Numbers: 173 – 198
At the beginning of this week I went into a charity shop and bought, what I believed to be, Mousie-Mousie. I thought this would make a good gift for my sister, we used to play it during the Seventies and the box was identical to the one we used to have.
It was sealed with a ridiculous amount of sellotape, but the lady assured me that it had been checked and that all of the pieces were inside. However, when I got home and opened it – not a mouse in sight. Instead, some old Monopoly parts.
I thought they were 1960s, at first, but after some research I discovered that they are nearer 1950s. Exciting, but I didn’t quite take that in until this morning, when it suddenly dawned on me that the cards I have been sewing all week are sixty years old. Turns out, the metal counters were made after the war and represent the power and rebuilding of Britain. The piece I thought was a tractor, is a bulldozer. I am going to add the counters to our family set, which is ultra-modern, each player actually uses a credit card. The children love it. From now on, though, I shall be moving this Mallard around our board.
Anyway, an unplanned week of frenzied sewing ensued. A bonus unexpected day off work, on Thursday, helped. My accounts were not completed (and many pans boiled dry), but the cards were. I have never had such a quick turnaround from acquiring the goods, to transforming them into the finished piece. Sometimes I sit on things for years before turning them into something new.
The peak of the week was when I had the idea to include a Community Chest or Chance Card, and some money, with each card. Hello!
They are not made from my usual food packaging, but instead from some WH Smith’s index cards. The index cards were bought new by a friend. She never used them and gave them to me last Sunday, rather than throw them away. So they were still in my bag when I bought Mousie-Mousie, seemed only right to use them here. The envelopes, I bought some years ago from a charity shop, I have just adapted them for purpose.
I am now going to put a few in my shop (not Northumberland Avenue, though – more on that later).
Hope you like them,