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Monday, July 16, 2012

Oh, I wish I were....

Dear friends,                                                                   
My parents are gone but the fun memories linger.  We took them to the Henry Ford Museum and here’s a cute shot of them, with Rob, in front of the Oscar Meyer Wiener mobile.  Remember that?  Everybody sing:
 “Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Meyer wiener!  That is what I’d truly like to be-e-ee!” 
You’ll be singing that all day, won’t you?
You’re welcome.

I told you that whenever they come to visit, I give my mom a project or two to do for me.  
Truth is though; I’m really doing HER a favor. 
I am only trying to keep her skills from going rusty.
After all, if she doesn’t do for me, she might not do at all.
Am I a good daughter, or what?!
First she made the cute cart bag, which I just used again this weekend:

But her big project was a slipcover for my stitching chair. 
I found the perfect (almost perfect, the color wasn’t right but I knew Momma could fix that)  little chair at an estate sale. 
It wasn’t too tall for my low basement walls, it had low arms and I could sit cross legged in it, if I wanted to.   The last day of the estate sale is when I wandered in. 
I walked through the house and said to the cashier/workers:
“You know that gold chair in the living room that nobody wants?” 
They laughed, said they did and immediately asked if I wanted to buy it.  “Hmmm, I don’t know” I said in my best non-committal voice. “I was thinking you guys could pay me to carry it out for you!”  They laughed again and then said how about $50.  This was only a $10 reduction from their current ½ off price of $60 so I said “How about $40?” and they said “Deal!”  I don’t know… they seemed pretty excited about it.  They probably thought, “Sucker!”  we’d have given her $5 to take it outta here.  Oh well, I was pleased.  It was a well made chair, pretty comfortable and just the size I needed for my room. 
 I knew my momma could fix it.  And, she did.  Here’s the before and after:

Didn’t she do a great job?  I wanted a feminine slipcover and she did an amazing job!  It looks so pretty in my craft room and now I don’t cringe when I go in there.  Thanks so much, Mom.  You are the best!  Of course now, I see that my floor and door needs repainting.        
Where’d I put the painters tape and paint???

Rob's gonna need 'em.
Tee Hee Hee!

I’m going to start my next project as soon as I finish the little one I chose to work on after the A&E sampler.  This is a Goode Huswife chart called Tulip Garden (I think... I'm too lazy to go downstairs and look to be certain). 

 I am stitching it over one, with the called for DMC threads, on WDW Straw, 30 count.  There’s a companion piece with a colonial woman looking over the opposite shoulder so I think they’ll look great framed individually, but facing each other.  I’ll do her eventually but for now, after the 1/1 on the A&E piece, and this one, I need a break.

This is my next project from Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly.  I’m sure you’ll all recognize it: Susan Rambo.  When this issue first came out, I loved the colors and that hasn’t changed.  I think the greens are so pretty!   I’ll be stitching her on 35 count Lakeside, Vintage something or other with DMC threads (I think).  I’ve pulled the DMC colors, as you can see, but may change some of them as I go.  Who knows! 
I plan to start her as soon as I finish the Tulip Garden Piece.

Finally, here are a few of the goodies I found this weekend and last (to include the old scissors in the Tulip Garden pic):

Loved this old Pimento cheese box - if she'd had more, I'd have bought them.  I think this was maybe $2.

How about this pretty heart shaped mold (the big one).  
I'll use it as a valentine's display.
The two smaller tins, I already had.
I think this was $3.

And finally, my favorite find of the weekend:

More ornaments for my vintage collection.  I LOVE these vintage, glass ornaments and have a ton of them but can't pass them up when I see them for a good price.  
These are from Poland and they were only $10 for the box!  
Of course, originally, I think the whole box sold for 39 cents.  

Those days are long gone!
No matter, I was tickled.

Shall I add them to this tree?

Or to the feather tree with pink ornaments?

Maybe a few on both!
 Merry Christmas in July!
I hope you found some treasures this weekend and that you have a cozy chair to stitch to your heart's content.

Be well,


LiahonaGirl said...

You really are the consummate antique / estate sale shopper. Great finds. And the chair is fabulous. How nice you and your mother could make a slipcover. Gorgeous. and I love Tulip Garden. I have that pattern to stitch -- but it's still on the to-do list.

Margaret said...

I have to say your mom's pretty amazing. Wow! She did a great job on that chair! Love the fabric too! Love the pic in front of the weenie mobile. lol! Nice Tulip Garden too (I think that's what it's called as well). Love all your estate finds. You always find such nice things! So when is Rob going to paint your room? :D

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Heck, I liked the chair gold, and then I feasted my eyes on the redo by your Momma and YIKES! It is stunningly gorgeous! Congratulations it fits perfectly in your gorgeous stitching room. I'm totally jealous!

Annie Beez said...

O my gosh that slip cover is fantastic!! I love all of your finds-isn't it fun? I am addicted to the Goodwill store, pretty dishes and vintage teacups! ~Annie

Laurie in Iowa said...

Wow... your mom did a fantastic job... the slipcover is beautiful. I always enjoy seeing what stitching you have going on and I love both your pieces.

Cari said...

Oh my gosh....I love the things you find! Your Mom did a fantastic job on your chair. It looks very comfortable. It's perfect for your room. Your 1 over 1 piece is fab. Sometimes we just gotta do a small piece. And, I love Susan Rambo...always have, always will. The colors are simply fabulous. I'm looking forward to watching her come to life with your wonderful needle. Have fun dear friend. Hugs

samplerlover said...

Wow, your Mum did a great job on the chair and what amazing things you are able to find. Love your Susan Rambo. Must get mine out and do some more on her. - Sandra.

Anonymous said...

Great finds, Terri! Love the job your Mom accomplished on the chair's redo!

Robin in Virginia

PS And thank you very much for the Wiener song playing in my head!

Prims By The Water said...

Did you go to the Titanic show? Can I hire your mom out? She did a fabulous job. Take care and great goodies! Take care, Janice

Littlebit said...

Oh my goodness! What a beautiful chair after your mom got hold of it! That is the one thing I don't think I would have the patience for. I love all of your finds. Paulette has Tulip Garden hanging, and it is absolutely stunning! Oh, to have more hands and time!

Kaisievic said...

love your "new" stitching chair - it looks just right. Lovely stitching, too.

Katrina said...

Fun post, love your mom's projects and the stitching is just gorgeous. Fun shopping finds too.

marly said...

How the heck do you make a slipcover so quickly, fit it perfectly, and even pipe it! I love that large heart and your Tulip Garden over one call me Magoo project. Food is closer to my heart than music so I'm not singing the jingle.....I want a hot dog. Thank you very much.

Melissa said...

You lucky girl - your mom did a super duper job on the chair! What a talented woman!

Tulip Garden looks awesome over one! I wish I could do so well with the over one.

Cathy Lloyd said...

Absolutely love that chair! Your mom did a fabulous job! Glad you got to spend some time with your parents!

Barb said...

The chair looks wonderful! Could I borrow your Mother?! It looks like it was a great visit. I love Susan Rambo. I'll be anxious to watch your progress.

Sharon said...

Oh wow, I love your new chair and your mom did a fantastic job with that slip cover. Tulip Garden is lovely and I look forward to seeing you stitch Susan Rambo!

Chris said...

Wow! Your Mom did an amazing job on your chair! It looks like you had some fun too.
Lovely new finds.
Susan Rambo is one of my favs! I have the stuff to start her and I have been thinking of her a lot. HMM... I can't wait to see your start.
Have a great week and keep cool :)

Anonymous said...

I love the covers your Mum made for your chair, they are so pretty.
You find some great things!
The sampler you are going to do next looks lovely, can't wait to see that one started.
Your Tulip WIP is so nice.
Hope you get your painting done!

Giovanna said...

Very pretty stitching, and I'll look forward to seeing your Susan Rambo. Your mum's remake of the armchair is simply amazing, kudos to her.

Charlene ♥ NC said...

Ah-you ARE such a great daughter! Keeping your Momma's creativity flowing ;-). It is a treasure you found. Don't you just love saving treasures? I love, love those tulip designs and agree that they will be adorable facing each other. And Rambo is one of my favorite S&ANQ pieces. One day... Be well!

barbara said...

Love-love-lovity-love your wooden box and heart forms! And your Tulip Garden! :D

BrendaS said...

Terri -- Your chair redo is FABULOUS! I can see why you have little projects for your Mom:))

Your little tulip piece is just darling and over 1 no less! You go girl!

Loraine said...

What a great post Terri. Love all your estate finds, especially those glass ornaments. I've been looking for something similar, but alas, I don't frequent enough antique stores to find any. One of these days I'll get lucky!
Your chair turned out amazing! Slip covers are tricky. Your mother is a talented lady, and I'm so happy they came for a visit. Looks like you had fun at the Ford museum.
Love the new start, and the one waiting in the wings. It will be fun to see you stitch that.
Almost didn't recognize you with long red hair! It's a great look for you. You look darling with your cute cart!
Have a great week and many hugs to you dear friend!

Alice said...

Your Chair is Charming!! You are a cad for getting that Oscar Meyer song stuck in my head. Your stitching is beautiful and I can't wait to see how Susan turns out.
That is all. :-)

Anne said...

I love how you bargain a good deal! That's the only way to go in my book!! It's so much fun isn't it?!1 Love your new finds and that slip cover for the golden chair your mom made is fabulous!!! The Tulip Garden is so pretty and small! You seem to stitch a lot of 1 over 1!!! I have to take breaks from 1 over 1!!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Oh what a wonderful article! the chair is sublime unr your mom is fashion queen! I love the photo of you with your beautiful smile and cadie!! I also really like your new embroidery other than to say that each of my visit everything is wonderful in your world of embroidery, in your heart in your country so beautiful and I love so much!! Without you having a hug though I miss you already!! friendships FRance

Anna van Schurman said...

Please send your mother stop I have chair in bedroom needs slipcover and box of fabric rotting in basement stop

I'll stop being silly. Great chair and fabu slipcover.

Mary said...

Terri, your mom is the best! Love the funky chair and her slipcover. So glad you were able to have some quality time with her.

Carolyn said...

First of all, deary....thankyouverymuch for the Oscar Mayer weiner song. Yep, it's stuck in my mind now. ;0)

You mom is awesome! Can I borrow her? I have two chairs that need slipcovers. She did a great job! Looks like a brand new chair. Go Mom!

Over one? pullleeezzzeeee.....I've been working on some over one the last two weeks, and every stitch I've put in has been pulled out. It's about to be thrown across the street. I bow to you, oh great one. :0)

As always, you come home with the coolest finds at estate sales. Lucky you!

Hugs from hot, hot Texas!

Penny said...

Your mom is a talented woman! She did a beautiful job on the slipcover! Tulip Garden is looking pretty and I can't wait to see your start on Susan Rambo - another pretty one!

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Terri,
What a cute picture with the hotdog, but wish you were in it too! I remember the Susan Rambo sampler, I think I will have to take another look at it. Your mother's slipcovering is wonderful...what a nice chair!

Kathy said...

You chair turned out awesome - high five to Momma!!
I vote the feather tree for the gorgeous ornaments.

Vickie said...

What?! Your momma must be extremely talented that is for sure!! I took a few weeks to slipcover the same kind of chair. Wow! It is a beauty. Lovely projects coming up. :)

Karen said...

Hello! I just found your blog. The chair is the tantamount of stitching chairs! And definitely I will look for the Susan Rambo chart as I love green and shades of pink, rose, and red. I was wondering if you could please share the fabric on your chair. It is so pleasing!

Jeanne said...

what a great mom you have Terri - the chair and the little bag for the cart - just great! I have seen the Wienermobile in person and my husband and I have Wienermobile whistles! My brother used to work at Oscar Meyer and got them for us. Wish I had the time to go antiqueing and thrifting more but just can't fit it in. Tulip Garden is coming along great!

woolwoman said...

Love your chair and your mom did an awesome job on the recovering - beautiful print. A friend of mine is stitching Susan Rambo and it is a truly gorgeous sampler - the colors are wonderful. You will enjoy it - your little tulip piece is so cute over 1. Glad to hear you had a great visit with the folks. Mel

Carol said...

Can you clone your mom and send her to me, Terri?!! Wow! What a great job your mom did on that chair!! And you look so cute pulling her little cart, too.

I saw the Wienermobile driving by last summer--boy, does that make you smile :) Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera so no photos for me...

Love your Tulip Garden WIP and can't wait to see the progress on Susan Rambo--they are both lovely :)

Peonies & Magnolias said...

What great finds you have from your sales, love the chair. Your Mom did a fabulous job. Hope you have a great weekend.


Catherine said...

Looks like a great visit form your parents! Love the goodies your mom made and helped you with, as well as the goodies you found! Great stitches too!

Brigitte said...

Your mother is such an artist. I had already admired the shopping cart your mother made that you showed in your last post. And now this slipcover - just gorgeous!
Your new project is one of the Goode Huswife designs that I love best (I love nearly everything with tulips). And I'm looking forward for you to start your new sampler.

oriental furniture online said...

Great embroidery and floral design. How did you come up with this?

Sandra said...

What a sweet chair! Looks comfy too ;)

You're very brave stitching over one. I've done that but with very small designs.

Céleste said...

Lorsque j'étais petite fille nous avions les mêmes décorations dans le sapin de Noël .
Sorry for my english but i trying . When I was a little girl , we had the same christmas decoration . It was so cute . Have a nice day .