Sunday, September 27, 2009

spider remembered

I remembered I had a very nice marcasite spider brooch and as I was going to a barbecue lunch at a friends house I wore the brooch in memory of my brave spider who met such a sad end in the bathtub. The vintage brooch was bought at a garage sale a couple of years ago for $1 and when I cleaned it up found it is hallmarked silver and is one of my best ever sale finds.


Here's Emily drinking her glass of water on the floor, normally she would jump on the sink to drink but I did not want to shock my lunch guests even though it was only family. There are 3 dishes of fresh water on the floor for my 2 girls but at the moment Emily prefers a glass. Tomorrow I must get back to my linens and royals-unless more spiders visit....


Charlotte has heard too late about those spider eating cats and is now on the lookout for a spider to taste, or perhaps she's heard about those American cats who use the toilet and don't need a litter tray. Must tell her to open the lid first.

spider's end

The spider has gone, won't go into detail about his sorry end but since the last sighting on Thursday night he had travelled across the house to the second bathroom and climbed into the spa bath. He looked worn out and it must have been hard going on only 7 legs so has been put out of his misery and Not by the cats, they have never heard of such a thing.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

spider update

The spider is on the move and now just outside bathroom door. Now I have a clearer run to the back door I wonder if I am brave enough to knock him/her into a bucket and throw bucket and spider out the door. Watch this space......

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

spider saga continued

Well I knew it had to be there somewhere. Just went into the bathroom to clean my teeth and THERE IT WAS, hiding above the small royal display on my bathroom wall. Charles and Diana towel and soaps from the royal wedding. This is a Royal household with 2 very Regal cats so either that spider goes or we do.
Just hope it hasn't used my toothbrush, to be continued........

my slippers and spider

Showing my slippers today to cheer myself up, I shouldn't have to tell anyone who they are and yes they fit and no I don't wear them.
The spider was in my shower all yesterday so could not use that shower, lucky I have 2 bathrooms, I don't like to use second shower as it is too hard to clean. Yes I know it's harmless etc. etc. and this one only seems to have 7 legs but that is still too many legs for me. Gone from the shower now but I still feel it could be somewhere in the house watching.
This morning the huge dust storm came, the worst for about 65 years and though the house was closed up red dust seeped in and everything is coated in red dust. All my collections will need to be washed, dusted or cleaned. Even the cats' beautiful white paws turned red just from walking on the floor before I had time to clean it. Charlotte did jump on me at 3.30am so perhaps she was trying to warn me something was wrong, well I ignored her, told her to have a sleep, maybe I should listen to her next time. Oh well back to cleaning and dusting.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Royal bears

My big ted is wearing a childs Royal Visit shirt. The shirt shows flags,crowns and shields saying ER and Royal Visit 1954 printed on it. Shirt is a bit faded and well worn but ted and I both love it. Bear on the left is from Buckingham Palace gift shop, bear on the right has a coronation commemorative vest 1953-2003.

Friday, September 18, 2009

cow parade

The only Royal cows from the cow parade range of china cows. The cow on the left is titled Bovingham Palace and the cow on the right celebrates the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Doll club win

First prize at doll club for my cup and saucer of the Queen when very young, shown on an earlier post. The 3 categories were, cup and saucer, a pair of doll shoes or Humphrey bear. I didn't have the shoes or H. bear but my very special cup and saucer won. Displayed now with 2 small coronation plates and a new addition to my collection, a beautiful GeorgeVI coronation cloth from 1937.

Friday, September 11, 2009

U.F.O. Alert

Here is an UnFinished Object I really want to finish but am being defeated by the hair and pearls. It's on 14 ct aida and all in sepia tones and only full crosses, no backstich, should be easy enough, but there are so many shades and just 1 stitch of so many colours I keep loosing my place. It's in the too hard basket for now. I do hope to finish it one day, it is of course Princess Diana.

Golden Jubilee Sampler

Cross stitched by me from a pattern bought from the U.K, this sampler was fun to stitch and didn't take too long to finish. Looks like a stamp and shows a corgi and a horse, Windsor casle and the yacht Brittania, all representing things loved by the Queen and of course that GOLD COACH loved by me.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tennis Apron

Click on the picture to see the intricate stitching on this hand embroidered apron from my collection. Apron shows a bit of wear so I am pleased someone wore and enjoyed the apron before it ended up with me.

Monday, September 7, 2009

wardrobe experiment

I saw this idea on another blog, wish I could find that blog again. Like the idea of turning a mirrored wardrobe into a window with some curtains, if I find more royal fabric I will change the floral look to that or maybe have another look at my stash of cat fabrics. The smaller of my 2 doll houses is pictured sitting on a coronation cloth. Does anyone have an opion on this wardrobe idea or have I gone too far this time?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Charles Diana and William

Arrived today - my latest ebay purchase, the teapot milk jug and sugar bowl commemorating the birth of Prince William in 1982. The tapestry above is from an engagement picture of C and D and the edge around the shelf is fabric from THE wedding,I also have some of the same fabric in red which I made into curtains for my Diana room. Love Prince William but have yet to make up my mind about Kate.

Harbour Bridge Apron

Apron stitched in 1932 as a souvenir of the opening of the Sydney harbour bridge. Another never worn apron, just stored for years till it ended up in my collection.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Princess Diana

Sampler cross stitched by me from a magazine pattern. The edge is worked in gold thread and there are five different pinks in the roses so I was pleased to get it finished. Kensington Palace, Diana's home is pictured.