Finds of the Week #9

Happy Saturday friends!
Among the many birds that are regulars at our winter feeders are a cardinal couple and several blue jays.
So I was thrilled to find these handmade 2′ tall needlepoints for $2 each. They’re a little primitive, but that’s what I love about them. They’re professionally framed in distressed cream and gold paper backed frames.
vintage bird needlepoint pictures

I didn’t even notice the area of darker blue on the blue jay piece until I saw this photo. So I looked at it again and it’s not the photo. That’s the way it is, but that’s OK. I like quirky things.

vintage metal platter
Monkey decided the gold platter was a perfect new bed.

But I have a project in mind for it.

Let’s see who wins this one. Do you see that look of determination on her face?

vintage metal bread basket
John found this delicate metal bread basket at the local flea market, and I loved it right away. He’s a very good spotter.

I think it might be handmade.

It has a lovely aged patina and
I have a project in mind for it.

vintage graters

I found three sets of 3 flat graters.

I have projects in mind for these.

vintage vanity hand mirrors

I found these two vintage vanity mirrors.

I love their shapes.

I have no idea how old the floral one is, but it has lovely detailing on the handle.


vintage vanity hand mirrors
The glass over the floral has a crack in it, but that doesn’t bother me in the least.

The faux wood grain one has a definite 70s look to me.

I have projects in mind for these too.

This box of crafting scissors will come in very handy.


crafting scissors

23 pairs of scissors, all with different decorative cuts, for $5. A great deal! Some are Fiskars, and some are no name.

crafting scissors

I have many projects in mind for these.

We finally had a couple of warmish days in a row so I unplugged myself to just enjoy it, and take it all in. Yesterday, we actually opened a few windows to let in some fresh spring air, and to hear the singing birds. Such a treat!

Spring is finally starting to come around I think. It felt so good to be out and about without feeling like a popsicle. lol.

Thanks so much for reading!

Happy Easter!

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  1. Those graters? LOVE!! And that bread basket! Good eyes, guys! (And we opened all the windows yesterday, too!)

  2. WOW! You really hit the jackpot.
    I absolutely love those vanity mirrors. You are so lucky in finding them. I have been looking for some of those for me to use as picture frames.
    Can't wait to see what all you do with the rest of them wonderful items.
    Have a Very Happy Easter weekend.

  3. Wow, lots of cool finds! Aw, how could you take the tray away from Monkey, lol…so cute! Looking forward to seeing your projects.

    Happy Easter!

  4. Monkey and our Miss Peepers look like twins. You may lose the fight over the tray unless you find a replacement she likes. I did not notice the difference in the blue yarn until you mentioned it. I cannot imagine the needleworker who discovered this after she had finished. Love the vanity mirrors.

  5. Great finds Tuula. Maybe Monkey can keep the tray until you bring something new that she likes better. If she's like my cats, she will always choose the new item in the room to lay on. Funny! Looking forward to seeing what you do with your finds. I know whatever you make will be awesome! Have a happy Easter weekend!

  6. Cool stuff this week, Tuula! I love those graters, too. Animals always find the craziest spots to claim as their own. LOL
    Happy Easter to you and I hope you keep enjoying the nice weather!

  7. Your kitty is too cute! My kitty used to do that ALL the time….lay on whatever was in her path! Your treasures are wonderful! Those scissors are such a find and my heart melts over the vanity mirrors. Makes me think of my grandmother. Great week for you. Now I will wait to see what projects you do with it all!

  8. The needle works are a good deal for all that workmanship that was put in them. I don't think they are primitive, they look very pretty to me, and nicely framed..

    1. Thanks so much! Sadly, it seems that needle art pieces aren't very wanted around here… except by me. I see them in the thrift stores all the time at very low prices, but I can't possibly bring them all home. The reason I say they look primitive is because they have a very large stitch. A smaller stitch tends to make pieces look more detailed and realistic. I used to do needlepoint years ago myself so I understand the hours that can go into one project, and I'm happy to have these.

  9. Great finds, Tuula–I especially like the mirrors, and the deal on the scissors was fantastic. Your cat is too much. I'm not a cat person but love to view their antics from afar! Happy Easter–

    1. Thanks Diana! I hope you had a wonderful Easter. Monkey does like to be right in the thick of things. Those are the first vanity mirrors I've every found. I remember my mother had one when I was a child so I was happy to find them.

  10. You find the most amazing things Tuula! That cat bed is so original!! Happy Easter to you and your family!

  11. Love the graters. I've seen lots of cool projects done with those!

  12. Awesome haul. I have the same Monkey "problems" times 3….lol If I'm touching it, they want it!!! hahaha I just love that you make me look at "things" in a whole different way! Can hardly wait for the inspiring projects. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Love ya' Patricia B

    1. You just made my day Patricia! Repurposing things is one of my favourite things to do, and I hope the projects to come will offer you some inspiration. Thanks so much for stopping by!