01 February 2009

An Award, A Birthday ... and New Drawers!

Those of you who follow Donna's blog and website may recognise part of the title of this post. Read on to see why I've poached part of it! ...

First of all I have been given an award by Amanda ...

... because "The authors say that blogs who receive this award are exceedingly charming. This blog invests in proximity in space, time and relationships. These kind bloggers aim to find and be new friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandisement. Our hope is that when ribbons of these awards are cut, even more friendships will be propagated. Please give your kind attention to these writers."
Thank you so much Amanda, not only for thinking me worthy of the award but also for the lovely words you wrote about my blog in your award-giving post! I'm delighted to receive it. I should be passing it on now to other bloggers, but if you saw the number of blogs in my list of favourites (not those on my sidebar, but all the others I dip into when time allows) you would see what a difficult task I would have to choose the required number. I guess there are in excess of 200 now! I think I must say that if I have left a comment on your blog in recent weeks you can be fairly certain that I visit you regularly and that you are an inspiration. Consequently, please feel free to accept the award and pass it on as you think fit. I know this isn't exactly the way in which such awards are intended to be offered, but I hope I will be forgiven.
So ... moving on ... Mum celebrated a birthday on 20 January (I had better not mention the number, but think bingo and two fat ladies!) and on Friday I took her to Bath where we met Hannah at the Moon & Sixpence for lunch ...

prior to enjoying Hannah's birthday gift to Gran ... seats at the Theatre Royal to see the Moscow Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty. We were in the second row with only the orchestra between us and the stage (no-one in the seats directly in front of us). The performance was magical and Mum had a wonderful time. When we lived in Northampton Hannah danced from the age of 3 until we moved to Bath when she was 14. Every year Mum would take her to see whichever Ballet Company was performing at the Theatre, so this was 'payback' time!! A jolly time was had by all ... in fact, if you were walking round Queen Square in Bath about 5.15 pm on Friday and saw 3 women spanning 3 generations in varying degrees of uncontrollable hysterical laughter (you know the sort ... doubled up, stitch-evoking, unable to walk in a straight line and thus blocking the pavement), then I apologise! It was funny at the time, but there's absolutely no point in telling you why we were laughing because it's never funny to anyone else, is it!!

And so, finally, to the "New Drawers" ... If you read Donna's post a couple of weeks ago you'll know that she bought new drawers and that her old ones were going to a good home ...

Here they are just prior to being carried out of Donna's home on Tuesday ...

And here they are just after they arrived at their new home yesterday (they lived in Liz's van in the interim) ...

One photo taken with flash, one without. I'm never sure which is better inside Dairy House. The flash seems to make everything seem so flat but without it the photos tend to be rather yellow. What do you think?

I had to do a complete rearrange of my space to fit them in. It was a marathon task and all achieved on what turned out to be our busiest day. We had people queueing up to pay for their chosen items yesterday. Liz and I really felt we'd done a day's work by the time we locked up. First of all shelves were shifted, the French cot full of eiderdowns and quilts was moved,

the 2 banks of 25 drawers which house my haberdashery, buttons, lace, small pieces of fabric, sequins, beads, threads etc were 'shoved' (literally) 2 feet along from their original position in order to squash in the shelves I'd moved.

We had to saw a bit off the uprights of the shelves at skirting board level as the gap was half an inch too short!!!! Plenty of hilarity there as I'm sure you can imagine!! Some things just won't budge or bend - wooden shelves being one of them!

Thankfully I was there today to finish tidying up. My space is the area which customers walk straight into when they come in the door, so first impressions and all that ... it was important that it was all shipshape and Bristol fashion by the time we closed up this afternoon (at 5.15 instead of 4 pm).

And here are the drawers (as many times as Blogger will let me upload photos) as I left them tonight. I printed off the temporary labels so that DH customers know where to look until I decide on how I want to label them long-term.

I am filling them with linens - tablecloths, traycloths, napkins, sheets, pillowcases, doilies, place mats, runners - and so on, in the hope that people will open the drawers to find what they're looking for without leaving the screwed up pile of badly refolded items which is the norm! (If you are one of my linen customers I KNOW it wasn't you!!!!)

So! Have the drawers gone to a good home? Oh yes indeedy, they most certainly have. They'll be stroked and nurtured and filled and emptied and refilled, labelled and polished and in 2 days have already been coveted by 3 customers!! And they're mine ... all mine! And that's the way they're going to stay!! A girl just can't have too many drawers ... and I now have 76!!!


Donna said...

Hahahaha! Loved this post! Those drawers look completely at home there I don't think they are missing me at all!!! I am so glad you are happy with them Sue. I have loved them and know you will too.

I wish someone had taken a photo of all 3 of you while you were out, I would have loved to have seen all 3 generations together. I can see the likeness between you all.

I have spent the day reorganising my fabric room. Plastic boxes reign supreme! I shall take photos tomorrow as it got too dark.

OhSoVintage said...

Oh I love those drawers too. Lucky you. Having something like that makes being organised a real pleasure.

50sgal said...

I love the ballet! I also adore those shelves. Since I have timetravlled back to 1955, I am in the midst of organizing and creating my 'sewing room' and boy would those be handy, lucky you!

Sal said...

Hope your new drawers give you many years of pleasure!!!

Amanda said...

It was a pleasure passing on the award to you - I always love/hate the choosing process because I have so many blogs I love (I think I did well to only go 2 over the number required but then I don't have quite as many as 200 blogs I read!!)

As for your mum's birthday - it sounds like everything a birthday should be - perfect :o)

And the drawers - oh the drawers - I love them!! I might even have to persuade Tim to bring me over just to see them hehe - not that I wouldn't come and see you if you didn't have the drawers, of course ;o)

BusyLizzie said...

Gorgeous drawers! They look fab, I intend to come & visit the DH soon.. what days are you there this week?
Lizzie x

PS I also gave you the blog award... but as you can see by my blog I made a bit of a horlicks of it all!

The White Bench said...

Oh Sue...lucky youuuuuu!!! I've been in love with Donna's drawers since I saw them in her post! I think they'll give you a lifetime pleasure!!!
Monica x.

Lucy Bloom said...

Oh I did wonder where they were going - lucky you - they are great!
Lucy x

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Sue,
Donna's drawers (!) look made to measure in their new home!! How wonderful - lets hope that the DH customers will enjoy rummaging through them! ;-))

(Is the French cot for sale, or is it display only? - I know someone who was looking for one)

Lovely to see your Mum enjoying her Birthday treat - glad that you all had such a fun evening. I think you should do it more often!

Congrats on the award.
Keep warm,
Niki x

Shammickite said...

Love your updates on what's going on Chez Sue!
Happy birthday to Mum, so glad she enjoyed the ballet, I think I would have enjoyed it too!
Your new purchase is divine! But are you sure you won't mind people rummaging through your new drawers? Nothing's private any more! Hehehehe.

Redwoodhouse said...

Hi Sue, love the drawers what perfect storage for all your wonderful fabrics and lace.
My lace arrived and I am very pleased with them, Thank you. I went to the ballet at Malvern to see Gizelle with friends last night and it was beautiful so graceful just the opposite to me!!

Anonymous said...

Those will be so useful Sue. What a great find for you. Sounds like it was hard day but I bet you really enjoyed putting the linens in their places. It is something I would have really enjoyed.

lizzie said...

Love the drawers. I have always regretted casting off mine!!hehe hehe!!!!!!!!! Could do with some more now for all my stuff.

Shabby Chick said...

Thanks so much for that Sue, I think I might see if they can help, it would be interesting. With the flash picture it's way clearer than what you can see with the naked eye.

Those drawers look great by the way, I'm not sure how I missed this post but I am rather envious... not that I would have enough fabric and goodies to fill them!

Mel xxx

Thecraftytrundler said...

Would love to visit your shop, it looks gorgeous!! Pity you weren't still in Northamptonshire!! (for me anyway!) How far is Shaftesbury from Northants?
Would be good to get a chance to visit one day.

Have fun !

Sharon xx

Country Cottage Chic said...

I love those old haberdashery cupboards - my mum has one that is huge & stuffed with lovely things - I haven't persuaded her to give it to me yet though!

louise said...

Ooh, love the new drawers! x