Friday, February 26, 2010

Thanks for the Mammaries

The last couple of weeks have been quite stressful.

 The Girls' annual audition check up warranted a call back.
Then -





More pictures were taken today.  


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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Going, Going, GONE!

Some pictures taken in our backyard, Saturday, February 13.

This weekend the temperatures were in the mid-sixties with sunny, blue skies.
Daffodils have started to poke from the ground.
Knowing that spring is around the corner Makes My Monday.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Finished for Friday - More Bags

Both bags made from fabrics from the shop.

Three new bag patterns arrived this week...
I am joining Lit and Laundry again for Finished for Friday.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

My Place and Yours - Kitchen Love

Never in a bazillion years would I say "I love my kitchen!"  Some day it will be worthy of a spread in House Beautiful.  A kitchen with lots of fabulous wood cabinets, granite countertops, a farm sink, a butler's pantry, an island and all new Electrolux appliances.  It will also have light!  These pictures were taken mid afternoon with a flash.  Until then, I do what I can to make it a place in which I do not mind working. 

Don't you just love the "plastic" wall behind this counter top?  It also seems to be missing a refrigerator.  The refrigerator is stashed in the dining room.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Vintage Thingie Thursday - Singing About a Singer

When I was ten year old, my mom sat me down at her sewing machine, a Singer treadle.  I learned to sew on that machine sewing the seams of shorts and shirts for my sister and myself.  Since then, I have had a soft spot for Singer sewing machines.  The machine I use today is a Singer I bought twenty five years ago.

When I was asked if I would be interested in purchasing this Singer, I couldn't resist.  It is a Singer Touch and Sew Zig Zag Model 758.  The cabinet is in excellent condition as is its matching bench.

Here she is a little closer.

 Look what is under her "hood!  Cams!  She does more than just straight stitch and zig zag.
This is the accessory box that came with her.  There are six presser feet including a general purpose foot, a straight stitch foot, a special purpose foot for ornamental stitching, a zipper foot, a button foot and a buttonhole foot.  Also included are four throat plates.  One for general purpose, a straight stitch plate, a chainstitch plate and a feed cover plate.  

Look at all of those cams!  There are nine fashion discs, the black ones.  Place one of these on the disc holder to produce such stitches as an arrowhead, diamond, crescent, ball, domino and pyramid stitch.  The white discs are "flexi-stitch" discs and include a feather stitch, duck stitch (It looks like little ducks swimming in a row.), Turkish hemstitch, star stitch, sunburst stitch and an overedge stretch stitch.
The seat comes off of the bench to reveal storage space. 
Inside the bench I found the instruction manual in pristine condition.

And I found this!  The sales receipt.  It is dated May 17, 1950.  At that time this entire set up cost $212.  That was a lot of money back then.  No wonder my mom was still using a treadle machine in the late 60's. 

I know you are dying to know if she still works.  Yes!  I have given her a good cleaning and some oil.  I am still trying to figure out the discs and have only managed to get a crescent stitch from her but have not had time to play with her much since.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Vintage Thingie Thursday - Kitchen Gadgets in Green

There are a lot of you out there that are going to be green with envy this week because I am sharing some of my green handled kitchen utensils.

Let's see what is inside this enamel ware basin.



Mashers and a whip

A sifter, Santa cookie cutter and a quarter cup scoop.

A can opener, spoon and pancake turner.

I know you linen lovers noticed the lovely vintage tablecloth underneath all the green handled items. This baby soft cotton is printed with red and yellow fruits and flowers surrounded by a border of aqua leaves.

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