This has been a good weekend! I have LOTS to show you but the main reason yesterday was a "Treasure Day" was because my Rob and I got to spend the day together. We drove out along the St. Clair River, and Lake St. Clair itself to hit a few of my favorite antique haunts. Rob is always hoping he'll score that rare baseball card, picture or other treasure but truth be told, he doesn't usually find much. Like I am with him, I think he's just happy to spend time with me. I'm blessed!
Anyway, while we were out and about we found a new to me consignment shop that I just loved. It's in New Baltimore, MI and they just had the greatest stuff. It's called Ditto.... Consignments and I took a few shots in the store (with permission). But first, I have to show you what I found! The minute I saw her, I knew she was coming home with me. Here's where she's currently hanging:
I was not at all sure it was old or an antique but the shop owners said that they thought it was. Doesn't really matter to me - I Love it! Perfect for a lover of samplers, dontcha think?
Here are a few pics of the inside of the shop - I can't wait to go back!
Look closely and you can see how much Rob was enjoying our outing. He's playing Scrabble on his phone....
It was cold yesterday, as it is today, and this is what Lake St. Clair looked like:
Can you see all the ice? Click on the picture to enlarge. The ice is melting but not gone yet!
Rob and I had a lovely lunch on the river and the waitress snapped this shot of us:
And here are some pics of the view from our table:
Are you bored yet? I have more to show you. I found this quilt at an antique store like the angel, (not at Goodwill or SA so it wasn't the cheap bargain I usually go for but it wasn't bad):
It is a state flower quilt that is embroidered and hand quilted. I just love it! It's not perfect, you can see where some of the colors have stained the fabric but I love that some of the flowers are appliqued and all the state flowers are labeled. I can't find an Alaska or Hawaii flower so I'm guessing it's at least prior to 1959 but I really have no idea how old it might be - I'm guessing 1940's. States are also duplicated so I am just not sure... It reminded me of one my mom gave me that has the 50 state birds that a woman in Tennessee hand quilted for her. I'll show you that another time - it's on my bed right now. Any recommendations on the best way to clean this would be greatly appreciated.
Here's a little "trash to treasure" something I made from a salt and pepper set I found. It was missing the stand that they originally hung on so I thought they'd make great necklaces. My own little, "message in a bottle" necklace. I put a small scroll inside, wrapped in floss and added some doll buttons in pink, white and gold. The scroll says:
Rob ~ Matt ~ Ty
Don't you think keeping a wish close to your heart makes sense?
Okay, this is the last thing.... I promise. I found this chair at the SA for $49.99. I've been looking for a new chair for my craft room, er studio, and thought this fit the bill perfectly! Not only is it a diminutive size (which I need with low ceilings), but it rocks! Great for reading, stitching, watching t.v. or just chilling out in my room. I haven't decided yet whether to paint it or leave it be but it will definitely be reupholstered. I love that it rocks and I don't have to worry about it scooting all over the room. Now to find the perfect fabric!
I believe the old, red, velvet may be the original fabric - see it peaking through?
And in closing, I'd like to say WhooHoo - I just passed 200 chocolate loving followers! I think a giveaway might be in order to celebrate my wonderful followers! What do you all think? Maybe some stitchy stash or a message in a bottle necklace - Hmmmm... I'll have to think on it a bit.
Have a great day - a great week and thanks so much for stopping by! I love reading all your comments and I couldn't appreciate them more. I'll have a more "stitchy" update on my next post along with whatever I decide a giveaway should be!