Monday, 5 July 2010

Weekly Treasures

What a fantastic response I had to the Sonority Sisterhood post last week. It was so lovely to meet so many new sisters and pay a visit to all your blogs. Thank you all for leaving such lovely comments and I'm looking forward to our next get-together.

Now, once again I'm joining in with Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for her weekly Thrifty Treasures party.

I bought a few things at Sunday's car boot sale. One was a set of six heavy-duty wheels (another buyer told me they were wheels for shop cabinets). I have ambitions of building a pull-truck out of some old sheets of wood I have, to help transport bags of compost etc. around the garden. (I say 'ambitions' because...well, don't hold your breath.)

But you don't want to see those, do you? Oh, OK:

The star buy was this Singer sewing machine table, already painted and with a wonderful piece of wood on top:

It's not in working order of course and I got it for £20 which I was very pleased about:

I originally had plans of using it in the garden for plant display, but I can't possibly leave that wood to the elements so it's come indoors and into the 'breakfast room'.

The other treasure I picked up, and for a mere £2, was this pretty firescreen:

Beautiful embroidery but as you may be able to see, lots of water stains:

So I want to ask your advice on 1) getting the embroidery out of the screen (it looks like it's sealed in) and 2) how do I get the stains out? Or is that the reason such a treasure was so cheap? Any advice would be very much appreciated.

Have a great week,


Andi xx


  1. Oh I'm very envious of your Singer table! ;-)

    Hope you can get the embroidery out to clean it, sorry I don't have any tips...

  2. Great table Andi and the firescreen is lovely, no advice I,m afraid though ;(

  3. As far as the water stain goes, no advice other than to get out kids' crayons and just color over the stains, making a blue background color behind the embroidery. It will look like it was MEANT to be that way!

  4. Well I hate to sound like a broken record but I don't know either! I like the crayon idea though, ha! Your goodies are great finds. I love that table!


  5. I love the vintage embroidery, well I would wouldn't I?!! Its beautiful! Suzie xxx

  6. Love the Singer sewing table and the beautiful fire screen. Wow... it's lovely.

    Hope you have a fantastic week,

  7. The repurposed sewing machine table is fabulous, I'd love to have one like that.

  8. Great Singer table! Beautiful embroidered piece. Hope you can find out how to get the water stains out of it.

  9. Just found your blog and I am instantly jealous of your Singer table find - it's lovely!

  10. Hi Andi, loving your gorgeous header picture!!

  11. hiya- if this doesn't work for you then I shall just pretend that I never said it...

    ...the last vintage embroidery I had with water stains I simply sprayed with Vanish stain remover and put on a cool setting in the washing machine.
    The embroidery colours didn't run, and the stains came out no problem- I expect they've been caused by condensation behind the glass?

    Keeping fingers crossed throughout the cycle is an optional extra!

    Other than that, you could always set about creating a new embroidery- or embellishing the original?


  12. Super finds and simply beautiful new header! XO

  13. What about Vanish and a delicate handwash - I have ehard of people who have put old fabrics inb the washer only to see them fall apart in front of their eyes - at least in the sink you can take immediate action if necessary!

  14. What wonderful finds...This is my first stop ,what an amazing header!!

  15. Hi, Andi!
    So nice to meet you!
    Thank you for coming by my house!
    I have gotten water stains out of fabric--here's basically how I did it, go to this site, it will help: (
    I have a "Davis" sewing table on my deck, with a glass top-- Yours is much prettier than mine since it hasn't seen the elements yet :)
    My daughters love all things British--Dr. Who is their favourite show, and we have to have tea every day--sometimes with scones :)
    They have a matching set of T-shirts with the Union Jack on them!
    I am your new friend so I (and they) can see what you'll be up to!
    Hugs and blessings to you as you make your home!

  16. 2 pounds for that firescreen???? not fair!! i like the stains. i think they add so much charm to the screen!! i tea stain stuff like that on purpose to get those stains!! lol
    take care andi....
    enjoy the week

  17. This is such a pretty piece of embroidery!! I am hoping you figured out how to get it out of the frame and clean it- It would be a shame to not be able to use this! I have a little faux fireplace that this would look adorable in front of! Lucky you!

    bee blessed

  18. Sweeet sewing table! I have no clue how to remain the stains I'm afraid..Have a great rest of the week!

    Sandy xox


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