Fabulous Finds Friday

New Life for Old Fabulous Finds

When you’re a thrifter sometimes you find amazing things with perfectly good intentions of using them for something someday.

And what happens? They get put away and forgotten.

This happens to me more than I would care to admit, but I guess I’m admitting it right now. lol.

Let’s face it, there are so many fabulous things to find in this world.

Even in my small neck of the thrifting woods.

So this week I thought I would share what I just recently did with a few (temporarily) forgotten fabulous finds.

Honestly, just because they were forgotten doesn’t make then any less fabulous.


Pair of vintage cardinal and blue jay large framed needlepoint pictures

The first blast from the past fabulous find is from the spring of 2015 when I found this pair of large framed needlepoint pictures.


vintage cardinal and blue jay needlepoint pictures 2

I loved them on sight and have kept them for their someday to be in the spotlight that they truly deserve.

They’re about 2 feet tall, and 13 inches wide.

I recently found them again in the back of my craft room closet and I pretty much remembered their size, but I really thought the birds themselves were much larger and took up more of the pictures.

It doesn’t really matter because I still love them, but it’s funny how the memory can play tricks on us.


backs of vintage cardinal and blue jay needlepoint pictures

Someone had these professionally framed.


vintage cardinal and blue jay needlepoint pictures

I’ve always wondered about that block of different colored yarn in the Blue Jay picture.

Did whoever did these run out of the lighter yarn? 

It’s things like this that makes things more interesting to me.

I hung them up on my living room wall, but something was missing, which you’ll be seeing later in this post.


large gold metal musical scale hanging wall decor

The second blast from the past fabulous find is from June of 2013 when I shared this lot from a village garage sale. 

I recently used the spindles from the table for this repurposed map clock project, and a few years ago I gave the wall planter this makeover.

Seeing this picture again got me wondering where I had put that large musical scale thingy, so I went on a quest to find it in my storage greenhouse.


large musical scale hanging wall decor made of gold metal

And may wonders never cease… even though I didn’t remember exactly where I put it I actually found it.

I have to say it’s pretty cool.

It’s about 30 inches across and it’s pretty light, so it was easy to hang with just a few penny nails.


large gold metal musical scale hanging wall decor

I hung it up above the bird pictures.

I left it the gold color because it plays off the gold in the frames beautifully, even though it’s just a teensy bit darker.


vintage bird needlepoint pictures and gold metal music scale wall decor vignette

Since Cardinals and Blue Jays are both songbirds, I thought the addition of the scale above these two pictures was perfect.


living room wall vignette with bird needlepoint pictures and large musical note wall decor

I love seeing this vignette every day, and in the winter we see the real birds outside too.

I can’t believe it took me so long to get these things into my home’s decor.

But now that I have I’m so happy with the way this vignette turned out.


view of living room wall vignette with bird needlepoint pictures and large musical note wall decor

Our living room ceiling is 9 1/2 feet high so it can take a tall wall vignette.

I’m still looking for something small that I have in mind for beneath the bird pictures.

I kind of know what I’m looking for, but it might take a while to find it… or I may never find it.

But that’s perfectly ok. 

I’m enjoying the way it is right now.

I like the way the floral decoupaged desk looks with the birds pictures, but it will be moving over this weekend to make way for the Christmas tree.

Yay! I love decorating Christmas trees!


vintage cardinal and blue jay needlepoint pictures with added button to broken note

After doing this vignette, editing the pics, writing the post, having looked at the pics I don’t know how many times… I just noticed this morning that one of the circles was missing from a note on the scale.

That’s just too funny. 🙂

No worries though, I quickly went into my button stash and I glued on a large gold button.

Problem solved, and I kinda like that it’s different.

So do you have a forgotten fabulous find that has been waiting for its someday to shine?

If you do, get it out and enjoy it!

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Mother Deer says:

    I like the way that the blue jay picture background mirrors the lines of your curtain panels, and the music staff placement is perfect. What a great vignette 🙂

    1. Thanks very much! I didn’t even notice that but now that you mentioned it I see it. 🙂

  2. Hey, that lighter thread in the Blue Jay pic…..isn’t that the outline of his chest? No, maybe not. Oh well…. But then I look again and think it is. The music notes are just fabulous. I didn’t notice the one note missing either, I had to go back and look! Once the whole thing came together I thought of the song: Let’s all Sing like the Birdies Sing. Know that one? You’re probably too young. But I sing it when I go out to feed the birds. Nice work, girl!

    1. Thanks Dona! I don’t think it’s the outline of his chest because it goes right across the picture and is very straight at the edges. I don’t know that song. I’ll have to look it up. 🙂

  3. Debra Hubbs says:

    That looks so nice in that spot and love the pairing of the birds with the scale. Ok I didn’t notice the note missing either until you mentioned it lol. I’m wondering with that block of color you see if possibly that is an area that for some reason didn’t fade and the other background did? Maybe it’s the pictures but I think it looks like you can see an area faintly darker on the cardinal one also? Maybe not, just throwing that out there.

    1. Thanks Debra! I think the sun fading the rest of the pic might be the answer. Maybe something was covering the darker area.

  4. The bird pictures and music notes looks so cute together! Great finds!


  5. This vignette looks fabulous! What I find most amazing though is how you went so long without putting something up on that wall space. I can’t fill my walls up fast enough and have too many temporarily forgotten finds packed away all over. I am jealous of your space lol!

    1. Thanks Pam! I wish I could put stuff up that fast. 🙂 It sometimes takes a long time to find what feels right to me, and walls have been known to stay blank until that happens.