I was up to midnight last night...not partying unfortunately, but wrapping presents. I started at 5pm and thought that I'd be finished in a few hours, but that wasn't the case and I've still got more to wrap once I make my cake-stand presents. I'm not a big fan of Christmas so I'll be glad when its all over!
Anyway, last week was tops for great finds, starting with this Welsh wool tapestry waistcoat and also the pink suede boots. The waistcoat is a perfect fit and looks good teamed with the shorts. I'm so pleased that I chanced upon the boots too. They're quite faded and I'm thinking of dyeing them a burgundy colour if I can find the right shade of suede dye. I'm a bit hesitant about doing it as I've never dyed suede before, but nothing ventured nothing gained.
I also came across this hand-knitted mohair cardie, which is very 1980s with its big puffy sleeves and sequin trim. Someone took a lot of time to make it as mohair isn't the easiest yarn to work with and the sequins have been sewn in by hand using 'invisible' thread. I love it though, but what I had forgotten from my mohair jumper wearing days is how much mohair makes you itch!
I also brought a lot of mis-matched plates and saucers from a local market stall which are going to be drilled and assembled as cake-stands within the next couple of days. I hope the recipients will like them! I had wanted to knit a cupcake to go with each, but as usual I've left my Christmas knitting to the last minute so all my grand plans for knitted presents have gone out of the window!
Did anyone hear the episode of You & Yours on Radio 4 last week where the owner of what is probably Britain's oldest working fridge, which is over 77 years old, was interviewed? The owner wants to get rid of it as its expensive to run, but apparently the Imperial War Museum has expressed interest in obtaining it for their collection as it was made in about 1941. Up until recently, my Mum had a Candy washing machine that was at least twenty years old and I'm still using both my Babylis hair crimpers and Morphy Richards sandwich toaster that I brought in 80s - in fact I made a tasty cheese toastie with the latter yesterday! However, these are mere striplings when compared to the fridge.
Being vintage radio fans, we have a few old radios knocking about and use our 1950s Bush DAC90A nearly everyday; I love the sound quality of it especially when its warming up.
So, what is the oldest household appliance that you still use on a regular basis? Is anyone using their grannie's 1950s Kenwood Chef or great grandma's Singer sewing machine?