it all as usual! I miss the days when I would go shopping with my sister at some sweet little "villages" in Washington State. We live too far apart now to do that. My younger sister and I were able to do a little shopping last week on the Oregon coast, in a sweet little town that was all lit up for the season. I really enjoyed it. It puts me more into the Christmas spirit. December is passing way too fast! Your sweet little hexy bags are so pretty and cute. I make gift sacks almost every year, but none as darling as yours! Thank you for some more inspiration that I really need right now! Hugs from Oregon.

Jo said...

Loving your makes as always. I am still plodding along with my postage stamp quilt 5x5cm squares some of your lovely fabrics feature because I didn't throw away a tiny scrap! Jo xx

Princesa Nadie said...

Meeting you and visiting your blog has been a pleasure!
Merry Christmas!!!!!

Teresa Kasner said...

I enjoyed seeing what you've been up to, Helen. Love the cute bunny and your berry wreaths and quilting. That store you visited must be full of fun seasonal treasures. I wish I could visit it!!

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Gracie Saylor said...

I especially enjoyed this post as you shared your clever creative makes and holiday preparations, Helen, since moving related chores this season have kept me so busy. The realtor gave me my condo key on Monday! xx

Jane said...

So many lovely makes Helen and the wreath looks perfect there. We went to Chester years ago, such a gorgeous city. What a lovely place to do some Christmas shopping. I'm glad you are getting the shopping done, I think I'm there now! Hugs xxx

Lorrie said...

I always enjoy my visits here. Your makes are so pretty and inspire me to do a few things, as time permits. I love the little bags for gifts - in themselves gifts, too. I've been stitching away and making things for Christmas gifts that have been such fun. Have a wonderful remainder of the week (and a weekend), Helen.

eclectichomelife said...

So much inspiration, your makes as always are stunning