Saturday, 24 August 2013

Sewing basket treasures


Look what arrived, my elderly Aunt had a bit of a clear out and sent me these two sewing baskets, stuffed full of goodies.

Cotton reels, mainly Sylko to go in my vintage Sylko cotton reel box.  My Singer featherweight sews much better with 100% cotton.

Two pairs of super sharp scissors in their original boxs.  There is a letter from the magazine/newspaper that they were purchased from but unfortunately, no visable date on the postage stamp but old money stamps with a very young looking Queen Elizabeth on they must be around 50ish years old.  There is a nifty dial gauge for converting weights and measures from My Weekly which I presume is early 70's when decimalisation came in.

A lovely treen needle holder packed full of needles.  Don't you just love things made of wood, it's been given a bit of polish.  Along with a couple of needle cases stuffed full of needles, some darning thread and a couple of brass thimbles.

A cigar case full of large needles, haven't a clue what half of them are for, some have flat curved ends and some with 2 holes for thread, something to do with carpets perhaps?  There is a tool which I think is for pulling ribbon/elastic, if you know any different, please let me know.

 A Singer needle threader along with 3 dinky screwdrivers for fixing sewing machines.  A singer shuttle with bobbins off a Singer Treadle machine. A small key which I assume is for a sewing machine case lock.

All this along with elastic, ribbons, boxes of pins, buttons, press studs and loops.

My vintage sewing collection is growing!


Monday, 12 August 2013

Croft Circuit Nostalgia Weekend


We went to the Croft Nostalgia weekend and had a great day drooling over vintage cars that we can't afford

The French Resistance were camped next to the Germans.

Found the cutest camping hut.

Well done Croft Circuit for brill day out, can't wait until next year's event


Friday, 9 August 2013

Arbour Seat Makeover


I have been busy giving the arbour seat a much needed makeover.  Here is a before photo, I appear to have been using it as a plant stand!

I originally painted a horrid cacky brown, what possessed me? And to make matters worse, I even painted the 5 bar garden gate the same colour.  The gate got a makeover quite quickly but the arbour seat is such a pain to paint with all that trellis, I never got round to it until now.

Ta daaa

Inside there is a surprise - a little wren house which gets used in the spring for nesting every year, the nest material is left in for a winter roost, you can see that they are using it for a roost as the hole in the nesting material gets bigger as the winter progresses.  Apparently lots of wrens cuddle up together on cold nights to keep warm.  Then at the beginning of March I pull the old nest out and they build a new one within the week.

While I was painting Buzz was relaxing on the lawn with his favourite toy.