Today I visited my favourite Church Fete that I’ve mentioned a few times before and we always seem to bring home a few treasures. This time my favourite white elephant stall was down a bit on stock compared to previous years, but I still found a couple of things.
I have a few vintage egg cups and I love gollies, so was rather excited when I spotted this one.
The other two items are just because they were cute. I think the acorn would have originally been a sugar bowl with a lid and handle.
I was also a little excited when I spied these moulds. I don’t collect jelly moulds, but seem to be getting quite a few lately.
I also picked up a few tatted doilies. There were six that matched, but in different sizes. It isn’t often that you see tatting. I couldn’t leave the lovely old tracing wheel (I already have a couple) and old curling irons are quite an unusual find. Don’t ask me what I’ll do with them, because I’ve no idea.
This diary was on the book stall. I missed out on seeing the textiles section of the V & A while in London (it is being relocated to another building and won’t reopen until 2013 – very disappointing) so at least I can have a look at some of the items in here.
So, while I’m doing a bit of show and tell, I’ll share my finds from our trip to Goondiwindi.
I found this little sandwich tray doiley at a country op shop. It is in lovely condition, so I am thrilled with it. I wonder if the lady who made it designed it herself, as the bottom writing is off centre. It just adds to the charm.
The following items were found in “Upcycled” at Bingara. I know! Another jelly mould and a cute cake tin. The tiny spinning wheel pencil sharpener is for my Dad, seeing as he spins and is the Mr Fixit for spinning wheels around here. The final item had me intrigued. It was sitting on an old timber ironing board with a flat iron sitting on top of it. I don’t know if it was designed as a mat for an iron, or just as a teapot stand. It is a lovely old “make do and mend” item. See the little bit of frayed edge.
Now look closer. What a clever idea. It is quite old, as I pulled the bottle top out and it was for Leeds lemonade – remember that? Not only is it an old variety, the lid is lined with cork. I can’t remember that style of lid, so it is old. It appears to be constructed by making individual bottle top covers and then sewing them together. The back then has a triangular crocheted panel sewn to the top.
I couldn’t believe it, when on the way home we called into a little craft shop and there was a bunch of grapes on the wall made using the exact same technique, but with thinner crochet thread and a felt backing. To have never seen the technique and then to see it twice on the same weekend is quite amazing. I’m glad I found the old version.
Back on the home front, Mick has started slashing our paddock today. We don’t have any sheep on the place at the moment to keep the grass down, so we need to reduce the fire risk for the summer.
We don’t have a tractor, so he has the use of one neighbour’s tractor and another’s slasher. We are lucky to have such wonderful neighbours. He will be at it for quite a few hours to get it all done, but we will both be much happier when the job is completed.
With the better season we are also seeing a much greater number of kangaroos. Whereas, for most of the time we have been here we occasionally saw them in the paddock, and if so, a family of four. Now it is unusual not to see them when in the car and the family has grown to six, and quite often we see several more and usually some joeys in amongst them. Yesterday, they seemed quite happy to sit in next door’s paddock and have their photo taken.
The one on the right doesn’t look all that big in the photo, but when he sits right up he would be well over six feet tall. He is a big powerful looking fellow.
The only downside to all the roos around is that they often on the road and being hit. Not a good outcome for the cars or roos.
I’ve no sewing to show, but I have made a bit of a start on the SSCS projects. Once I decided what to make it was so much easier to get going on it.