Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesday treasure and more minis

When my Dad was a young boy during WW2,  he lived opposite Croydon areodrome (Surrey UK) and would watch the planes as they arrived and departed and even had one overshoot into their front garden.  It was during this time that he and his father would approach households with bomb damage to their leaded light windows and offer to repair or replace them.  It was during this time he learnt  the technique.  Fast forward many years and upon my suggestion one rainy day when he was at a loss he took up the hobby again.  He changed from lead to copper tape and being that his background was in electronics, was a dab hand at soldering.  He had wonderful stocks of the most beautiful shaded glass you could image, just like our fabric stashes. He was also quite prolific in his creations, enough that we ended up taking his wares to the local market to sell.
This beautiful lamp stands proudly in my lounge and even takes low energy bulbs, so it can stay on all night.  This is my Tuesday Treasure hosted by Melody, sadly we lost Dad in Oct 2009 but I have so many of his lovely lamps, clocks and other treasures that he is around all the time.

We are still up in the early 30'sC unbelievably warm for October.  DD has her best friend and little 4 year old staying with her at the moment, so after yet another hospital appointment we went to Calpe for lunch then on to the beach.  I had quite forgotten the wonder and joy a 4 year old can radiate by slipping into his cossie and jumping around in the very warm rock pools and making sand pies and castles, it certainly made his day. DD joined them in the pools and then presented me with a teeny tiny shell and a pretty pebble, so really I can have two Tuesday's treasure today!

I even managed some crafting time at the weekend and played around with basket making, it was quite time consuming, but then again what isn't? and sticky with the glue, but I was pleased with the final results after trying various different threads.  We also made the contents of the baskets, with the exception of the cat!
 (Thimble used for scale)
 The Alibarba basket has a removable lid

I mentioned knitting the little shopping bag a couple of posts ago, so it was sewed up and a leather handle added. The other hand bags are made from faux suede and are very soft.  All in all quite productive.

It was back to chores this morning, but there is always this afternoon........
take care


  1. How lovely to read about your dad after you mentioned him to me in an comment. That lamp is stunning work! I 'd love to see more of his work if you have more examples.

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