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Sunday, March 21, 2010

A Treasure Day

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!



Catherine said...

What a fun day you had!! And I love the angel!!

Perhaps today will bring more fun and goodies!

Bertie said...

Marvellous that you spend time with your man, and he likes shopping!!! how cool is that, mine certainly does not :-((.

Great find Terri your Cherub, and the chair looks very comfy, am sure you will make it look fantastic.

The quilt is gorgeous and the shop too.
Congratulations on your 200 followers, your blog rocks.

Margaret said...

How lovely that you got to spend time with your DH -- he's a good looking man! I loooove that angel you found, and the quilt! Wow! Great great finds! I'm not the one to ask about cleaning old quilts though. Not a clue! lol! I should learn since I have a couple myself. That chair was a great find too! I love rocking chairs. :D And your message in a bottle -- so sweet! I love it! Happy 200 followers! :D

Anonymous said...

I love days like that! Days that my husband and I ramble around together.
The angel is very nice. I have something similar hanging above a mirror in my bathroom. I can't wait to see the fabric that you pic out for the chair. What a nice find.

JillMN said...

What great findings you got! I never seem to hit it right when I go to places like that. I keep trying though. I really like that chair you found.

Siobhán said...

Oh my gosh, Terri!! I love love love that angel. It's one of those 'grab this and pay for it and run out the door before somebody else sees how great it is' type of finds. YGG! Love the quilt, too--what a treasure. I wish we had those sorts of shops here!

Missy Ann said...

Great haul! That is almost certainly the original velvet under there. I think the wood may have been refinished at some point though. But I like the lighter finish. :)

mainely stitching said...

Wow, where to start! So glad you and Rob enjoyed a great day out. Niek and I also treasure those rare moments. :D

Your chair is gorgeous, but that angel!!! Oh my heavens! I'm so happily jealous of you!

Marjorie said...

It seems like you had a great day-- Congrats on your finds!

Anonymous said...

Nothings better then spending quality time with your hubby, and it helps when you can do a bit of shopping too! Great finds!!!

KarenV said...

Love the angel you found! It sounds like you had a great day and the picture of you and your DH is sweet :) Love the chair too - great finds!

Laurie in Iowa said...

What fun! A day spent with your sweetie and wonderful finds. I love the angel! How perfect it is to hang with your samplers.

Anonymous said...

Sounds (and looked) like you and Rob had a great adventure yesterday! Love the quilt and looking forward to seeing your rocker re-upholstered!


Sherri said...

Such wonderful treasures! You're right, the angel is perfect for your sampler wall.

Marjo said...

What a haul!!! Love it all. The angel is so cute. The chair is wonderful, can't wait to see how you add to it. The quilt is beautiful. No help on cleaning it. I found a table cloth at a garage sale that I still haven't used because I am not sure how to get the stains out with out destroying it. Lovely day.

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

That's so nice that you got to spend the day together having fun and doing what you love. Congrats on your great finds.

Britta said...

Hi Terri, your day out sounds idilic, just what me and my DH like to do now and then.....What great finds you got too, I adore the angel. Have never seen anything like that in England, but may go on a hunt now.
TAke care

Myra said...

What a lovely couple! Together time is nice even if the Mr is a little bored. :o) Loved looking at your treasures and your bottle necklace is sweet.

Julie M said...

Sounds like a wonderful day Terri! You and your hubby make a cute couple! Love that rocker you found and can't wait to see it all reupholstered and in your studio. Not sure on the cleaning of the quilt. I found this online

hope it helps!

Have a great Sunday!

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

You have a knack of finding just the right items for your home. Love the Angel.
Be always in stitches.


WOW, how a lovely week end! Can you send me your address, i would like send you a little needlework from Italy
Have you a nice week!

Nancy said...

Such a nice outing you had with such beautiful scenery! What treasures you found. Yesterday must have been good for that because I found a few at yard sales. Isn't it fun! Your quilt is just beautiful and has so much charm.

Robin said...

Time spent with hubby and treasures too, sounds like a wonderful day!

Melissa said...

What a lovely time you had, and with your guy too no less! And you found some great treasures (to add to the one beside you of course!).

Congrats on the 200 followers! It's always great to visit with you!

Mylene said...

What a wonderful post, Terri. Great picture of you and DH. Thanks for sharing all the pictures.

Loraine said...

Oh Terri! What a wonderful day with you cute hubby! You both make the prefect couple!
I don't know where to begin. I love the angel! Wow, she is special, and the perfect accent for a sampler wall.
Also love your message in a bottle necklace. Such a unique and clever idea! Love it!
Now the chair is just about perfect. I can't wait to see how you reupholster it! It is going to to look wonderful in your sewing room. Are you attempting to do that yourself?
The quilt it a treasure indeed! The time it took to make...I can't even imagine! I would definitely hand wash in the tub with very gentle detergent, and then hang to dry. I guess you could dry clean it too, if you are worried about the other threads running.
What a fun post. You are a special friend! I am so grateful for you. I'm still reeling over you know what :D. Have a wonderful day! I am going to be stitching on a little friendship sampler. Many Hugs to you!

JOLENE said...

What a fabulous day (date) you two had!!!! And even better you found some perfect treasures, too!!! I love to "hunt" for fun's such a thrill isn't it!? Anywhoooo, I love your angel and that rocking chair....let's just say that someday it will make the perfect "Grandma" chair!! Something fun to look forward to, right!!!! Now, about your beautiful quilt. Does it have any stains on it? Have you ever heard of "Grandma's Spot Remover"? It works miracles on just about everything. Doilys, pasta sauce stains on white clothing....let me know if you haven't seen it and I will send you a bottle. And finally, what a fun and creative necklace you made, love it!

Cari said...

Looks like you and hubby had a great day. The two of you make a darling couple. Thanks for sharing!! Have a great stitchy week!! Hugs

Tracey said...

What treasures indeed!! Looks like you had a great day with your hubby :^) Thanks for sharing!

Pam said...

Teri, I totally understand about the husband looking for that rare baseball card. I'm married to one of those, too. The day he discovered that people actually sold baseball card on ebay was a red letter day for him (not a good one for our credit cards! LOL!). All of your finds look great. I loved the chaiar. It looks so comfy.

Deb said...

Great finds Terri! I too went treasure hunting this past week and came up with some goodies. Love a good hunt! Looks like a wonderful day together, but I do have to laugh at Rob playing solitare while waiting! LOL Wonderful quilt too! And the chair! Can't wait to see what you do with it.

About the quilt, there should be something on the internet about cleaning it - I know I've read something somewhere about how to do it. Perhaps that woman at Guild (whose name I always forget) who gets into conservation can give you some tips. I think I've read about laying it out in a bathtub with quilt cleaner and then laying it outside (hopefully birds don't go over). The less strain on an older quilt the better.

And I'm thinking of a giveaway too - it's always fun to share the treasures!

Eileen said...

Nice quilt. Unless it is really dirty I wouldn't bother to wash. If it just has an odor then just put it outside on a nice day. I picked up a quilt from 1913 at a garage sale yrs ago and have never bothered to wash. (I'm JJ's sis mil)

Kim said...

Ooooh love the cherub, Terri! And the rocker...fab! Can't wait to see what fabric you pick for that! The quilt is great!! If I were to wash it, I'd use Orvus and the bathtub and lay it out on a sheet to dry outside....away from trees with birds waiting to drop a load. ;o)

Marion said...

Ah..that's the perfect day as far as I"m concerned!! Great finds!!!!
I much prefer browsing Thrift Stores, Antique regular old shopping! LOL
Take care

Unknown said...

Thank you for the information on those shops. I live south of you close to Lake Erie. This would make a fun field trip of a day.

Cath said...

Gorgeous pictures . I love your bottle pendants.
I've nominated you for a blog award , if you'd like to visit my blog and collect it . X

LiahonaGirl said...

You definitely scored some fabulous treasures. I definitely love the angel and the quilt, but the chair will clean up well! And how nice to see a photo of you with your DH.

Cathy B said...

Great day of shopping Terri! Love that quilt!

Sherry :o) said...

sounds like your weekend was perfect! I will be posting about mine soon... when I recoup from all the laughing, stitching, shopping and fun! Congrats on the 200! I was thrilled with five, thinking yahoo - so I can't imagine the 200 mark! Love the pic of you and your sweetie! Sherry

Dani - tkdchick said...

What a great day and great finds! I think sometimes its great to spend time together like that!

Annie said...

What a great day1 You and your DH look so cute together. Your message in a bottle necklace is adorable!

Kathy A. said...

Love, love, love your treasure posts. I feel like I travelled the shops with you and helped oh and ah over each great fine.
The quilt is absolutely gorgeous. Contact your nearest quilters guild and I am sure they will be happy to help you.
200 followers - WOW!

Von said...

What an amazing day, Terri!! It's nice to get away for some fun with your special guy now and then. :)

Linda said...

Hey Terrie
You guys were having too much fun! What great finds. Those phone games come in handy, my DH plays Sudoko

samplerlover said...

Hi Terri, you find the most amazing things. I love your angel and it looks perfect hanging over your samplers. I have a smaller one that I love. I call it my Guardian Angel.
Your quilt and your other finds are lovely as well.
You are very lucky that your DH loves shopping with you. Mine usually sits in the car and says "You have 5 minutes" lol. - Sandra.

Sandra said...

I love the angel, what a great find.

Vinniey said...

Don't worry, I never feel bored reading your post. I love that angel and the bottle necklace, very very pretty and unique! You and your hubby make a beautiful couple! Both of you are so cute. :) Congrats on the 200 followers, Terri! I would like to give you an award. Feel free to visit my blog to receive this award. :)

Giovanna said...

It's great to read about your finds - can't wait to see what you do with that chair, it's a beauty!

Jane said...

What a cute couple you and your hubby make. I think it's lovely that you enjoy each others company and share quality time together.

You've found some gems there, as usual. I bet you wonder what you'll come back with whenever you go out hunting for treasures?

Well done on your milestone of followers too!

Sherry said...

Oh, I love the angel! Just perfect on your stitching wall! The quilt is beautiful. I am not sure about cleaning. The dry cleaners ruined a bunch of my aunt's quilts long ago. You may want to use cold water, a delicate wash cycle and a delicate detergent like Woolite. Maybe a little Spray n Wash would help the color run. Just an idea. I am no expert but I do know washing in hot will set that stain. Lucky you finding all these goodies! The chair looks so comfy too! Congratulations on your new follower number!

Unknown said...

Looks like you had a great day!

Congratulations on your finds.


Kelly said...

How wonderful to find all those unexpected treasures. You just gotta love a day like that.

Andrea said...

Terri, you have the best posts ever! Always so many fun things to read about and look at! I love that cherub and esp. above your samplers like that! I had to click on that pic so I could see the bigger version and drool over everything. Beautiful!
You and your hubby are adorable! He's just as cute as you are, ya'll were just made for each other :-)
That chair is so perfect for your stitching room! Can't wait to see it after you've worked your magic on it!

Have a good week!

Kathy said...

Sounds like the perfect day. Treasure hunting. (That angel IS perfect for a sampler wall!) Great company and lovely photos. Thank you for sharing.

I love that necklace idea. And that chair looks so comfy. I can't wait to see what you decide to recover it with.

Carol said...

I can see why you were so taken with the angel, Terri--she is hauntingly lovely. Love seeing all of your treasures and how nice of your husband to go antique hunting with you :)

Pumpkin said...

Great picture of the two of you :o)

Oh what fun! I love going to places like that :o) You found some really good finds.

I LOVE your bottle necklace! I've always wanted to make one of those. I like the idea of keeping special things inside the bottle and close to my heart :o)

Congrats on your 200 chocoholics! That's awesome!

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Isn't it great to be married to your best friend? I love the chair and have a similar one which I have kept in our storage room..I'm going to go get it...I had forgotten about it. Thanks


marylin & poussy said...

Oh hello, that of beautiful photos on your blog, I believe that you rest(pose) with your darling you are beautiful both! Frames(executives) are magnificent, everything reflects the happiness it is an enjoyment to come home in very fast
Best regards

Lisa Johnson said...

Hey Terri,

Just wanted to say hi. I sent you an email to let you know that you won my giveaway. I need your mailing address so I can get your goodies in the mail to you. Please email me at Thanks so much!


Unknown said...

Oh my goodness Terri - so many wonderful things, I don't know where to begin.

I love the picture of you and Rob -you both look so happy and the picture of him playing scrabble while you browse made me laugh. It sounds like you two had a wonderful day.

Your angel is great, what a wonderful find! And that rocking chair is just beautiful - I love all the decorative woodwork. I look forward to seeing what fabric you choose to cover the chair.

The quilt is a great find as well. I have always been told that Biz is the best thing to use for vintage linens. Let me know what you find works best.

You are so creative, what a wonderful idea to create a 'message in the bottle' necklace and with old salt & pepper shakers - amazing! I love the sentiment behind the idea.

Congrats on 200 followers, it's definitely a testament to what a wonderful and talented person you are. Your blog is always so delightful to visit and each entry makes me feel like I know you a little better.

Enjoy your day.

Patricia Lessell said...

You and Rob had a great day out together even if he did play Scrabble on his phone! I love the cherub and it is in exactly the perfect place. And your chair! What a great find that is and I think, if it didn't clash with your room, I would recover it with the Red Velvet it was originally done in. And no I haven't read any of the rest of the comments here so maybe somebody else has suggested that too.
Lots and Lots of Love
Patti xxx

Roberta said...

Terri, great picture of you and DH. What a fun day you both had together. Love the message in the bottle, very clever. the quilt is wonderful, but that chair what a find!! Good for you.

Have a great week -- Roberta

Hazel said...

Oooh lovely interesting goodies. Looks like a really fun day out. Thanks for sharing your treasures. Love that bottle necklace thingy - too cool. x

Cheryl said...

Okay I tried leaving a message and it didn't take so here I go again!

This is my first attempt at blogging and it's not boding well.

I fell in love with your Eliazbeth Savilles sampler and wanted to stitch it using your color substitutions. I'm confused about the 'taupe'. The instructions call for Weeping Willow (+) but I can't figure out what you substituted for it.

I hope you don't mind my copying; they do say that imitation is the highest form of flattery :D

Cheers, Cheryl

Michelle said...

Your day looks like so much fun..especially spending time with your hubby.

I love the new treasures and your message in a bottle is so sweet.

Karoline said...

Sounds like a perfect day out. Great finds

Linda said...

What a nice weekend and that is a darling picture of you and your hubby.

Your cherub is a sweet find and I like her watching over your samplers. I love finding new shops and this ones looks great.

I love your message bottle and keeping it close to your heart makes perfect sense to me...hugs, Linda

Free Art Printables said...

How fun! Your DH is so patient! Mine wouldn't ever even go!

Michelle said...

What a fun day! And I am in love with your angel - what a perfect find!!!

MyLifesAStitch said...

Terri, Terri, Terri... where to even begin??

First, I love the pic of you & Rob! What a beautiful, happy couple! So nice that you guys got to get out together for the day!

And your finds... I just adore that angel! She looks perfect where you placed her! The chair is fantastic!!! Can you re-cover it yourself? You're my hero if so!!

I just love love love those necklaces with the bottles on them! What wonderful things you've put in yours! And what a fantastic idea for how to make something pretty and special with them. I'd never have thought of that in a million years, lol! Very creative m'dear!

How many days are left??? :)

Brigitte said...

Oh my, so great, that little cherub watching over your sampler wall. You couldn't have found a better place for him.

Rachel S-H said...

You got some great finds!

The lake looks a bit too chilly for me.

Kajsa said...

That angel is precious! It really sounds like it was a great day!

Littlebit said...

Your day out sounds perfect. What a nice picture of you and Rob. Love the angel, and that chair is great. I really would love to get into that consignment shop.

DebbieSFL said...

What a great chair. I love older furniture, it has such character and is made so much better and it's already been loved.

Anonymous said...

What a day you had!
I just gave you the sunshine award you can check it out on my blog

Hope this brings Spring on for good!

Isabelle said...

Oh My God, Terry , what a lovely shop you found and what a happy day you spent with your Husband : it is not a surprise if you just found this angel : it is a sign for your life of love with your husband : I am sure you will treasure this very nice angel.
About the antic quilt , I would washed it with a very soft soap without any detergent :-)
Have a great week,

Stitcher S said...

How fun, I am inpired to plan a day like that with my husband. We're far too busy doing chores instead of fun shopping and dining!

The cherub is gorgeous, love your sampler wall, too.

The photo of the icy lake made me shiver. We live in the warm part of the country, so I've only experienced cold weather when visiting midwest relatives. Brr.... is all I can say. We are spoiled here as far as weather goes.

It's always a pleasure to visit here.

Valerie said...

Hello Terri!

I have thoroughly enjoyed catching up on reading your posts. So glad to hear that surgery went well for Ty! Hope that he is 100% soon!

Thanks for your kind words and comments over on my blog! I am so blessed to have met such wonderful people like you here in blogland!

I love all of your market finds! Isn't it amazing what you can find when you go rummaging? My husband likes to go to flea markets and goodwills and tt is a favorite thing for us to do together, too! I am glad that you and DH were able to have a day to yourselves! It sounds like you had a marvelous time.

Congrats on 200 is no surprise though, it is a joy to visit your blog!

Deb said...

Good Lord, Terri! All these followers and commenters...can you even see me here at the end?! I think you idea of a giveaway sounds appropriate, no doubt. What a cool trip with your DH. I used to love antiquing with mine up North. Love your chair most of all. Smallish and a rocker sounds perfect for stitching. Your picture is great...loved seeing you! Hugs, Deb

Tammy said...

Terri, your pics are lovely--your DH is a riot with the scrabble. I'm in love with the little angel you got, and I agree that it doesn't matter if it's old or not. It IS perfect on your wall!! It's so nice to have a wonderful day like that. Glad you enjoyed!

Anonymous said...

Hope everything is all right on your end as you haven't posted for a while. Happy Easter!

Sharon said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely day with us! Spending time together, finding unexepected treasures and making memories - doesn't get any better than that!!! :)

marylin & poussy said...

Cuckoo the beauty queen I hope that you get better! I like your new banner it is too beautiful!!!!!! I send to you full of enormous kisses

peace & love