Monday, 27 November 2017

Winter Berries

 Here is a holly berry inspired potholder with a festive feel......it was made using the cherry potholder pattern in my book *modern vintage gifts* and was quick and fun to make................
 ...........i love lots of pretty red and white textiles around especially at this time of year....
 .............the fabrics are from the tilda cottage collection and also the long time favourite tilda red and white stripe, with kona solid in white for the backing and a bonnie and camille stripe for the binding....i used green gingham for the holly leaves and a red pin dot for the berries (i think these are lecien fabrics, they were scraps from my scrap basket)..............
 ..............i love seeing red berries against a blue sky especially......but i just love winter berries anyway and think they look so decorative and beautiful just simply arranged in the house in garlands or in white jugs............below is our rowan tree....i took this picture earlier....the berries have mostly been eaten by the birds now.....
 .............as well as photographing berries and sewing and stitching berries i also like to paint them sometimes too......
 .............painting a sheet of different winter berries here.....and later will paint some berry gift tags.....
 .............we have a holly tree in our front garden but the berries are too high for me to reach so i shall be buying (or begging) some for my xmas decorating soon...............
 ..............this little sprig was from my favourite florist's shop in our little town......
 ..............still making little houses..............here are two more frosty blue ones............
 ...............love these colours and am looking forward to getting the xmas decorations down in a couple of days and making the house bright and festive.............
 ............one more berry laden shrub from our garden...........
 ...............and in my studio the lovely maileg girl pixie is back to keep me company again.......
.............my younger daughter and her husband visited here this weekend and i had a lovely looooong cuddle of new baby louis..........we are all planning a simple joyful family christmas this year and looking forward to it very much............off to do a bit more festive sewing now :)...........wishing you a happy week ahead with plenty of crafty inspirations..........thank you for dropping by and for your sweet comments dear readers.......................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

10 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

Love the pretty pot holder.
Bright red winter berries cheer up the coldest day

Julie xxxxxx

Mickie said...

Helen,
Such a cheerful, holiday inspired post today. Love the sweet pot holder and pixie doll, I may borrow the ideas.
Thank you for sharing.
Mickie, Indiana USA

Elizabethd said...

Lovely! I want to make the pot holder too. Your photos always inspire me.

Jacky H said...

Your post just shouts Christmas. It's so lovely and cheery. Your photos are stunning they capture the season.

Jennifer Hays said...

I love seeing your decorations as you start getting ready for Christmas. It's so clever to make a holly berry version of your cherry potholder. It's very pretty! I hope you have a good week, Helen.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

oh Helen your painting .........so beautiful!!! ❤️
All your pretty red and white stitching is so festive and the jug of berries is lovely.
It's all beginning to look so Christmassy at yours. :)
V x

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

I love the red and white, crisp and fresh. The birds must be very grateful for your berries xx

cristina said...

I'm in love of sweetness that you put in all your crafts ...
I'm in love your crochet works and all your sewing crafts, Helen!

Lorrie said...

Red and white is so lovely for Christmas, even though I hardly use red at any other time of year. Lovely potholder. Your holly looks different from ours, less prickly.

Teresa Kasner said...

Love the red and white hot pad! But your watercolor boxes and the pretty watercolor you did of the red berries is divine! We have two massive holly trees in our yard here on the farm in the Oregon countryside of the Columbia River Gorge... one is male and has no berries and one is female and is covered with red berries. I might have to try to use our long handled pruner to cut some. You inspire me! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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