Fabulous Finds Friday
When I was a little girl my mother did a lot of crafts because with four kids it was necessary.
She sewed us clothes, knitted sweaters, mittens and scarves, and crocheted too… just to mention a few.
I think my childhood memories of her doing all these things for us is what attracts me to all kinds of handmade things.
Things that people have created with their own two hands, even if they’re imperfect.
Actually, especially is they’re imperfect.
Like this $2 framed sewing room embroidery. It’s 15 inches tall and quite lovely. I love the frame within a frame look.
I have no idea what the grey thing above the pumpkin pin cushion is supposed to be?
Is that an old iron?
You can see the initials hjc, and I guess that’s who created this lovely piece back in 1983.
The detail work is quite wonderful, and I love the colors.
Some of the things are a little out of scale, but that’s what makes it funky.
When I shared this paint by numbers painting find a while back I said I was going to start a gallery wall.
I think that adding pictures like this with paint by numbers would work. Especially because it might take me a some time to find more paint my numbers.
Here’s a hand-painted wooden tray of a fun folksy scene. It’s quite large at 16 inches across.
Love the colors.
Even though my style is more funky than folksy, this just screamed out for my aqua and red kitchen.
When it comes to things that I love I’m all for mixing it up. We don’t have to keep ourselves in one decorative box.
Plus I think the wordhas something to do with food, like smorgasbord, so that works.
It came with a hook ready for hanging.
I love that it was created just to be decorative.
The world, and my home, would be a pretty boring place if everything in it was purely practical.
At 50 cents a piece these needlepoint patterns were a great deal.
They all still have their original White Rose labels.
I used to love that store, but they went out of business about 20 years ago or so.
W-a-a-a-y back in the day when I made and sold dried flower wreaths etc we used to make trips to the city just to go to that store.
They had everything for every kind of craft you could imagine, and great quality artificial and dried flowers.
This long one, 23 inches, is marked Made in France.
I think it’s supposed to be vertical with the blue flowers at the bottom.
And this pretty flower basket pattern is 16″ across, and Made in Austria.
And the last one, which is my favorite because of its simplicity, is 13 inches tall and also Made in France.
I can see doing these someday, after I’ve thrifted some floss. But that could take a while so they might just stay as they are.
Although I do love them I’m having one problem.
I can’t seem to get these patterns to lie flat.
I’ve had them laid them out with heavy books on top since last weekend, but they just roll right back up again. I’m thinking they’ve probably been in their rolls for years and years.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!