Tuesday, January 20, 2015
It's Morning On The Lake
This was the view this morning out my bedroom window. Seeing this as I sit and do some Bible study is such a joy. Only God could create such beautiful colors.
I spent 5 days last week helping my daughter and son-in-law clean out his parents house. Both of them have passed away in the last year; they left behind a huge house - huge - filled with lots of interesting things. They both had hobbies that took a lot of space. His father loved model trains and had a big room filled with tracks and trains. His mother was a crafter and did pretty much everything. She loved ceramics and had 4 kilns. She had tons of molds and both finished and unfinished pieces. She collected dolls and made dolls. She did needlepoint and counted cross stitch and knitted. I didn't know her but I think she must also have enjoyed yard sales and auctions. We found this Japanes made toy sewing machine (WWII era) with a price tag of $8 on it. It's pretty dirty but the hand crank still moves.
I cleaned it up a bit today ( this is a before picture) and did a little research on it. I didn't find much but I'm going to take it to the shop later this week to have a belt put on and see if I can figure out how to thread it and what kind of needle to use.
We also found a few interesting magazines - at least interesting to stitchers.
I couldn't find much information on this magazine either. It's called The Designer and is dated January 1900. It shows patterns inside and has other articles of interest to ladies - horticulture for instance. We also found a Butterick pattern book from 1925.
I've gained some new to me counted cross stitch books along with some more embroidery thread. Since I found a going-out-of-business sale last year I now have about 3/4 of all the DMC threads and multiples of many.
One of the things I learned from helping out with the closing of this home is that I need to do some more serious downsizing! I don't want my children to be left wondering what might be worthy of keeping and what can be given away. My advice to you and to me as well is label, label, label. If it belonged to great-grandma Mary - put a label on it. We know to do that with quilts but do it with everything else - dishes, jewelry, photos. Your children will bless you for it!