Monday, 30 June 2014


Hello and welcome to another week of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  This is where we all take a peek at crafty desks from around the world.  You can join in the fun here.

I've been absent for a while, but I hope I make up for it this week.

When I hear customers complain in my shop about how they've become lumbered with some elderly relative's button collection, I always felt a twinge of sadness because I feel the grandma who may have passed her collection on to me died before I was born, and the other grandma didn't act in a grandmotherly manner toward me, let alone be known for her sewing.  

I took on my other half's granny as my own.  We are currently in the process of getting ready to move her into warden assisted accommodation from her county to ours.  This means having to go through her worldly possessions with her.  The picture above shows just a selection of what she said she no longer required.

This was another item she said she no longer needed.  OMG.  It works! It's an electric Singer machine from the 70's.  Because I need another one.

Jobs to sort out from this desk:  Complete a vintage longstitch of a robin, fix up some broken jewellery, find a battery for the portable clock, get the postcard collects sold to raise money for the granny fund, wash the fabric and repurpose it all, put the huge amound of Sylko threads away and wonder what I will be doing with 612 buttons...

Have a great week everyone! x


  1. Hi Lucy
    I m not sure what is more amazing ..... that you posted already or that you actually counted the 612 buttons he he. now that's dedication

  2. Hi Lucy, the older folk were such good recyclers and hoarders...some wonderful finds you were lucky came your way...great old sewing machine. Happy WOYWW and have a super week RobynO#8

  3. How great to be given a working sewing machine. Hope you have a fun week getting through your to do list. I'm also looking forward to seeing how you use your 612 buttons!
    Gillian #28

  4. Tee hee. I love the fact that you counted those buttons. Those things on your desk are great. Having just spent months emptying my parent's home along with my brother, I know what treasures are unearthed! Enjoy them. We even found all our parent's wedding presents - some beautiful things.
    Have a great week.
    Margaret #9

  5. I love the sewing machine, and equally retro now, a record department bag from WHS! You're doing a great job, and I bet your 'new' Granny is loving having your stitchy crafty enthusiasm in her life.

  6. That is a great sewing machine and with care will carry on being great for years to come, they were built to last.
    I bet the body of this machine is metal unlike many of the new ones that are plastic.
    Oh, buttons! love them too. I am worst than anybody, I have a massive collection, they are actually very collectable and some are worth lots depending on the design and how they were made, if they are still on their original card, well that's another story!!!
    Happy crafting and have a great week, Angela x # 48

  7. I bet your adopted granny loves that her things are going to someone that will appreciate and use them! Love the 70's sewing machine. It could even be the model I used in Home Economics class!

    I absolutely love buttons! I have clear jars of them - some old and some new (and I think most of them are segregated). I'll never use all of them but I love them. Put them in a clear jar and display them!!!

    Happy belated WOYWW
    Peace, Kay (60)

  8. A whole lot o buttons! Sew this will be sewing machine #2?! I wouldn't know how to use one. :) enjoy the company of your 'adopted' granny. Thanks for the earlier visit! Hugs and Happy WOYWW! Nan G #53

  9. wow wow wow 612 buttons that is ALOT! i used to play as a child with the buttons at my Grandmas, they were my 'money' in the 'shop' hehe.