Saturday, 15 August 2009

School Summer Holiday Diary Week 3

Well here we are half way through the summer holidays already .... I had a quieter week this week with only two minded children because I had originally planned to have two weeks off but had to cut this down to one for the purely mercenary reason that we needed the money. If I don't work I don't get paid and this family needed the care so it worked out well for all of us. It has been a bit of a tense week because my husband went in for total knee replacement surgery on Thursday and he hates hospitals and wouldn't openly admit it but he was scared stiff. It's all done now so that's the worst of it over, today they are going to try and get him on his feet which is not an easy task as he is a big bloke and stands 6'2" ..... once he has mastered this and walking on crutches he can come home.
We popped over to Hitchin yesterday as it is Flea Market day ... I love having a browse around and found these little pressed glasss sundae dishes for £1 each .... they are so diddy and only stand around 2" tall ..... I am sure they are from a child's toy set and as an avid collector of vintage children's toy tea and dinner services I had to have them. I hope to do a longer post on my collection to share with everyone sometime soon.
Also managed to get this book ...... I am going to attempt to recreate Hannah's wedding bouquet from last weekend as a surprise gift for her when she returns from honeymoon. It is a gorgeous book and it is amazing just how many flowers can be made and how realistic they look. I am going to use an old Knitting Nancy to do the covering for the wire stems. Watch this space.
I always take a daily look at the offerings on my local Freecycle group and yesterday someone had this

An old brown cupboard I hear you say .... what on earth does she want with that???? But look what is inside ....................
A vintage Singer treadle sewing machine ....... it is a bit musty but apparently it is still working. I will try to find time this weekend to give it a clean and test it out and also decide whether to just polish up the wood or be more daring and give it a lick of paint. I do like old wood but can see it looking fresh and clean as a decorative object and also practical because I can use the cupboard space as storage for my sewing paraphernalia and sit the leccie machine on the top. It is so compact and like a little Tardis with a drop leaf extension to the LHS which would make a super little sewing table and free up my kitchen table which accommodates the machine when in use at the moment. What do you think .... to paint or not to paint ?????? that is the question.


  1. My daughter gave me that crochet book for my's lovely!

  2. Why not give it a lick of paint? It was free after all so you haven't anything to lose.
    Hope the machine works well for you. I keep seeing them around everywhere I go so am now wondering if I'm meant to have one too!

  3. Do hope your husband is feeling better soon. The flower crochet book looks fab!

  4. PAINT IT........... PAINT IT.................................. GO ON, YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO......! As a (still!) non-crotcheter (pah!) that books looks gorgeous. Know what you mean about working and retaining more hours (i have two weeks off my main job, but have had to keep my two cleaning ones on the go). Hey ho!. x

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