Monday, November 14, 2011

~Hitting the Jackpot!~

No, I didn't win the lottery.  No, I didn't go to the casinos.  Nope, I don't do those kinda things.  Just in case you were wondering.  My little furball, Banjo, had to go to the groomer and I had some time to kill...lucky me!  So, I drove up to the big college town and did some browsing at an antique mall.  Not looking for anything in particular.  Just looking but hoping that something would jump out at me.

And I found not one, not two...but four little items I just couldn't resist.  An old wooden stool, a large crocheted piece and two beautiful, dainty hankies.  So, in my world, I hit the jackpot!!

This old stool looks like it was pieced together and repurposed.  You can see some screw heads that aren't attached to anything and also places were support pieces were removed.  Kinda sloppy job, huh?

You can also see the holes where screws were used to attach the seat to the legs.  There's a bit of a stain on the far side but look at that lovely, rustic, old finish!!  And I love the worn areas of the seat where many a bottom has rested on it....maybe belonging to watchful little eyes in grandma's kitchen while she was kneading some bread dough for dinner or putting together a batch of cookies?

This little baby stands about 28 inches tall and I knew right away that would make a perfect side table next to one of the loveseats in my living room.  Sloppy or not, I am in love with it.  I need to clean it up a bit, do a little patch work and then repaint it keeping the rustic charm.  Not bad for ten bucks, huh?

For some time now, I have been looking for a square, crocheted tablecloth small enough to cover my breakfast table. I didn't have any specific measurements, just a picture in my head.  I don't know what this pattern is called but I love it.  Does anyone know the name?

 If you look real hard, you can see a couple of stains and what look like rust spots.  Other than that, it is in perfect condition.

Here it is on my breakfast table before washing it.  I'm not a fan of pristine white, so I am going to tea stain it.  I couldn't have asked for a more perfect fit!  It was only fifteen dollars.  I thought it was a real steal.

These two  little hankies caught my eye while I was sorting through a stack of linens looking for doilies and such.

The fabric is so lightweight and the stitching so delicate.  And the baby blue color....I couldn't resist.  I can't imagine a lady using it for anything except dabbing her nose or wiping away a few tears.  This definitely wouldn't pass the 'blow your nose' test, would it?

I had thought about framing it but since the design doesn't go all the way around the piece, I thought otherwise.  I think I will gather up several more hankies (may need to do more shopping...darn!), create a 'quilted' star pattern and then frame it.  Guess I'll have to add it to my project list and when it's done, I'll show you what I am talking about.

It's hard to see in the pictures I took, but this little beauty is a pretty light green.  For sure, I am going to frame this one.  It is going in my sewing room, which has the colors of sage green, pink and cream.

I'm in heaven with the delicate stitching on this one and, for sure, it is going to get framed.  I'm thinking about placing it on top of some osnaburg or burlap for contrast.  With or without glass?  What do you think?

I'm pleased as punch about my finds as I haven't done any real antique hunting in a while.  It made my day!  Do you go antique shopping?  If so, what treasures have you found lately?

Hope you are having a marvelous Monday ~


9 comments:

Cindy said...

WoW!!! You found some very sweet treasures, dear lady!
I am going out to do a little bit of thrifting today, I hope I find what I'm looking for.
Have a beautiful day.
Hugs, Cindy

Hope said...

You really did hit the jackpot! Two of my favorite things...old stools and old linens! I have several stools and a collection of old hankies. My mother always had a hankie in her pocket! She had her "everyday" ones, then her "Sunday-go-to-meetin'" ones! If she had a really bad cold she used one of Daddy's big ones! Yeah, he carried one too! No Kleenex back in the day! :)

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Velma,
What a find in your tablecloth!!! Actually, it's knitted. The edging around the outside is crochet but the actual cloth is knitted. This is quite special. Since it's lace weight it was probably done on really tiny needles and fine thread. I'm very envious!
Best,
Susan

Kerin said...

You lucky girl you!

I love all of your finds!!

Amazing what some folk with part with, isn't it ?!

Glad that they did part with those treasures.... now you can love them.

I love to find 'treasures', and it's been a little while since I've been on the hunt.
Last thing I found was a terrific basket with leather handles.

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Susan ~
Thank you. I've never seen knitting like this before so I think I really found a treasure for $15, don't you?

Country Dreaming said...

Sounds like you had a fun trip and got some fun goodies!


Melinda

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Woohoo Velma! You did very well I'd say...LOVE the stool and that crocheted tablecloth is beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with those hankies...I know it will look wonderful! When my step sister was here and we went on a little road trip with my SIL I found a few goodies. I brought home an old folding egg basket and a white enamel drinking cup for my collection. Best of all though are the old family items that my sis brought down from Canada with her which I'll post about soon. To me it's the family antiques that make my heart sing. I hope you have a wonderful day!
Maura :)

TinaTx said...

Ohhh - love old linens! You got some good stuffs!

I miss the little shops I used to go to before we moved. Haven't found anything in 'my path' but sometimes on weekends the hubby will take me to an antique place or two.

Cindy said...

Jackpot is right...you did good! Can't wait to see what you decide to do!!!

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