I had a wonderful surprise this week. Look who arrived all the way from Canada!
I'd really admired (ok - coveted!) the gorgeous folk art dragon my dear friend Shell of The Raspberry Rabbits had bought from the talented Deb Paxton, of Paxton Valley Folk Art.
Unbeknown to me, Shell ( who really is one of the loveliest people I know) had arranged for Deb to make me my very own Dieter! He arrived so beautifully packaged and with a sweet little Easter heart ornament from Deb. To say I was thrilled is an understatement!
Dieter's arrival was very timely - we've had a traumatic week as my new great niece and her mummy were both very poorly following the birth and have been in hospital all week. I'm really glad to say little Emily Alice and her mum are now both doing well now and came home yesterday - so Dieter is really doing his thing as a good luck dragon!
I had another bit of good fortune too - well done Dieter! I have my mum's old Singer machine, in its original case - but the key had sheared off in the lock and we couldn't get inside. One of my students brought her hand machine to my class and I was so envious! She very kindly asked her wonderful husband ( who is a practical whiz) if he could sort out the lock for me - and he did! When we opened the case the machine was in terrific condition. She was still well oiled and working perfectly (and this is the honest truth); she hasn't been used since 1968/9 when my mum got her first electric machine! We've polished her up and I'm stitching a cushion panel - and really enjoying it! For simple sewing, I just don't think you can beat these old machines- plus you can sew outside when it's warm too!
She's a Singer 28K made in 1939.She has this beautiful embossed plate on the back of the machine, which I love. Andy traced her through the serial number, and we found 20,000 of these machines were made just before WWII.
I wonder how our modern electric machines would fare if they had been packed away for 44 years? I suspect they may not react quite so well - and wonderful as they are, they don't really have the same charm, do they?
So I now have three machines - my mother would never believe it! This one is absolutely my favourite though and I'd never part with it.
I haven't had much time for practical creation this week - but our bird feeders continue to be in a frenzy of activity as spring approaches, so here's a quick sketch of a wren, which I hope to use later as part of a design.