what’s the haps?



I managed a couple of hours prancing through op shops on Friday (wearing a baby in a backpack, only slightly inhibits prancing) and GUESS WHAT I FOUND?!?! 

Now I don't expect the fellas (hi, you two) or a non-sewer to get this really. But my sewing girls? Check it, an old timing Singer overlocker. $40. Working order. Sweet!

Now I just have to find a copy of the manual online in order to thread it…

I also found this:



It's not just any bible. It's a very very old leather-bound King James. Very exciting. I've never actually read a King James version but it's super historically interesting to me (dork alert, did you forget whose blog you were reading?!) It's gorgeous, I tell you.

And it was from the Salvation Army, who give away bibles, so it was free!

Also this, for 20 cents.


It looks so much like Oliver + S, right? I got excited until I realised I'd done my money on a pattern for a doll's wardrobe. Der. 

'Cept it had this very sweet headscarf, which Tilly spied and begged for. 



And so I dug out my cutting board and made some dodgy measurements and once I can find my sewing machine in the mess which is my office we might progress past this shot…



In other news, we are almost out of water. 

I say this lightly, because I'm a light-hearted kind of girl, but it's actually quite serious. 

We are on tank water and the tank is running almost dry. 

We've started buying drinking water (that was also because as Adam was inspecting the tank he also inspected the water filter and suggested all water drunk here from that point onward be out of our filtered jug (or if you have a wife who panics, make it spring water. Must be Australian. Can you believe some of the water you buy here is shipped in from overseas and just packaged here?? So wrong. Anyway, I digress.)



The good news is, it rained all weekend. 




Back to the search for the sewing machine. 

How are things with you?


12 Comments on “what’s the haps?
September 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Sooo lovely to chat to you this evening, Fi. I will call you again in a couple of weeks with hopefully a better frame of mind 🙂


Thrifty Household
September 27, 2011 at 12:06 am

Ooooh, sewing machine & pattern heaven- enjoy!

September 27, 2011 at 12:30 am

Good. Things with me are good. Thanks.
I hope it rains enough to keep you from buying more water. That is the kind of thing that stresses me no end.
And the overlocker manual, I hope you find that too. x

lily boot
September 27, 2011 at 8:29 am

EEEEEEEEEEEK!!!!! Awesome overlocker! That is a fabulous find. The manual is bound to be on the web – we found my old singer manual on the web. And it will be as sturdy and sensible and efficient as! And we have the exact same doll’s pattern – it does look like Oliver & S doesn’t it 😉 My mum made my dolls heaps of little dresses and bloomers – and a head scarf – from that pattern in the mid 1970s – including a little Austrian version of view 2 for my walking doll when she went to the school fair and entered the dressed doll competition – I was Sound of Music obsessed and view 2 looked like Gretel. So sorry to hear about the water – hmph. Here’s to some good drenching spring rain!

September 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm

We’re on the water watch too. We had a visit from the water carter the other day and I am just praying it will rain this week – it has totally tipped me over the edge…particularly after the planting of the forest! Good shopping.

Leigh @ Toasted
September 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Tip – I scored an overlocker from an op-shop a while back (not a Singer though!) and emailed the company saying someone had given it to me but they’d lost the instructions. They emailed it to me the next day. Good luck.

September 28, 2011 at 6:54 am

Score on the overlocker!! That pattern does look very Oliver & S ish too! Very cute. Glad you got some rain. It has been dry here where I am too, but folks around here are still a bit freaked out about rain, so anything to empty the dams out before summer is good, kind of.

I’m enjoying school holidays, crocheting,cooking and getting some reading in before we get back to the insanity that is a school morning next week.

September 28, 2011 at 7:41 am

Don’t you love a good op shop bargain? I’m sure you will put the machine to very good use. We found an old Singer treadle machine (the ones from the 1950s fixed in the cupboard) put out for council clean up. I am going to have it fixed up for my daughter.
I love the link to Oliver+s! What a cute site – my daughter would love that stuff. Thanks heaps.

Estelle C
September 28, 2011 at 8:54 am

Awesome. I so get every purchase. I recently bought a pattern, fabric, ribbon, zipper, hook&eye, bias binding and cotton for a dress for Jules at Spotlight… $60!! She better wear it is all I can say. I’ll be going through mum’s pattern stash going back over 40 years next time I’m down there…. she might even have some fabric horded too….

rc helicopters
September 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm

The sewing machine always helps to make different kind of the designs and stitches as per your likes.I really like your creation on it.

September 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Thanks Leigh xx

akro plastic bins
March 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I agree with you, this machine is really helpful to done different kinds of creativity. Above share everything is perfect for me. I impressed by that. I appreciated you.


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