Five favourite things for this week, inspired by Meet Me at Mike's. It's all about sewing. I'm not a very adept sewer, but last week I made a cushion cover and even put a zip in it, accompanied by much swearing and grinding of teeth.
- My little sewing boxes, picked up in opshops. I'm always on the lookout for new ones.
- Retro buttons and buckles on their original manufacturer's cards. These ones are from Switzerland; I found them stashed away in a seconds shop among piles of plastic buckets.
- Salvage, a fantastic vintage and trimmings shop in Mt Eden, Auckland. (Image from Lovely Shops NZ)
- My trusty old Singer sewing machine. It doesn't do anything except stitch forwards - not even backwards, but it goes like the clappers. I have just discovered a secret compartment under the machine, containing the original manual. It's a Singer 99K, made in Clydebrook, Scotland, in 1948.
- Threads, a website full of handy tips and even videos for beginners. There is hope for me yet...