Monday, 16 March 2015

Bias Binding and Bunting

For my birthday (or was it Christmas?) my daughter gave me - amongst other things - some really pretty bunting which had been made from a vintage embroidered tablecloth.  It was lovely, but when I hung it up I didn't like the white tape that it had been sewn onto.

I knew I had some pretty bias binding somewhere, so I set about changing the white tape the other day.

Bunting - sewing on new bias binding

 I'm very pleased with the result.

Bunting with new bias binding

Friday, 6 March 2015

Don't Cry Over Spilt Milk

This cat didn't...

Cat tin - top view

I love this old tin - it shows a cat who has knocked over the bowl of milk.  It originally contained sweets of some sort - hence the words around the picture - 'Bonbons du Chat Gourmet' and 'Paris'.

I have discovered an old bill which seems to be from the same firm...

chat gourmet bill

...and is dated 1952.

If the tin is the same age (though it looks older) it would be 63 years old!

I wonder who bought it and who ate the sweets?

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Moving Things About

To accommodate the new sideboard I had to move a few things around.  I ended up with the cocktail cabinet in the kitchen and had to move or alter the position of a few pictures to do it...

Cocktail Cabinet in Kitchen

Just need to find some way of hiding the SFR box now!

Monday, 2 March 2015

A New Piece of Furniture!

I am now the proud owner of an Enfilade - or sideboard.  Also called a Buffet in both languages!

I found this in the big Maximum shop at Mailhac-sur-Benaize - here's a picture of it in my house...

New Sideboard 1

I'm guessing it comes from the 1940s or 50s, though I actually know nothing of its provenance.  Maybe even from the 1930s, judging from its cocktail cabinet centrepiece.

It is made of oak, so goes beautifully in its new home to the left of my oak stairs.

New Sideboard 2

Thursday, 19 February 2015

One Step Forward - Three Steps Back...

At least!

Sadly, I've had to unravel a large portion of Molly's cardigan...

Unravelling... I finally understand that there was an error in the pattern - or at least a poor explanation - and I should have been increasing differently in the body section.

If only the designer had answered my email, I might not have had to undo so much!

Still - onward and upward - I'm not giving in now!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015


Good Grief - is it Wednesday already?

Well, at least I've got something to show you.  I've been working on a cardigan for Molly, my granddaughter, but it's really hard to photograph...

Granny's Fav 1

It's actually a very pretty yarn - King Cole Galaxy - a rich aubergine in colour with sequins and very sparkly...

Very sparkly

The colour is a bit truer in the picture above. Do you have trouble getting the right colour in your photos?  It's the bane of my life, dealing largely with knitting and crochet, as I do.

The pattern is called Granny's Favourite by Georgie Hallam and it has been a bit of a pain to knit.  I find the written pattern very hard to follow and, failing to get a response from e-mailing the designer, I had to make assumptions and do my own thing on several occasions.

However, I think it will turn out all right in the end, and I think Molly will like it.  She chose the yarn in the first place, albeit a few years ago, cough, cough.

The cardigan is worked from the neck down, which I like very much and I have almost finished the body.  I'm hoping to get the sleeves done by the end of the week and post it off before she grows out of it!