Saturday, January 8, 2011

Are we there yet?! Beach, banter and a Homespun publication!

How many times have we all heard that?!

“Are we there yet?”

I can still vividly remember uttering those words myself on family trips down to Cornwall, in England. Seven hours of driving felt like an eternity for the young Miss SUDs who wiled away the time listening to such bands as Spandau Ballet and Level 42 on her ‘walkman’! Gosh, those were the days without seatbelts too – I sometimes sat in the back of my dad’s ‘estate car’ (known in Australia as a station wagon), waving at the merry bands of holiday-makers travelling behind us. Safety first eh?! I’m very thankful that times have changed on that score.


As a family we holidayed once a year, and going to the seaside was a real treat because we lived in an English town that was furthermost from the coast in all directions. To this day I still feel the same excitement at siting the sea for the first time from the windscreen of our car; and was sharing this story with my son yesterday on our drive down to Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula.

It was a hot day, but the sea breeze was refreshing. DS was off with four other teenage friends having fun on the waves with a giant raft.

Jan Aaron beach 1

DD and I stayed on the beach, jumping in the surf, searching for shells and building sandcastles.

Jan Beach Rosie 2

Jan Rosie beach 1

After a leisurely drive home to the suburbs, I picked up my mail and discovered a copy of Australian Homespun magazine.

Jan Homespun project 1

My “Are we there yet?” travel sewing caddy was within its pages and I had to smile to myself when I looked closely at the feature photograph – for it had a tourist brochure within it depicting a house in the Mornington Peninsula – where we had just spent the day!!!

Jan Homespun 3

Jan Homespun project 2

The caddy attaches to the sun visor of your car - so if you are a crafter who has outgrown 1980’s pop music *giggle* - you can pick up needle and thread and sew the hours away! :-)

It attaches to the sun visor with velcro straps…

Are we there yet 1

There are lanyards for needles and thread cards, and a special pocket for housing your embroidery scissors (“Destination Points” ha ha…) The scissors are secured by a magnetised fabric strip, and have a ribbon lanyard so you can put them around your neck when in use.

There are some fantastic projects in this Yearbook issue (Vol 12.1) including 11 Aussie designs such as the gorgeous Kookaburra softie by Kate Henderson of Two Little Banshees, and the most amazing Echidna embroidery project by Betty Johnston of Betty’s Creative Threads. Not to forget part-two of a chic and stylish sewing-accessory-set created by the lovely Roslyn Mirrington of Bloom. The icing on the cake is a fabulous quilt designed by the internationally renowned talent of Kim Diehl.

If you live overseas and would like to purchase this magazine, please refer to the list of international suppliers on my side bar.

To all my gorgeous blogging buddies, visitors and family members who read my blog…


May it hold many blessings for you all!

Until next time… Are we there yet?!! :-)

Hugs! Vikki xx


A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Well done on another lovely project! Glad you are enjoying a relaxing summer.

Liz said...

Congrats on another great project Vikki, well done..

SoozeM said...

Congrats on getting your project published, my issue arrived a few days ago and it is gorgeous!

Vicki ♥ said...

Congrats sweet Vik on having a lovely design in the mag. Its fabulous and I think you are there now :) hugsss Vicki xxx

Allie said...

Those pics of sand and sea are doing me a world of good, dear one! I LOVE your pattern, and how cool is that there was a travel brochure for the same place in the magazine!! Your "destination points" cracked me up. Are you going to offer the pattern for sale for your overseas readers? *hint hint*

Cubby House Crafts said...

Congratulations! Your design in Homespun is Gorgeous and such a fantastic idea!

Michelle said...

What a great idea! Can't wait to get my copy

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Congratulations Vikki. It's a lovely project and definitely now on my 'To Do' list.
Arn't beach days the best!! I hope the kids had fun down by the seaside.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Congratulations Vik!!! I picked up my copy today after Fee told me you were in it! You go girl!!! :-)

Sheila said...

What a wonderfully creative idea , you are too clever .Congratulations on the publication ,I'm sure there will be many versions of this project worldwide now :-) I think you have arrived!

Maria said...

It is just such fun cooling off at the beach. I love it.
Love your project in this months Homespun.Will make a great gift.

The "Kira" Koala I made out of last years Homespun is on page 7 of this issue too.

KaHolly said...

Now, just how clever is THAT? If I wasn't always the driver, I would make one in a minute. Congratulations!!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Vikki,
Ah, lovely day down at the beach!
Congratulations on another publication.
Oh, the travel sewing caddy is a fabulous idea!

Simone de Klerk said...

Beautiful piece of work, Vikki! Congratulations.

Cyndi said...

What a wonderful post, Vikki! Having a day at the beach sounds so wonderful about now - it's 2 degrees F here with snow predicted for this week! :o(

That Homespun Magazine looks so fabulous, and congrats on having another great project featured. One of these days I am going to get me a copy of that!

Hope all is well on the home front!



Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Vikki! Well done on your travel pouch being in Homespun - it looks FABULOUS!! Mind you ... that's WAY more organised than I usually manage to be when travelling! Tee! Hee! Hee! And it looks lke the beach visit was a hit ... love that dotty sun shirt! :0) Send any of that sun our way whenever you can ... we're rather waterlogged at the moment ... SIGH! Raining AGAIN!! Where's my sunny summer??? Take care! Bear Hugs! KRIS

Sue said...

Hi Vikki, Great project, and congrats on getting it published! I wanted to email you, but my laptop wont allow it for some reason (we have a good security thingy installed). Anyway I saw the GORGEOUS roses you painted on the apron for your Gum Tree pal, and I just HAD to tell you "WOWEE!! You are SO talented!!" They look absolutely beautiful!! Would you like to come to my new house, and paint roses on my bedroom walls, and in my ensuite, and my formal lounge, and my... oh, sorry, just dreaming really!! You are truly gifted, keep up the wonderful creations! Hugs n Blessings from Sue xx

Abby and Stephanie said...

Congratulations on being published. Sweet sewing caddy. Snow and more snow here so I'd love to dig my toes into the warm sand.

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