Wednesday, May 18, 2011

2011 Alzheimer's Association Benefit Teddy Bear~UPDATED

I'd like to introduce my third annual Alzheimer's Association Benefit Teddy Bear. He is being previewed here, so you can meet him before he is sold, with the proceeds from the sale going to the NM Alzheimer's Association via The Walk to End Alzheimer's, and my Walk to End Alzheimer's team.
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UPDATE: This Teddy is now listed on eBay through their Giving Works program. Here is the direct link to the auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230629970600&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT. 100% of the sale price will go to the NM Alzheimer's Association. Buyer is responsible for $12.00 shipping costs which are separate from the sale price. Shipping is via USPS & will include delivery confirmation & insurance.

For more details about this teddy, please visit this page on my website, or this previous blog post.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Antique Sewing Machine

My husband found this lovely machine for me. Can you believe someone was throwing it away!? The patent marks on the machine are between 1871 and 1883. And some of the accessories have patent marks as old as 1862!
This machine is half the size of my modern sewing machine and weighs about twice a much. The parts still move but I think I am going to use it as a display/art piece rather than trying to sew with it. And yes, that is a hand crank!
It is a Willcox & Gibbs sewing machine and the inventor, James Edward Allen Gibbs, came up with a completely new method of sewing, the chain stitch. He was granted his first patent on this new sewing machine in 1857.
Charles Willcox partnered with Gibbs in 1859 and Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine Company was born. I addition to domestic hand and treadle machines, the company produced industrial models. The machines were sold in the USA and Europe. The company closed in 1973.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Zeke's Memorial Video

We lost our pup Zeke on April 29th. This is his Memorial Video.
The link to the full screen video is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoNL-UEykL4
He is very missed...