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Friday, April 11, 2014

Treasures and Stitching, too!

Look who I found waiting for me at an estate sale today!  Say hello to my little friends!

Oh my gosh, I love going to estate sales!  I don't always find treasures but once in a while, I do hit the jackpot.  Today was one of those days!  I was so excited when I found these Beatrix Potter Bunnies I couldn't stand it.  They were just begging to come home with me.  Benjamin Bunny and Peter are both dated 1948 with F. Warne & Co, 1948, Beswick, England stamped on the bottom.  

The other four range from the 1980's - 1992 and are stamped with Royal Albert and Warne & Co. on the bottom.  I did not pay a lot for them and because today was the first day of the sale, there was no negotiating.  
Yes, I tried.  
I wasn't about to take a chance that they'd still be there tomorrow so.... they hippity hopped right in my little bag!
Just in time for Easter!
Each one is perfect and they will be happy additions to my collections.  

This chest is something I found last week, at an estate sale.  My mom has a cedar chest and keeps all kinds of treasures in it - gifts she finds throughout the year for friends or loved ones, special blankets and other treasures.  Because it seems, I am exactly like my mom, I had to have one, too.  I haven't been purposely looking for one but knew when I saw this that my "hunt" was over.  
Maybe.  If I could get it at the right price.
Facebook and IG friends, sorry for the repeat.....
The price was $95.  I didn't want to spend $95.
So, in my best flirty voice I said to the gent running the sale:
"I'll give you $75 for the chest and will let you help me carry it to the car."
He said, "I'll take $80 and carry it out for you."
What's not to love about a fun negotiator?
I think it's lovely.  Oh, it's got a few battle scars (don't we all?) but it still has the key and its a beautiful piece and I'm tickled to own it.

Like mother.  Like daughter.

One of my recent finishes is this cutie by Plum Street Samplers.
It will hang in my stitching room, once I get it framed.
You would think while stitching such a sampler you wouldn't make counting mistakes,
wouldn't you?
Well... not me, of course.
Anyway, with a few minor adjustments here and there, it is done and I love it.
This is going in the top of the "to be framed" pile.

Count Twice, Stitch Once
Confederate Gray, 35 count
Stitched with almost all the called for fibers  ;-)
In the meantime, I'll let it hang around on this cute hanger I found you guessed it, at an estate sale.
The hanger must have been used to hang unmentionables to dry.  
That's my guess.

I changed this section just a tad... I made the frog's eyes gold (the brown just wasn't showing up) and I shortened the frog's tongue a little and added a new stitch.
I closed the handle of the vase where the stitch was originally dropped.

I got what the frog was doing.
He was grabbing the mis-counted stitch but I changed it anyway.

I finished the stitching on my class pieces for this weekend, with Lori of La D Da.
The top right will be my name tag bag.  The pattern is just to the left of it but as you can see, I adapted it to look more like her Birdy Scissor Roll pattern (far left).
When I finished stitching the Drum Pinkeep (bottom) I realized that once it's sewn together two motifs, exactly the same, are going to be next to each other.
That big purple flower is repeated just after the pinky-red flower where the pin box sits.
The 4 little flowers on the far right are going to be the top of the drum.

Shouldn't there be three different motifs going around the drum?

Two motifs, exactly the same, right next to each other?

The more I looked at it, and the more I thought about it, the more I didn't like it.

So.... while it wasn't due to a counting error, a frogging I did go.

Last night I ripped that entire purple flower section out and tonight I'll finish putting something else there so it'll be ready for class tomorrow morning.
I think I'll like it better with 3 different motifs and, it won't look like everyone else's.  That's the upside since frogging all that was a definite downer! 
I also stitched my initials into this (the M is covered by a button - oops!).

That pin box is something I found in Petersburg, Virginia in a very old home at an estate sale I went to with my mom.  Isn't it pretty?
Actually, I found two of them and gave one to Julie. 

Have a wonderful weekend!  I have Lori's class Saturday and Guild on Sunday!

Be well.


Vickie said...

Oh such fun and beautiful too,finds.

Paola said...

Wow ! The rabbit family is perfect for Easter and your
Chest was an absolute bargain by the looks of it.
Sometimes it is just the right day.
Last but not least your stitching is beautiful too. Love
the pegs!!

Sam said...

The rabbits are adorable. The cross stitch designs are beautiful.

Annie Beez said...

Terri your Beatrix Potter figurines are so awesome! Those are so hard to find-congrats!!!

Melissa said...

You always find such interesting things at these sales! And such a negotiator at that!

The cross stitch are wonderful. Sounds like you will have a great stitchy weekend! Have fun!

Annie said...

The rabbits are really a treasure. Just perfect and waiting especially for you I'm sure.

Lovely prim stitching. Interesting way to use an undies hanger!

Sherry :o) said...

See you Sunday...Can't wait to see your FINISHED class piece from Saturday.

valerie said...

What great finds Terri! Love the BP figurines. Great job on your finish...I prefer the little changes you made too! Have fun at your class thsi weekend!

Barb said...

Great finds! Have your read the Beatrix Potter series by Susan Wittig Albert? Great cozy mysteries that give lots of information on Beatrix. Love your stitching! I thought I was the only one the frogs were bugging!

LaNelle said...

Just love the bunnies, lucky you! Stitching is so nice.....enjoy your time.

Wanda said...

Terri, your bunnnies are adorable! What a great find!! The same with your chest - oh my goodness, you must have been thrilled! Your stitching is gorgeous. I love how brave you are with changing everything up. The PSS is a must stitch and what a great hanger! Have a great time at class and at guild.

Cari said...

I love your bunnies….great find !! Also love your chest. It's beautiful. Of course all of your stitching is lovely. You have so many fun fun fun things stitched!! Hugs dear friend and have a great weekend.

Jackie's Stitches said...

I like the changes you've made on your projects - nothing wrong with making them your own!

Tina said...

Love those bunnies!

Lovely finished projects too x

cucki said...

Aww cute bunnies :)
And pretty stitching
Enjoy x

Margaret said...

Always so much to enjoy and drool over on your blog! Love the Beatrix Potter finds! Wow! Love that chest too! Great finishes!

Carol said...

Awww... those bunnies are a wonderful find, Terri!! And I doubt too many sellers could resist you when you come at them with your "flirty voice!" Ha ha--love it!!

Von said...

I'm always amazed at your estate sale finds! I could go to the same sale and never find a thing, lol!
Love your latest finish too. :)

Giovanna said...

What great finds (an old fan of Beswick here!) Love the PSS finish too, it's very sweet.

Linen Stitcher said...

The bunnies are so cute! I have a pattern of Beatrix Potter–style bunnies that I stitched long ago for my niece. Your bunnies remind me of those.

Love the La-D-Da class piece, too. I took a class with Lori once and still have great memories from that experience. Enjoy your time with your fellow stitchers!

Kaisievic said...

Wow! Who would want to sell those oh so cute Beatrix Potter figurines and I love your chest. Lovely stitching, too - you have been busy!

Christine said...

Lovely stitching, and your Beatrix Potter rabbits are adorable!

Melody said...

What a fabulous find of the Beatrix Potter figures!! I love them, and am happy you found them. The cedar chest is lovely also. It is a pretty design.

I also love your stitching finish.

Chris said...

Fabulous finds Terri! The bunnies are so sweet!
Lovely stitching. I am looking forward to seeing the drum pincushion finished.
Have a great week!

Sonda said...

Lovely treasures and lovely stitching! Enjoy!

Sharon said...

Beautiful finish and even more fabulous finds!

Shirlee said...

Great finds Terri! Great stitching too : )

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What fun finds! I enjoyed visiting with you Sunday. I'm glad you enjoyed the little treasure I found for you. Have a good week!

Karoline said...

Great finds!

I love that Plum Street chart, it's looking great

Charlene ♥ NC said...

What wonderful finds! And your stitching is always great - a girl after my own heart - change it to suit your tastes!

Simply Victoria said...

Great estate sale finds. Nice work on Stitch it Once.

Catherine said...

You always find the most amazing things! Love the stitches!