Sunday, 20 January 2013

Patchwork Rustic Valentine Love Heart Collection For The 100th Handmade Monday!



Wow, i can't believe there have been 100 Handmade Mondays!! I joined in at 62 and have done every week since. It is the most fantastic linky party, a real little community of friendly crafters who offer me invaluable support and advice with my work, and never cease to amaze and inspire me with their own!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every person who has popped by my weekly Sunday night crafty update and an enormous thank you to the wonderful Wendy of Handmade Harbour (and of course 1st Unique Gifts) for finding the time in your busy life to organise Handmade Monday each week and visit all the participating blogs - i for one am hugely grateful for your encouragement and support :) xxx



Patchwork Valentine Collection


Today i have some more love inspired creations to share with you, this time with a rustic, 'cottage chic' style, which i think is super romantic :)

I started out by making a large-ish piece of patchwork using a wide variety of natural fabrics, mainly linens but also some cottons and also some scraps of lace. The colour pallet moves from ivory white, through antiquey creams, rustic 'tea stain' and bark tones, to splashes of deep red for contrast (and a touch of romantic passion!).

I didn't take any photographs of of my patchwork... but i can show you what i made from it!

Linen LOVE Banner




Each of the flags is backed with cream linen and the little red hearts hanging alongside them on the natural pure wool string are linen too. The applique lettering has a frayed outline to compliment the rustic style.




I have to say i'm completely in love with it and am very tempted to make something similar for myself :) I would have it up all year round though, not just for Valentine's Day!

It is priced £18 and available from all my online outlets - here's an Etsy link: Love Banner


Personalised Patchwork Lavender Hearts


These hearts are quite large (13x15.5cms) and filled with a mixture of pure wool and deliciously aromatic dried lavender. Each design has its own special embellishments and is completely unique. This one has a handmade red linen rose...







...and this one includes a patch of linen which i have decorated by hand with a repeat pattern of the word love, in white fabric paint.






Each of the hearts has a red linen back, with a heart shaped panel in cream linen which can be personalised with names, dates or a short message.




I'm thinking these would work well as gifts on other romantic occasions too, such as weddings and anniversaries, or even Mother's Day for a Mum who likes pretty romantic things :)

These are also available in my usual online outlets priced £12.50. Here are the Etsy links: Rose Lavender Heart, Love Lavender Heart.


Little Lavender Hearts



These little hearts would be lovely gifts for any occasion i think, even as a pressie to yourself for no occasion at all!

This one is £7.00, available here: Linen Lavender Heart


This one is £6.50, available here: Linen Lavender Heart




More To Come...

There are a couple more pieces in this collection but i'm not going to show you them quite yet as they are being photographed by someone a lot more gifted at camera wielding than me! I can't wait to see her pictures and share them with you too :)



In Other News... Snow


Hands up who else has had some of this stuff?!!



Isn't it funny how sheep turn from white to a dirty brown against its icy brilliance...




Our dogs think that their garden has been swapped for some other strange place... :)




See you next time! (and don't forget to drop by Handmade Harbour for lots of other super crafting :))

Stay warm... xxx

50 comments:

  1. Your hearts are really beautiful striking colour mix. Very pretty. Yes, we have had some of that pesky white stuff - Milly, our new kitten, thinks it is cat litter falling from the sky! Hope you have a good week.

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    1. thank you :)

      awww it must be so deep for a little kitten! x

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  2. A whole collection of hearts - they're so pretty. Loads of snow down here in the South, too. Have a lovely week.

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    1. thank you!

      yes, i think its fallen pretty much everywhere now! x

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  3. What a lovely post. Thanks so much for your kind words - and I love, love, love your hearts collection. Natural linen is one of my favourite fabrics, and I adore what you have done with it (I love lavender too). Love your happy 100th image too!! x

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    1. you're very welcome Wendy!

      I'm glad you like the hearts, linen is so lovely isn't it, i love the texture and the mat colour too :)

      yay! i'm glad you like the 100th HM image:) definitely something worth celebrating!! x

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  4. The hearts are lovely, you're patchworking skills are brilliant x Still stuck in with ice and snow in Southampton, hoping the thaw will continue and I can escape for an hour tomorrow :-)

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    1. Thank you very much! I have to say i really enjoyed making these so i'm sure i'll be doing more patchwork soon :)

      I hope you're not snowed in for too much longer...! x

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  5. your hearts are beautiful and very traditional looking, great for any time of the year - not just valentines!

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    1. thank you!!

      i'm glad you think they'll work any time, i thought that too :) x

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  6. I too love your hearts - they really appeal to me. I think it is because they are 'cottagy' and simple with a muted colour scheme. Your banner has a lot of detail with contrasting textures which are very inviting too.
    I am so glad that you are the first today as your banner is perfect :)

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    1. Awww thank you!

      I'm a big fan of 'cottagey' too :) I'm glad you like all the textures in the banner, that's definitely a lovely thing about working with linen, there are so many different thicknesses and weaves, its so wonderfully tactile.

      Ha, aww thank you! I got all excited about the big 100 :) x

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  7. I'm a big heart fan and yours are lovely, I like the space for a message too.
    It's been snowing again here tonight (in Suffolk)

    Jan x

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    1. Thank you very much Jan! I'm a big heart fan too :)

      Still snowing eh... it really is winter isn't it! x

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  8. I love all your patchworking. It would be great for any time of year, not just one single love filled day.

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    1. Thank you!! I hope so as i think i'll have a go at doing a bit more soon... :) x

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  9. Gorgeous hearts, but it's the bunting that has really caught my eye - it's beautiful! Simmi x

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    1. Awww thank you Simmi! I'm really glad you like it :) x

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  10. Beautiful patchwork hearts, the one with the linen rose to the side is especially appealing- definitely something you could fall in love with!

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    1. Awww thanks Jenny!!

      Its great to see you on HM again :) x

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  11. Like the Valentine hearts - and I have been trying to envisage how big the big ones are. That is quite big. Your snow looks lovely. We are going slushy.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, they are quite big :)

      Snow that stays white is definitely a plus of living in the countryside! x

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  12. The hearts are gorgeous - and good on you for posting on HM for so long! Thanks for sharing x

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    1. Thank you!

      I can't believe how quickly the time has gone :) x

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  13. These hearts are just wonderful. We have snow here too. x Joan

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    1. thank you :)

      i think the snow is everywhere!! x

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  14. Your work looks incredible. Well done. I think after this I shall pop over to your Etsy shop to have a look at the rest of your designs.
    Your garden looks lovely covered in snow and your dogs are beautiful. We don't have much snow here in Manchester.....bit disappointed really ;)
    Happy Handmade Monday!
    Anna xx

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    1. Awww thank you Anna that's very kind of you to say :)

      Snow is so beautiful isn't it :) I have to say i really enjoy it, as long as i have a nice cosy cottage to snuggle up in that is! x

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  15. Love your use of patchwork! yes snowy here too but not really sticking sadly!

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    1. thank you!

      that's a shame, its nice to have a bit of snow :) there's more on the way this week it think!

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  16. I love your heart collection. I think the heart with the flower is just gorgeous. I have to agree with you Handmade Monday is just wonderful, it's one of my favourite parts of the week. Great shots of the snow, our dog loves it. Have a crafty week.
    Ali x

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    1. Aww thank Ali, i'm glad you like them!

      I agree, Handmade Monday is excellent :) x

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  17. Don't you just love 'heart season' at this time of year - mind you hearts are in season all year round I suppose! Yours look lovely... perhaps I could stop working for a while and have a play with some fabric instead???..... Sue x

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    1. I love 'heart season'!! I do tend to create heart designs all year round though! definitely one of my favourite symbols :) x

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  18. Very pretty hearts and I love the way they can be personalised. Perfect :)

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  19. I really love those hearts, these are so different, I imagine they will be very popular

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  20. Loving the linen hearts....just right for lots of occasions, not just Valetines.
    Xx

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  21. Lovely! Anyone would love to have one of these hearts. They would also make a gorgeous wedding momento with names and date on. Happy 100th! Jo x

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    1. Thanks Jo!!

      Happy 100th to you too :) x

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  22. Your gorgeous lavender hearts would go very well in my wardrobe :)and as for the snow I've had enough now time for spring!

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    1. thanks Clare :)

      we've had more snow over night so looks Springs not quite ready to show itself yet!!! x

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  23. Just saying hi, I'm just getting back into blogging after a crazy few months. Your posts and you work are looking beautiful, hope things are going well. Best wishes, SamX

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    1. aww thanks Sam :) welcome back to the bloggosphere!! x

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  24. beautiful makes, as always :)
    the sewn hearts are so pretty - love the way you combined all the colours and patterns - red patches really stand out

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    1. Thank you very much Martha :) I'm really glad you like them! x

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