Monday, December 26, 2011

How I Spent Christmas....

I know normal people spend Christmas Day with family enjoying the festivities, but as its just 'us', meaning me and my boys with no family for a few hundred miles, we don't normally leave the house on Christmas Day.  So as to be expected, once the gifts were opened, the turkey was in the oven and I was orphaned to the XBox I decided it was time to tinker with a recent Etsy purchase (oh and enjoy my amaryllis which has four of the most magnificent flowers).
 You see the evening before I decided to give the my little Singer 99 a 'go' after Big J had rewired the motor and foot pedal for me. It's a little beauty of a machine which I purchased for the pricely sum of $20 on Etsy.  Quite similar in size to my Featherweight 221-1. 
  Of course, despite all my cleaning, oiling and TLC there was still a problem with the tension. So I took it upon myself to take the tension button apart.
A huge mistake!
I mean H U G E
and I knew it the second I did it.
I scoured the Internet, swore profusely at it, stomped my feet and even shed a tear and I still couldn't get the button back together properly.
One major melt down later I decided that even though it was Christmas Eve, and most people would not be reading email, that I would email a very nice gentleman who had pestered in the past with my endless questions about old sewing machines.  He's a lovely chap and I do encourage you to stop by his blog if you're even the tiniest bit interested in purchasing an old machine.
 Much to my surprise and luck, he replied most promptly on Christmas Day!  I was thrilled beyond belief and with his clever guidance and pages he sent from an old Singer manual I managed to get my old sewing machine humming along quite nicely within a couple of hours.
Isn't it just amazing who you can meet and what you can find on the internet?  It really is the most resourceful tool ever and you can meet the friendliest of people.  I never would have gotten this machine fixed if it wasn't for my internet 'friend'.
So while the men-folk fought the evils on the XBox and the turkey browned up nicely (perhaps a tiny bit too brown) in the oven, the Singer 99 and I finished up my little Christmas Quilt. 

 A wee bit late for this year, but it will bring fond memories for next year.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!

Toodles...L x ♥



Saturday, December 24, 2011

♥ Merry Christmas ♥



Merry Christmas!
All the best to your and your family on this wonderful day.

Toodles...L x ♥

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sweet Stitching

 I believe this festive season has made my arms long and my pockets short. Normally it is quite the reverse.
After looking longingly at many many issues of the 'Molly Makes' magazine I finally succumbed and bought a copy. 
It was the little 'free gift' of embroidery that really got me.
The magazine is very sweet, but at $12 it's a wee bit pricey for me. Of course as it has travelled across the pond, I quite understand the high cost in this country.

I loved every  minute stitching these little girls.  I really wish we had a magazine like this on our side of the pond.  Or perhaps that it was more within my budget.
I promise to be back before the 25th, but in the meantime I will wish you all a very merry holiday season.

Toodles...L X ♥

PS - I must do more embroidery in the dark winter months.  Scanning wins hands down over trying to take a photo with dodgy light!

Monday, December 12, 2011

**44**

It was 8:07am before I realized today was the first day of my 44th year on this planet. 
I only remembered because Little J said
"Mummy, what's the date today?".
Yes, the Mister had forgotten too.  But that's OK, there was ice cream cake when I got home and the most wonderful pressie ever!!!!

Toodles...L x ♥

P.S.  It was a 'well planned in advance pressie', not something he picked up quickly on the way home, so he hadn't actually forgotten.

Friday, December 9, 2011

From No. 23

The other day, perhaps just a few weeks back I discovered the most delightful blog.  The lovely lady behind this fabulous blog has the most adorable dog, Milly, is super talented at quilting, knitting and many many more crafty creations and of course writes the most delightful blog.  I love her writing style and her posts always make me smile. 
Anyway, after reading this  post I fell in love with the little guy.  I was overwhelmed with joy when his creator offered to make one just for me! 

Yes! 

Just for me!

He arrived today, along with his travelling companions. 
There were tears when I opened the parcel.

I was lost for words.
The Mister was in awe.  I don't think his smile could have been any bigger.
I'm thinking this little group will not be stored away after the Christmas.
I'm thinking this little group will ALWAYS have pride of place on my mantel.

Thank you No.23!

Toodles...L x ♥

P.S. These guys are teeny tiny. Baby Jesus has to be smaller than  my little finger and I have very small hands!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Camera in a Coma

I have found that since the nights are drawing close earlier and earlier - meaning by the time I get home at 5:30pm it's pitch black - that this early darkness, along with my full-time job that barely lets me see the light of day during the winter, as set my camera into a sleepy little coma and I find little to no time to take photos that are worthy of my blog.  Those two days a week when I am home seem to slip by entirely too fast before I get my camera clicking.
However, I have used a few of my precious weekend hours to do a little early morning quilting before the men-folk of the Gephart rise.
I use the patterns from this book which I ad♥re!  If cyou are ontemplating venturing into the world of quilting, starting small is the way-to-go.  It's what got me hooked.

 I love to sew/knit/crochet and listen to a good movie, usually one I've seen a few thousand times before, so watching the screen is not always necessary.  At the moment I'm hooked on Larkrise to Candleford. I've downloaded all three of the seasons currently available on iTunes and I have watched all of them numerous times.  Yes all three season at least twice each - working from home has its advantages.
 I'm enjoy putting together little stars to make a teeny tiny little quilt. They come together quickly and are easy peasy to make. I'm not wild about the fabric - not sure what I was thinking when I bought these patterns, but oh well. I might try a little tea staining to age the quilt abit when I am done.
 What I am really L♥VING is the machine I'm using to put them together.  As you may or may not remember, I have two vintage machines already (this one and this one), both of which I find far more pleasing to use than my modern electronic one that has been banished to the cupboard.
  The other day, while the Mr. was perusing the dusty shelves of a newly found flea market he spotted a sad and rather grim looking Singer 66 on a bottom shelf looking rather forlorn, but with the wonderful price of just $20.  I was dubious about the purchase - it was covered in dust, grime and cobwebs and the cord had practically disintegrated.  But the Mr. was certain that she was worth her price tag and perhaps a few bob more.  Before I knew it she was bought and in the boot of my car.
After some serious cleaning and removal of her motor, we found some wonderful shiny bits, quite a few scratches and not much left of her decals, but that was all forgive once we discovered she's been around since 1925!!!! 
 It took quite a bit oiling to get her bits moving again and after a little rummaging on the WWW I was able to find her a little hand crank, so her motor was no longer needed.
Yes, she looks a wee bit rough (better in real life, the photos are crap due to lack of sunshine) and I believe she has been well used, but if I look this good and still operational when I am 86 years old I think I'll be quite happy.
She sews like a dream with her new hand crank, even though it has taken some getting use to on my part.  I still find my foot looking for the sewing pedal each time I use her!  It makes me chuckle.
The mister has promised to fix her little box, it's looking quite tatty, but he assures me it's all fixable.
I have not admit that she is not the first sewing machine 'we' (that being me AND the Mr. - I will not accept responsibility for our 'collection' alone) have rescued this year.  Yes there are more, well just two, but I'll show you those another day.
So if your in the need of a sewing machine, I highly recommend searching the shelves of your local flea market/thrift/charity shop.  These old beauties sew like a charm.

Must be off!  I smell the dinner burning.....again....

Toodles....L ♥ xxx

P.S. Speaking of burning the dinner.
I made Green Bean casserole last night, a special request from Little J.  This is something that I normally only make on Thanksgiving or Christmas, but he was persistent in his request for his 'favorite' dish.
Two bites into he says "Mum, this doesn't taste like the one you made on Thanksgiving. Did you do something different?". 

One guess what I did different?

Yes, that's right, I ever so slightly over-cooked (they were dark brown not black, so I shan't say I burnt them)the french fried onions which I put on top and then hastily mixed them in!!!
Needless to say Little J didn't want to eat his green bean casserole.