Jan 14, 2018

Findings

Miss Mary's Sampler 1796 was, believe it or not, in the little basket hanging on the drawer knob of my side table.  The one I throw stitching items in when finished to later put away.  No wonder I saw it the other day, it was right in front of me.
 
The lady helping my sister with housework is having a garage sale early spring to raise funds for some needed items.  She has been great in taking items the family no longer wants and her family could use.  She is thin, as I once was, and has a new wardrobe from brand new clothing I expected one day to squeeze in to.  Ain't happening.  So far this week, I have a huge wicker dog bed, a new afghan, specialty baking ware I never used, a battery charger, and old hard case luggage. 
Still looking for more since it's a great opportunity for household reduction, and I came across my little Singer.  Oh how I loved this!  It still works and amazes me how efficient it is, even without having a bobbin case.
I think I will leave it out for display.
 
I also found a log carrier for the fireplace that I planned to attach another handle.  Of course I could not find the woven strapping so asked Mark if he had any in his sporting goods stash.  He came up with an old ArtiCreel he used for trout fishing decades ago.  It's pretty beat up and he no longer needs it, told me to remove the strap if I need one.  No way! 
 
 
Wouldn't this be wonderful filled with impatiens in the top and vines in the zipper?  It's lined with heavy plastic so filling with dirt and holding water will not be a problem and I think it's prefect for hanging on the siding at the back door. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I think spring will be here before we know it.  I better get my butt in gear and have the doors and windows ready for order, stain color chosen, and all other decisions MADE!
 
I was a little surprised that many of you do not carry over between letters.  I hate running the thread ends (especially when the needle is too blunt) and doing it for such small areas is not something I am willing to do.  But then you already know I do not follow rules and therefore, am not an expert, proficient, or even careful stitcher.  I did post about the pin stitch last year but I don't use it to end, only start.  Good question but I don't know why.  I do not like sheer or soft linen either but when ordering online, it's a crap shoot.  My other 35 and 40 count in unbleached can stand up on its own and feels like it was spray painted.  Hard to get the needle through the hole, no way threads will be seen through it.
 
Hope the weekend is going well.  Husband is ready to start yelling at the Steelers.  I plan to stay upstairs and continue the hunt for excess.   This also keeps me farther away from the chocolate covered pretzels.
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
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15 comments:

Mary said...

The Singer what a find! You should never go to a yard/garage sale hoping to find what you want. Just treasure that you cannot live without.

Joanie said...

You better put earplugs in if your hubby is going to yell at the Steelers...14-0 JACKSONVILLE... sigh. I can't bear to watch it. I get updates on my phone. My poor Steeler heart can't take it.
Off to stitch. I am giving myself a day to play.

I LOVE your SINGER Sewing machine!

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

That little Singer is a treasure ... it is a keeper. So sweet, love it.

Janet said...

I have the same little Singer and gave it displayed on a shelf in my sewing room. It was the very first machine I sewed on, making doll clothes when I was about 8 years old ๐Ÿ˜Š

Heritage Hall said...

"I think Spring will be here before you know it"...
From your lips to God's ears....

Robin in Virginia said...

What a sweet Singer; a treasure indeed as is the creel bag! Okay, how does one use the pin stitch to end stitching?

diamondc said...

Marly: Oh my gosh that bag is amazing as is the sewing machine, I love reducing items in my home as I get older.


Blessings
Catherine

kelly tadlock said...

Love the little singer! I have my Nannies old
Treadle Singer in a wood cupboard with E drawers on each side, it is over 100 years old! I also have my mom's Singer featherweight that she sewed my formals on. It is still beautiful, and my mom would have been 98 this year! I am 63 and plan on giving these to a future grand daughter someday!

gracie said...

The perfect little sewing machine and to keep on display will be so nice.

C M Designs said...

Your little Singer is so cute and will be wonderful to display.
One of our kitties does just like Bud. Pippa stands to do her business and Sheldon squats..........can't understand that one.
Starting stitching a PS rooster this weekend. I can't wait for them (cat, sheep, chicken,) etc. to be finished. I think they are going to be very nice.
Have a great week.......love the idea for Mark's fishing bag.
Charlotte in Va.

Vickie said...

That Singer is a great display Marly. Good for you unloading stuff. Feels great, don't it?!
We just got dumped on with another 6 inches of snow.

Anonymous said...

Hello Marly, Your little Singer is a treasure! I am so happy it is cherished by you. What a beautiful piece to display. How smart you were to take such good care of it. I am sure such a piece would bring a heavy price. So happy it is staying with you. I can't wait to see Mark's ArtiCreel bag with your talent of growing impatiens. So glad you are enjoying cleaning out a few things. Stay warm and send some snow and moisture my way. SAH

Maryann Olsaver said...

Marly, I have the same little Singer sewing machine that was a Christmas present from my parents many (we won’t say how many) years ago. It still works beautifully. Mine came in a hard shell case and I also still have the instruction book that came with it. I have it displayed in my sewing room. Will always treasure it ๐Ÿ™‚

Carol said...

Oh, how cute it that tiny Singer! I would leave it out all year long. I can't believe it actually works! We've been weeding out closets lately, too-think it is the time of year. Right now I have a giant pile of items sitting on the front porch waiting for the Amvets to come pick them up. A good feeling :)

Rugs and Pugs said...

Oh how I love the little Singers. I have several ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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