Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Moving Things About

To accommodate the new sideboard I had to move a few things around.  I ended up with the cocktail cabinet in the kitchen and had to move or alter the position of a few pictures to do it...

Cocktail Cabinet in Kitchen

Just need to find some way of hiding the SFR box now!

Monday, 2 March 2015

A New Piece of Furniture!

I am now the proud owner of an Enfilade - or sideboard.  Also called a Buffet in both languages!

I found this in the big Maximum shop at Mailhac-sur-Benaize - here's a picture of it in my house...

New Sideboard 1

I'm guessing it comes from the 1940s or 50s, though I actually know nothing of its provenance.  Maybe even from the 1930s, judging from its cocktail cabinet centrepiece.

It is made of oak, so goes beautifully in its new home to the left of my oak stairs.

New Sideboard 2

Thursday, 19 February 2015

One Step Forward - Three Steps Back...

At least!

Sadly, I've had to unravel a large portion of Molly's cardigan...

Unravelling... I finally understand that there was an error in the pattern - or at least a poor explanation - and I should have been increasing differently in the body section.

If only the designer had answered my email, I might not have had to undo so much!

Still - onward and upward - I'm not giving in now!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015


Good Grief - is it Wednesday already?

Well, at least I've got something to show you.  I've been working on a cardigan for Molly, my granddaughter, but it's really hard to photograph...

Granny's Fav 1

It's actually a very pretty yarn - King Cole Galaxy - a rich aubergine in colour with sequins and very sparkly...

Very sparkly

The colour is a bit truer in the picture above. Do you have trouble getting the right colour in your photos?  It's the bane of my life, dealing largely with knitting and crochet, as I do.

The pattern is called Granny's Favourite by Georgie Hallam and it has been a bit of a pain to knit.  I find the written pattern very hard to follow and, failing to get a response from e-mailing the designer, I had to make assumptions and do my own thing on several occasions.

However, I think it will turn out all right in the end, and I think Molly will like it.  She chose the yarn in the first place, albeit a few years ago, cough, cough.

The cardigan is worked from the neck down, which I like very much and I have almost finished the body.  I'm hoping to get the sleeves done by the end of the week and post it off before she grows out of it!

Thursday, 12 February 2015

The Wedding at La Terrasse

Ah, Nostalgia...  How we love to look back on times gone by and think they are so much more romantic than today!  Well, at least, I sometimes do.

And with Valentine's Day just around the corner, and so much talk of love in the air, I was delighted to find this old wedding photo at the Hope Charity Shop in Bussiere Poitivine yesterday...

Old Wedding Photo 2

Presumably this wedding group had their reception at the Grand Restaurant de la Terrasse - which still exists today, in the 17th Arrondissement of Paris...

La Terrasse

Next time I go to Paris I'm definitely going to have a coffee or even a meal there.

I did some research and found a picture of this clock which, presumably, is inside the restaurant...

La Terrasse - clock

You can see the date of 1885 on the clock face - which I think may have been the date that the restaurant opened.

It would be lovely to have more details of the photo, but I doubt that will happen, though I wonder how it came to be donated to a Charity shop in the rural Limousin area of France, almost 400 Kilometres from Paris!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Not Naked Anymore!

The outfit I have been making for this doll is almost finished...

ED1 Almost Dressed!

I just have to attach the collar to the jacket and edge the fronts.  I made a little bonnet too, but had to pull it back to do the edgings on the jacket, as I ran out of yarn!