Friday, 8 March 2013

Rummaging in my drawers......

Sad again that these photos are on pinterest - despite no pin code, despite requests, despite watermark.......

Following the 'success' of my boring old Christmas cupboard post and also as a consequence of Annie at knitsofacto asking a pertinent question along the lines of: 'Do you have a list of where you keep stuff?' (not an exact quote)  - I thought that I would show you my drawers...

 I understand that some people keep undergarments in drawers and clothes in wardrobes - I keep neither!  Drawers and wardrobes are for  STUFF!  We know that don't we - we can SHOVE a great deal of STUFF into a deep drawer....shameful.....shocking

Dear Annie asked if I keep some sort of inventory of STUFF....indeed I do....it is located in my hippocampus - it is not paper/IT based.  My head has a mental image of STUFF location - this means that someone only has to mention 'Do you happen to have 'xyz'?' and like a gazelle I can swiftly locate said article and produce it a la Tommy Cooper and a conjuring trick.  This method sadly sometimes lets me down and the hippocampus fails to deliver.  When this occurs I spend an AGE searching through tins, jars, cupboards and DRAWERS looking for the ^*$%&%$&$% thing...Ha ha...serves me right not being organised.



Anyway this first picture is slightly doctored in that I moved the hanger (a hanger which I tried to sell for £1.50 - no takers so it will remain with me now forever and a day) - otherwise this is the drawer just how it looks when I opened it.  This chest of drawers lurks in the spare bedroom and I KNOW that my sisters rifle through this when they come to stay (I KNOW YOU DO - I SET A GOSSAMER TRAP).


I confess to folding the embroidery on the far right - all for extra effect and layerage

I would love to know if you are thinking if this is a little crazy or are you thinking: 'Yep - that looks about right - a jumble of stuff - same in our house'.


A little bit of rifling will reveal the underlying layers....


If you would like to see my other favourite embroidered places mats  you may find them here


I remember buying these (in a range of sizes) with a friend of mine - I will call her Mrs X - in a charity shop for £4.99 one or two years ago....all those hours of work for £4.99


One day I will do a 'proper' post where I show each piece in isolation.  The mats with the embroidered writing are beautiful - each one with a little garden, sundial and birds.  The quote from Shakespeare is life affirming for me - the sun sets and will always rise again...no matter what. An alternative interpretation is that the world just doesn't care a fig and will carry on regardless!

Repeating photos because I think that this is so lovely!

Bunny rabbit embroidery is earmarked (not in a sinister way!) for this Easter


Oh dear....too many embroideries....


This one is one of my favourites - the range of colours and beautiful flowers on fine, fine linen....it is lovely I think


Tablecloths live elsewhere...oh my!

These particularly embroideries are housed in our old Arts and Crafts chest of drawers - bought from Greenwich Market 25 years ago (a great deal of our stuff was bought 25 years ago I find) for £30.  Heart shaped handles notice!

Another drawer houses some Edwardian/Victorian linen that I used to wear as a teenager (I AM NOT THAT OLD) - for example:


This is an old  long nightdress (I added the ribbon and stitched a matching bow on the hem years ago) that I used to wear under an old pinafore dress.....paired with Edwardian brooches (another time perhaps....).....1930 black shoes with silver buttons (still have - cough, cough)........ to the LOCAL DISCO (!!!!!!!!!).....circa 1979.......later came to be worn just as a nightdress..............

Camisoles and petticoats another time (looking back...from the age of about 18 onwards..... I used to go around adorned simply in Victorian underwear!!!).

Of course I am in no position to tell my own children how to dress....

Please tell me that I am not alone...

Takes all sorts....

PS: I don't think that the world is holding its breath but just to say sorry again for lack of input and output....life has been very busy of late and creating stuff has been put on hold for a while.  Mind you I had a backlog of 'makes' building up....so I tried selling one of my vintage embroidered purses for £4.99...I am out of touch with the 'market' I think....no joy.  I took it to the local charity shop in the end as I got fed up of looking at it!  What do you do with all the things that you make (this question does not include edibles....I eat those!) ?  What do you do if you find it difficult not to make things.....I sometimes cannot sleep at night thinking about the things that I am going to make....sad  really as I have PLENTY of other things to worry about.

PPS: Jenny you were never 'in touch' with the market.....

PPPS Will be sad to see these on Pinterest.  Hundreds of my photographs have been there - mainly from Flickr but from here too.....some were to be found on page 31 of someones 46000 photographs...

I prefer our cosy chats...

Misfit again....

78 comments:

  1. Oh gosh, your "drawers" took my breath away, all of that lovely embroidery!!

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    1. It is not often my drawers evoke that kind of response!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  2. There is nothing quite like rifling through drawers! Yours look much the same as mine! ;)
    Jille xx

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    1. We are indeed drawer twins!!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  3. I covet your drawers (sorry that does sound a bit weird!)What treasure troves they are and I'm soooo looking forward to seeing some more of those placemats x Jane

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    1. You can rummage mine if I can rummage yours!!
      Ho ho
      Best wishes and thank you
      Jenny

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  4. Oh Jenny...sigh ...oh Jenny sigh again....the colours...

    Whats a gossamer trap?

    My Aunt and Uncle used to 'do' greenwich mkt they also had a shop there called "Nelson's Wharf" by the cutty sark it was ahead of its time.

    They sold china and vintage nautical 'stuff' and paintings...I used to stay with them above the shop in my summer holidays...I loved that market my first intro to vintage and the underground..my lovely Aunt used to dress and looked like Virginia woolf..I however dressed and looked like a teenage 'chelsea girl' tart.

    Bestest dearest J
    Daisy.

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    1. The only gossamer traps in this house are spider's webs ;)

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    2. Dear Miss Daisy - Annie is right, I capture spider's webs and lay them across the drawer opening....works every time!
      But now to Greenwich - I wonder if our paths every crossed and I have been in your relative's shop. I loved that old market - now being developed as housing I think...
      Shocked to hear how you used to dress - another illusion shattered
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  5. There is very little appreciation for upcycled vintage embroideries...well I suppose that's not entirely true because there ARE discerning peeps, probably most of your readers, who love those little purses. But the general public, the ones who have mucho cash to flash, prefer boring, tasteless, mass-produced tat. Shame on them! And no takers at £4.99!! Double shame! Actually you should try raising your prices and ask what they are really worth - you might find you have more interest - people are funny like that...the higher the price, the more appeal an item has. Keep on with the making though - otherwise your brain might burst with all the pent up creativity...and then how would your hippocampus find anything?

    I wish I could dive into your drawers (cheeky, I know) and just live there for a while. ;)

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    1. Many thanks wendz - I was really downhearted after the last fair I did so gradually reduced purses until it was not longer worth selling them. Made some nice bits today though - onward and upwards!
      Come round and look in my drawers any time...
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  6. Oh Jenny your drawers are a wonder to behold! And yes most of my cupboards and drawers are similarly stuffed to the gunnels (what is a gunnel anyway?!) with all manner of treasure/tat - depending on who you're asking! I agree that £4.99 is not enough...as Wendz says, people who only want to pay that much for a purse probably don't want vintage embroidery - they want mass produced tacky rubbish. I'm sure next time you want to part with something you've made, it will get snapped up if you post a photo here and ask if anyone wants it - one Paypal invoice later and you're laughing - and you don't even have to go to the bank!

    Oh and you're not alone - I used to go to school aged 13 in a , pale pink satin Edwardian empire line nightie and a paisley crepe de chine 1920s dressing gown - accessorised with backcombed hair, Dr Martens and a trilby.

    Those were the days!

    Rachel xxx

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    1. How lovely it would have been to have met up with our former selves! You sound a wonderful shocker - we need people like you!
      I will, will, will think about your idea Rachel - many thanks. Just need a bit of courage that's all

      Best wishes and thank you dearie
      Jenny

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  7. You've got awesome drawers! (I mean that in the best way possible) As you can imagine, I was studying them closely looking for hand crafted knickers... :)) I truly think that you, and the ladies who've commented above should post some pictures of the attire you once pranced about in..... sounds like it would be some super fabulously entertaining to see! *giggle*

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    1. Thank you for your drawer admiring! Of course I thought that I looked so great back then...oh dear!
      Thank you for visiting
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  8. I cannot believe that you had no takers for what I can only imagine was as absolutely beautiful little purse. Especially at under five pounds, it would probably cost at least six times that much here (in Australia)!

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    1. Thank you kindly Kylie - the one that I gave to the charity shop was quite lovely and I do not begrudge them it either.
      Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  9. Beautiful embroideries, thanks for showing us some of your collection.
    I used to wear underwear as outerwear too, but I favoured grandpa's cream long johns and those button up vests (or even the all-in-ones - I was a pioneer of the onesie!). I did put a skirt over the top of them sometimes, and pink legwarmers, and Dr Marten boots too (ah, the 80s).

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    1. Ah yes I remember wearing long johns - you could buy them in the co-op for £3 (or something like that) well into the 1990s...handy items!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  10. Oh for a rummage - some lovely pieces there and bought for such a song.

    My pattern paper is nothing more than greaseproof paper off a roll - I don't do proper or fancy!!

    As for the Pinterest thing - thats a shame :( I joined but never 'got' it - I do know that some of my pics are on there - oh well.

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    1. Of course greaseproof paper - daft that I didn't think of that!
      Thank you for your top tip
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  11. Oh Jenny! I 'd love a rummage ... An absolute visual feast ... I love the mats, they shouldn't be hidden away, what fabulous things ... Can you tell I'm drooling?

    Have a lovely weekend

    Claire xxx

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    1. I am sending a vintage hanky for mopping purposes
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  12. Well... I'm no Dame and I haven't got the squits but I know exactly what you can do with your beautiful baggage! Our little shop (next door to Cloth Kits) needs Custard. I would be honoured to dangle them from my legs. Just imagine the look on Cath and Kirstie's faces! EE xx
    PS: Lovely drawers, was Laura Ashley another of your chums, I wonder?

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    1. I will endeavour to to come and visit your shop once the weather gets better (I might get trench foot if I venture out in the wet!) Pleased that it is going well
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  13. I am very very very jealous of your drawers - both of you actually having drawers (I have lots of cupboards and boxes but not many drawers) and what is in them. Stunning!

    have a lovely weekend
    Nikki

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    1. Always good to have my drawers admired....
      Many thanks indeed
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  14. Looks like you have a queue of ladies wanting to rifle through your drawers! Those embroideries are to die for, I love the one with the little rabbit!

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    1. Thank you kindly - the rabbit is especially sweet and it the only one that I have ever seen like that
      Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  15. Thank you for showing us your drawers... If I was visiting I would have a peek too! Your embroideries deserve to be
    let out and be free.
    Rosezeeta.

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    1. Fret not they are 'freed' on a regular basis and used in rotation
      Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  16. I have just spent over an hour rifling through my drawers in a vain hunt for something I promised to send to my daughter in London - it was a Free Ticket ...for the Ideal Home Exhibition!!

    Please reveal the whole of that poem which is round the edge of one of the mats!!

    weekend joys and blessings xx

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    1. You do make me laugh
      The writing is a quote from Macbeth and I will show them properly one day
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  17. Hi Jenny,Oh what wonderful drawers,I could spend all day there,oohing and aahing,Your wonderful collections,love the buuny one for easter and the shakespere ones and...... :o)
    What about a little shop attached to your blog? I would love to buy one of Your embroidery makes :o)
    Hope You have a happy weekend and get a little rest for mothers day too :o)
    lots of love Julie Xxxx

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    1. Aww thank you Julie - I will give it some thought but am a bit shy about it too! Can't win!
      Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  18. Hello Jenny, I have enjoyed the 'virtual' rummage through your drawers with you!!

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    1. Thank you kindly Anne
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  19. It makes me so sad that these days people seem to have little appreciation for embroidered whatevers. I recently bought yet another embroidered tablecloth which has so much work on it and is truly beautiful. The vendor insisted on selling it to me for a mere £5 because it has a small hole in it which will very shortly be darned making it of no consequence. I wish I could tell the cloth's maker how wonderful her work is but as is invariably the case there is no maker's name.
    Thank you for the rummage through your drawers. Lovely as always. Philippa xx

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    1. Do you know I get that too - I remonstrate with seller xyz that could they not give their abc to relative and then not sell it for so little!
      I endlessly admire the workmanship of others
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  20. Jenny, your embroidered pieces are so lovely. Snowdrops and violets. Little rabbits hiding in the foxgloves. You know it took someone hours and hours to complete a piece like that. So glad that you are keeping them in such good care.

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    1. There is something so captivating about embroideries isn't there - special things to keep
      Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  21. Lovely, lovely embroideries. And of course you are not alone - I had a lovly 1910s lacy undergarment that I wore as a blouse in the '80s, and my going away outfit in 1990 was 1920s white cotton - a solid under-dress and a completely see-through over-dress, which was probably underwear when it was originally designed! Such a shame not to still wear this kind of stuff. I have a French convent nighty (red initials and all) that I wear as a kind of dressing gown at the moment.

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    1. Oh how lovely - your outfits sounds just wonderful. There are a few kindred spirits out in blog land I see. I particularly love the sound of your convent nighty - if is that ok to say that in public!
      Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  22. Hi Jenny,what a DELICIOUS set of photo's my mouth was watering as I looked at them,the foxgloves and bunny one is my favourite,Mrs Thriftwood would surely love the chest of drawers with the heart shaped handles!!I certainly wish my drawers were as lovely as yours!!Best Regards Pam.

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    1. Aww Pam - thank you. That embroidery is my favourite too - well my favourite from those photos....oh dear
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  23. Jenny, your drawers laden with such delights never,ever disappoint. Thank you for sharing all that stunning embroidery with us.I adore the bunny rabbit and all those colourful flowers too. If I was one of your sisters I would never be able to restrain myself from having a rummage :o) What I wouldn't do to spend a few hours/days?looking through all your chests of drawers and cupboards, I'm far to nosey not to xox Penelope

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    1. I am with you on drawer snooping - any closed door is an invitation to know what is the other side!
      I lovely the rabbit too - I shall use it for something extra special
      thank you for calling by
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  24. I am always amazed when popping over to see you - what a collection!
    Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah and I hope that you enjoyed your trip to Mr Langfords!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  25. So pleased to have been the instigator of a spot of drawer rummaging!

    At 18 I used to swan about the garden in a Regency dress. It's now in a museum, literally ... and no I'm not that old either. I feel we may be sisters under the skin.

    Or maybe not (lowers voice to a whisper) as I am something of a minimalist and have remarkably little stuff.

    Oh well, it was nice being related to you for a moment there ;)

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    1. Sorry for the delay in replying - staggered at your mention of a Regency dress. Do you have any photos or can we pay homage to the museum! We are indeed sisters - marvellous to wear such things of history.

      I wish I had little stuff....I am a hamster
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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    2. Not sure if there are pics, I'd have to ask my Mum. Fairly certain the dress is languishing in the store rooms of the Bath Costume Museum. Definitely marvellous to wear, although I was rake thin then, and tall, it was far from the right length on me ... they were tiny, those Regency types!

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  26. Now when it comes to books - of which I have a great many (too many but shhh) and someone says, 'Anna, do you have Five Children and It?' I can instantly find that precise volume without a moment's thought. Craft supplies... well I need a map. (An embroidered map, perhaps?)I can't seem to find anything these days, so I greatly admire your ability to find your treasures. A treasure map! That is exactly what I need. (Been reading too many books). x

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    1. Ho ho - yes indeed books would be another failing. Have you seen my embroidered maps....I like embroidered maps...oh my!
      Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  27. A beautiful collection ...so much work, it would be rude not to enjoy!
    Kind regards
    Thea x

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    1. thank you most kindly Thea
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  28. oh how i would love to come and have a rummage! :)

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  29. There is a code you can use when you are placing your pictures on your post that will NOT allow them to be pinned at all. I don't know about from Flicker though. I simply googled it for another friend who was having the same problem. If you want to leave me a comment on my blog I may be able to help you! I know it is frustrating when people do not respect your wishes. On the other hand - you as usual have a fabulous share for today - thanks for the peek!

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    1. thank you most kindly for your email - I hope that you picked up my reply
      Thank you for calling in and for your advice
      Kind regards
      Jenny

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  30. I only said the other day I'd love a good rummage in your drawers! Thank you :) x

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  31. Oh my goodness what a beautiful collection you have! Sigh* :) Happy Sunday! xx Holly

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    1. Thank you most kindly Holly
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  32. Oh my goodness! I hope you read this comment, because you are the first person I have come across expressing a difficulty that can get the best of me. I can't not think of things to create even when it is long past bedtime. I make so many things that I get to the point I have to "Clear the shelves". I donate so many things to Goodwill. Thank you for letting me know I am not alone! Elizabeth

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    1. Aww - a kindred spirit. I have left a reply on your blog and thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  33. So, so beautiful - all those pretty bits. Do you also have a Drawer of Shame (as I do) of projects that didn't quite please?

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    1. Drawer of Shame (DoS) features very heavily in earlier posts....dearie, dearie me
      Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  34. ~ Ooh Jenny You do spoil us all...I have a drawer of treasure, but yours is the DADDY! of treasure...Should we mention with kind thoughts the men that share our lives and indeed homes...hehe....Does yours ever go in these drawers of treasure looking for work socks! I wonder? LOVE all your pretties. I could look at them all day !Thanks for sharing...~ with the kindest thoughts Maria x

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    1. I am not entirely sure that Dom knows that this entire room exists!!! Ho ho! Fortunately Dom does not collect anything!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  35. I love all your vintage embroidery stash Jenny - thanks for the tour of your drawers! :)
    x

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    1. Drawers always open for guests!!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  36. I think I would definately be rummaging through your drawers if I was at yours! Full of such treasures....you would have to drag me away kicking and screaming for more peeks at all those pretty embroidery pieces! I feel all excited just looking at the photos! I have lots of sleepless nights too, as most of the time my brain refuses to switch off and instead fills me full of 'makes' and ideas....My husband says that I am constantly mumbling about granny squares and sewing hexagons to make purses in my sleep. It can be quite exhausting!! Karen x

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    1. Ha ha Karen - what things other halves have to put up with! It must all a bit of a mystery for them I think
      I 'found' some more nice bits today....I am getting forgetful in my old age
      Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  37. Well dear Jenny I am almost lost for words... flowers... colour... embroidery... jealous... in ore of your drawers!
    Cass x

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  38. I so enjoyed seeing all the embroidery in your drawers. I think all textile collectors use drawers to store things. What a wonderful collection!

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