Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Chosen One


Has this ever happened to you before? Out of the blue, someone chooses you to receive treasures and you didn't really do anything to deserve it.

The email came sometime in May.

I have some Fabrics, Sewing books and Supplies to give away... Call me.. It's all free, I am moving house and dun intend to bring them with me...

OMG. I read and re-read the email several times. Fabrics, sewing books and supplies, all free.  My first instinct was it was a spam. My second instinct was - I'm dem lucky.

It turned out the person moving house had met me when I was selling my bags at MAAD (Red Dot Design Museum). I guess I must have made an impression on her! To cut a long story short, I got my loot a few months ago from her.

Want to see?

Magazines, Burda patterns (mostly clothing) and books.

What do you think of the books? One of them is in French. There are lots of pictures so I'll just look at them. I'm not really into soft furnishings but I might give it a try.

Yes, I got fabric too. These are all small cuts. There's another bag filled with the bigger pieces of fabric which I was too lazy to photograph.

I have enough pearl pins to last me a lifetime. Oh, I'm so excited by the wooden handles. I've never used them before. Inside the zip lock bag are zippers, elastic, magnetic snaps, thread and lots of stuff that only excite sewing folks.

But you know what I cherish most? This teeny ironing board which I'm so, so grateful she did not throw. No, I'm not kidding. I know it's a little worn out but the cover can be replaced. (I've been lazy)

Here's the reason why. See how long the "neck" is? This allows me to insert tubes of fabric in to get a good crease at the seams. If you make bags you'll know how useful this "neck" is.

I had previously searched the whole of Singapore for such an iron but was never able to find one. The closest I got was the smaller one, also very dirty from Carrefour many, many years ago. If I'm not mistaken, it only cost $5 but it's no dem good because the "neck" is too short.

If you were moving house, what do you do with the sewing stuff you don't want? For me, I am a little shy to give people my stuff because they might not want my "trash". Plus I don't know many people who sew. Oh, what am I saying?  I never throw away any sewing supplies. Hahahaha.


Suzee said...

You lucky ducky! I love free stuff like that especially when it's sewing goodies! Love that little iron board. I want one! Lol yes I know the feeling about a bag a sewing goodies lol you got a good haul!!

Aunty Stitches said...

I have one, I know it as a 'sleeve board', which is why it should have a long 'neck' to press sleeves in dressmaking. Your original one would not work for sleeves, so maybe it was just a mini ironing board? I like the fact I can fold it flat and store it away easily too. I treated myself to a sewing 'ham' recently, and there is a 'sleeve roll' version of that too.

pennydog said...

That's awesome, lucky you :)

Jane McLellan said...

Wonderful person to give the things she didn't want any more to someone who would use them! Enjoy.

Projects By Jane said...

Hi Jane McLellan, I don't think I thanked her enough!

Chris H said...

What a lovely girl to gift you all that stuff! You are very lucky. The little ironing board is great!

tamdoll said...

Hi Jane! I haven't been around much online and am finally catching up to blog reading. You must have made an impression on this woman when you met her to have remembered - it was really nice & you got some awesome stuff!!

KaHolly said...

Lucky you!!

Linda said...

Congratulations on your "gifts". It's so much fun going through things like that. (And you're right! That little ironing board is adorable and looks really useful!)

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