Sunday, 16 September 2012

An occupational hazard...

Working at an auctioneers can lead to all sorts of temptation - I even bought something at my interview!

But Mr Locket quickly made it clear that he was not keen on me bringing home lots of rubbish goodies after each sale so for the last 2+ years that I've worked there I've actually been very good and can only think of my blue sundae dishes and a sewing box that actually came home with me.

However, this week I had a bit of an abberation and found myself buying a gorgeous painted metal kitchen cupboard (scrap metal to Mr L), 2 Ercol dining tables and an old tea trolley that I plan to paint.

My colleague gave me a lift home in his van and I piled all my new treasures up in the hall - blocking it completely.  Mr Locket's reaction when he got home was stunned silence followed by "What's all this @*£%?" I was hiding behind the kitchen door giggling like a maniac.  Then he found out that I had actually paid good money for it all too!

Once he realised that I was planning on using everything in my sewing room in the garage - rather than cluttering up the house - he was greatly relieved!  In all honesty he's such a sweetheart that he never complains whatever I do and tolerates an awful lot.

We are actually going to be extending the sewing room to take up the whole garage rather than just half so we had spent the weekend before clearing out lots of junk - so you can see why he was rather dismayed to find more arriving!

I'm really excited about the new plans for the sewing room as it has become rather cramped and untidy with far too much stored out there. 

Also, I never seem to craft on my own these days as the girls and sometimes Fred are keen to be sewing too.  The existing room is big enough for 1-2 people but extending it will make it so much better.  It also proved to be a great place for Dot to do her revision as it can be made relatively tidy (unlike the rest of the house) and it is quiet and away from the hustle and bustle.

Other news in Locketland - the chickens are settling in well and we have started letting them out to explore the garden at the weekend so they've been having a great time pecking around and making dust baths.

Also, more of my birthday fabric arrived - charm squares of Lucie Summers' Summerville.
I can't decide if I like them best with or without the black and white fabrics - what do you think? And should I just make a very simple quilt by sewing them together in squares and let the fabric do the talking or should I make pinwheels as I've found an amazing tutorial here that I really want to try?

My other birthday fabric came few days later.....

Six fat quarters of Sarah Jane's Children at Play.

I know I'm a bit late to the party with both of these fabric ranges but I think I will have great fun playing with them - so that's what I'm off to do now! 

Lucy xx


itsjustperi said...

I think you've been very restrained if that's all you've bought and excellent additions to what will be the new sewing room . Lucky you x

Jenny said...

I don't think I would be able to resist certain things if they came up.

Thanks for sharing the pinwheel tutorial. She makes it look so easy I might finally give it a go :)

Julie said...

I can't believe you have bought so little over the years! Have fun with the extended sewing space. And I love Children at Play too - beautiful. Juliex

Annie said...

I love that trolley. I couldn't work there at all, as my husband says I have an orphaned furniture disease! Love your chooks too and happy birthday to you

French Knots said...

Well your selfcontrol is amazing, I'd be hopeless and bring home all sorts of treasures!

jodie said...

And I am off to work (and don't tell her but Annie's husband is right..chairs follow her home).
hope we get pics of the new space miss Locket.

Thimbleanna said...

Excellent fabric selections Ms. Locket! (And Happy September Birthday!) Have fun expanding! You know what this means though, right? You should start thinking where you'll expand next in a few more years LOL!

silverpebble said...

It's been really lovely to catch up with everything here Mrs Locket! SO much going on! I adore that kitchen cupboard (it's VERY fashionable) and am excited about your new sewing room plans!

WendyBee said...

Oh, what an eye candy post! I am on the verge of taking on some painting projects. I don't come by it naturally, like some do, so it's a little daunting. Do share when you do yours, so I can borrow some inspiration and bravado!
As for the chickens, I am in love! I had a few when I was a girl, and I really have a fondness for them, and such an appreciation for fresh eggs.
And finally, the fabrics, ooooooh the fabrics! Need I say more? All we sew-y, crafty types know the shivery excitement I get all over just to look at your new fabrics. Do share more!

wonderwoman said...

wow your sewing room is going to be briliant Lucy. Love all those fabrics. i think you are very restrained in your purchases - my daughter and i went to an auction and i had a job to stop her bidding!!!


ladydi said...

Wow! I love seeing photos of sewing rooms, especially before and after. I'm fascinated by the cup thingies you have hanging on the wall. They look ever so useful; what are they attached to, and do you like them?

Helen said...

Lovely chucks Locy!!
Helen xx