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Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 3, 2019 at 3:41pm

I have one of those pincushions, too. I've had it ever since I started sewing for real in high school. The little strawberry is filled with sand.

We pulled up our tomato plants one year and hung them upside down in the spare bathroom, so the tomatoes on them (I think they were pear tomatoes) could continue to ripen. We had the last of them New Year's Day. We did get fruit flies in that bathroom, though. I kept an open bottle with just a little white wine at the bottom to attract them. They would fly in, overdo the boozing and drown. Then I would rinse the bottle and add new wine. I'm trying to remember if we had more good luck than usual that year.

Comment by Pam/NY on October 30, 2019 at 6:48am

I think the fruit flies would let you know when to toss that tomato!!! Too funny

Comment by Irene Gallway on October 30, 2019 at 4:59am

I had never heard this story before either. I have had one of these for more years then I can remember. And I still find it handy when I'm sitting in my recliner hand stitching. Thanks Pam for the history lesson.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on October 29, 2019 at 7:54pm

Well, yeah, Barb!  It is good luck to have a rotten tomato sitting on the mantel?  Tee hee

Comment by Barb/WI on October 29, 2019 at 7:13pm

Interesting!  I also had no idea.  Wonder how long it sat there!  One question leads to another.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on October 29, 2019 at 4:07pm

Nor did I!  Sounds reasonable; luck was a big thing in the Victorian era,  I understand.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on October 29, 2019 at 4:02pm

One of my earliest memories of Mom's sewing box.  And grandma's...

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