O.K. So I was seduced…

Look what came this morning.

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It came from Grizzly Mountain Arts, via Etsy. It’s really difficult to photograph, but I hope that it shows up well enough to do it justice, because it is perfectly lovely.

Can you guess what it is yet?

 

keeper2s It’s a needle minder (aka needle keeper) and it is to stop me from either losing my needle when I am sewing, or from pricking my finger when I find my needle somewhere that I didn’t realise I had left it (a frequent occurrence.) Here it is, minding my needle on my cushion cover (a WIP.)

And it’s all done by magnets, very strong ones. Strong enough that I can use this to mind heavier things such as my spinning wheel hook – so I shall get plenty of use from it. At the moment I am wearing it as jewellery, fastened to my fisherman’s smock – habitual spinning gear. It would be nice if I could attach my cable needles to it when knitting, but they are generally made of aluminium…

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The keeper is made from a vintage button, decorated with lilies. The back magnet is on a little turned piece of ebony.

It’s just perfect and it only cost me $7.50 – arrived beautifully packed, at a shipping cost rather under the actual mailing rate. Communications were also excellent. A highly recommended seller and I would be back for more of these eminently collectable little items if only I had the dosh. I do want one of their tatting shuttles, as soon as I can afford one.

In the meantime… I really should complete that cushion cover! I’ve left it out on my desk, to remind me to pick it up. I need a change of activity anyway (see next post)

Recently, at the: Crooked House

Petunias always make me think of Dinghies

Petunias always make me think of Dinghies

It has been a busy day, not much time for anything. We walked the dog this morning but I took no photographs until I decided to take a few potshots in the village on our way back.

It has been bugging me

It has been bugging me

Come for a nature walk in the French countryside with me and Nell – I apologise for the image-intensive post. … Continue readingIt has been bugging me

Recent movements of the: Two Snails

Van Nessa : Her Leak

Van Nessa : Her Leak

Home from Melle, we set about cleaning the van in preparation for going out again. At the moment we are hoping to go out for at least one night every week in continuing efforts to break the cats in (or down!) Mr Snail was cleaning the bathroom. Although we haven’t used the shower we had… Continue reading Van Nessa : Her Leak

August, 6-9th, 2019

August, 6-9th, 2019

Deeply disappointed by our early return from the Dordogne and buoyed up by slightly cooler weather we effected our plan to go out “little and often” in an attempt to train the cats for living in the new van. Melle, Fontaine de Villiers Trip the 2nd for Van Nessa. https://campingcarpark.com/en/shop/parking-areas/camping-de-village-area-of-melle/ Another former Municipal campsite, smaller… Continue reading August, 6-9th, 2019