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Monday, April 27, 2009


AT LAST! Spring has sprung - yahooooooo. Took long enough to arrive and now that it's here I'm pressed for time (what else is new) - so much gardening and spring cleaning and sewing and visiting with friends and sitting on the patio and quilt shows ... I'm exhausted already!

Speaking of visiting, this past week was another interesting chapter of my wee quilt group.  Did I mention that I am the happy recipient of another ---- YES another of those purple charm square chain letters ! - Actually, make that two (the same chain letter TWICE!) Does this mean I'm popular ??? Oh No! I hate chain letters, but on the other hand I also hate to disappoint .... what's a girl to do???? Please ladies please - No more chain letters!

My Spring Garden!


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Spring Cleaning!

Every year I say I will never again do Spring cleaning ... and then another year rolls round and somehow the urge to get cleaning sweeps over me (pardon the pun) and off I go again. This year it was precipitated by me hosting an Easter dinner for family and friends. Whilst cleaning the living room I became reacquainted with this "portable"vintage Singer which has been hiding against the wall beside my pine jam cupboard. Hmmmm, is it electric?, does it actually work? are there attachments, a manual? What gives - I must investigate! Luckily the key was attached to the handle, and yes, it is electric. The manual was in a plastic bag neatly placed under the foot and the machine is still threaded, as you can see by the pink spool, so I will know how to thread it should I chose to attempt to use it! But, there seems to be no attachments including no "shuttle" bobbins which this machine apparently uses. Another hmmmmmm.

I doubt I will ever use it as I rarely use my Featherweight or my computerized Husqvarna. I have found my Kenmore - aka THE WORKHORSE - to be my best friend, it is always there, does most of what I want, and never argues with me - tension wise.

So far my investigations based on the serial number lead me to suspect this vintage Singer was made in 1936-1938, but I have yet to determine what model number it is.

Speaking of Kenmores, I'm in love .... I have recently joined the ranks of the privileged class and purchased a dishwasher for myself. Woohoo! Granted, it's only a portable (which, by the way means you pay way too much extra for), it takes up way too much space in my dining room, and is ugly, but - and this is the point - it hides the mess while waiting to be filled up and washes the dishes for me - a chore I have become increasingly discontented with. I figure, with this market "downturn" I'll never get a new kitchen, so why wait to get a builtin .... I might as well spend my money as lose it on the market.
Easter Tablescape