Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Sweet Things

 We have had a lovely easter time......i hope you have too...........the sun shone much more than we expected and we had some lovely garden days, including our easter egg hunt for the children......
 .................my daughter hid the eggs and put up the signs.......it only seems like a moment since we did this last year..............the children really love the hunt :)........we had our family party too and it was lovely to spend time with my parents and sisters and their families...............
 .................the bluebells are just coming out here..........perfect for rabbits to hide among.......
 ...............we had a walk in the nearby bluebell woods one day, and a walk by the sea another......and plenty of tea and cake and chocolate too...................
 ..........the tulips are giving us so much colour indoors, in small jugs and vases................
 .........and i decided to use the cream coloured dartmouth pottery vase that we found in grannie's attic a few years ago when we cleared it out.......when i brought the vase down from our own attic i discovered it had a wire plant holder inside which was perfect for holding each tulip..........
.............a close up of the beautifully patterned red and yellow tulip which looks as if it has been painted with a very fine brush........there is a bigger picture of the vase at the end of this post.........
...............daisy and i have been putting bunnies to bed this week, using this new little doll quilt that i made with pam kitty picnic fabrics............the pillow is one of my favourite ones and i would like to make some pillowcases for us in this sweet fabric too..............

 .............i added lots of applique hearts and red quilt stitches, as well as some yo yo's and a few bright buttons............the pam kitty picnic fabric can be found here and here.................
 ...............on the first day of the easter holidays a small, surprise parcel arrived here from a very good friend of mine........and inside the parcel i was delighted to find this adorable knitted baby bunny in a crib.............my friend is such a wonderful knitter, and has made the bunny, her clothes, the basket crib, pillow, mattress and blanket.............the lovely pattern is from dollytime here.......
 .............daisy loves playing with the baby bunny and her crib...........we had fun taking photos among the flowers too..............
 ..............i haven't had time to sew this week, but have lots of things planned and ready to go soon.......i have done quite a bit of crochet though and the granny stripe is growing quite well......i even made myself sew in some of those ends while watching a movie one evening so there won't be too many to do when the blanket is finished................
........thank you for visiting me, lovely readers and for leaving me such sweet comments.......it is a pleasure to hear from you and to find some new to me bloggers to visit too.....wishing you a wonderful week with sunshine, flowers and sweet things to enjoy..............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxx

50 comments:

greenrabbitdesigns said...

You did find some treasures in Grannie's attic and that beautiful vase is perfect for your gorgeous tulips.
I do love those little Peter Rabbit signs, it must have been great fun playing in your garden, in fact I would really love to come to play in your house putting pretty rabbits in pretty beds with pretty quilts!! :)
So glad you had a lovely Easter Helen, have a lovely week too.
V xxx

moonstruckcreations said...

What a lovely time you had with your family, and such a lot of spring loveliness!

The weather was much better than expected wasn't it, we made the most of it by going for a walk in our local woods, the bluebells are looking and smelling fantastic!

Helenxx

Ali said...

Looks like fun!! Glad you had a lovely easter - gorgeous photos as always xxx

my4lilgirls said...

What a lovely post Helen a real treat for the eyes. The wee quilt is adorable with sweet heart s all over. Have a wonderful day karen x

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

beautiful post! i love the tulips. they are so pretty and look gorgeous arranged in the dartmouth pottery. the bunny and quilt are adorable. the knitted bunny and crib are just wonderful!!! what a sweet gift.

❤Coco Rose❤ said...

Such a beautiful post Helen. I'm glad you had a wonderful Easter. Those tulips look so beautiful, they really do look like they are painted! Isn't nature wonderful!

Have a super week

Take care

Vanessa xxxx

eight by six said...

lovely colourful post to brighten up this dull day. I've almost finished my granny stripe blanket, and I really should sew some ends in or work out how to do it as I go along. I've posted a picture on my blog. Amanda x

Kate Eastwood said...

What a lovely weekend you have had Helen, some very special times by the sounds of it.
How gorgeous is the bunny quilt and also the beautiful knitted bunny in the crib - what a lovely thing to come through the post.
I remember my Nana had a very similar vase to that !
Have a good week
Kate x

Things and Thoughts said...

I'm so glad to hear that you celebrated a wonderful Easter outside, on a glorious,sunny Sunday.Especially for the kids, they must have been so excited and happy...Your crochet blanket has wonderful shades and seems so easy to grow...
Have a nice week Helen!
Olympia

karmen said...

Es tan encantador y hermoso todo lo que hace , alimenta el alma pasear por su blog. Gracias.

Un saludo desde España.

Karmen

Cindy said...

Your tulips are beautiful and the vase is a lovely place for them. Glad to hear you had a good time with your family and good weather too!

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Happy Springtime dear Helen! Your post is such a breath of joy and magical hooking, quilting, and gardening! Love all your photos. I can imagine how Daisy must have love all the baby bunny playing. So special to get family together and have good weather too. Happy week to you dear friend, xoRobin

scrappyjacky said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Easter....as did we....though our egg hunt was indoors due to the rain here.
Love the knitted rabbit....I think I may pay a visit to her site.

My Little Home and Garden said...

Along with your own pretty handmade items and wonderful garden, I would think a walk in the bluebell woods and one by the sea helped make for a beautiful Easter weekend. Your grandchildren are fortunate to have such pleasant and imaginative times with you.

Wishing you a happy week,
Karen

Annerose said...

Was für wunderschöne Sachen hast du da wieder. Die Tulpen haben tolle Farben und das gestrickte Häschen ist vielleicht süß.
Liebe Grüße Annerose

Jennifer said...

Everything is so beautiful and inspiring, Helen. I love to make doll blankets and have done so since I was a child. I had so much fun making a whole set of bedding for my daughter's doll to use in a cradle my husband built for her. I've been thinking of making another quilt for it soon, and the yo-yo-'s on yours look so cute. I love the colors in your granny stripe, so pretty and vibrant for spring.

Mia said...

Hello Helen,

I am so happy to hear your Easter was wonderful, it was really good and sunny here too! What a lovely egg hunt you had - children must loved that!

And that bunny-baby in a crib is adorable! Just too lovely!

Have a happy week!

Yours,
Mia

serendipity said...

What gorgeous tulips. The bowl is perfect for them. I love the little quilt, such sweet fabric. xx

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Helen! Glad you had a wonderful Easter! Love your beautiful tulips and vase and that little knitted bunny is adorable! :)

20 North Ora said...

Hi Helen - Glad your weather was good for Easter - ours was also. As usual, your post is full of bright and cheerful photos. I know that no one can view your posts without smiling.

Judy

vintage grey said...

Hi Helen,
Sounds like you had a lovely Easter with your family! The baby bunny is so cute!! And, the granny stripe blanket is gorgeous!! Wishing you a creative and wonderful week! xo Heather

Gracie Saylor said...

Thanks for sharing photos of your lovely tulips, Helen! I have been admiring my neighbor's red tulips and wishing I had planted some of my own :) I still have two of your bunnies cut out to sew, and want to make them up along with so many of your other projects like the sweet doll quilt you showed in this post! [ I will never be bored thanks in part to your creative inspiration :) ] xx

Chrissie said...

Nothing prettier than a vase full of tulips - and what a perfect vase! Granny attics are always treasure troves, aren't they? Such sweet bunnies, all of them! A lot of happiness emanates from your posts, dear Helen, thank you for sharing these lovely moments! Chrissie x

Tania said...

Hi Helen, so many beautiful things in this post! Gorgeous flowers, beautiful sewing, and I just adore the little knitted bunny in the crib that your friend made. Thank you for sharing so many beautiful photos, and I am so glad you had a lovely Easter, as did I, it's one of my favourite times of the year x

Lori ann said...

what a wonderful easter you had helen! i love the signs in the garden, this way...that way...so cute and fun! i love that tiny little quilt and bunny in the tiny little bed, and the gift your friend sent, oh my goodness! our family is in transition (none of the kids were here this year)so easter was a bit noneastery. but i'm looking ahead and know it will happen for us again!
xox lori

Teresa Kasner said...

I think that life in your family must be lovely as you surround yourself with such pretty colors and handmade things. I was bowled over by that knitted baby bunny and the knitted basket!! I would so love to have one like that! We're at the beach in our caravan.. I hope to find some pretty images tomorrow to share. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

vacrafter12 said...

Everything is so pretty in your blog! It's a joy to see and read. I especially love your bunnies and birds! I absolutely love birds and have been sewing them for years! You've inspired me to want to make some more! Putting them in a wreath is a wonderful idea!!!

Lorrie said...

A beautiful post full of spring colour and fun. The little signs for the egg hunt are a great idea - something to tuck away into my own mind for when our little granddaughters are old enough to read.
Your tulips are so cheerful and bright! Have a wonderful day.

Jane said...

So many sweet things in your lovely post today Helen. Your Easter egg hunt looked such fun and Daisy must love putting the bunny to sleep in such a sweet bed. Your bunny in the tree is such a fab gift to you, how kind! Enjoy the spring, the weather is improving so much now xx

Pat Hayes said...

Such joyous colours in your photos of tulips and little quilt. Lovely Easter post. Love Patx

Christine said...

If I were you I would never leave my home, you have such beautiful things. I especially love the doll quilt. It reminds of one in one of your books that I have made.

Joy said...

I always love coming here to soak up the gentle loveliness that you share with us Helen, thank you! I especially love the bunny in bed with such a sweet quilt and pillow, and your gorgeous gift from your friend! Your Grannie's vase is so lovely, and I remember one very similar in our family many years ago back in the old country - and perfect for your delightful tulips!
I can tell from your posts that you are a very sweet and gentle person and thank you for being here and sharing with us!
Love, Joy xo

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

I have been away and loved coming and seeing your blog so pretty with all the flowers and goodies you always show us! I love the bluebells and beautiful tulips.
Your vase is beautiful and such a wonderful treasure!!
Have a wonderful day!!

Dorothy Griffiths said...

Helen as always the most inspiring and gorgeous post, I love every one of yours and always look forward to reading new ones. I loved the pattern for the baby rabbit and have been over to Etsy to order one and I have started one of your lovely dolly covers for my little Peeps, have all the little scraps ready now. Thank you Helen, you always put such a lot of time and care into your posts which is why they are always so enjoyable. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Sending you lots of loves and hugs
Dorothy
:-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

gillyflower said...

A lovely post Helen, full of Spring colour and Easter fun!
Loving the crochet blanket, the colours are gorgeous!
Have a great weekend Helen (well its nearly upon us!)
Gill xx

paula said...

I so love your things. The sweet bed with your pretty quilt. Great ideas.

Shari said...

All soo, so lovely Helen! I always smile and "awww' over all your things. such talent, you should be so proud!!
xx Shari

Simone said...

Such a lovely post with all the things you have been doing, making and receiving! The tulips look wonderful in the white vase. It sets them off nicely. x

Art and Sand said...

your garden . . . the quilt . . . little mousy . . . all so sweet.

crazydazy said...

sounds as if you had a lovely Easter. What a find in your grannies attic......the tulips look beautiful in it. I really like the dolls quilt.........do I see a Suffolk puff on it?

Debbie said...

Hi, I am new to your blog and I just wanted to say hi - I really love your style, your colours and everything! Such beautiful things to enjoy :)
I will definitely be a regular visitor from now on!
Thank you for bringing some beauty and colour to my (currently stress-filled!) days :)

Cally said...

Thank you so much for such a lovely blog.
I have ordered the bunny pattern to make for my Granddaughter. Her baby brother or sister will be arriving soon so she can have a baby of her own.
This is my first Etsy purchase ;0)
Hugs

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

Your Easter sounds lovely! To spent it with family is just perfect!

Your colourful display of tulips looks beautiful. So do the sweet rabbits and their new stylish bedlinnen.

Happy Sunday!

Madelief x

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Ooh, it doesn't seem a moment since you last had your Peter Rabbit sign in your garden, does it Helen? How time does fly...
you must have so much fun on the Easter hunt!
Your tulips look so pretty in Grannie's vase (and very useful to have the wire holder inside!)
Such a lovely, pretty doll's quilt and a gorgeous gift from Eli too...cosy bunnies all nicely tucked up in bed x
Hope you have a great new week!
Susan x

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Looks like a lovely Easter...so much prettiness in this post...

ahomespunyear said...

What lovely things you've made...and the tulips are absolutely gorgeous! x

sky-blu-pink said...

I don't know how I managed to miss this one! As ever, so cheerful and colourful. The little bunny and all her acoutrements are just adorable!!

Amy at love made my home said...

Hi there, just catching up. Glad that you had such a good Easter, looks as though lots of fun was had by all! Hope that you have a good week. xx

Pat said...

I looove your beautiful vase.. just stunning! I have a dream to one day walk in a bluebell wood in England, and see tulips and daffs and snowdrops ... you are so lucky!
Pat :) xx

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

You had the best Easter it looks like. I remember those "hunt" signs from last year...so cute and I bet those children just had the best time of all. It sounds like you live in paradise and it looks like it too!
I love your new quilt that you're working on. I am determined to come up with some inspiration of my own to create something...you will be the first to know! LOL!
I haven't used the fabrics from you yet but they sit there and I am thinking. I have hung the bird and heart though where I can see them often.
I like the churn and dash blocks and a Grandmother's Flower Garden using hexies is on my list. I love paper piecing.
Your friend who sent you the darling mouse and basinette set...she is my new BFF! I love her things and I'll be following her blog too. She has like a whole village of sweet little animals and dolls. The mouse reminds me of Brambly Hedge which I adore. Inspired!!!