Treasure Thursday

Today’s treasure is a tea caddy made by my lovely nephew many, many years ago.

Tea CaddyIt’s looking a little shabby now but there’s no way I’m going to get rid of it anytime soon. He knew that I liked sharks so he painted a fish and a swordfish. ┬áThe back is a bit more abstract.

Tea Caddy backI love it and I’m very lucky inasmuch that Master likes it too. So this little tea caddy is going nowhere.

 

 

Treasure Thursday

Today I’d like to show you something sewing related again: a needle case.

Needle Case

As far as I remember this one came from one of my mother’s friends. It’s only about 2″ long and only fits fairly short needles. I know nothing about it but assume that it’s fairly old. The needle case lives in my hand sewing box making sure I always have sharp needles at hand.

Needle Case

Treasure Thursday

I wasn’t sure what to show you today but in the end I decided to show you a picture that is very special to me.

This picture is in fact a copy of a watercolour that hangs in one of our local restaurants. I first saw it when my Bridge group held its Christmas party there and fell in love with it. In fact I loved it so much I took a picture of it thinking I could maybe put that in a frame. The picture, I’m sorry to say, did not turn out well as you could see the reflection of a window in the glass.

Hanna's Pic

Five months later we moved into our house. A couple of months later I had the German Lunch Ladies over (a group of wonderful German and Austrian ladies who meet once a month to speak German and enjoy a lovely lunch) as it was my turn to cook for them. To my surprise I was handed this big present and a card which had been signed by the German Lunch Ladies and the members of the Bridge Club. Gesine, who like me is a member of both groups, had gone back to the restaurant, taken a picture of the watercolour and asked Hanna, one of the German ladies who’s an artist, to copy it. Hanna did a fabulous job, making it her own rather than simply a copy. Gesine then collected money from everyone to get it framed.

Hanna's Pic

The picture hangs in our living room and every time I look at it I’m reminded of these wonderful friends I’ve made while here in England. I know I’m going to miss them all when we move back to Switzerland but I will aways have a reminder of their friendship, talent and generosity.

Treasure Thursday

Round and round the garden like a teddy bear….

This weeks treasures are a few handmade teddy bears, all made by my lovely friend Dorte. The first two teddies were our wedding gift form Dorte and her husband Leigh. They were modelled on us and are called Freya and Padraig.

Wedding BearsAren’t they just the cutest little couple?

Freya and Padraig

The next teddy is Bernard and I bought him for Little Miss Bossy Boots for her first birthday. She loves him but doesn’t play with him as much as I thought she would and I think it’s because he’s a boy and doesn’t wear pretty dresses. I might have to give him a quick sex change at some stage and turn him into Bernadette.

Bernard

I also bought this little cutie, Herr Nisse. For a while he lived in our yucca but now he looks after my stash. It’s a difficult job but he does really well. Whenever I forget to fold my fabric again he stares at me with this really disapproving look. He’s perfected ‘the look’ and it never takes me long to fold my fabric properly and put it away.

Herr Nisse

Sadly Dorte got a little bit fed up with making teddies and is therefore taking a break from creating these wonderful treasures. I was hoping to add to the family but will just have to wait until Dorte is ready to make some more before choosing another furry friend to come and live with us.