I decided it was time to get back to the blog again, just as our internet access vanished, Virgin had just told us that our speed was being updated to double speed, then ..... nothing. Still, it is working again for the moment.
Unfortunately, I could not upload my entry for Less is More as the cut off time had been and gone. It was supposed to be a flat card with Fur or Feathers.
The card will not be wasted as I know exactly who to send it to. The spaniel was from the Clarity Stamp sale, and, as we have two working cocker spaniels, I had to have it. I already had the tree which is another from Clarity. I stamped the dog with Vintage Photo Distress ink, and used a water brush to shade it in. Then I masked it off, and stamped the tree into the background. The ball was done using a hole punched into.a small scrap of paper, a make up sponge and the Vintage Photo again. That makes it easy to shade the ball to give it shape.
The sentiment is just right for the look you get from a spaniel, but the quality of that stamp leaves a lot to be desired. It was from a set of free see-through stamps I acquired, and partially tore through as I removed it from the backing. I have been used to the sturdy firm quality of Clarity Stamps and treated in the same way, with dire results. It was also much harder to get a satisfactory image when stamping with it. Clarity may not be the cheapest, but they are definitely the best I have used. Quality counts!
Quality is what I was thinking about when I dug out my elderly sewing machine out to do a bit of mending (it was bought new by my father for Mum (with all the attachments, and I persuaded her that she needed a new one when I got married - the new one was never as good or reliable). It is a vintage Singer, made in 1949 in Kilbowie, Clydebank, weighs a ton, and just works. It is electric with a knee lever to operate it. All we have ever done to it is a bit of light cleaning and a little lubrication - oh and Geoff made up a new power cord when the original perished.
However, today things went a little awry when the drive belt started throwing bits of green rubber at me, and the speed dropped drastically. A new belt is required - horror. Not bad, though, when you consider the original has lasted from 1949 till today. and Singer still make belts for this machine. As I said, quality counts. When new, it cost the huge sum of £17-7s-6d, when an average month's wages would have been around £40. (There is one on Ebay at the moment for £85) . Hopefully, the new belt will arrive in a couple of days and I can get going again with this family heirloom. (I bet the new belt does not last as long)
Although I have not blogged for ages, I have dipped in and out of many blogs to see what you are all doing - some lovely work out there on show.
I am also entering this card into Pixie's Snippets this week - after all, the card was free old stock, and the one stamp was free with a magazine ages ago. So, Di, please will you let me into the playground next week. (I have missed this week). I miss having my go on the swings.