Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A Heart for Pastel

About a month ago I found this easel-hook-stand-thingy at a thrift store for 50 cents. I didn't have any idea how I would use it, but it was just too cute (and too inexpensive) to pass up. 





It occurred to me a few days ago that with Valentine's Day just around the corner I could hang a heart from the stand's hook.





So, from my stash of fabrics and lace, buttons and such, I made this heart today. The stitched "Love" is my first stab at hand embroidery (no pun intended).







Now I have a pretty little Valentine decoration for mere pennies.

I like that.




Have you ever bought something at a thrift store that you just couldn't pass up even though you didn't know what you'd do with it?




28 comments:

  1. This is precious and how creative you are!! You are going to have a lot of fun with your easel! I love your heart. ;-D

    Jane x

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  2. This makes a delightful little vignette for the holidays, just think of the possibilities that you could change out for the seasons or holidays! LOVE your "love" stitching, and little heart, just darling! It has been so long since I have done any handwork, I am quite rusty. Yours looks like you're a pro at this, I would have never known it was your first "stab" at it :)

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  3. I get things all the time because I fell in love with them and usually do not have a place or idea for them. Some how everything I have ever brought home always finds a place. This is really cute with your sweet Valentines heart. Have a great evening.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  4. How sweet. Could it be a cup and saucer stand?

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    1. Yes, that's probably what it is. I really hadn't thought of that. Maybe because I have not cup and saucers to display. LOL

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  5. Good morning Nancy! It's fun to find small treasures! In fact, we have a really great thrift store a few blocks from our house called HIDDEN TREASURES, and I've found some wonderful vintage items there. I love it when I can simply walk to this place (in the summer of course!) and walk home with a little goodie in a paper bag.

    Have a fun day!

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  6. How sweetly romantic! Great little metal piece and the price was right! Your heart is pretty. I think you did great for your first bit of embroidery, now you'll want to do more and learn stitches too. :-) It's addicting.

    Happy February ~ FlowerLady

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  7. I used to do that all the time! You found an adorable cup and saucer stand and your sweet little embroidered heart is the perfect art to display on it. So cute!

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  8. Charming ♥
    And "yes". I have!

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  9. Dear Nancy ... Such a sweet and charming way to use your new found treasure. Yes, I have brought home little treasures, with no idea of what I would use it for, but usually I find a way to put it to good use in our home. Hugs ♥ Teri

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  10. lol I can't tell you how many times I have done this. I love your little heart and that is a great first time embroidery stitch. Once I am settled I plan on making more hearts for my Etsy shop. Problem is I want to keep them when I make them. LOL

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  11. What fun you can have with your thrift store find! I love the heart you made. Your embroidery is great! I've come home with many thrift store finds that I didn't know how to use but they are too many to list!
    ~Adrienne~

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  12. Nicely done. I love discovering items at the thrift store that spark creativity.

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  13. I love thrifting, looking & pondering usages. Our 8 year old grandson lives with us. He loves to go thrift-store shopping. He's usually very thoughtful saying things like "what would I use this for?" or "would I use this?" so, often his 'finds' remain in the store. But he's a fun shopper. This past week he had been home bound & out of school for a few days with illness (hospital ER visit with IV fluids, lots of medications, etc.), so after our most recent pediatrician visit, he said "I think I need a few minutes at a thrift store!". Funny how much fun & comfort one can find in the local thrift store!

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    1. What a sweet story. Thanks for sharing it. I'm sorry your grandson has been ill. I hope he's better now. xo

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    2. Thanks for your reply. My grandson is much better and back to school. That day after his pediatrician visit, we went to a local thrift store -he chose two shirts and a book. A few days later, we spotted a sign for a new thrift/consignment store. When I asked if he wanted to stop, he absolutely wanted to stop there. He looked at a few items, and then came and whispered "their prices are too high. I can buy that car at Kroger's for less." (meaning, brand new toys at the grocery store are cheaper than this store of used items.) After a few more minutes, he whispered: "I don't think they will be open much longer if they keep these prices." I LOVE this child! I complimented him on being an informed shopper.

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    3. Haha. Love it! Thanks for bringing a smile to my face. Happy to hear your grandson is feeling better and has gone back to school. xo

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  14. Simple but elegant.
    Heading out to a thrift store today!

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  15. Well, isn't that cute!?!! I often find things that I don't know what I am going to with them when I get them but I get them anyway.
    Your first attempt at embroidery is perfect. You did a great job. xo Diana

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  16. Nancy your heart with the stand is so lovely! Just perfect for your sweet cottage.
    xoxo Jo

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  17. I do that too Nancy! You were smart to pick that up, it is very vintage and looks like it could satisfy multiple uses for decorating. Your fabric heart is so cute and the embroidery is the icing on the cake! Thanks for sharing your thrift store find with us. It is so much fun to see things that are no longer wanted get a new home :)

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  18. Absolutely adorable! Yes, I find stuff I just have to have and not sure what to do with it all the time! Some things just can't be passed by.

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  19. I love the heart and the stand, Nancy. You are super creative! Your embroidery looks fabulous. Isn't it fun? I too took "a stab at it" this fall and it was way less complicated than I had imagined it would be.

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  20. Hi Nancy,
    I like it. :-)
    I like the colors you decided to use with your heart.
    I am looking forward to what you decide to do with your stand as the year goes on. FUN!

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  21. Wow, a bargain and a fun end result, too! And like Carla, I'm sure you'll find (and make) other lovelies to hang on it as the year goes on, too. :)

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    1. Thanks, Anne. I've already got some ideas brewing for spring. xo

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