I enjoy playing with my cameras almost as much as sewing machines, fabric and thread. This morning I was greeted by a stunning floral display courtesy of the dining room hibiscus plant.
It is always a challenge to capture the beauty of flower blooms, especially in the house.
This plant loves direct sunlight, which means most of the photos are back lit.
Hibiscus blooms only last about 24 hours.
They sure are pretty.
I used a flash to capture the back yard greenery through the window.
It actually has two different kinds of blooms on it. The other kind is red and yellow striped, which I will photograph soon.
The Hibiscus is Hawaii's state flower. I think it is pretty cool to have a wee bit of Hawaii living in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.
This hibiscus plant was purchased in May 2013 after our vacation to Hawaii in April. Since then it has been infested
with spider mites twice! The first time was the end of June. I put it
outside beside the Saskatoon berry bushes and sprayed it with dishsoap
diluted with water. By the end of July it looked lush and wonderful.
In mid August there was a threat of frost so I relocated my plant to the garage
overnight. The next day it was moved to a flower bed which unbeknown to
me had spider mites! Again the leaves were turning yellow and
dropping by the dozens. In early September, I purchased insecticidal soap from a
greenhouse, with the plant in the bathtub, I sprayed daily for three
days. Then it was repotted and returned it to the dining room. I have now sprayed all the houseplants with insecticidal soap and will continue to do so once a month.
On September 16, I dug up these parsley and rosemary plants from the garden. I potted them to use in winter. Fresh herbs have so much more flavour than dried.
These three plants are basil. The little leaves and tiny flowers is a also a basil plant. They smell wonderful.
Houseplants are messy, but they do a wonderful job of cleaning the air. I love having plants in our home during Manitoba's long frozen winters. Currently, I have ten houseplants:
three hibiscus - the other two are in the master bedroom.
My dear readers, do you have houseplants? If yes, what kinds and how many? Do you use fresh herbs?
I wish my vintage machines could tell their stories of where they have been, what they sewed and how they were loved.
Introducing Pinky! - Japanese 15 Clone
1910 Bernard Stoewer Treadle
Made in Germany
1940 Singer 15-91 (Pearl)
This machine has a geared driven motor. Sold to Linda in Glenboro April 2015
1960s Imperial - Ruthie
Made in Japan. Ruthie was gifted to an immigrant family in August 2010.
Bernina Nova 900 (Novalee)
Manufactured in Switzerland between 1982-1985. Sold to Marge in Steinbach, Manitoba in February 2012.
1983 Bernina 930 Record
Manufactured in Switzerland
Elna Air Electronic TSP
Manufactured in Switzerland in 1976. This machine was gifted to my niece in September 2010.
1954 Elna Supermatic
Manufactured in Switzerland. This machine was sold to Jeanne In Winnipeg December 2011.
1970s Elna Supermatic (Ella)
Manufactured in Switzerland. Sold to Kristen in Winnipeg in December 2011.
Elna SU 62C
Manufactured in Switzerland. Purchased in July 2013 and sold in August 2013.
1996 Husqvarna 500 (Heidi)
Made in Sweden. I bought it new in 1997 and to this day it is still my favourite machine. Heidi complete with the cabinet she sits on was gifted to Shannon in July 2011.
Husqvarna 530 Lily
Manufactured in Sweden 1997 traded for the 555 in March 2012
Husqvarna Lily 555
Manufactured in Sweden sold to Rosalie in Stonewall May 2015
1979 Husqvarna 6570 (Ruby)
Manufactured in Sweden. Ruby was sold to Sandra in Winnipeg March 2012.
1961 Necchi Lelia 513
Made in Italy - sold to Maria in Winnipeg January 2013
1954 Necchi Mira BU
Manufactured in Italy. Mira was sold to Cindy in Florida in January 2012.
Pfaff 7510 (Phyllis)
Isn't she pretty? Phyllis was sold in June 2011.
I'm just tickled pink with her!
Singer Genie 354
Manufactured in France in 1974. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
Singer featherweight - Tinkerbell!
A tiny black beauty. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
1956 Domestic Automatic (Wilma)
Manufactured in Japan. This machine has a dozen cams to make fancy zig-zag stitches. Wilma was given to my son Jason in August 2013, she lives in Calgary now.
Fancy sewing machine cabinet
In 1988, I bought this cabinet without a machine for $35. My husband took it apart. It took me four months of evenings and weekends to strip and refinish it. Doug put a shelf in to fit a modern free-arm machine. Since 1997 this cabinet is home to Shannon's Husqvarna 500.
Elna Stella (Stella)
My Wee Sewing Machine made in Switzerland. Stella weighs about 12 pounds. This machine was sold on ebay to a lady in Hawaii.