Sunday, July 18, 2010

Les Marchés au Puces - { The Market of the Fleas }

This week's flea market find did not come courtesy of the local St. Vinnies or from a trawl around a Sunday market...this treasure was unearthed in my Mum and Dad's garage! Bijou has taken a very keen interest in all things sewing of late (inner squeal and jumps for joy!!!) and somewhere in the back of my mind I recalled a wee little Holly Hobbie sewing machine I had as a child.

After pulling down box after broccoli box (my Mum's storage solution du jour) from the "pairs" garage I finally rubbed the right lamp. There staring up at me were childhood relics long forgotten from memory but immediately recognisable by the heart. Baa Baa, the green woolen sheep doll with a plastic face that helped soothe many a woe, Lucy the cabbage patch doll(not an original with the tattoo on her bot bot but a pretty darn good copy from the chemist shop ...she cost far less but was loved to the moon and back!). Peaches and Cream Barbie...ahhh!


And this perfect little sewing machine. It has a few rusty patches now and the needles are long gone. But with a foot peddle and spindle for the cotton just like Mumma Bear's, mon petit poppet is in sewing heaven! Now if I need to do a quick little job while she's awake, I set her up next to me and we sew along together....I get my job done, she's happy....and my heart sings!!
I wonder what goodies all the lovelies playing along with Sophie this week have unearthed. Let's go have a peak.



28 comments:

Make mine Mid-Century said...

Oh! So jealous! I had one too. I can remember it like yesterday.

Yours is in great nick!

What a lovely find. And the sweetest photos.

Kylie said...

So cute - I have one here that used to be my Mothers - so is super special and Amelia is going to get it for her 5th Birthday (it really works - just smaller, and was made by Bernina)

It looks like she is having a wow of a time there at her little table - she will be creating in no time.

Sarah. Splish Splash Designs said...

Oh wow!! How gorgeous is that little machine!!

Looks like you'll have a little sewer in the house :) Lovely!

Selina said...

So sweet! I've still got my little Holly Hobbie machine, although yours is in much better condition than mine! I had the fake Cabbage Patch kid too, I got mine at Paddy's Market...remember Paddy's Market!

Sonia Skegg said...

That's so cute. I used to have a little pink sewing machine as a child, which is long gone, but I remember it fondly.

Catherine said...

so lovely!I can imagine many happy memories - old and new - coming from that little machine! Wishing you a wonderful week!

mylittlebirdie said...

oh that is beautiful, the sewing machine of course and that you kept it safe and sound til now. but the image of mother and daughter sewing happily side by side! what a treasured experience! and she's simply gorgeous! : ) have fun the pair of you, like mother like daughter sewing til your hearts are content : ) xo

m.e (Cathie) said...

ahh, adorable!
she looks so sweet.
I found a little one at the oppie last year, not so cute though.
lovely, hope she enjoys being able to work next to her absolutely wonderfully creative mum.

Donna said...

Hi Steph,
That's so cute, Bijou fully immersed in her little Holly Hobbie Sewing Machine. How wonderful, that your Mum kept it all these years and she is able to get the same fun you did out of it.

On to a different subject now, I thought I would share a recipe with you that would be suitable for your eco goals. It is an All Purpose Spray Cleaner and can be used just the same as Ajax Spray and Wipe or similar and works just as well, if not better, it has really good grease cutting qualities. The recipe is;
1 teaspoon Borax
1 1/2 teaspoons Washing Soda
2 tablespoons Vinegar
2 tablespoons Cloudy Ammonia
1/2 teaspoon detergent
2 Cups hot water
Mix all together and put into a spray bottle.
Very good degreaser
Love your blog, Donna

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

holly hobbie... i bumped into twoo books on holly this week. mhm... does ring a tiny bell. what i really like? the pictures you added! such industry. :)

angelina said...

this is soooo sweet. i love holly hobbie, what a talented sewer in the makings! xx

ecoMILF said...

adorable!! she must adore it! hope it helps you to get a little more sewing time in while she busies herself! xo m.

Heidi said...

What a little sweetheart....It's so nice to see you treasuring every moment!

Needled Mom said...

I'm so glad you unearthed it for her. What a delight to sew together!

Cuggles! Kids said...

I can understand your squeal of delight! I dream of my little Cuggle sewing happily next to me like I did with my Mum. She does like to thread buttons onto pipe cleaners and play with fabric scraps... so there is hope! Kim

Megan said...

i've been looking for a childrens sewing machine, it would be so much fun to be 'sewing' side by side! gorgeous pics of your little poppet sewing away :)

moose and bird said...

Oh Yay! You will have a little assistant at your beck and call before you know it. And how sweet is Bijour? Gorgeous. xo

Pam said...

Yes that is so sweet Steph! She looks like she absolutely knows what she's doing. What a fabulous colour too. How clever are you though to make photos with a splash of blue in a black and white!!? I haven't become that clever yet! :)) x

melissa said...

Gorgeous photos Steph! I think youve started something there!

Have a great week! x

jade holi said...

that is just super fabulous & special! yay to your mum for hanging onto it for you. love it!

Claire Gale said...

oh my giddy aunt, that is just the cutest little scenario - heaven on earth for so many reasons i say :)

Seaside Siblings said...

All I can say is- your lucky, lucky girl!

Renee said...

Gorgeous! Keep her busy and you can continue to sew! Love it!

Catherine said...

This is a priceless photo Steph. I love bringing out some of my favourite toys for the girls to play with, how wonderful that you had this for Bijou to enjoy. Have a wonderful week. xo

Mira Narnie said...

Oh Bijou is so lucky to have a mumma and grandmamma that holds onto everything! How delightful to sew along side each other - I'm sure your heart skips a beat at the sight her and her little holly hobbie... Enjoy the rest of your week!

Tina said...

What sweet photos of your little poppet! The sewing machine is a real treasure, I've never seen one like it. My sister and I had a huge 1000 piece Holly Hobbie jigsaw puzzle though, it was always a treat to make it together.... ahhh...fond childhood memories!

Mira Narnie said...

I've come back just to let you know that whilst your Holly Hobbie was stashed in your mumma's garage - Pip must have borrowed it for the cover of her new book.....check out her blog....www.meetmeatmikes.blogspot.com

;-))

Marina said...

Love, love, love that gorgeous little machine!! Lucky you to have had it and found it again...

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