Op het moment dat je zegt dat iets goed gaat kun je er op rekenen dat het daarna gigantisch mis gaat...
"Kijk es wat een mooie lange nagels ik heb!" Pats, kapot, allemaal ingescheurd.
"Al een uur aan het naaien en nog niks uit hoeven halen!" Hoppa, je bent de aankomende tijd met je tornmesje aan de gang.
"Het slapen gaat weer goed. Ik krijg mijn energie terug!" ... en het is gebeurd met slapen....
The moment you'll say that something is going so good, you can count on it to go horribly wrong...
"Look at my lovely long nails!" Wham, broke, all torn.
"Have been sewing for an hour and still haven't had to take any stitches out!" Presto, you'll be using your ripper for the next hour for sure.
"Sleeping is really going well lately. I'm getting back my energy!" ..... and you're done sleeping .....
zaterdag 18 april 2015
En vandaag heb ik de mijne gekocht!!! Mijn moeder vond er één op de jaarlijkse rommelmarkt van haar kerk en heeft hem gelijk voor mij gereserveerd. Vanmorgen hebben we hem opgehaald en ik ben er zó blij mee!! Dank je wel Mam!!
Just like many die-hard quilters or seamstresses will have, I also had the dream of owning a real old beautiful sewingmachine one day. Not so much to sew with - I think I'm rather spoild with my new and fast Janome - but just for show, to display, to let it spend it old u with a lover of its technique.
Today I bought mine!!! My mother found one on the anual jumble sale from her church and she instantly put a reservation on it for me. This morning we picked it up and I'm so happy with it!! Thanks Mom!!!
Op de site van Singer heb ik zijn serienummer opgezocht en ben ik er achter gekomen dat dit machientje in 1920 in Clydebank, Schotland gemaakt is en uit een serie van 8000 machines komt!
De plaatjes op de mijne zijn van de Sphinx (ook wel Memphis genoemd) Egyptisch patroon dus. Dat vind ik natuurlijk extra leuk, omdat ik toch nog altijd een speciale band met dit schitterende en oeroude land heb.
I carefully cleaned it, but I don't want to be too agressive with that. First I thought of a total restoration, but the longer I think about it, the more I lean towards letting it be just like it is. Maybe a good beeswax treatment to nurish the wood, but nothing more. Just let it be, marks and scuffs and all.
On the site of Singer I traced its serial number and found out this little gem was manufactered in 1920 in Clydebank, Scotland and was one of a series of 8000 machines! The decals are that of the Sphinx (aka Memphis) an Egyptian pattern. I find that extra cute, because I've always had a special bond with this gorgeous and ancient land.
Now I'm going to figure out which pattern I will use for the mini-quilt I'm going to make, to put under the needle, because - really - there should be a lovely little quilt on display with it, shouldn't you think? And a little basket with old wooden bobbins, an old pair of glasses (from mom-in-law) an some other old trinkets. OH! The old sewing basket that belonged to my mom in law would look lovely with it too! The ideas are starting to flow now.....
woensdag 15 april 2015
Finally SPRING has arrived in the Netherlands!! We had one good day last week, but promptly followed by an autumn-day.... Today I will open our gardendoors for the first time this year! Let's see how my furry babies will react to that.
These last four weeks were rather rough for me. All that time I fought an awful cold that just wouldn't go away - and still quite isn't - but since last weekend I have slept a little better and is my energy level improving accordingly. I can vaccuum the livingroom again without having to pause twice or going to faint.
I've also spend some time behind my sewing machine again and actually put together two of the first borders. It's a labor-intensive job for just an inch of border, but it's so much better than a plain one. Those are next and more than enough to my taste. Last week I cut all the fabric for the other borders and blocks and drawn the blocks for one of the other borders too. Those are a lot bigger with few pieces, so that will go a lot faster.
The rest of the time - when I spend all of my energy - I'm mostly at the table puzzling or reading. Last week I made a 1500 piece puzzle and now I'm working on a 1000 piece one. Henk and I usually puzzle together, but the ones I'm working on now have too many people in them and Henk doesn't like those anyway. The next one is for next week, has 2000 pieces and a lot of people too, so I will be working on that one alone too I'll guess.
And like that I'll conjure the days together, untill I have enough energy again to go out and do more. I haven't been outside the house for weeks now and it's starting to annoy me. I want to go out and drive our car, go away, do something. Just have to sleep a couple of nights a bit better and than I will, I hope....