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Saturday Night With (No) Friends

My Friday Night With Friends didn’t go so well.

I spent the whole evening (and night) in a desperate attempt to burn down the kitchen bake cookies. Some things need writing down – like when dates change. If a friend didn’t phone me yesterday reminding me that the cookie business was going down this morning instead of Sunday morning as originally planned… *shudder*

So, I have nothing to show for last night in the line of stitching or sewing. That means that I’ll have a Saturday Night With (No) Friends, and that serves me right.

If you feel like popping over for an evening of no friends and left-over cookies, you know where to find me.

Till next time,

Miss Thimble



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“The hunt is on!” Give-away

The hunt is on for a new sewing machine!

Let’s not beat around the bush here – I need help. I need your help.

This morning I went to have a look around and… – sweet baby Moses, buying a new sewing machine is more difficult than buying a new house.

My trusty Singer was/is 11 years old, and seeing as it was a gift there was no way for me to influence the buy. Even if I could have, what the devil did I know about quilting and sewing back then?

Seeing as I can pick and choose this time round, I want a machine with all the bells and whistles on. The two that caught my eye today was a Janome 3160QDC, and a Singer Quantum Stylist 9960. (These caught my eye fleetingly as  I turned tail and fled in horror after seeing the multitude of choices and realizing that I was out of my depth!)

How can you help? Easy – please tell me what machine you have (old or new), what you like about it, and what you would look for in a new machine. That sounds like work, right? Right. It is.

In return for your input and advice, I will give away a US$25 gift voucher to either amazon or a fabric shop to one lucky person. You choose between the two, and I choose the shop.  (Why do I get to choose the shop? Because if you live in, oh say Australia, you may want a voucher for a shop closer to home. Same goes for amazon.)


One entry per person.  The give-away ends at midnight (GMT) on Sunday 9 December, and I will announce the winner on Monday 10 December.

Till next time,

Miss Thimble


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Ciao, November!

Don’t let the door hit your bad-luck-bringing behind on your way out!

I am a pessimist. If there is a small grey cloud the size of a M&M on the horizon, I am convinced that it brings days of rain. That being said, despite my pessimism I have a certain buoyancy. I see that teeny cloud and think: Ugh, it’s going to rain for days!! Short on the heels of that then follows my buoyancy: Never mind, that’s what umbrellas are for.

That I’ll never run out of my supply of pessimism is a given. That I would ever run out of my deep supply of buoyancy, I would never have guessed!

November summary:

First thing to break was the toaster.

Second thing was the coffee machine. Only a ‘no biggie’ because of the electric kettle.

The sandwich maker takes spot number three.

The life-saving kettle (see #2) was number four.

The printer was next.

Add to that the terrible cold I had and The Incident with my finger.

All things I could live with, that would pass, and that were easy and not expensive to replace.  The straw that broke the back of the Buoyancy Camel was my sewing machine.

The Tumbler quilt was pinned and basted…

Then this happened – over and over and over again.

I fiddled with the stitch settings, I fiddled with both the top and bottom tension, I even fiddled with the tension setting on the bobbin casing. Nothing helped. I had to unpick stitches on that quilt countless times. No way am I having this sewing machine repaired. I’m buying a new one. Four days of unpicking and Language will do that to a person.

After that depressing bit of reading, something a little more cheerful. Look how neat and pretty the gnome blocks look after being squared up.

Come on, December! Bring me some normality and a smattering of good luck! Please?

Till next time,

Miss Thimble


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Meow (Hello)

For the past three days, I have been flat on my back with a terrible cold. Normally, Thimble Cat doesn’t roam the house. Ever. He comes in, plops on his chair, gets up again after a while and goes outside. No amount of coaxing can get him to explore the house. The last couple of days, however…

From somewhere in the house:  Meow? (Hello?)

Mumbling from the bedroom:  Hey, Blue.

Peeking around the bedroom door: Meow.  (Oh, you’re still alive.)

Still peeking around the bedroom door:  Meow! (Feed me!)

Mumbling from the bed:  I’m getting up to brush and feed you now.

If I don’t throw the covers back and get my sorry carcass moving in 2 seconds flat:  Meow!! (Move it, pathetic human!!)

We’ve had this delightful and heart warming conversation twice a day for the past three days.

If I keeled over and kicked the bucket, Thimble Cat would just have this to say:  Meow! Meow? (Son of a ****! Who’s going to feed me now?)

No sympathy in this house, I tell you.

Till next time,

Miss Thimble

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from

Miss Thimble & Thimble Cat

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Hello, everyone!

It will take another day or two to get things organized here at Casa Thimble, and then the blog will be up and running!

Till next time,

Miss Thimble

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