Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thrifting for Holiday Decor

You just never know what you’ll find when you thrift shop.

I was hoping to find something ‘new’ to read but found this instead! (and then I found some books and magazines at the library the same day! YAY!!!)

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It was a dusty old cross stitch that I loved at first sight!

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And it was perfect for a little ‘red white and blue’!

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Look at the writing on the back.

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I love that this Nana signed her creation!

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This bookcase has all of my old children’s books that I cherish and I try to mix things up on the top shelf.

I’m joining the Vintage Inspiration Link party HERE,

and Roses of Inspiration.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday weekend!

50 comments:

Stacey said...

That is awesome! Can't believe someone would part with it.

ann said...

I would have brought home the sticthing too. Too bad that a wedding gift from grandma ended up in a thrit shop, though. I do look for beautifully done stitching, I guess because I don't do it. Your bookcase looks very nice. I hope your week is going well.

Elizabeth said...

How wonderful that it found a new home with you !

Montanagirl said...

That is a very sweet post! I'm so behind again in my blogging - but I did get to see a Lazuli Bunting up close and personal yesterday! LOL

Diane said...

Love the cross stitch and your display! How nice that the picture is dated too. Bonus!

Danice said...

Oh, I love the old cross stitch with Nana's signature and date. What a wonderful find. Very patriotic :)

Conniecrafter said...

Oh what a wonderful find, and in such great shape, it is the perfect addition to your display. How special to have all your children's old books. I have never thought to sign the back of my cross-stitching's I have done, I do my quilts but not cross-stitchings, I will have to do that the next one I finish.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a beautiful treasure you found while thrifting, my friend! I can't believe that someone would part with that, but glad it's in your possession now.
How are you feeling? I'm still praying for you. xo

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I love it when I find just the right thing for decorating - and to have it signed, what a treasure. Your book shelf is just darling!!

Jen @ The Light Laughed said...

And now it's found a home with love.

How are you doing, are you healing? I hope that you are seeing lots of improvement, and that you are getting back to normal.

Jen

Linda Kay said...

What a treasure! You must be a professional thrift shopper. I don't seem to get a chance very often.

Musings from Kim K. said...

What a special rescue. Your book shelf and patriotic vignette is just darling.

Home Meadows said...

What a great find and it looks perfect with your other patriotic decor. Have a great day, Heather

Ruth W said...

What a wonderful find! I love to do cross stitch...that's a beauty! I would have jumpedon it too! And you can never have too many books!
Ruth

Susie said...

Diane, I love your finds. They will work for the 4th of July also. Hope you have a fun week. xoxo, Susie

Arlene said...

Someone worked very hard on that! Glad you are cherishing it!!

Lorrie said...

That's a gorgeous piece of stitching. A lot of time and love went into it. Makes me wonder why it was in the thrift shop. But lucky for you!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love the stitched piece and you did a wonderful vignette!
hugs,
Linda

Carla from The River said...

Hi,
A great find! Very special.
Hope you are feeling better and all is well in Florida.
xx oo
Carla

Kim Orcutt said...

Love your find! The stitchery looks great and fits right in :)
Kim

20 North Ora said...

I love old patriotic items like that! So glad you got it and can have it in your home. Really pretty piece - lots of hours of work.

Judy

laurie said...

such a beautiful display, just enough patriotism and just enough decor whimsy,, you have such a knack finding the happy balance,,,

Nancy's Notes said...

Diane, what a precious find! I love that you have all of your books and your patriotic treasures are just wonderful! A signed piece is really neat, hard to believe someone let it go, lucky you!!
Are you still sore? Hope you are better with each day!
Nancy

Ariadne said...

What a great find! I hate it that people throw away things like that!These are heirlooms.AriadnefromGreece!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

It's always fun to go thrifting and find things that you love! How patriotic it looks! Enjoy the week!
Julie

Lynn said...

I'm so glad this cool craft found a good home, it looks great:@)

Red Rose Alley said...

Diane,
I saw your red roses on my side bar, and had to come over and see. The cross stitch is a treasure, and how nice that it is signed by the person who made it. My sister would love this, as she likes red, white, and blue stuff. Your shelf looks charming with all the pretty things.

Have a good week.

~Sheri

Sam I Am...... said...

It's sad that someone would get rid of something like that but it was your gain and I love it! What a pretty patriotic display. Will you post the books and magazines tomorrow? Please? :)

Marianne said...

Diane, I love your thrift store find. And especially the signature on the back...Precious! It's things like that that make finds like yours even more special, and I'm surprised that a family would give up such a sweet heirloom. I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Hugs and love,
Marianne xo

Mary Cromer said...

That piece was just waiting for your arms to carry it home. It looks perfect where you have it and you will cherish it even more than to whom the Nana had made it for~

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Very nice find to add to your red, white and blue collection!
warmly,
deb

Margaret said...

Looks awesome! great spot for it too! Maggie

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

How could Gail and Bill part with that? I love the colors, what a treasure you found. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

NanaDiana said...

Wow- Don't you wonder how that ever got out of the family? That is just sad. I am glad you found it to re-love it. What a great old piece. Your shelf looks great, too- xo Diana

Kathy said...

I love finding things signed by the maker and it looks perfect over your shelf.

Scrappy quilter said...

What a wonderful find!!

camp and cottage living said...

Oh, what a treasure! I love that it has the history of the piece with it too.

BeachGypsy said...

Looks great! Have you healed up good? How are you doing with your new camera?

Linda Walker said...

Good morning Diane,
Another great find in your thrift shop!You ar ed right--it does add just the right touch of ted, white and blue. I love your new crosstitch!
Hugs, Linda

Cranberry Morning said...

Diane I love that wonderful display of Americana!

cynthia lee designs said...

What a wonderful find!! I always wonder how these beautiful pieces of hand works end up at the thrift stores. My youngest daughter just recently got some at the Goodwill and added them to her gallery wall.
hugs,
Cindy

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So neat that she signed it. Great finds. xoxo Su

Stephanie said...

Such a beautiful find, my friend! Your images are so patriotic and have brought a smile to my face. Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration.

Simply Shelley said...

I love your memorial day decoration vignette. I did nothing in the way of decoration for this holiday, maybe by the 4th of July I'll be more festive. Blessings

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

A true artist always signs his/her work!!
sweet Nana!!!WOW - that's almost 50 years ago!!
so many questions now - Is Nana still alive? (probably not)
Are Gail and Bill still together?? Do hope so!!
What a find!!

handmade by amalia said...

I know you'll give these great finds a good home.
Amalia
xo

Stephanie said...

Hi Diane! I just wanted to pop in and let you know that this lovely post was featured today at Roses of Inspiration :) Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your week and happy June!

Angie Chavez said...

Wow - what a wonderful find! Thanks so much for sharing it at the Vintage Inspiration Party - you're being featured this week!

Debby Ray said...

What a great find, Diane! And it's oh-so-vintage! Your vignette that you set up absolutely sets it off perfectly. One day I want to come to Florida and go thrifting with you, my friend because you find the best things :)

Southern Lady said...

The rustic look makes it nice.