Saturday, May 18, 2013


Bob came home recently from a yard sale with this sleeve board, a $2 purchase.  It took me a minute to realize how it was used, since it had rather a complicated apparatus.  Then I knew I had my Mother's old ironing board, and it dawned on me.
 It was designed to be screwed onto the end of the ironing board, then when not in use to iron sleeves; it could be flipped up out of the way.
 The large ironing board was my mother's only board purchased when she married in 1937 for $3.75 -- she ironed every week on it for her entire 55-year married life.  When I closed my parent's house, I couldn't part with it - so many memories of her ironing everything including the household cleaning rags!  The newly acquired sleeve board has this great patent date of Feb. 17, 1903.  In their day, both boards would have been padded and covered.
 Since I won't be ironing fancy, little sleeves anytime soon; this is where I put the sleeve board.  We always need more book shelves to house Bob's collection of engineering stuff.  

 We've had this store paper roll holder for awhile, but it just recently made its way into the house.  Bob's sister gave it to him in pieces - he just recently restored it.  Their family owned a grocery store for years; so along with the string dispenser, the appeal is there!

I have to admit I'm attracted to this type of thing, also; but where am I going to put them??????

I'm sharing our junk with the following parties this week:
Better With Age for Give Me the Goods Monday
Hickory Trail for Efforts & Assets Tuesday
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Knick of Time for Knick of Time Tuesday
Vintage on a Dime for Welcome Home Wednesday
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
No Minimalist Here for Thursday Open House Party
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Oh I ask myself that question all the time! Where can I put it?

Marilyn said...

I love to stop by and find some new piece that you've been kind enough to share. I do with that I had taken my aunt's old ironing board when we helped my cousin get the house ready to sell. It was an old wooden one from what I can remember. My "modern" day sleeve board must be about 40 years old, and I know I must have been inspired either by my grandmother or 4-H leader so I'd be able to press those sewing projects. Yours, however, is so much more interesting!♥♫

A Romantic Porch said...

First I want to say thank you for the birthday wishes! I appreciate them so much.

Then!!! I was so excited to find out that you have your mother's ironing board!! I have my mother's also. My parents were married in 1936 and one day she saw daddy walking home from work with something over his shoulder. It was a new ironing board. I wanted it so badly when she was gradually giving things to others. I had used it all through high school and then when I made my wedding dress to press open seams etc. Our boards are very similar. The sleeve board is quite interesting also.

And then the surveying/engineering stuff has my heart too, because of our business and my husband's profession...hhhmmm I'm thinkin' we might have a lot in common!

Have a wonderful day.
xo rachel

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love both, they are wonderful. My mom use to have one of those sleeve boards too. Love the paper dispenser, how fun is that. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Veronica Neff said...

That's such a great story! I love the look as a shelf holding the twine:)

Crystelle Boutique said...

No way! Those are the best items ever! I love old stuff... And ironing boards..... Ahhhhhhh!!!

hugs xx Crystelle
Crystelle Boutique

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Sally, What wonderful pieces and I love the shelf you made with sleeve board...very creative! Thanks for linking to the Open House party.

Scribbler said...

What nifty finds! I recently acquired an ironing board like that at an estate sale, and the lady of the house (who was not young) told be that it was her mother's. I think my mother had one, too, but she probably ditched it for a more modern version somewhere along the way. It would be way cool to find a sleeve board, too. I actually use mine downstairs in the garage for small ironing jobs -- I bought it a new cover. I like the fact that it doesn't rock like the new ones do!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Now you know how much I love a cool "what's it", these are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing, you are a feature this week at Ivy and Elephants. Please stop by and grab a featured button.