Friday, 13 March 2009

Good Hearty Stuff

Yesterday, I fancied making something (well, that's very unusual!)  Out came my fave blue floral vintage fabric (starting to feel a bit precious about it as my stock dwindles), the heart-shaped template and my new red cotton tape.  As soon as I saw the tape at the Country Living Fair, I knew what I wanted to do with it.  It seems I just can't shake the Union Jack obsession...




As things have a habit of doing in my den, they bred...






The little HenHouse Goody Shop has been stocked.

To keep myself occupied on the train on the way to the CL Fair, I had a go at crocheting hearts, having found this pattern a while ago and stashed it away in my file of "to do" projects.  This is a fab blog, so do go over and have a look by clicking on the pattern link above, even if you do not crochet.  (You don't crochet?  What are you waiting for?!)




Not at all sure what I am going to do with them yet although the bunting idea on Bella Dia's blog is very cute, but like so many projects, I embark on them not knowing what they are for but I always do find a use for them in the end.  (A bit like the fabric and trimmings I buy!)  At the moment, I am attempting to "block" them which is the first crochet thingy I've ever blocked.




So, that's all the hearty stuff that's been going on round here recently. The West Country beckons; a weekend of the Farmers' Market in Bridport, a barn dance with hog roast in the village hall on Saturday evening and the car boot sale on Sunday. AND, there's going to be sunshine.  Oh goody! Have a great weekend one and all!

29 comments:

  1. What lovely hearts.
    I love your post on CL Fair, wished I was going!

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  2. I must learn to crochet!
    Have a great weekend.

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  3. oooo lovelyhearts - and the buttons are fab!!! i do like your crochet hearts as well - i did some a while ago but they were very wonky and this pattern looks much better so will give these a go instead thank you:-)
    enjoy your weekend! its lovely and springlike up north today so hoping it stays that way.....
    Lesley x

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  4. Lovely Hen....you do make some super items!
    Have a wonderful weekend!xx

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  5. I cannot, as yet, crochet even though I have the tools; inherited from my Nan. I shall have to learn x

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  6. I love the cushions and the hearts. Thanks for the link, it led me to a ton of other lovely sites. If I can just get over my crochet mental block I can do so many lovely things!
    Have a nice weekend!

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  7. They are gorgeous, I must do some more union jack things soon. Love the buttons :D

    Mel xxx

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  8. These are lovely but the buttons are the ultimate touch. Wherever did you find them??

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  9. The bella dia hearts are fabulous to make, mine still hang in a garland on my fireplace..also my friend carole made some for her cafe, hung them on some vintage twine with mini clothes pegs, they look lovely.
    Happy weekend to you hen, enjoy Bridport...we re off to sample the delights of Blackpool tonight, I have my reservations but hey, its the sea, even if the hotel does look a bit fawlty towers :o)

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  10. Hi Hen

    Love your crochet hearts. Funnily enough I made a few a couple of years ago. The intention was to make them into lavender bags or bunting, but lack of time meant they were relegated to the bottom of the 'to do' pile, where they've stayed!

    If you're in my part of the world over the weekend of 18 April I'll be stalling at the Rag Market in Bridport. I think it's a first for Bridport, but it should be good. Hope to see you.

    Sue

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  11. Don't worry - I didn't know what one was until I did the one in Honiton last August. Basically it's all the West Country textile dealers clearing their workrooms and stores to sell bits and pieces at reduced prices, although there are also some normal priced pieces too.

    If it's successful I expect there will be more booked. Lizzie (The Washerwoman) does one in Stroud, too. I think she's posted about it fairly recently

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  12. Hi Hen. I really like the look of the hearts and can see how cute they would be as bunting.
    Yes, sun for the weekend...hooray! xx

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  13. o I love your hearts Hen...I also love your pin cusion...I noticed another on a blog recently ...where did you get it?...I love hearts...I have them all over my room at work...I fancy having a go at the crochet ones...have a lovely weekend...love H

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  14. Great union jack hearts. Enjoy your weekend.
    Take care
    Nickyx

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  15. Love your hearts, indeed I love a lot of the things you make, will take a look at your shop anon.
    Love that you have been to the Country Living fair, I cannot wait for the Christmas one!

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  16. The blue fabric is fab, I can understand why you don't want to use it up. I dont crochet yet ( have a you tube tutorial to watch as the books just aint working) but have saved the pattern for when I can (how confident am I ?!? Have a lovely weekend - jacqui x

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  17. beautifull hearts Hen. Have a lovely weekend in the west. xxx

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  18. I love seeing the pretty things you make as I'm useless with needle and thread or knitting needle or crochet hook or tatting shuttle ... but I would like to know: what are the hearts actually for? I'm afraid I'm a bit William Morris-y here: have nothing in your home which isn't useful or beautiful (to paraphrase). They are beautiful (well, at least pretty) but are they useful? As lavender bags, perhaps, and as pincushions if you're a sewer. Do they serve any purpose other than they're pretty?
    And on to another subject. I looked at an earlier blog and saw The Modern World Book of Nature, a book I loved as a child and just had to have it! So immediately looked it up on www.abebooks.co.uk and ordered a copy. I also had a single-volume (very similar in style) Children's Encyclopedia but without its correct title have been unable to locate a copy! It started with the universe and the planets and even had the parts of an orchestra in it ... I know it would be very simplistic compared with books for children today, but I'd love to find a copy
    Margaret Powling

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  19. I'm so gonna try some hearts!!
    xxx

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  20. I very much like your hearts, it's the choice and combination of fabrics that does it for me. Very nicely put together.
    Isabelle x

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  21. You make so many pretty things! I was trying to see a better shot of the pincushion next to your hearts! Did you make that? Very pretty!! I love the design!

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  22. Lovely Hen, as always. I'm going to try the hearts... I hate fussing around with blocking. Hope you enjoyed the west country sunshine!! :)

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  23. They are lovely Hen, I think they would look good in Judes nursery.
    I see you too went to the fair, wasn't it grand.
    I did take my camera but was a bit worried about using it!
    Carol x

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  24. Hope you had a fab weekend!
    All sounds wonderful!xx

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  25. Hi Hen,

    Love the Union Jack hearts, I have a thing for hearts!!

    I 'may' try my hand at the crochet hearts, but after my last attemp at crochet (ahem) lets just say, maybe I'll get a bit more practice first.

    take care,

    Nina x

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  26. Not about the current blog, but one from last October! I saw the book The Modern World Book of Nature on that blog which I had as a child. I then ordered it from AbeBooks but the copy I've received has the illustration of the bird (swallow?) building its nest missing. I have the other illustrations you have shown on this blog, plus the seashore rockpool and the jungle illustractions. I wonder if any others are missing? Help, please!
    Margaret Powling

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  27. Just nipped over, having seen you in Summerfete's bloglist. Those union jack hearts are fabulous - I can see you must treasure that gorgeous pale blue floral. The little crochet hearts are rather delicious too. I'm off to peep at your little corner of etsy - it looks like it may be full of eye candy to me!

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