Thursday, December 31, 2009

A STITCH IN TIME...



I have had to purchase a new sewing machine as I have somehow managed to "kill" my oldie.....and it got me to thinking of how times have changed.

Gone are the days where everything was painstakingly stitched by hand...perfectly sized stitching that one has to study hard to realize is not actually created by a machine, but lovingly handstitched. I have a couple of older pieces in my collection that are handstitched and the workmanship is truely beautiful.

When sewing machines were introduced they were very basic and offered none of the "bells and whistles" we see today....although again they produced fine quality garments for loved family members and friends.



So....my new machine...phewwww.....talk about "bells and whistles"...automatic needle threader, a button to move the needle up and down (no winding of any kind required!), automatic button holer...70 computerised stitches, LED display...(to name just a few)....and this was one of the cheaper more basic models......I think some of the better ones even offer foot massages and make coffee when they sense you are stressed out and in need of one...lol



Gone are the days of foot treadles or hand winders, no leather belts on these machines to snap or timber to polish. My...just imagine the quality of work women from times past could have produced with the machines from nowadays! The britches made would have been grand!

Well with all of that said I am now left with trying to decifer the instruction manual before I whip up my first creation....maybe I will be pleasantly surprised and find the foot massage or coffee button hidden somewhere ...lol...or maybe I should just pop the kettle on and let the dog sit on my feet.....tee hee.

Well...thats about all the dribble I can manufacture this time round....y'all have a Happy and most importantly Safe New Year.

We are are away until the 5th so I will be back on deck sometime shortly after that.

Till next time.....

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas to one and all.....


A Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

Had a wonderful day yesterday....I don't know who was more excited...CJ opening all of her pressies... or us "grown-ups" watching her...lol.


...either way it was a wonderful day spent with family that I will never forget...made even more special because of our precious little Charlotte!

I hope you all experienced the special Spirit of Christmas yesterday!!

Anyways...we are heading back over to my brother's for "leftovers" for dinner tonite and another welcome dose of CJ magic.....woohoo ...cant wait ...!


Till next time......

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fa la la la la....la la la lah...Oh Christmas Tree , Oh Christmas Tree....Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells .....


Well I have "FINALLY" popped up the Chrissy deco's!!!....and with a week to spare!!!...lol....nothing like leaving a job until the last minute is there!!

Main Lounge Room







Honestly...I really dont know why I bothered as we are not having anyone over this year that will see them (we are off to my brother's ....cant' wait!!!)....but after our "icky" christmas last year with Mum, Charlotte and my nephew in hospital.....I thought I would make the effort to get these out!...and after all Christmas just ain't Christmas without a Christmas tree is it?

Dining Room



....most of the decos are handmade either by myself, by talented friends of mine or I have purchased them from the states and they only get to see the light of day and the twinkle of christmas lights for a couple of weeks a year, which is a real shame....so heck...why not put them out!!!

Kitchen



I really didn't have the time (should have been catching up on all my undone household chores that have been put aside this last few weeks while I was busy with TCCT and getting ready for my Christmas markets).... and managed to make even more mess for me to clean up....but I am happy now that I have them out as it kind of "feels a bit like christmas" around here now....plus it was waaaaay more fun than household chores!!

Family Room







Okay...so seeing as no-one else will probably see them...I thought I would indulge myself and share my truckload (or should it be sliegh-load??) of piccies with y'all.

 I didnt put all the deco's out this year...only one of the big trees and some of the other stuff...............

Miscellaneous bits!!!!




Entry

So.....welcome y'all to my home! I hope you enjoyed my piccies and I wish you and your families a very Safe and Happy Christmas and New Year!!.

...till next time...which may possibly be next year now!!!!...but you never , never know!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009




I'm a bit late with this post...... but better late than never has always been my motto!

Now..... the little cutie-pie pictured above I am sure you will recognise as my little neice Charlotte and... although I am struggling to believe it.... she is one already!!!...my how time flies. This major event came to pass about a month ago..but I have only just received some lovely up to date pics from my "sis"...hence the late post!

It seems like only yesterday I laid eyes on my new little "best friend"!....and that is what we are fast becoming. She is the sweetest little person I have ever met and the joy I get from my visits, her cuddles, chuckles and sloppy kisses is immense...well its practically immeasurable!!!. I just love her to bits (but I am certain you will have guessed that already...lol)

Having not been blessed with kids myself I am so grateful to my sweet brother and sister-in-law (who is more like my sis) for allowing me to be so involved in her little life.



Visits with Charlotte nowadays result in big "toothy"(well all 4-6 of them) grins from her when she sees me walk in, and lead to fits of giggles and squeals of delight, which I can tell you melts this old softie's heart in an instant! I think from here-on in I will always be known as "Aunty Grrrr" as that is what she says to me when she sees me...coz of all the silly games we play.

Try to imagine this 40+ crafter crawling around the floor chasing her only to be set upon by her chasing me...round and round the lounge in my brothers family room (tiled floor so you could imagine how the knees feel...lol)..."rahhhhs"..."grrrrs" .... "I'm gunna get you's" echoing through the room, followed by squeals of delight (yes from both of us...lol)...it is a real sight  I can assure you.

Afternoons have been spent rolling round on the grass, playing peek-a-boo and singing nursery rhymes that I thought I had long forgotten.



I am instantly transported back to my childhood....not to mention that I seem to have "become" my dad....with all of his corny antics, silly songs and games ....(sweet memories from my childhood).... once again filling my head and now coming from me!............how hillarious!!
....and fun, fun fun!.



She is just scrumdidlyumptious and my favorite little person in all of the whole wide world!

Watching her open her birthday presents (with help from mummy and daddy of course) was such a delight. Her precious little face lit up and as she studied each item presented to her and kisses and cuddles were duly given to each and every gift....just gorgeous!

Roll on christmas..........I can't wait!!!

Till next time.......





Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Been feeling unwell lately?.......



Well.....maybe I have just the thing to help you????
...if you are game that is!

Meet my vintage medicine collection.....
Now before you go getting your britches in a twist...they are for show only...I dont use them!...although with some of the miracles that they proclaim (and it is printed in black and white on the packaging so it must be true)...maybe I should try a few!

Hmm...so many to pick from ...but let me start with this little beauty.....I just love the bottle it is in and the whole look of it!


Let me fill you in on some of its many uses
(please note that all comments are made in gest and are not intended to devalue the product)

Recommended for;-
Muscular rheumatism... (alright)

Chilblains (can live with that)

Muscular cramps (so far so good)

Stiffness and soreness of muscles due to exertion,
exposure or fatigue (yeppers)

Mosquito bites and stings of many non-poisonous insects... (still okay with it)

Cold feet, neuralgia, stiff neck from exposure and drafts. Lumbago, Back ache, Bruises (uh-huh)

Application to chest back and throat,
sprains and strains of muscles and tendons (nothing out of the ordinary yet)

As a counter-irritant in Flatulence, apply over
stomach and abdomen and lay on flannel cloth ...
OMG!!!... THERE IT IS!!!!!

Have you ever heard anything so funny....

If it were true they would be selling it to wives worldwide ... all would be peaceful..... husbands would be laying quietly (hee hee) on their flanels, dogs all over the world would be free of blame and the ozone would be saved as airfreshener sales would have plummeted....lol.....Oh me-oh my what a hoot!....

And now for the Warnings....

Harmful if swallowed...(fair enough)
Inflammable...(okay, we will remember that)

Do not bandage after applying theLinament as it may cause blisters..........What the ???

Blisters ...why on earth....because it contains Mineral Oil of Turpentine and Kerosine...lolololol

Hey...but if it gets rid of flatulence I say bring it back on the market...lololol

( In upcoming posts I will introduce to a few more "little bottlers" from my collection)

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