My   Christmas Gift

I got a Dyson V8 cordless vacuum for Christmas and I love it!  We don’t have any carpeting and very few area rugs so the pet hair really collects.  I always hated getting the vacuum out, dragging the canister along behind and continually moving the plug to a closer outlet.  With this vacuum I can grab it at any time and I do!  That’s the real beauty of this vacuum.  When I hang it up, it starts charging again.  There is  40 minute charge on normal suction, less on high suction which I don’t have to use often.

Can you imagine how much dirt and hair falls into the cracks in the floor?  This vacuum gets it all out!  I grab it several times a day just for a quick pick up and I am always amazed at how much dirt is in the canister when I quit.  Where does it all come from?  Yuk!  

It came with several attachments – this is the upholstery attachment and it really cleans up the white hair from my dark red chairs.  Hallelujah!

I can do the stairs so easy and so fast and this thing is really lightweight.  I feel like a commercial for Dyson but I am so happy with it that I had to tell you.

Yesterday I needed a day out so I went to several thrift stores about 90 miles from here.  Several were having 50% off sales so I really looked for some specific colors in shirts.  I want to start another shirt quilt but I am resisting until I finish the mystery quilt.  Here is one stack of shirts just out of the washer/dryer.

I also got these 2 very old but very nice transferware plates.  About $2.00 each.

And here is my first Emma report.  I let her outside today – it’s 48 degrees!  Looks like spring is not far away – she is starting to shed her winter coat in January.

26 thoughts on “My   Christmas Gift

  1. Carolyn

    Oh My! What wonderful bargains. Sure hope Emma is right about Spring being around the corner. I am just not a good winter person.

  2. Connie Rademacher

    Don’t you just love thrift shops. Always a great treasure hunt and, you don’t have to feel guilty about spending a lot of money .

  3. Paula Nordt

    We’ve had two whole days of winter. Just enough to kill most of my plants. Hope Emma is right!

  4. MartyCae

    Thanks for the info on the Dyson. Pet hair and bird feathers are a never ending chore but I never mind because it is a small price to pay for all that love.

  5. Angie Rowland

    I don’t have a dyson but I love the fact that you have to recharge it after 40 minutes, what an excuse I would have to stop cleaning ONLY because I needed to charge the battery again. I was doing a tartan table mat and needed plaids. I was looking all over for plaid fabric at fabric stores until a friend told me to look at the shirt department at Goodwill or the likes. We went on a day it was fill the bag for 2 bucks. I was able to get a LOT of shirts in that bag.I found wonderful soft plaids of every color and after washed they made a wonderful table mat. Now I am thinking quilt. LOVED yours. There would be plenty to make a scarp one as well. So many ideas and so little time.
    Glad people use up rather than throw out. Our grandmothers and before would be so proud.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Angie – now you’ve got the idea! Hang out in the thrift stores and look for great shirts – the bigger the better for around $3 here in North Iowa.

  6. Mary R.

    Looks like you got some great bargains and I love the Dyson. I could use one with the hair my lab sheds. Ya’ll need to send us some winter. We are running the air conditioner here in Louisiana.

  7. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Love the plates, and the plaid shirts look promising! What do you have in mind for them? Our ‘local goat’ (smallholding just round the corner) is still in full winter coat mode, but as it is well below freezing, with ice and snow everywhere, I can’t say I blame her! She evidently dosen’t expect spring any time soon!

  8. Cindie

    Like seeing the hanging Dyson, but more interested in the wall hanging next to it? Can we see the entire hanging?
    Happy cleaning!

  9. Sue

    I have an older powerful Dyson that is cumbersome to use for quick cleaning. Your cordless one looks like just the ticket. Especially for stairs.
    Can’t wait to see the shirt quilt.

  10. Ann Barlament

    Love your Christmas present!!

    I received an early birthday present and the item is one year older than me. It’s a 1951 hand crank Singer sewing machine!!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Ann – I saw your picture with the machine on FB. I have never seen a machine like that – how wonderful!

  11. Ethel

    So happy for you!
    What a blessing!
    I got a Shark and have living room carpeting and agree, “where does all that dirt come from?”so

  12. Lora

    I have a Dyson like yours and also a regular Dyso animal. They are the best!! I almost like to vacuum because I can see progess.

  13. Louise

    Enjoy your new your vintage plates. Wouldn’t they be swell to have a cake on for your next
    Church bake sale?

  14. Beverly Lockmiller

    I have a Dyson just like that. It’s a wonderful little vac and picks up so much cat and dog hair. love mine.

  15. Loris Mills

    Fun to see your Dyson post 🙂 We just got smooth surface flooring and I toyed with the idea of getting one of these. Best of both worlds…my DH found a long wand attachment for our handheld Dyson and I bought a Roomba iRobot! Which reminds me I need to go get it started. With 3 dogs and 2 cats, I have to keep on it. Fortunately, the Roomba doesn’t scare them. I might have to look for that upholstery tool though the ones I have aren’t that effective. Thanks for the review!

  16. Marilyn

    Glad to hear your report on Dyson because I’ve been thinking of getting one…… dog hair, just hubby and me! How do you keep the chair cover from slipping off the back? I think it’s a great idea for protecting the upholstery and I have it on my list of projects with scrap fabric.

  17. Lillian Whitworth

    I have two dogs and every time I vac I always say we could build another dog from their hair. But don’t know what we would do without them I always enjoy your post .

  18. Becky Rose

    Mary, you should send your review of your Dyson to them. Those reviews are what sells products, at least I always read them!
    Hope Emma doesn’t shed too much yet!
    Glad to see Rox found a friend!

  19. Moe Baly

    Thanks for the news on the Dyson. Have been thinking how wonderful it would be like you said no cords and lightweight. Love a good thrift shop. I have a great little on near work and a Good Will bear home. Some times I just go to wander. That’s when I find the best treasures. Glad you and the animals ate enjoying this nice weather. It was near 70 today in Chicago.

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