Wednesday, 31 May 2017

What's on my work desk today!

Time for a makeover!
Thought I'd join in the WOYWW gang today, for 'What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday'.
This yummy, vintage sewingbox has been languishing under my sewing table for some time, feeling a bit neglected and waiting for a little TLC. The legs are wonkey, screws are missing and this Little Lady needs a bit of spit and polish. 
 
Our journey together started when I visited a local charity warehouse for my weekly rummage. 
I discovered the adjoining unit had been taken over by a house clearance company who'd piled lots of rubbish outside just waiting for a skip - or me!  
I couldn't resist a look. I spotted the handle of a sewing box!  I popped inside and asked if I could have it - "yes, it's waiting to be skipped". I picked it up. My heart was racing because it was so heavy - always a good sign of treasure.  When I got home, the bottom tray was full of vintage knitting needles and the rest were lined with buttons! Happy me.
 Since then, the sewingbox has been waiting for a makeover, so I took out my trusty screwdriver. 
Unscrewed. Dismantled and piled up all the parts. 
 
This little Lady was filthy. 
Out of the kitchen came the microfibre cloths and anti-bacterial cleaner and I started scrubbing. 
So much dirt!
That little bit of elbow grease has made such a difference!
 
I'm so happy. My postman delivered the replacement screws today. 
No more wonkey legs for this Lady. 
 
As of this morning, this is what's on my workbench.
 
The sun is out and I'm pondering the next stage before I reassemble. 
Watch this space. 

45 comments:

  1. How wonderful that you saved the lovely sewing box from Skip death! You've made a blooming good job of the restoration, I look forward to the big reveal next week ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Hugs, LLJ 18 xx

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    1. Thanks Chuck. I think a little bit of tweaking is needed before I reassemble it. ;)
      Katie xx

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  2. Hi Katie, I have one of these boxes. They used to be very popular but the crews do seem to come loose due to you open and shutting them but they are lovely. Thanks for the visit to mine and happy crafty woyww, Angela x21x

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    1. Hi,
      Thank you for your comment. Happy Crafting.
      Katie xx

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  3. What a killer find! I look forward to seeing the refinish. Creative Blessings! Kely #36

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    1. Hi Kelly,
      Thank you for popping by. I love your blog.
      Katie x

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  4. Oooh what a lucky find! :) I've given mine away as I hardly used it and one of my sister in law's her craft room is her whole own craft shed for sewing. :)
    Thanks for the earlier visit, ~Stacy #40

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    1. Hi Stacy,
      Glad yours has gone to a good home.
      I have a craft room and am planning a craft shed too! (for messy things).
      Katie xx

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  5. Looks like a fun project!
    April #45

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    1. Hi April,
      It's a project that needs very little thinking about. I have the odd project like this on the go, it gives me thinking time about new stitchery ideas.
      Katie xx

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  6. What a super find!! I would have grabbed it too :) I wonder what you will do with it next?
    Saw your felting below too. Lovely!
    Thanks for visiting earlier, much appreciated :)

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    1. Hi RosA,
      Lovely to meet you.
      Watch this space to see what happens next. ;)
      Katie xx

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  7. So exciting! I love trash to treasure projects and can't wait to see the final result. Thanks for the earlier visit. Have a great week! Dorlene #39

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    2. Hi Dorlene,
      Have a great week too.
      Katie xx

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  8. Hi Katie how lovely to see you and your project here.
    My mum bought me one that one of her friends made. The screws are always coming loose on it, must be a design fault on them.
    You're doing a great job in cleaning it up.
    Have a great week fellow Lancashire lass
    Lynn xx 2

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    1. Hi Lynne,
      Thank you for sharing your photos of Manchester. Us folk need to stick together in times of need.
      Katie xx

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  9. Truly a labour of love that has paid off - could not believe that video - what a differenceI have one similar but not as big as yours.
    Do join us again and show us how it all went together.
    Hugs, Neet xx 13

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    1. Hi Neet,
      It was very therapeutic to clean. Its a mindless task that allows my mind to drift off and plan Stithery projects ;)
      Lovely to meet you.
      Katie xx

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  10. Amazing what a bit of TLC can do - it's looking so much better already. It's a lovely box and well worth being saved from the skip - good on you!
    Hope you have a great week and thanks for the visit to mine,
    Diana #23

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    1. Hi Diana,
      I was in the right place at the right time.
      Have a super week.
      Katie xx

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  11. Hope you manage to put it back together OK! Super job.
    Thanks for the visit BJ#11

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    1. Hi BJ,
      I have a master plan to put it together - it involves fingers and toes all crossed ;)
      Katie xx

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  12. Hi Katie, WOW!!! What a wonderful find. Looking forward to seeing it when it's finished.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #24

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    1. Hi Sue,
      Lovely to meet you.
      Have a great week.
      Katie xx

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  13. Wow! What a challenge! I have one of these too, given to me by my Father in Law in the 70's. Fortunately mine is still in working condition! Can't wait to see what you do with yours! Thanks for your visit earlier! Lindart #41

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    1. Hi Lindart, Lovely to meet you :)
      Katie xx

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  14. What a lovely piece of furniture and useful storage container that sewing box will be once it's back together. Great find! Happy WOYWW Sarah #22

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    1. Hi Sarah,
      I like to think I was in the right place a the right time.
      Katie xx

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  15. Looking forward to see what you do with your wonderful sewing box...Have a happy week ahead #19

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    1. Hi May,
      Have a happy weekend too :)
      Katie xx

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  16. Hi Katie. Welcome to WOYWW. A gorgeous find there. I've got one exactly the same which my hubby gave me many years ago. He had done some inlay work on the top just for me. When my sewing supplies outgrew the box, I wondered what to use it for - it now has all my jewelery in!
    Have fun. take care. God bless.
    Margaret #9

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    1. Hi Sweetie,
      A Jewellery Box sounds like a fabulous idea!
      Have a super weekend.
      Katie xx

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  17. Happy Belated WOYWW! I love those sewing boxes...so many possibilities! I love the reconstruction steps you've shown. Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by earlier.
    -K #32

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  18. Now that looks like a labour of love and it is going to be worth all the effort. Thanks for the visit earlier.
    sandra de

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    1. Hi Sandra,
      Have a wonderful weekend.
      Katie xx

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  19. Wow! What a great find and with goodies, too! I have my mom's that is kinda similar. Thanks for the visit! I'm still getting around.
    Carol N #34

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    1. Hi Carol,
      I hope you had a super weekend.
      Katie xx

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  20. That is so kewl can't wait to see what you do with it
    Hugs Nikki 10

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    1. Hi Nikki,
      I'm loving restoring it to it's former glory.
      Hope you had a super weekend.
      Katie xx

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  21. Katie, I love this! What a smashing job you are making of the Old Lady lol! I watch Money for Nothing on TV and you remind me of that! I can't wait to see it finished. It's amazing what people throw out, sn't it. Thank you for your visit and your great comment. I am so sorry to hear of your computer woes but good on your hubby offering to get you a new laptop! Exciting! I never think a WOYWW comment is late until after the next one has started - I'm always happy to receive comments, any time.

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #34

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    1. Hi thank you for your visit. The laptop replacement may take a while, so many techy ๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐Ÿ’ป decisions to make ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
      Katie xx

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