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I Made Some Things

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I have been busy in my “sewing room”. First, I made a purse for myself :

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My Daughter’s Christmas Gift

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If you haven’t noticed, I sew; a lot. Like almost every day. It is a great hobby. Not only do I keep myself busy and learning new techniques, but I make things!

Recently, I made a couple of gifts for Christmas. One for my hubby, which I will write about later. Today, I want to write about my gift for my daughter. She has for years wanted a 1940’s style peignoir. I don’t do marabou, but I do work with silk and lace. So I made her a surprise robe.

Here it is:

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I Just Could not Leave Her Behind!

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A friend of mine is permanently relocating to another state. She had an Estate Sale recently and while I was browsing I spotted a sewing machine case on the driveway. The case was quite dirty and appeared to have been stored, probably in a shed, for quite a while. The price tag was $5.00. I peeked inside the case and the machine looked fairly clean. For five dollars, how could I leave such a pretty, unloved machine behind? After all she’s PINK!

 

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I brought her home, cleaned and oiled her, and found out that she runs just like new. Sadly, she has only one cam, but it is for the zigzag stitch, so I am happy about that. I can do all the fancy stitches I need on my Brother machines. My internet search tells me that she came into being around the late 80’s, but I cannot seem to find her serial number anywhere, not even on the Singer site. Oh well, she is pretty, runs well, and did I say it? PINK! (Oh, and I love the little heart drawn on the side of her base!)

If you know anything interesting about the Singer Merritt 2404, leave me a comment. I would love to learn more about her.

Until Next Time,

Toni

A Saturday Surprise

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I usually check on my gardens every morning. I am always on the lookout for marauding bugs, or plant issues. This time I was greeted by this:

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One of my strawberry plants has a blossom. Quite unexpected, since they are relatively new. I bought two 3″ pots on sale after Hurricane Irma. I brought them home and split each pot into two plants. Hopefully, the resulting four plants are the beginning of a border for one of my raised bed planters.

These are Quinault strawberries, the only plant available locally. From the plant propaganda it will be a hardy perennial that is everbearing, meaning that it may produce fruit from Spring through Fall. This year, I am not planning on harvesting any berries, I am much more interested in the plants producing new baby plants from their runners.

Have you grown Quinault strawberries?

Until next time

Toni