I have been doing a lot of sorting and tidying this weekend, emptying drawers and boxes, deciding what to keep and what to discard. My new home will be quite a bit smaller than Coombe Leigh, so I am having to make some tough decisions, although I think I can say with reasonable confidence that my fabric stash will be remaining fairly intact – I can’t bear to part with any of it! But anyway, during the clearing out process I’ve been discovering lots of very interesting items – and wasted quite a lot of time looking at them. And I thought I’d share these pictures I discovered of me as a cute youngster ….
The top right picture is me with my knitting grandma. She made all my childhood jumpers and cardigans and was never seen without some work in her hands (I take after her!). My Mum made the stripey dress I’m wearing in that picture. Below I’m very young – probably less than six months – but am wearing a lovely lacey dress that my grandma made me. She also created the cheerful cardigan in the final picture. I LOVED that cardigan and after I outgrew it, it was worn for many years by one of my teddy bears. It’s amazing to think that my grandma was born in the 19th century, while Queen Victoria was still on the throne! And so, in line with the title of my post – the old ones are the best ones, I thought I’d include a link here to one of my favourite vintage embroidery patterns. It’s not as old as my grandma, but was certainly published round about the time I was wearing the cardigan she made for me ….
But still looks fresh and modern today – yes it’s the Funky Chick embroidery. Just CLICK HERE to download your free copy. And finally, before I return to my sorting and tidying I must show you the cover of the June Magazine – it’s so pretty and we’re very excited to have a contribution from guest designer Simone of May Blossom Designs ….
Little Cabbage the Bunny in the middle of the top row. If you’re not a subscriber, then please don’t risk missing this very special issue when it’s published next week – just pop over to my Magazine Page to learn more. Now it’s back to sorting and tidying for me!