Monday 21 December 2009


These old tins have worked their way down from my grandmother, to my mum then finally I managed to relive them from her about 10 years ago.......the bottom tin has always been the button box but also has my bobbins, the middle tin contains sewing machine parts and things I don't know where to put! the top tin as always is the zip tin.
This is one corner of my spare room, with the computer (oh and what a surprise a pile of fabrics!), to the left which you can't see is a full size drawing table which I sit at and cut fabric and draw patterns (don't ask how it all fits in the room), a bed in the other corner and behind the cupboard door you see on the right is my fabric stash.....

As you can see I'm not the neatest folder in the world, and the fabrics get harder to fold when you take a chunk out of them (that's my excuse anyway).

A pile of fabrics

Another pile of fabrics

yet another pile of fabrics

And another, this one has scrummy bark cloth, which I have just started to collect pieces of, hopefully to make Ollie tea cosies out of..

I also keep buying ribbons, and not always with a purpose to use them for anything, you can blame other folksy sellers, its like being in the middle of a sweet shop and not coming out with anything.

Buttons, bindings, yo-yos and all sorts ready for new homes.

And a rare picture of me at the sewing machine on the makeshift pasting table.


  1. Love the tin on the top - it's gorgeous.

    Would love to bury myself in that cupboard of yours in amongst all the fabric. Wouldn't know what to do with any of it, I'd just enjoy touching it and playing with it! But I promise I would fold it all neatly away when I was done :)

  2. Those tins are gorgeous! I love having a nosey at other folks work spaces:)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a happy 2010, Leigh x

  3. LOVE old tins with so much history. LOts of fabulous fabrics.

    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

  4. i love those tins my mum had similar ones but i'm not sure what happened to them. Droooool at all that fabric!

  5. I love vintage tins, especially when they contain gorgeous vintage buttons. Have to keep mine in an old glass jar, shame. Love the fabric too, it's a bit like my wool stash - more gets added than taken away xx

  6. I have a tin like the one on the bottom. My Grandma brought a tin of biscuits into hospital for my mum when she gave birth to me, which was 45 years ago. I keep my threads in it. Your blog is lovely, by the way.


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