Monday, July 26, 2010

Acquisition & Divestiture


Acquisition: From the basement of the in-laws5000, a set of small plastic figurines representing the U.S. Presidents from Washington to Lyndon Johnson.


These were apparently a childhood, what -- plaything? -- of Mrs.5000. They are perhaps 8 centimeters high, made of a very light plastic, individually painted, and in very well-worn condition. Several Presidents are missing hands or arms that they actually possessed in real life. James Monroe is missing, but there is an extra John F. Kennedy.

Divestiture


Two quilting hoops, a large oval measuring 17" x 27" and a small circle measuring 12".

For those of you who don't know, these hoops are used to keep a quilt stable while you are doing hand quilting. Now, I have recently reached the point of recognizing that there are some things that, no matter how interesting they might be, I don't want or need to accomplish in my lifetime. Becoming a good hand quilter -- or really, doing any more hand quilting at all -- is one of these things. I'm a decent machine quilter, and such I will stay.

If you are a Citizen of Roses, and want these hoops, let me know. Otherwise, they're bound for a free box.

9 comments:

fingerstothebone said...

What? No Barbie as president?

Rebel said...

I'm sad that knee-breeches went out of style as presidential formal wear.

UnwiseOwl said...

Suits of the Presidents: Fashion in the White House. I think you have the beginnings of a museum exhibit here.

Michael5000 said...

Fingers: Hey, I only have one vote like everybody else.

Rebel/Owl: Knee-breaches will be back around soon enough. Patience, patience.

Rose City Reader said...

Those presidents are fabu!

I love big hoops like that, but already have my own that I no longer use (I used them to hook a rug) and they sit there accusing me.

mrs.5000 said...

I definitely approved of presidential knee-breeches when I was a kid; otherwise it was a long succession of drab frock-coats and boring old suits. I can't say we "played" with these a lot, though we did line them up and try to remember some of them, which I guess is why my mom got them for us. They lived in a coffee can in the toy chest (which was in the shape of a train car, and could hold a child, coffin-style, to be wheeled on brief, fast basement excursions) and my sharpest memory of them is auditory--the clattering sound they made when poured out of the coffee can, or the metallic thunks when dropped back in.

Dug said...

OMG! My brother had that same set of presidents when we were kids. I used to line them up like football players and crunch them together. I broke various arms and legs (as football players will do) and I don't think my brother was too pleased. We also did mean things to the Nixon one.

Jenners said...

Seeing these playthings of Mrs 5000 does a lot to explain your marriage.

Bridget B. said...

As a now infrequent visitor, I really like this new column? segment? theme? Fascinating!!