Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Sew Sweet

 We are having the usual busy time here this week, just like everyone else is at the moment......i thought we could do with a bit of sugar today :)................the red and white scandinavian look has long been one of my favourites for the home and especially at christmas time...............
 ............so i loved making stripy fabric sweets and candy canes...........
 ...........and some pink and white sugar mice...........
 .................what could be more yummy than a jar filled with red and white sweeties and lollies?.....
 ..........the lollies were made using pinwheel patches and i have been making a red and white pinwheel mini quilt this week too.............the patterns for all the fabric sweets and the sugar mice can be found here......................
 ..............some real sweets, of course, i needed to buy some jelly beans for a recipe i was making.......
 .........which reminded me of this wonderful wrapping paper i bought a while ago, covered with sweetie jars........i bought it in the cotswolds months ago and just can't cut it up..................
 ...........i needed the real jelly beans for this recipe........white chocolate rocky road, which every one loved so much i have to make more......(the recipe was from the inspiring madelief's blog)..............
 ..............charlie and daisy came to tea here yesterday and i put up the small sitting room christmas tree for them to decorate (i will be doing the main tree a little later).......the children are fascinated by things like these decorations that look like sweets but aren't really..........
 .............they did a great job distributing the decorations on the tree quite evenly, apart from two santa ornaments on one branch arranged by daisy, but there was a reason for that, they were keeping each other company :)................after tea they each had a (real) chocolate lolly in the shape of rudolph as a special treat for helping me...................
...............i know most of my crafty posts of late have been about patchwork and i still have a bit of a crush on it, but my crochet is not forgotten..........i have been making a throw in neutral shades as a gift for one of my dearies, and also this little alpine scarf is currently being hooked up........more about my christmas making sooooon.....................
..............thank you for your kind wishes for mr p's birthday, he had a lovely time and we all enjoyed our sweet niece emily's 21st birthday party too.............thank you also, lovely readers, for coming to see me here at this busy time, i do appreciate your visits and your lovely comments .................i hope lots of sweet things come your way this week..............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooxxx

43 comments:

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

So happy you had your little grandchildren there to help you decorate. Your red and white treats are so pretty and your small pinwheel quilt will be adorable too. Love your crochet always!! Have a wonderful day!!

Kate Eastwood said...

Oh my gosh, your little mice are adorable, you have made them so beautifully - I have mouse envy !!
I agree that the red and white colour combination cannot be beaten. I have a little collection of Swedish Christmas pixies which will be bought out of storage this weekend.
Lovely, lovely pictures,
Kate x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

I love the jar of patchwork sweeties! :)
I was very tempted by Madelief's rocky road recipe too, I've never put jelly beans in mine before but they do look delicious!
Very pretty crochet too Helen. :)
Happy week,
V xxx

Cindy said...

Everything looks so sweet and pretty! I especially love those mice - they are so cute! What fun to have your grands help decorate. I'm sure they love coming to grandma's house:)

Annerose said...

Schön deine Weihnachtsdeko. Ich mag die Farben rot und weiß in der Weihnachtszeit auch sehr gerne. Das sind ja zwei süße Mäuse in der Tasse und die Lollis, toll.
Eine schöne und besinnliche Adventszeit und liebe Grüße Annerose

Chrissie said...

A very sweet post from start to finish! Clever little makes, those fabric candies, I bet the children love visiting you more than ever now with all those goodies! What a fun, wonderful time of year! Chrissie x

Rhona said...

Everything looks wonderful....especially those mice - so cute!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Such sweet little peppermints! I hope lots of sweet things come your way, too! ♥

cristina said...

Hi, Helen! The hook can not be forgotten just like that, right? I'm intrigued to see what the outcome. Talk about what you do talk you always have us spend a good time! thanks for these sweet moments! kisses from Catalonia!

Mary @ Ms. Redo said...

You always have the best ideas and the best color fabrics for those ideas! Delightful! I'm here patchworking with all my heart and loving every minute of it, making gifts for my dear friends and family.

Hugs ~ Mary

Deborah said...

Love, love , love your red and white goodies - and everything else, of course! My "swedish" Christmas tree is covered in red and white!

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Love all the red and white!! My favorite. Hope we get a peek of your tree!! Happy decorating! xoxo

Betty W said...

I really like the santa mug, but the mice and candy canes are so cute in it.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Dear Helen, thank you making so sweet and inspiring posts! Nothing could be more cute than your little mice in that adorable Santa mug! Do you believe that I hear a mouse running on the roof just now? I wish it would rather be your mouse and sitting next to me. Your fabric candies are also super sweet! Hugs! x Teje

Amy at love made my home said...

I love all the sweets that aren't! Much less calories if they are made from fabric. You make the sweetest (!) things. xx

Swallow Barn said...

oh how lovely - love the little fabric sweets etc!

scrappyjacky said...

The patchwork sweets really do look good enough to eat....almost as yummy looking as the rocky road....I'm off to look at the recipe for that!

My Little Home and Garden said...

I can appreciate your fondness for Scandinavian red and white, as I share it. Your sweets are beautiful and young Daisie's comment about the Santa ornaments shows she must have a kind heart.

Have a lovely week, Helen.

-Karen

Caroline said...

Such gorgeous red and white decorations, my favourite at Christmas :)
Very pretty crochet!
Caroline xxx

Amy DeCesare said...

Such a cheery Christmas scene. The lollies are too cute and so is that Santa mug!

Lori ann said...

how adorable!! look at those little mouse! and the house! just love everything helen, it all has your beautiful touch!

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

lovely sweets ornaments!!!!!
….and your crochet….awwwwww!!!!!
xxxxx Ale

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

Coming to visit you is like a breath of fresh air especially when I don't have the time to indulge myself in those wonderful creative projects right now. Glad to know someone is carrying the torch! You are amazing and how you do it all is beyond me but I'm SO glad you do!

Teresa Kasner said...

Another fun visit to your craft studio! I never fail but to be uplifted by your colors and wonderful handmade things. I look forward to seeing your decorated trees! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Erna said...

It all looks so Christmassy and bright. I love the red and white colours too...We have our Sinterklaas tonight .....but from tomorrow it will begin to look a lot like.....
Hugs
Erna

vintage grey said...

Love your sweet candy canes and lollies! Sounds like a sweet time decorating! And, the crochet granny blanket is going to be beautiful! Wishing you a lovely and crafty week Helen! xo Heather

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I bet your grandkids just love coming to see you. Always so much to do. All your fabric creations are so very sweet! Happy holidays to you and yours, Tammy

Jane said...

What a sweet post Helen, I bet your little helpers had such fun putting up your tree. Red and white is one of my favourite Christmas colour ways. Enjoy all the fun at this wonderful time of the year x

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

I am delighted to see you made the Rocky Road :-)! The were gone in a jiffy in my home as well! How did you manage to cut them so beautifully? I tried, but failed....:-)

Your Christmas decorations look beautiful as ever. You chose some beautiful colours for you granny square plate!

Happy weekend ahead!

Madelief x

sue said...

love your mushroom ornies..everything is beautiful..but absolutely love them..where did you find them..n please let it be somewhere with international shipping..

claire said...

ahhh - just what i needed :) I love all your creativity. I popped over to madelief's blog - beautiful - i thought I had a lot of china teacups ;)

Dorothy Griffiths said...

Hello lovely Helen your post was just divine. I adore the colours you have chosen for your projects - so Christmassy and fresh, just perfect for the time of year. I am so that you have enjoyed all your festivities - love the scarf you are making. I have been neglecting my crochet of late but intend to pick it up again this weekend if I can - so much to do this time of the year. Big hugs Helen, have a wonderful weekend.
Lots of love
Dorothy
:-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jooles Hill said...

Hello lovely Helen ;o)
You just cannot beat red and white at this time of year, especially sweetie shaped! love love love your lollies!
I love how the Santas were keeping each other company, that is so cute!
Wishing you a cosy weekend
love jooles xxx

Mia said...

Such lovely red and white candy goodness. Almost good enough to eat ;-)

Gracie Saylor said...

Sugar and spice and everything nice, Helen :) Your latest makes are sweet indeed, and I am so glad you have little Grands around to enjoy, too. Thanks for taking the time to post. You always inspire me. Today I did a little scrapbooking and crocheted some wreaths. It is currently 15F outside! I am looking forward to climbing between flannel sheets soon :)
Blessings to you and yours, Helen,
Gracie xx

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

I've just had a proper catch up here ... I'm ridiculously behind with my blog reading at the moment because I've been so busy, and I do miss catching up with my blog chums goings on. I'm loving all the patchwork you've been doing ... you have such a great eye for colour, and your work is always so bright and cheery :)

gillyflower said...

So many sweet goodies here Helen, all lovely,the red and white theme is so cheerful and festive! Especially loving those little mice peeping out of the mug!
Have a great week!
Gill xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Happy Sunday to you Helen...I'm catching up and this is such a pretty, sweet-inspired post...my goodness, Charlie and Daisy will be enjoying their visits more than ever at the moment! I love your little pink and white mice sitting in the cup and all your red and white makes...one of my favourite combinations too for Christmas...
I haven't picked up my crochet hook for a whole month...it's been all about the knitting so I'm looking forward to returning to it again next week!
Hope you have a great week,
Susan x

Natalia Glazacheva said...

Hello, Helen
We all sending to you (and to Charlie and Daisy, of course) a lot of love from our snowy city. I'm dreaming to be a least a bit like you making everyone and the special ones happy :0) Your creatures are adorable!
Have a happy week
Natasha & kids

Heldasland said...

what a beautiful colour palette for your granny squares.
Your blog and work is so inspirational.

Ladybird Diaries said...

Hello Helen, such a gorgeous post! I adore your little mice they are perfect and your alpine scarf is looking fabulous too. I made Madeleifs Rocky Road too, but without the jelly beans as my little girl dislikes them. They were fab!
Marianne xx

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the little mice in the cup! That's the cutest thing I've seen today! Sweet hugs!

Our photos said...

The angel is Lovely!
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
RW & SK