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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Home Again, Home Again, Jigity Jig

I've been off on another short trip.  Well if you call 400 miles there and 400 miles back short.  I went to my sister's for a few days, first of all because I love her, :)   and second because I love my aunt.  :)

I think I might have told you that my aunt, who is almost 75 and is totally blind, has moved in with my sister.  My aunt just retired.  Yes, you read that right.  She has worked her whole life and ran her own business most of that time.  She also managed some rental property she had.  She can run circles around me!  We unpacked boxes, visited, ate, and unpacked more boxes.

And how lucky was I....I unpacked the box that held this basket, which belonged to my grandmother and her mother before her.  It's a sewing basket and I grabbed it!

It's really okay that I got it and my sister didn't because she has our mother's sewing basket.  I mean really, I should have one and her one, right?  Besides I found it first and hid it under my shirt.  Not really.  But I would have if I'd had to.  :)

My aunt also sent me home with a barely used Ninja (blender, etc. ?).  Do you have one?  If so, please e-mail me and tell me how you use it.  I know it's supposed to be wonderful but exactly why?

And here's my most important question.  I need a cutting mat 24 x 48.  No store I've tried carries one that large.  Looking online boggles my mind because there are different kinds, different stores, etc.  I know I can cut it down if it's a little larger than that but have any of you bought one online?  If so, from whom?
Looking for answers!


22 comments:

gpc said...

Beautiful basket! I have a ninja, the blades screw into the cups or pitcher, then you place them into the unit and hold down until it's blended to your satisfaction. I use mine to make my soups smooth (not when they are too hot! be careful!), to make smoothies, and to turn frozen fruit and milk (no sugar) into 'ice cream' that I don't feel guilty about! Also to make pesto. :)

Ray and Jeanne said...

What a gorgeous basket - I would have fought you for it! lol. I buy my mats from Martelli. I just bought a 30 X 60 not long ago. I always wait for there 50% off sales. Not sure what other sizes they have. Good Luck! ~Jeanne

Sheila said...

Love your new sewing basket. I think we need to see what kind of goodies were left inside? :)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

It's so wonderful to have something of someone who is so special to you. It's gorgeous.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Do a google search of that size mat - there are several companies, so do a little comparison shopping. My SIL did this not too long ago for a studio mat and got a steal!! I got my 24 x 36 mat when our WalMart did away with their whole fabric/crafting depts. Love your sweet basket - an heirloom treasure, that yes, should be with you.

tisme said...

I love your basket and what a wonderful heirloom to hold onto. I bought my hubby a ninja, he makes frozen margaritas.

Lesley said...

Oh...you have a little treasure there! My mom has a small sewing basket that is very similar!

Julie Fukuda said...

Darling little basket! I love old stuff and this is an age where old is out and new is in, at least it Japan. I wonder which granddaughter will even want my sewing box.

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

I bet you were close by to?

Lol

Love the basket and the fact you hid it under your shirt!

Vickie said...

I have my Mom's sewing basket that looks a whole lot like yours.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

What a treasure that beautiful sewing basket is, lucky you! I have searched online and am coming up short finding a mat with those specific dimensions, sorry! :(

ga447 said...

Love your new treasure and the best is from family.

Doniene said...

What a treasure!!! Bravo for you!!!

Can't really help you on the mat nor the Ninja blender!??? Let us know what you find out! I've read the previous comments - but would like to know if you have used it yet!

Blessings

FlourishingPalms said...

Neat that you visited your sister and aunt. Unfortunately, my sis doesn't like me that much (won't come an visit since we moved), so I never get to share such a wonderful experience. Glad you got the sewing basket and the Ninja, which I have heard about. I have an Omega Vert juicer, but I don't think that's the same thing. As for a cutting mat. Just have your husband accidentally break yours, like mine did. Then you can cut it into pieces whatever size you want, like I did!

Needled Mom said...

That basket is stunning! I'm glad that you grabbed it!!!

Sowing Stitches said...

I would be lost without my Ninja! I use it constantly!!!!
Sauces, salsas, smoothies, ground nuts, slushies, batter, puddings....
I confess....I've even used it to make Gluten Free Brownies... :)
Go to their website they have loads of information!!!
http://www.ninjakitchen.com/index.shtml

Gail said...

Beautiful sewing basket, the best kind, with memories.

I might try home supply and look for a construction material that may be just what you want. You could add your own lines.

Tammy said...

I love my Ninja. It is several years old. I use it almost every day and have about worn the blades dull.

Belinda said...

Never heard of Ninja... :P
Love your little basket!! I inherited my Mom's wooden sewing box. And a couple of months ago, my husband's aunt gave me his grandmother's sewing box. It's full of cool stuff, and I am leaving it totally as it is. Not going to use any of the stuff because that's what makes is even more special!

Cathy said...

Beautiful basket! How wonderful to have something so special. I have my father in law`s favorite cookbook. He passed a long time ago, yet he is always with us.

Michele said...

My mat came from Joanns. I believe it is a Fiskars brand. The bigger stores carry it that size, the smaller ones don't but you can order it online; I'd wait for a free shipping sale and use a coupon.

Carrie P. said...

great basket.
funny how we used a similar title for our blog posts. Great minds? LOL