Tuesday, 9 March 2010


H is a happy letter

H is for hydrangeas, happiness, hedgerow, hips, holly, hawthorn, hellebores, haiku and hearts

Rowanberry Jelly

H is for hydrangeas ... a photo arrangement I made last year using branches of vintage hydrangeas and my haiku for week 9

A photo from home
Vintage lace petals and a
hedgerow recipe

H is for happiness

I painted the tag white with watered down household emulsion then layered an oak leaf inked with platinum ink and white glitter, tissue paper, jute, mulberry bark, a vintage hydrangea stem and the word "happiness". The ribbon is hand dyed too

You know I love to make mosaics and I really enjoyed making this one

Hydrangeas in their winter dress

My tribute to the wonderful and talented artists and photographers whose work is included here. Please click on the links to go to the artists' work1. Frosty hydrangea 2. Rowanberry jelly 3. Last summer's souvenir 4. Décembre... 5. Hope... 6. Untitled 7. 4-365 Icy hydrangeas 8. Hydrangea 9. Hydrangea 10. Hydrangea dip 11. The hydrangea in winter 12. Frosted hydrangea 13. Hydrangea

H is for hedgerow ... an inchy for the inchy alphabet challenge inspired by the hedgerow and hydrangeas

H is for hips. This is a card Jo gave me of some rosehips. I had fun playing with the hockneyizer on flickr tools to achieve this look ... in the style of David Hockney

Hips, haws and berries are probably my most favourite things in the world along with seed heads, seeds and pods. I think there's always an excuse for another red berry mosaic

My tribute to the wonderful and talented artists and photographers whose work is included here. Please click on the links to go to the artists' work

1. Red 2. Red berries on branches 3. June berries! 4. Chilled berries 5. Winterberry echo~ 6. Untitled 7. The P in my BLP 8. My heart lies frozen in the snow 9. Redcurrant jewels

Bowl of skimmia berries. I thought I would have a go at natural dyeing with skimmia berries just to see what happened. I have a jar of skimmia berry dye on my windowsill at the moment. It's nearly ready so I will show you the results soon either here or on the other blog. I'm hoping for an earthy mauve/brown ... a sort of vintage tone as I want to use some of the bits and pieces on my next art doll

H is for holly and a holly garland I started on one of our Crow Days before Christmas and finished this week. It's made from cream felt with red stitching and "raspberry" beads on jute string. I hung it on my dresser to photograph it but I've already been asked "that's not staying there ... is it?"

My inchy for the letter "H" in the inchy alphabet challenge has a holly theme

Holly is not just for Christmas you know! I love the holly berry fairy painted by Cicely Mary Barker

I've been doing a little cross stitch but it seems to take me forever to cross stitch even the tiniest of patterns. My favourite cross stitch designers are Derwentwater, Blackbird Designs and Bent Creek. This chart is one of the nature/hedgerow series by Derwentwater called "Holly and Hawthorn"

I know I shouldn't really fill in with the lighter colour first, but I did in this case because I wanted an idea of the finished size and it helped me to get the shading right for the berries. The leaves are stitched in one strand and two strands of cotton

When it's finished it should look like this ...

H is for hawthorn. This is the matching hawthorn pattern that I will stitch next

The Song of the Hawthorn Fairy
These thorny branches bore the May
So many months ago
That when the scattered petals lay
Like drifts of fallen snow
"This is the story's end" you said
But O, not half was told!
For see, my haws are here instead
And hungry birdies shall be fed
On these when days are cold
Cecily Mary Barker

H is for hearts

I'm making more hearts at the moment and I'll show them once the recipients have them in their mitts

The beautiful heart below is one I received from Robin Olsen in her OWOH giveaway recently. It's really lovely and I have it hanging in my sewing room. Thank you Robin ♥

And yet I know that Spring is nigh
Although the wind is cold and raw
The sky is softer than it was
The fields have started in to thaw
Putting aside their winter dress
To don their springtime loveliness
Edna Jacques

Hope all our hearts are happy this week

Carolyn ♥


Mrs Moen said...

How beautiful; thanks for adding to my happiness:-)

Ticking stripes said...

Love Wend

Diva Kreszl said...

what a beautiful post for today! I enjoyed it all!

fibrefrolics said...

Your post is certainly full of happiness! Its all gorgeous. :)

La Dolce Vita said...

oh how I loving stopping by your place for tea! Love the letter H thru your eyes! thanks sooo much!!!

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

A lovely posting. Just love that happiness tag!

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

Love the frost-covered hydrangeas and rosehips

Robin Olsen said...

I'm so glad you like the heart Carolyn! This is a gorgeous post--I adore the tag you made with the oak leaf!

Diane said...

Lovely lovely lovely - great post as always. xx

Julie said...

What a beautiful post Carolyn! xx I love the heart you received from OWOH

Andi's English Attic said...

My heart certainly got happier while I was reading your post! Lovely poems and the pics of berries and hips etc. are beautiful. Looking forward to seeing the results of the dye. xx

Chris Gray said...

...ahhhhhhh!...back to reds.....

Jacky said...

This post made me so *happy*. Those wonderful hawthorn berries (and all of the other "H" things!!!

Especially love the beautiful heart you received from Robin Olsen and the gorgeous tags and inchies you've made.

Jacky xox

bad penny said...

H is for HEAVEN - everytime I visit your Blog.
You make a simple letter into something very special.

Can you pop over ...I've started to do some inchies too & trying to catch up !

I also did a Hellebore post.

H is for Humble

The Curious Cat said...

Beautiful work...love it all! xxx

Melanie Uys said...

Hi Carolyn x I love the fairy pics.

Last month you inspired me to read a Pookie story to my girls. They loved it! My eight year old then wanted to dress up as Pookie for 'World Book Day', as they could go to school as their favourite book character. So Pookie is enjoyed by a new generation!

Hope you're keeping warm ♥


JP said...

I just adore hydrangas too - love this post as always

Menopausal musing said...

Heavenly post...................

Twiglet said...

What a beautiful post again - its just a pleasure to enjoy every bit of it - thanks.

Deborah said...

Happy, lovely post!

Julia said...

Im much happier after reading your post! Delightful!!

Love Julia x x x

Michelle Cummings said...

just beautiful...so much eye candy...so much inspiration. Thank You.

Morna said...

What a wonderful post. Your flower photos are gorgeous. And I LOVE that OWOH heart!

freebird said...

Wonderful post once again! I like your inchy very much too. That's some nicely detailed cross stitching.

ArtPropelled said...

Enchanting! Such beautiful images. Hoorah for Happiness!

martha brown said...

I just love visiting your bog -- it makes me so happy (no pun intended). That happiness tag is fabulous!

Jackie said...

Your blog is a haven of calm beauty. I really love it. Thanks for your comment on mine.

Itch2stitch.com said...

Just beautiful! As always a feast of gorgeousness and loveliness. Oh, and I adore the flower fairies! Suzie xxx

missy k said...

My heart is happier for reading your post!

Too much as normal to comment on everything.... but your mosaics as always are stunning.

I have to say I am so glad you are doing the inchies! Yours are lovely.

I love your cross stitch and holly garland and I also love the flower fairies.... they always cheer me!

That heart you received is absolutely stunning as in the one that you sent me that hangs on the back of my 'crafting' chair!

Till next post.... have fun and keep busy :)


Fiona Whitehead said...

Just stunning Carolyn - I can feel myself relaxing just reading through your gorgeous post and looking at your photographs - love the Hawthorns - that's the name of my house! x

Wild Somerset Child said...

Thankyou so much for visiting my blog (sorry for the excess of seeing my name!) but hello, too, and I love your blog, but am not sure whether I have posted a comment in the right place. Love the hydrangeas - one of my favourite textiles flowers though we cannot grow them here. I know they flourish in Cornwall. I'll delve more deeply into all your wonderful textile art as soon as I have a moment.

layers said...

oh my, so many h's.. so artistically revealed and conveyed-- with such delight-- eye candy here.

Lesley said...

Wonderful post and so much to look at! xx

Cathy said...

I love visiting your blog Carolyn. You mix and match the most gorgeous colours and textures so beautifully and I cannot resist your photo mosaics. I enjoy a bit of cross stitch too. I thought I might try designing a small sampler.

Elizabeth said...

Well this post certainly makes my heart happy!!! i adore Hydrangeas!!! But you forgot Hedgehogs!!!!
I do sooo love your wonderful hearts!!!!
Simply delightful and delovely- watch out I might start to sing.......!!!!!!

The Flower Garden said...

Lovely to see Flower fairies amongst your H's.
I am a huge fan. CMB was a very clever lady.