I am sorry that I have left you abandoned and alone for so long!
I have been busy.
There has been a little bit of helping some of the youngsters (including the youngest and cutest member of the family)...
... move into their new house, which strangely and completely coincidentally you have already seen as I took a snap of it when I was looking at nice front doors, gates and paths. It is number thirteen. They have named it 'Lucky'. It is a lovely house and we hope they will all be enormously happy there!
There has been 'Vintage' at Farnham Maltings.
We - that's me and my new assistant, Miss U-t-B - had a great day, though we were right by a door and it was a wee bit nippy that day!
I wore the dress I'd made, and those sandals I was waxing lyrical about a few weeks back.
I can now declare them the most comfy, presentable looking footwear I have ever owned!
I had bought a 1940s hat on ebay to try and complete the look, but once it arrived, it became clear that it and my head/face were not a match made in heaven, so I tried to sell it instead!
Since then, there has been a bit more work on the garden next door (the fence now being complete and another area cleared, ready to plant up); several days in school having fun with the Year 3s and 4s (which continue this week too) being amazed by their ability to soak up new language; and a couple of car boot sales, one helping my Mum sell stuff, one buying.
And look what I found!
A fabulous old typewriter, with a little inkiness left in its ribbon. I nearly died lugging this across the muddy fields of Guildford! But it was worth it, even if I do seem to have bruised my hand with its enormous weight...
It was rather grubby, but some TLC and WD40 worked wonders.
The rest of the haul was pretty good too.
There was a book of retro knitting patterns.
Dare I knit these trousers for Sophia?
But I do rather like this sweet dress (though maybe made a little longer)...
I won't be going the trouble of knitting this ensemble either, though I do admire the way the cream, brown and orange of the outfit complements the colours of the roll-along duck.
My Mum gave me this unusual necklace, as she thought it would go rather well with my 'vintage' dress on its next outing.
There were more bargain, damaged Ladybird books, to turn into bunting (Mrs Cheese - I haven't forgotten!)...
This cute little chap is a pepper pot. I think his rather forlorn look may well be because he has lost his young lady. Awww! And he has flowers for her too!
In a similar Dutch vein, I couldn't resist this guy, with his voluminous bloomers.
Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'thunder thighs'!
From my Mum's stall was this frosted glass dish, whilst the glass jug with sweet flower transfers and gilt edge was a bargain at 30p from a different stall.
I have one of these tins already, which I thought was old. But this one is in such good condition, I think they must have been reproduced, and the one I already have just had a tough life.
Some more frosted glass found its way home...
And a sweet little rosy teaset, along with a basket that has lost its handle...
Another thing I couldn't resist from my Mum's stall...
And a set of shot glasses from the stall where I stumbled upon the typewriter.
Last, but not least, a little wooden tray with fold-up legs. The peculiar corn decoration is on its way out already, and a coat of Annie Sloan paint, plus a revamped top surface is planned.
We have a French university student coming to stay for a month-and-a-half on Sunday, so my sewing room, which is really the spare bedroom, needs quite a bit of packing up and re-siting, to allow her somewhere reasonable to rest her weary head. It will take a bit of doing (especially as I need to be able to sew somewhere in the meantime), but it will be a useful opportunity to re-organise and tidy. If you do not hear from me again, just picture me buried under a heap of fabric, lace, ribbon and other notions, and you'll probably be right...
I do so hope I can be more attentive to your needs very soon, little blog, and more importantly, that time will appear in my days to visit my bloggy friends, who I have been missing...