Thrifting the Creativity of Others
One of the wonderful things about thrifting is that it gives me the opportunity to save things made by other creative people.
People who I’m sure I would love to meet and know, but probably never will because you rarely know how far the things that you find at thrift stores have traveled to get there.
Sometimes they’ve come thousands of miles, and sometimes they’ve traveled through years and years
Even though I love to create things myself for my home, not everything in my house has to be made by me.
Especially because it’s pretty impossible to try everything, as much as I might like to.
Today I’m sharing two fabulous finds that I would have loved to create myself but I’ve never tried either of these crafts.
Vintage Framed Paint by Numbers
When it comes to other people’s creations I’m always drawn to things that bring back memories or that tug on my heart strings in some way.
In my neck of the woods it seems to be the vintage handmade things that can go for a song, like this horse paint by numbers, which I recently found for a measly two dollars.
The frame itself is worth much more than that.
I live in farm country and often see horses in the fields.
There’s just something rather peaceful about this scene and horses have always seemed rather majestic to me.
The frame has some fabulous details, and I’m debating whether or not I should leave it alone.
I don’t mind the chippiness at all.
Some people try to make new frames look like this
But I’d like to highlight the raised details so they stand out more, so an aging technique of some kind might be just what it needs.
What do you think?
From the back you can really tell that this is a vintage frame.
The lady at the thrift store told me that they added the metal hanger to the back, and they left the old string that it came with on there.
I love that someone took such care in framing this paint by numbers.
It obviously meant something to someone, and now it means something to me. My only wish is that it was signed, but people don’t often think of signing pieces that they do for themselves. But why not?
I’d love to start a thrifted paint by numbers gallery wall in my upstairs hallway. This could be the beginning of a fabulous collection!
Handmade Floral Quilt
I also feel sooo lucky to have found this amazing handmade floral quilt.
It was lost in a pile of rather unremarkable bed linens, and I was immediately overjoyed when I discovered it.
It’s so beautiful, and for the life of me I don’t understand why anyone would want to get rid of it.
Well, at least they donated it to the thrift store so someone like me could have a chance to treasure it.
The floral squares have a vintage botanical look that I absolutely love and the latin flower names are a very nice touch.
They’re sewn to a fabulous leafy edging, with little plaid squares in the corners.
And the plaid continues on the back in that marvelous green, cream, and red.
Flowers and plaid? Yes please.
I’ll say yes to that all day long!!!
When the colors are right they are totally made for each other.
You can just kind of see the quilting in the backing there.
Now this beauty is, unfortunately, only double size… but I thought it was so fabulous that I just couldn’t leave it at the thrift store.
It fits the bed, but it just doesn’t hang very far down the sides.
And to make a great find even greater it only cost me an unbelievable four dollars but, honestly, I would have paid much more.
It has most definitely found its forever home with me.
Thrifting the creativity of others is a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of arts and crafts that you have an appreciation for, but just don’t have the time or inclination to try yourself.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…