Friday, July 22, 2016

Along the Grapevine....

.... yesterday, I promised to show you what I did with 'Along the Grapevine'

... the obvious choice, right? 

Cheers, Anna X

(No, this is not our label. None of our own wine is labelled at the moment and we don't do whites, this is just one that was at hand...)

Thursday, July 21, 2016


I don't know why it is, but many stitchers I know come to a grinding halt with their projects as soon as the embroidery is complete. The stitched piece fare too often ending up in a bag or box for weeks, months or even years before the sewing machine manned and the finished embroidery is turned into something useful.

I have been spending so much time on other things since getting back from Thailand.

With the new Or Nue and Raised embroidery designs finally off to the printers, I dusted off my sewing machine yesterday...  Remember 'Dawn Chorus'?

It is the next design on my list to be turned into kits and patterns, but yesterday, instead of writing, I turned it into a tote bag..

It is not a big bag, perfect for bit of knitting, a trip to the library or a Sunday market perhaps.
I chose to only put a single, longer handle on it instead of two. I find, I always carry these over my shoulder, so a longer strap made more sense. You could, of course have a handle on each side instead.

Having decided on one strap instead of two, meant I was able to put a button and loop at the top to keep it closed. After scratching around in my stash for a decent size button, I found this large vintage pearl button. Rather perfect, don't you think?
I will be putting the pattern for the bag with the other FREE patterns shortly. It is super easy (if I can do it, anyone can) and the size can easily be adjusted to fit whatever piece of embroidery you want.

I was on a bit of a roll. It is like that, once the machine is out, I like to get lots of things done.

'Along the Grapevine' was also made up into something. Any guesses? As you may know, farmer John and I have a small vineyard in the Adelaide hills, so there is your clue......

I will show you tomorrow.
Happy Stitching,

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Meet Spud

... my new shadow.

She is a little baby lamb and sadly her mum died the other day when she was just a day old. 
When I brought her down to the house from the paddock I asked Lucas (our youngest human baby) for suggestions on what to call her. He poked his head out from under the bonnet of his car - grinned and suggested we call her 'Potato'. 
We named her Spud.

She is so super cute but cries constantly if left her own so she has moved in with the chickens for the time being. Not that the chickens are that keen on the idea, especially when she tried to suckle from their feet while they were resting on their perch - but at least she has some company.

It took her a little while to get the hang of feeding from the bottle, but she finally got the hang of it yesterday. So much so, that when she was bouncing about after her last feed, I could her her belly squelch. 

Now all we have to do is get her to grow into a healthy, happy sheep so she can move back into the paddock with the others.

Happy Thursday, everyone.
Anna X