Saturday, March 6, 2010

Look what I found today...

A neighborhood nearby held a community garage sale today. My husband and I got up early, and we were the second car through the gate. At either the first or second house we stopped at, I spied this old sewing machine. Actually, I saw an old spinning wheel first, and the cabinet was behind it. I cackled with glee when I saw that it was marked $60.00. I have seen these go for much more and in worse condition. Other than a few minor scratches on the top, it's in great shape. The gold filigree is very pretty, and the drawer pulls are original. I don't know if you can see it, but I love the built in ruler across the front. The machine will sew, but it needs a little work first. I doubt if I'd ever use it though, as I'm partial to my Kenmore. It now has a home in my craft room. I thought it needed an old quilt and some sewing notions to add to the interest. It would look wonderful with lots of Blackbird's pin cushions in a basket. I've only the one done, so I need to get busy.

This week found me organizing my craft room and fibers. I've tried several different things, but these photo boxes work best for me. After printing off labels for Floss-A-Way bags, each type got their own box, for example, all the NPI is in the black boxes, Sampler, Weeks, and Crescent Colors, are in the red, and the green holds misc fibers. It will work until I come across an old Coats and Clark spool chest.

Awhile back I mentioned that I had started a sampler wall in my room. I can't get a good picture because I have a large window that lets in too much light, but you'll get the idea. They are hanging over the table above.

This is my desk area where a closet used to be. I forgot to take a picture of my work table, so I'll save that for the next post.

I think I've showed the bookcase wall before, but it recently got a make-over, too. You gotta love Ikea storage boxes. The room is small, but it's cozy, and it's filled with things I love. I probably spend more time in here than any other room.

It would be a nice chair to curl up in and stitch or read, but it's rarely unoccupied. Ruby and Scarlett decided it was their chair long ago. I'm sure it won't be long before Henry joins them.

30 comments:

Laurie in Iowa said...

Woot Woot.... what an awesome score... great old Singer machine and a beautiful cabinet too...YGG.

Thanks for taking us on a tour of your crafting areas... it all looks so marvelous... and the sampler wall is fabulous.

I wish Henry and the girls were in one of your snaps... maybe next time.

TFS

Glenna said...

Oh my, I'd have about peed myself over that sewing machine and cabinet! Your room is lovely, and I blew up the pictures to look at all the samplers.

FayeRaye said...

Love the old sewing machine...What an awesome find!!! And, I like the boxes holding the flosses....I have been researching ALOT on how to get my flosses better organized...I like your idea....Nice.

Catherine said...

What a find! It looks fabulous in your room! And that room - wonderful - especially your sampler wall!

Margaret said...

Wow! $60 for that sewing machine/cabinet?! What a deal! It's beautiful! Good for you! I love seeing your craft room. Those photo boxes are a good idea for your floss. Maybe I should do that too. My floss stash is out of control at this point. lol!

Elizabeth said...

I absolutely LOVE the sewing machine you found. My grandmother had a great one in their old house and I wish I had appreciated something like that before they had to down size and sold it :( What a great deal you were able to get as well... I too have seen many banged all to pieces and the sellers wanting outrageous prices for them.

Alice said...

She's a beauty! What a bargain. I also love the old sewing machine's with their cabinets. Great sampler wall in your craft room and needless to say, everything is perfectly organised. I am still looking for the perfect way to arrange my floss. I do believe a stand, like in the craft shops, with all the numbers organised, would make my life so much easier. One can dream right? ; )
Alice

Sherry said...

Yea for you on getting a treadle machine! I love mine and paid the very same amount for it. Your sampler wall is lovely! Great idea about the boxes. I am always on the prowl for storage ideas.

Kellie said...

That sewing machine is gorgeous! And that is a great price! I inherited my great grandmothers' machine almost exactly like that one. The drawers were filled with sewing notions including some handmade crochet hooks. :) The machine is one of my most prized possessions. I love the sewing notions that you put on top of yours. Beautiful.

And I love your room and your sampler wall. Gorgeous!!

Katrina said...

Great find, the sewing machine is so cool and I love how you decorated it. Your stitching room is amazing :-).

Cari-in-VA said...

Wow, what an amazing find - the cabinet is just a lovely and what a great price!

Thanks for the tour of your crafting room - I love your storage boxes - yes, IKEA is a great place to shop.

Your sampler wall is just beautiful - what gorgeous work. I need to get on the ball and take some things to the framer.

Enjoy your Sunday.

Susan said...

What a nice room and wonderful sampler wall! Happy! Happy!
I like your IKEA wall too.

Happy Stitching!

Brigitte said...

The sewing machine and cabinat are a wonderful find. And you are really lucky with the price. Here these old machines in such a great shape go for much more.
I love your sampler wall, it looks fantastic.

Sylvia said...

Lovely, both the Singer & your room. Lucky you for having cozy room all to yourself. Thanks for sharing.

Siobhan said...

What a cozy room, Tanya! I loved my tour. Congrats on the sewing machine score!

Dianne said...

Oh my goodness, what a fantastic find! I'm jealous... I love IKEA storage! And the Billy shelves. We have them in two rooms in our house...and lots of those boxes. If only they could figure out a way that I didn't have to punch out all of the holes when putting the boxes together :)

Deb said...

What a fantastic score Tanya!! The table looks just beautiful! And the old sewing machine is wonderful too - I just love those things. You store a lot of your flosses as I do. There is nothing better than those boxes for all the threads I have except for my DMCs - those are in drawers. Your room looks lovely and it's too bad you don't get much time to spend time in your chair. Looks like the perfect place to read or stitch!

Robin said...

WOW!!! what a great find. I have one almost identical that was my grandmother's. I feel so honored and lucky to have hers. I don't use it either and it's not in my craft room; it's so dang heavy, DH won't even attempt to move it upstairs :-) but I still enjoy it tremendously. love your craft room....it's amazing!

Bertie said...

A gorgeous sewingmachine Tanya, love the filigree and drawer pulls, you have lovely organised rooms too!!

Melissa said...

Wow, what a great find that sewing machine. Beautiful! You've made me green with envy.

Your sampler wall looks lovely!

Nicole said...
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Nicole said...

Oops - accidentally deleted my comment. Great find Tanya and beautiful room! Love it all!! :)

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Awesome sewing machine and cabinet find! I've got one that belonged to my great aunt and another that I got at a garage sale. I love them - yours is beautiful and it would look great with BBD pinkeeps!

Love the tour of your crafting area! You're so organized and everything looks great! And oh, your sampler wall - gorgeous!

Karoline said...

What a great find, it's a gorgeous old machine. Thanks for the tour of your stitching room it looks lovely and I love your sampler wall

woolwoman said...

loved taking a peek into your cozy room Tanya - it was great! OOOOHHHH the sampler wall - gorgeous and WOW what a deal on that lovely sewing machine - you are so lucky to be at the right place at the right time. Kick those girls out of that lovely chair - you deserve equal time ! Mel

Michelle said...

Oh wow! What a find!!! Did the spinning wheel come home with you too? Love the way you've put the quilts and thread on it in your room. And your room is wonderful! I need a little nook like that!

Mare said...

A beautiful machine and cozy room. Love your storage system.

Michelle said...

What a great find! Love the tour and your sampler wall is fantastic!

Hope you get to curl up with a good book soon..

MyLifesAStitch said...

Awesome find!! YGG!!! The cabinet it is in is sooo pretty!

I must confess - I enlarged each pic, drooled over the samplers, nosily read all the book titles I could, took a close look at the pretties on your desk, and imagined myself sitting in that fantastic chair with a nice cup of Earl Grey, reading a book.

Wonderful space, Tanya!!

Suzanne said...

I love your sewing machine, what a great find. I really need to start organising my threads a little better than they are now. Your method looks like a great idea.

I love your sampler wall.