Sunday, August 5, 2012

Coronation Year 1937 Sampler and More from the Markets

 This is a 1937 sampler with a story to tell . Eileen, a blog follower in America emailed me and told me it was on Craig's List in America which I think might be a bit like Gumtree here. I emailed the seller Sue, who was more than willing to sell to me. Lots of emails later and I had it in my possesion. When I removed the glued on cardboard backing I found the name and address of the stitcher on a piece of tape. Margaret Hood of Springvale rd Ayr Scotland. So this sampler has gone from Scotland to America and now has a happy home with me in Australia. I think Margaret might have stitched this as a school project. The sampler was donated to a church sale, didn't sell and Sue was selling it on Craig's List on behalf of her church. I must say thanks to Margaret, Eileen and Sue for this sampler I now have on my wall.
 Yesterday I went to my local flea market and bought NOTHING! Today I went a bit furthur to a much trendier market in a trendy little town with prices to match. Not much at the market but there is a shop in this town I love and the only place I know apart from ebay where I can buy Laurel Burch bags. Well I really really needed a new bag And now they sell Laurel Burch Scarves too. I admit I lost my head a bit but it is my birthday this week  so I bought both with hardly a glance at price tags.
 Some of the Laurel Burch bags I already have but these are getting a bit shabby and worn, that's why a new bag was a must. I am never seen out without a cat bag of some sort.
 Doll house furniture I bought at the market and cakes are a market must have. In the trendy town in the trendy newsagent I found a magazine I haven't seen before with more Jubilee souvenirs to make.
Best of all, at the same shop where I bought the bag and scarf I bought new scissors. I should have made more of a feature of these. They were expensive and a good made in Italy brand. I ruined all my cheap scissors cutting carpet for the dolls'house. These new ones must only be used for fabric and must be hidden from everyone including me. I tend to grab any scissors available and use in the garden, the kitchen or anywhere then wonder why they are blunt.

 The main highway goes right through this trendy little town and today hundreds of motor bikes went through while I was there. The roar of bikes was deafening and wave after wave of bikes kept coming. My photographic skills don't allow me to show more bikes, you will have to take my word that there were hundreds. Fun to watch even if a bit noisey.

 No one was rude to me today Charlotte, everyone at the markets and in the trendy town was out to have a good day in the sun. Even the trendy dogs, and there were a lot of those. But Charlotte will be ready to help me out with tips on how to deal with rude people should the need arise.


  1. Hello, glad to hear no one was rude to you today. Looks like you had a lot of shopping fun instead. You will feel so cheery going out and about with the lovely new cat bag and scarf.

    And what an interesting sampler story. Young Margaret Wood in Scotland could never imagine where her sewing would travel to. Lovely work.

  2. Sounds like you had a really nice day! Those cat bags and scarfs are so cute. How could a girl resist? I'm glad you bought yourself a birthday treat, good for you! Hope you treat yourself again on your birthday!

    Have a super week!
    xo Catherine

  3. Pleased that the much travelled sampler has found a very good home. Enjoy your birthday treats and buy yourself many more. I tend to hide scissors (and lots of other things) from myself without even trying. I am sure Charlotte would never be rude to people, maybe just a bit catty.

  4. What a trip around the world and now hanging on your wall ! Apparently you still have some room on the walls :) ! the bags are very much my taste too ! Lovely.

  5. Sounds like a good trip! I like the old building behind the bikes in the trendy town!

  6. All those delectable goodies, old and new! Your cat fabric is stunning!! I love brightly coloured fabrics, especially when it features kitties :-)