Monday, September 8, 2014

It happened again!

Yep, I did it again. 

I bought another singer machine. 

I had no intention of buying another one, well maybe kind of.

Here's my story and I'm sticking to it. On Craigslist Sunday evening there were two Singer sewing machines advertised. One was a 1913 Red eye in treadle cabinet (very nice) and an older fiddle base singer.  

I really didn't think I wanted or need them. So I sent the listing to my friend Phil. He said he'd like to have the Red Eye for a price, so I replied to the seller and made an offer. 

Monday morning I got a reply, from the seller that he wanted to sell them and would take a bit less than what he had them listed.  I replied, asking if we could come by after grandparent day activities at school. 

Donuts with Lizzie and an art project, 2014!!


 Here she is!  It's an 1874 Singer model 12. It's a beauty! It's MINE!




 (See the shape of the body?, thus the fiddle name)

In the drawer I found the original paper/booklet. I also found papers indicting that the machine was owned by the Wunderlich family from Osage City, Missouri (about 15 miles from my home)

 The nice gentleman also gave us some spare bobbins in the old cough lozenges box.

He had both the original drawer key and the coffin top key and the tool to work on it. 

Claude (the fine gentleman who was the seller) is a quilter too. He had collected old machines but it was now time to reduce his inventory. We came at a good time. I told him the red eye would be working in the Amish community. He then asked if we would be interested in a spare treadle base. 


 This is the cabinet the red eye was in.

He then carried this singer 15-91 (A real great quilting machine) up from the basement.

After loading 3 cabinets and 3 machines we were out of there.

I set the 1874 machine in my living room. Beside it I set the blacksmith's grandmother Martha's sewing rocker.
Martha was born in 1894, so this is probably something like what she might have sewn on.


I sometimes do pass on great things. Below are several pictures from an auction we went to Sunday. It was cast iron heaven. There were so many unique pans there. But not the one I needed, a Wagner #11 skillet, so we left.






We came home to work on this tree. . . instead of a good auction.

Life is good.

Monday, August 18, 2014

It's been a busy summer

I am such a bad blogger!  (As pointed out by my daughter today.) Those of you who are friends with me on facebook have seen some of these pictures. Some days it's just much quicker and easier to post on FB and not blog. Do you feel that way too?  

I want to stay blogging for the grandkids, someday they can go back and read my journal.

On to the present . . . the last week of July the blacksmith and I headed to Florida to see the youngest grandson. Oh yes we did go to see his parents too. 

Connor loved his grandpa, he was always computing with him too. 


One day we went to a local nursery that had a butterfly garden. 












Someone was not impressed with the butterflies!

Keep in mind when you watch this video, Connor is only 19 months old. He can turn on any phone, I Pod, I Pad and flip through for his apps and play for hours.

I went to Target and found him his new life jacket. He instantly took to the water. The jacket is Puddle jumper brand. 

Saturday morning we drove to Winter Park, Florida for farmers market. It was fun to see the different plants, fruits, and vegetables from what's offered in Missouri. 





 Grandpa and Connor got to do some train watching while we shopped.




Once again, Connor snuggles as close to Grandpa as possible to watch TV, probably Mickey Mouse.


One day we went to Mount Dora, Florida to visit with a blacksmith friend. Little did we know they live on a horse farm. 
 Here the blacksmiths show off their legs next to Kirk's pink Little Giant trip hammer. 


 The horse was not near as intimidating as those little butterflies were. 


 Some days it rained! 

Grandpa and Connor took lots of walks up and down the street, and up and down the street again, occasionally sitting down for a rest. 


I thought I was going to get a picture for my refrigerator, but that didn't happen. 


Once again, Grandpa has Connor! We can't wait to see you soon Connor, oh and your mom and dad too.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Battling for Bradley





On June 14, the Blacksmith's great-nephew, turned 15. Two days later he got his driving permit. 

One month later, Bradley is driving the hardest road he will ever travel. He was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, stage 4. 

The extended family has banded together to help him and his family in any way we can. There is a Carebridge site set up under" Battling for Bradley". The Facebook page is "Battling for Bradley Fundraising Group". 


Life is not fair sometimes. Please add Bradley to your prayer list. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It was a busy week.

Our church had their annual parish picnic on Sunday.


On Thursday we helped roast 1100 pounds of beef . . . for 11 hours, we worked off and on at church.

Friday we weren't able to help, due to previous commitments. However before we left Thursday evening, we had the roasting pans ready to do another 500 pounds of beef the next day.

Groceries were delivered.

The shiny new stoves were ready to roast the beef.

There were groceries every where. When you serve 3000 plus people it takes lots of food.

We left town early Friday morning for Hamilton, Missouri. 

We were there for a BAM meeting and would be staying with our good friends Phil and Margie.

After a quick lunch with them, the guys headed to the blacksmith shop, and Marge and I went to town. 

There she would show me all the new shops that Missouri Star Quilt Company had opened. We first drove by their new huge warehouse. 

After stopping in  their original store, we stopped in their new retreat building. 

The bedrooms all feature beautiful quilts (with the pattern attached) adorning the walls. Like me, you may wonder why not on the beds. Well, health rules call for the quilts to be laundered after each guest. So instead of washing the quilts to pieces, they use duvet covers in all white and feature the quilts on the walls. The rooms have many combinations of beds, from multiple twins, doubles, or a combination. Rooms sleep anywhere from 2-5. 

Each room has it's own sink with many individual bathrooms at the end of the hall.

This was fun to figure out how the black block was pieced. Once you see it up close, it's pretty easy. Piece a 7 or 8 inch block and add a triangle in black to the corner!

I loved this scrappy quilt. I'm sure it was made from a jelly roll or charm pack.


This is a view of the working area on the first floor. I must say it was well lighted. Guests are welcome to use the kitchen there too. 

This is their "solids" store. It is the refurbished J. C. Penney store. Did you know that 
J. C. Penney lived in Hamilton?

It's hard to imagine that many solid colors! I did not get pictures of the other shops which included a civil war fabric store, seasonal fabric store, and soon to open the Batik store. They are also remodeling a building for their new restaurant, Blue Sage. 

After visiting all 5 shops, we stopped for an ice cream. My choice was coffee, Margie had cherry.

Saturday was the BAM (Blacksmith Association of Missouri) meeting, 87 were present!  It's always great to visit with everyone. To read more about the day check it out here

Life is Good!