Friday, April 11, 2014

Flowers and a new toy

Spring is definitely coming along.  The temps are a bit milder.  And while walking up in our woods today my husband discovered these pretty little Crocus.  (what is the plural????)

On another note:

I do have a couple of modern day sewing machines. BUT I have become very interested in some of the vintage machines that are available out there.  They were made of METAL not PLASTIC and even after 50 or 60 years they still run strong if you take care of proper oiling and other maintenance.
So yesterday while out at a sale to buy things for my antique shop I came across this little machine.  JUST $10.00.   I couldn't bear to leave it.  So home with me it came.  It is what they call a Japanese Clone of the Singer 15 and was made in the early to mid 1950s.
I was able to look up an instruction booklet for the Singer  Machine that is so similar and have learned how to thread it and how to oil it.

So far it sews fairly decent.  I have to work on the tension a tiny bit but I think I have a keeper.

This picture was taken before I cleaned it up at all, just wanted to show it off quickly.  So what do you think?

Because Spring has arrived I have been spending time out in the gardens cleaning up from Winter's mess.  So I won't be doing as much sewing as I would like for another couple of weeks until I feel like I have things under control outside.  Of course when it rains I can stay in and sew.

I hope next week I will have another finished project to show you.

Monday, April 7, 2014

The snow is gone

The snow from last week is gone, the sun was shining all day yesterday and my tulips  and daffodils made it through the storm. We are due for quite a bit of rain over the next few days but  I figure I will have a few daffodils to bring in the house by this time next week.

Mean while I was trying to decide what I would show for tea cup Tuesday this week.  I found a few mis-matched things that I liked and will share them with you this week.
The tea cup set is interesting, especially when you want to try loose tea.  It has the infuser included in the set.

I dearly love little cottages, and naturally a tea pot that features one would be one I would need to have.
It is fairly new teapot from Arthur Wood pottery in England.

And the next picture features a tea cup or sugar or creamer cover.  I have seen they used in various ways.  I did not make this one but they don't look too hard.  I have seen different styles.  But I like this one with the pretty little beads.

And to enjoy the tea time even more I have included some tiny spring type cupcakes.  I did not make them but got a few from my local bakery.  They are really quite simple but good.

I hope you will join me for tea today and visit all the other TeaTime blogs as well.

I have joined with the following Tea Cup Tuesday Tea Parties.

Hope you will visit them too.

Be sure to come back next Tuesday for another Tea Party and join me on Thursdays or Fridays for my project updates.