Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Treasures Bestowed Upon Me!

My Sister and Brother-In-Law are cleaning out and getting rid of stuff they no longer want. I was the lucky recipient of two sewing machines and lots of little treasures that were in the drawers of one of the machines. This first machine was my BIL's grandmother's. I really need to clean the wooden cabinet some, but really I love it as is. The treasures on top were in the drawers. I have some close up pictures below. I felt like a kid in a toy store at Christmas time when I opened those drawers! I haven't tried the machines to see if they still work, but I really don't care. This one is in the little area between our kitchen and family room and adds so nicely to that corner.

The next machine belonged to my husband's grandmother and had been thrown out into the ditch! Literally! It was rescued and ultimately has become mine. The top of the cabinet is missing, but, hey, who cares? It's very pretty sitting at the end of my hallway underneath the display of old family pictures. I learned to sew on a treadle machine and so having these brings back memories.

Here is a collection of scissors, etc.. that were in one drawer.

Look at these packages of needles!!!! And the measuring tapes! I remember when my grandfather had a hardware/farmer's supply store, he sold needles in those cylindrical wooden containers. His were in a big round tin that had a handle on the top. You would turn the handle until it lined up with the size of needles you wanted, then you opened the little door and got out your wooden cylinder of needles. I loved playing with that pin tin. Ha! Ha! Maybe that's why I
have a collection of tins that would blow your mind now!

Then, last but not least, look at these vintage buttons!!! I love buttons. I saw on this blog, DJ Storeroom, where these buttons make great bracelets.


Flamingo K said...

OH MY! What a lucky lucky girl you are! Looks like so much fun.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

You hit the jackpot and I am so happy for you. Don't you just love sewing stuff?

window dressing said...

Oh, Julia!!! You are so lucky. I am glad that these beautiful machines have found their way to your home. They should be with someone who truly appreciates their value. I guess that whoever threw them out had no use for sewing! Which was better getting the machines or the little treasures inside? Love the scissors.

Trudy Callan said...

It's amazing what some people will throw away. Well, fortunately, these things found a home with you.

gwensews said...

Wow Julia! Good for you! You must be having fun with all of these new toys and treasures! I'm happy for you.

Tonya's Sewing Room said...

WOW for you. I can't remember if you commented on my post several days ago about a machine like your first one you posted, and he wanted me to pay over $200 for it.

Tanya said...

Awesome finds, love the machines and that button stash. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Lisa H. said...

Wow! What wonderful treasures. Are you going to display your scissors as part of your sewing area decor?

Jackie said...

How lucky you are to have those heirloom sewing machines! I would have loved to have my grandmothers and like you, I would not even care if it actually worked!

Maja said...

Oh, what a coincidence. We were both given wonderful gifts! I love yours too.

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

I have a sewing machine just like the one in your first picture. The finish on it is just a little lighter than yours. It belonged to my grandmother.

Thanks for sharing!

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