Vintage “so ugly it’s cute”

Today was a fun day. I went to the local “Wallsend Winter Carnivale”, a long running street fair through the main thorough-fair of the next suburb over. I have been going for years, but this year I was in the parade as a NSW State Emergency Service volunteer…yay! This is me with my Mum:

Following the marching and the handing out of pamphlets and the smiling at excited kiddies, I stomped up and down the street in my big boots and did some serious shopping.And that’s when I found this:

For $3 I just couldn’t leave it there, though I certainly had mixed feelings about it. I absolutely hate orangey, 70s, wallpaperish, upholsteryish, florals. Yuck! I have always, always avoided such colours and designs. But this little piece was so clearly vintage (though I’m not certain from what era), and so “sewing history”, that I had to have it. It is now growing on me so I am wondering how I can work with it to make it my very own. I’d like to keep in fairly original so I am thinking I will just give it a good clean and make a little insert/divider for it. I don’t have a sewing box because no matter how cute the ones in store are I just can’t bring myself to pay $50 for essentially the same thing as this, made from less quality materials.

So welcome to my sewing world, little “so ugly it’s cute” box 🙂


PS: Anyone who can give me an idea of whether this is 60s, 70s or 80s, or even a possible manufacturer, will receive much love 😀


Adorable antique addition!

I found this lovely little piece on a Facebook  ‘for sale in local area’ page. A bargain at $20! It’s a child’s manual sewing machine from the 1950’s. It is solid metal and just fascinates me. Its not in great condition. The winder works and the needle bobs up and down but I don’t dare attempt to thread it as the bobbin area is very rusty. I don’t know if I will get it restored or leave as is but I am absolutely in love with it. It’s only about the height of a Coke can!


Sewing antiques and oddities

When I decided to start sewing I also finally had an excuse to start collecting something. I had been watching a lot of ‘Pawn Stars’ at the time and have always loved antiques, but had never picked a particular thing to collect. And you should never just collect any antique…hording is a mental illness! 😛

Anyways I was umming and ahhing over whether or not to get my Nanna’s old pinking shears sharpened, or to buy new ones. In the end I made the decision to keep them as the beginning of my sewing antiques and oddities collection, more for sentimental reasons than for their true value…they are probably not collectible at all.

Since then I have made two very cute purchases I am very happy with, I love unique pieces! They are a promotional mini sewing kit from the confectionary ‘Life Savers’ called ‘Stitch Savers’, and a quite old dress form pin cushion, with measuring tape in the base and a thimble affixed to the top.

I love these! The perfect beginning 🙂