Posted by thedarwinexception on October 6, 2007
So I got my birthday present today from Paul – I know, my birthday isn’t until next Saturday, but I got the present today because Paul said he didn’t have anywhere to stash it where it wouldn’t get damaged. He said all of his friends have cats, and he didn’t want to store it at anyone’s house with a cat, since the cat might use it as a scratching post.
But let me ask ya – does my husband have good taste or what??? And does he know what I would LOVE, or what??? Sometimes he just downright amazes me. Just when you think that the guy hasn’t got a fucking clue and wouldn’t be able to pick me out of a crowd, he comes up with something like this and you just go “Fuck, maybe the guy does pay attention a LITTLE bit.”
So – let me describe this thing to you.
Picture a wooden suitcase, on it’s side – about three feet tall, and made of wood, standing on legs. The outside is covered in a vintage cotton print, pink with red roses.
There’s an old hook and eye that keeps it closed if you want it closed, and old brass handles on the top in case you have the strength to carry it (I don’t – it’s *heavy*).
Then, for the best part, we unlatch the hook and eye, and swing the thing open to reveal the extraordinary contents inside:
Yes, it is chock full of OLD – or, as they say on eBay, VINTAGE – sewing implements, tools, thread, thimbles and accessories, old patterns, old wooden spools of thread, old darning eggs, old scissors, old lace and trims, old wooden shoe forms, old measuring tapes and bakelite buttons – it’s absolutely incredible.
Look at some of the shelves and the old nails hammered into the wood to hold the old spools of thread. Extraordinary.
This is the old brass measuring tape – this thing is HUGE – like 4 inches across. It’s positively awesome. Those pockets that line the sides of the box are just full of old (vintage) stuff. Needles in their original advertising paper cases, old detailed boxes full of buttons, thimbles, porcelain, plastic and metal. Even one sterling silver thimble.
This is one of the old wooden darning forms. There are three of these in different sizes and an old wooden darning egg.
These are some of the old wooden spools of thread – see how the nails are in there to hold the spools?
There are old patterns in the pockets on the second row, and dowels to hold the crochet cotton spools. There are also some old quilting templates in the pockets, and lots of old traced pattern pieces and more fabric measuring tapes.
I like the old (vintage) embroidery hoops and old advertising packs of needles and elastic.
More old patterns and wooden thread spools.
Old scissors, more darning forms and the jars on top are filled with old lace and ribbon and old bakelite buttons.
Gotta love the old advertising.
So, what do you think??? I absolutely positively adore this. BEST PRESENT EVER. And the best part of it is that Paul bought it on his own, it wasn’t something I saw and had to have, and told him about – he saw it in the window of the consignment shop on Main Street and knew that it was something that I would love. Which means he REALLY loves me, because I know he hates stopping and parking on Main Street.
So, sorry to bore you all with the old (vintage) sewing crap – but I just had to share this – I LOVE it – Can you tell??