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Monday, 3 January 2011

Special Gifts

We were blessed to have special gifts under our tree this holiday season, many hand made, others chosen with great effort especially for us. One in particular bears mentioning. I was surprised and delighted to open this parcel from my brother. It is an antique German toy sewing machine, in near perfect condition. He spotted this at an auction in October at the home of the late Edna Sutherland of River John, N.S. The home had been in the family since the early 1800's and there were many original pieces. The little sewing machine is exquisite. The hand crank turns perfectly and the machine stitches as it was intended many years ago. There is not a bit of rust on the machine; it has obviously been well loved and cared for.
The machine even has the original needle. It was fun to thread the machine, turn the crank and imagine the delight this brought a child many years ago. It certainly delights this child. Thanks, LR.
Another less tangible but still appreciated gift was one of good travelling weather over the Christmas season. The skiff of snow we had allowed us to visit and our house guests to return safely home without issue. Today the back yard is Christmas-card pretty. We awoke to 15 cm of snow.
No doubt it will be all cleared off in time for the students to return to class tomorrow but if not...well, not many would object to the gift of another day off school.


  1. The sewing machine is beautiful. I'm so glad your brother found it and sent it to you. What a wonderful gift!

  2. What a gorgeous little machine and what a thoughtful brother.
    Love the snow. We still don't have any so I love the photos.

  3. What a special gift! Wow! you have snow! Sooo pretty... We have rain and mud ): So the teachers the IT teck (for the Tri-County Schools) in my family would like your weather for certain.. Another day off would fit nicely. I have one more day off so it is sewing days today and tomorrow!

  4. What a wonderful brother to find and acquire such a thoughtful gift for his quilter sister. Both are keepers, I would say...
    The snow looks lovely- however it has kept my hubby and kiddos from driving to Hfx. today, so the mood around here is grrrrumpy.... :(

  5. The sewing machine is wonderful, and it certainly has gone to a good home.
    I am glad you have the snow, in Dartmouth it is rainy. Disappointed grandchildren though. All the best in 2011.

  6. What a cute little machine! Lucky you. Happy New Year!

  7. What a great find and a wonderful gift. It will be a fun item to display.

    No school here in NB until next week so the kids get to enjoy the snow for another week.

  8. I LOVE that little sewing machine - so cute!