Friday, 29 June 2012

May Your Weeds Be Wildflowers

I'm spending a lot of time at my Mum's house at the moment and like to have small stitching projects with me while I'm there to keep my hands busy when we watch TV or sit on the front porch with a cup of tea.  I made this needlecase last week - perfect for portable project making.  The pattern is a fabulous freebie from Australian creative genius Bronwyn Hayes at Red Brolly.

Bronwyn's blog is such a colourful and happy place to visit and no matter what your homemaking or crafting obsession is you will find something to love and inspire there. 

Its time for the first garden harvest of the year - Elderflowers. This cordial is my absolute favourite summer drink and is so unbelieveably quick, cheap and easy to make (recipe here) I can't understand why its so expensive to buy.  I made a bit more of an effort with the presentation this year and created some stamped labels and hessian tags to decorate my preserving bottles.  I ironed some fusible interfacing onto a piece of sacking (I get sacks for free from our local pet shop) and die cut some hearts, added some felt and threaded them onto garden twine.


  1. Wow, you have been busy Ann! Beautiful stitching project, and those drinks look absolutely delicious. Great pictures to enjoy too :)

  2. Oh, and thanks for the link to another fabulous blog to put in my reader :)

  3. Lovely little needlecase - simple things are often the best! I too love elderflower cordial and have made it in the past but never with such beautiful presentation!!

  4. Very nice needlework,Ann. Love the Elderflowers too and made some sirup, similar to your discription

  5. Darling sewing case. Love the photos of your Elderflower Cordial. Such pretty bottles you have to store this in too. I'm afraid that the drought this year has not helped any wildflowers in our area. Everything is just drying up and fading away. So I really love seeing all your photos of the vegetation around where you live.

  6. J'ai fait aussi le pique-aiguilles de Red Brolly. Le tien est très joli.

  7. Hi Ann, I love your little stitchery. At the moment I'm busy designing cross stitch patterns for my book to come, and I love to stitch besides my crochet addiction :-)

    xx Petra


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