Friday, 30 August 2013

Friday's Smiles

Evening Everyone,

I'm late joining in Annie's Friday Smiles this week ... I don't know where the day has gone! Well, I do but more of that later. However, I do have plenty to smile about so here I go.

Reason to Smile No. 1
Annie has selected my Friday Smile from last week with the cute little kitty pic for a special mention. Thank you Annie, that's so nice of you. Despite the trauma, I really am doing fine - the bruises are disappearing and things are being put to rights in the garden.

Reason to Smile No. 2
And the explanation of where some of the day has gone!
This is not an old dressing table, with mirror removed. No, no, not at all! This is my new sewing table. Or it will be once it's been rubbed down and got a couple of coats of cream paint and it's going to look something like this.
At a fraction of the price. This new table is going for a penny short of £300 (US$464) pounds over on Sewing Online, my old table was a charity shop find costing £20 (US$31)! Big difference!!! Even when the cost of the paint is factored in it will still be a bargain :)
For many years I had a sewing cabinet just like this one. Bought in the 1970s, it was made of teak. When my first husband and I split up 24 years ago it was one of the items left behind. I missed it for a while but then I stopped sewing so in time it didn't matter. Anyway, I never liked the shelf on the bottom ... it stopped me from pulling my chair close to the desk. In contrast, my new find is going to be absolutely perfect once it's been spruced up :))

And finally, reason to Smile No. 3

Two late bloomers in the garden ... a purple clematis and pink perennial sweetpeas. Survivors of the fire :)

So what have you had to smile about this week. If you haven't already joined in with Annie's smile, it's not too late, so do join if if you have a mind to.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend with lots to smile about.


  1. Really glad to hear the bruises are settling down for you and the fire damage is being sorted. I really love your new sewing cupboard and can't wait to see how you spruce it up. Fab flowers too :-)
    Hugs, Annie x

  2. I love it that you have bounced back ( literally) from your fall. The table looks fab are you going to decorate it some decoupage maybe or keep it simple so you can start using it

  3. Your new sewing cabinet/desk is going to be a gem! You will have to show us when you have it finished.

    I am so glad that you can see the positives, the new blooms, in spite of the enormity of your fire loss and subsequent injuries.

    The blooms looks beautiful!

  4. Your table will look great when its redone. Love the look of spring or summer
    Bridget #10

  5. Thanks for the smiles - umm, now let me think, what have I smiled about this week? Hmmm Oh yes meeting Tim Holtz silly me! BJ

  6. It's always good to see someone who thinks of everything positive instead of harping on the negatives. As I wander through various blog hops, I am often taken by people with negative attitudes. I'm so glad you have found a way to smile through the pain and bruising. And fire, too.

    I'm actually a bit envious of that new sewing desk. I am so cramped in my space, it's hard to manipulate even a sheet of paper without hitting something, like the paper cutter, or the mini blinds. You are truly blessed.

    And of course, your flowers that survived are awesome. Happy, happy Friday Smiles.

  7. Oooer, that sewing table is going to be absolutely perfect! What a great find.

    And the late bloomers are lovely - a happy post indeed!

    ugs, Di xx

  8. I can't wait to see the finished sewing desk once you work your magic with it! Great find, and purple flowers are my favorite!! Thanks for the smiles :)

  9. Your table is a fantastic find. It looks just perfect for the job, and you will have some fun getting it how you want it.
    I love the flowers. In fact autumn flowers are often the best ones. I'm glad you are getting your equilibrium back now. take care. Kate x


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