today I'd like to show you my mother's sewing - box, that's got a place of honour in my living / craftroom, after I furbished it:
Shortly after my Mum got her first electrical sewing - machine in the early 60's of the last century (sounds like a fairytale, just like my Snow-white-like-finger-story), my Dad bought her this box to go with the machine.
Originally it was beechen with black painted handle / legs, but after all those years it was fairly worn, you can imagine.
I decided to paint the box mahogany and the handle / legs lavender.
In this lovely heirloom I cherish some of my mother's haberdashery that came with it. Some empty jars filled with buttons, lace or ribbon, spools for frivolité, sew-on badges and frill and a little brown paper bag filled with dried lavender. An old little paper bag from the shop ( Zuhorn in Groningen ) where she had her nylon stockings repaired, which was not unusual in those days, as nylon stockings were not cheap and the 'disposal age' wasn't invented yet.
Noah's Ark, in the background, is made by Jim Shore, an artist who's highly inspired by his quilting grandmother, or his grandmother's quilting.