Saturday, March 19, 2016

Vintage Sewing Caddy

This is from the 1950's and I have had it since I can not remember when. It is a rotating sewing caddy made by Westcraft Plastic which was in San Francisco. I keep some small spools of thread and in the shelf where the green arrow is, is my aunti Angies's tatting shuttle. It is broken but I must keep it for the memories. I found a few advertised on eBay and another site for selling ranging from $12 to $16...to me mine is priceless. It stands around 6 inches high and 8 inches long and 5 inches at it's widest point. I visited Tammy Black's blog and although my caddy is not in the same league as the lovelies she is showing, I just wanted to share my little one. Mr H and I enjoyed sitting outside for a couple of hours yesterday...had lunch and watched the birds flock to the Bottle Brush tree in front of our house...
It is really a pretty tree but shortly the blooms will start to fall and what a mess it makes. In the meantime we enjoy it as well as the birds. Along came a Gila Woodpecker...
who decided to perch on the side of a tall palm tree ....and then the bunny came out to snack on the grass
it was quite a busy courtyard, and at times it was very noisy too. I even managed to stitch...well, a few stitches, but it still counts. I think we have another egg but I will have to wait for Mr H to check as I am not tall enough to hold the mirror and anyway, Mama is in the nest. I guess that is about it my friends...so glad you stopped by. My stomach is asking for nourishment and I have a 9am appointment...so off I will go. Thank you for your friendship and kind words....have a wonderful day.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Progress and the number 3

I know this is why you are here...another egg bringing the count to 3. They are a light blue/green with little markings on them. Mr H and I are trying to limit the walking around the area when she is in the nest which is more than before. Once the plants under the shelf are watered we stay clear.  We are lucky there are a few ways to get around the yard and plants. I have been stitching....
I switch off from the SAL to the pin keep and do rest the hand in between. I think they may be stitched by the Monday....and then I can devote more time to the sewing table...
all the pieces are cut and ready for sewing.  The ironing board is up and the iron at ready...just need to fit it in. I seem to be easily distracted lately. A bit of dust in the attic I think.....well my friends, I am so lucky to have your friendship and thank you for the kind words. Have a wonderful day.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Nest update

Today we have...
I guess it will be one a day until she is ready to call it quits. I can see her little head poking up from the nest. We try not to scare her...we limit our walking on that path way as much as possible. Mr H and I sat outside for awhile but it was too warm and I think it did not help my allergies. I have never celebrated St Patrick's Day ... it was a no no in my Italian family! but I do wish those of you who do and are Irish...enjoy the celebration. I managed to get stitching done on both my projects...maybe tomorrow I will get to the project on my sewing table. Yesterday afternoon I went to get my hair cut short.... so it will hold me for a few months now. I think about letting it grow a little every now and again only to show up and tell Cheryl to just cut it....I have kept it short for so long now that it is hard to wear it any other way. When the heat arrives It feels real good off my neck. Anyway, that is about it...thought I should keep you updated on the Finch House. See you tomorrow....probably another egg. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Just have to share

Look...
we have an egg in the nest! There was lots of commotion earlier so after Mr & Mrs Finch left, Mr H used a mirror to peek...and so I could take a picture...an egg! How exciting....they can lay up to 5 eggs so we shall wait and see. If you enlarge the picture you will see a few piece of floss that I put out for her to take and she did. Top left, DMC 3041--lavender and  top right DMC 3687-- rosy pink....how lovely.  They are not around and I guess they do not have to stay with the nest yet....hopefully nothing will bother the egg. I have been stitching today on the Snowflower Diaries SAL. The rabbit is about finished. I thin I will switch and work on my pin keep. My sewing machine is waiting for me also. Oh...I think I hear them back in the yard....well if you are surprised to see a late in the day post from me...so am I...I just could not wait to show you! 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Construction update

If they think they are building a mansion, they are sadly off course. The House Finch couple are still adding to the nest....
now if you are thinking that it does not look too different from the last picture, you are correct, but it is the inside they are working on...the exterior is definitely shabby chic. By the time they move in..... in the meantime, I have started 2 construction projects---well, not exactly.
I am working on side 2 of the pin keep and just started April from the Snowflower Diaries SAL. Did not get as much accomplished yesterday due to sinus issues and a cat nap. Today seems promising. Did you remember to set your clocks ahead...
I always hated this practice...always fearful of not remembering and being late...of course now that I have no place to be early in the morning, I do not have to perform this task...So, if you are on the East Coast, we are now 3 hours apart.....note to family and friends in Rhode Island! Oh dear...I think I spoke too soon about the declining sinus issue.....if you will excuse me, thank you for your friendship and kind words, but I must sit with the tissue box...hope you have a good day.