Monday, 1 December 2008


The Winter Sun is shining brightly through the trees!

And it looks lovely and sunny through the windows!

But its just so cold! We haven't seen any snow here -yet. Plenty on the tops of the mountains - we live near the Snowdonia Mountain range (North Wales for those of you in far off places!). It looks beautiful, as if some one has been out there with a large icing sugar dredger, and sprinkled them liberally with soft sparkly sugar!

The good news is - Hubby P is back in full time work, it seems work is dribbling back in, so fingers crossed it keeps up!

It was a good 'real life' lesson, or test - we often talk about what if !!!xy and z happens, well it did for a while, and we coped well enough. Of course lots of people are in difficulties, and it must be very worrying for those with little children, no job, and Christmas coming - we are lucky, we chose a long time ago to live a simple life - and stepping 'back' a little more, making more sever savings wasn't so hard.

All we can do is do what we can for each other, look to the elderly and vulnerable.


On the Crafty/sort of front!

My thing with the hats is becoming a bit of an addiction - I won another last night on Ebay! I can't help it I just think - well one/opening bid wont harm! then of course I get sucked in! _ is this how Gamblers feel?*!

Any way its no good just having the hats and putting them in a drawer - I have to display them. I have been looking at Vintage hat stands - but they are so few, and expensive (says she who happily buys hats by the score - and how many heads have I to wear them).

So - I decided to have a go at making my own.

I found these two odd wooden candle sticks, and bought these pottery pomanders - they were the right size and shape (50p each).

I attached the pomanders to the tops of the candle sticks and papier mache'd over them to give more stability.

I let them dry and then covered them in a slightly padded coat of white felt. This is as far as I have got - this evening I will find some pretty fabric to cover the felt and perhaps add a ribbon or something. Then the idea is they will hold my hats and I can stick my hat pins in them.

I have also been looking at Vintage hat pin holders - you wouldn't believe the price they go for on Ebay!! - its a scandal! And the only one I could find at the Car Boot sale was £15! - it wasn't even a nice one - can you tell I am becoming a little obsessed!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I suppose with other people its shoes!

I will show you the finished hat stands when I have prettied them up!


A couple of finds!

The two cushions for a £1 - how could a girl refuse!

The photos not too good, but they have been made from gingham, and kind of folded ans sewn to give this cubed effect. They were very dirty and faded, I think they had been used outside (there was bird poo on one - is that lucky?) I washed them by hand but they haven't come up too well - I might try again in the washer. Still I like their shabby, lived in look.

This great rubbishy box was a good find at the Car boot sale, £2.50 and it was full to the top with Vintage sewing stuff. No one was looking at it because the box was so tatty, but a little tentative rummage brought up all sorts of goodies!

All sorts pins, silk embroidery threads,embroidery patterns, sewing books, tapes, ribbons, darning wool, buttons and lots more.

There must be at least two dozen reels of thread, on the nice old wooden reels (my old sewing machine prefers the wooden reels.

So I am busy sorting through it all, I will keep a good deal of it - can't have too much sewing thread! After all there will come the day when you will not be able to find thread on wooden reels. I know they don't manufacture wooden reels any more, but you can find them at car boots and what not - but for how long! Do we care? - well Yes! Some of us do, I hate this 'all plastic' world, its so cold and clinical - and not very Green to boot!

(enough of the rant!)

Goin to rummage in my box some more!

Have a look on my Ebay for items from the box needing a new home!


  1. glad hubby is back in work, yes ebay can be addictive! the box of vintage sewing stuff looks a great find, especially the sewing thread. I would prefer to live life more frugally but hubby likes to spend.
    Josie x

  2. Great find at the car boot with that huge pile of sewing stuff. Things like that are good to have in as you never know when they will come in useful!

  3. Great news on hubby's job. The box full of sewing stuff looks a great find and I adore your sewing machine.

    We have a modern piece of rubbish that has just given up the ghost.

  4. Glad hubbys back in work. Bet you've missed him around the house though? You are always so lucky at the car boot. I love the sewing stuff.

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  6. So pleased hubby is back at work. I love your hat stands, clever you.
    Watch out for the postie sometime next week missus ;)
    Twiggy x

  7. My first visit to your friendly blog. I live in Deganwy and see Anglesey from my window. i shall wave at you now and then!


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