Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cheery things

I could use some cheering up today, how about you?
Aren't these flowers cheery?  I picked up several of these (tulips? dandelions?) appliqued quilt squares at a thrift shop the other day; I'm keeping some to use in projects and the rest are among some fun new goodies I've just listed in my shop.
A pretty yellow hankie with a lipstick-toned rose; makes me wish I was waving it from a balcony in a tropical locale...
or, taking a ride through the Bois de Boulogne.
I've had my eye on this vintage tablecloth at a local thrift store; it has a gray background and a scatter of yellow roses.
When it hit half price it was mine!  I'll bet you'll see it in the background of many of my photos in days to come.
A gorgeous "moustache" cup with saucer, made in Austria and generously-sized for a fuzzy-faced man.  I loved the moss green cup and the hand painted roses.  It's now in my shop, too.  I saw only one other on Etsy, and it was priced at $175!  So I think mine, at $36, is a bargain (it has a tiny chip.)
It always brightens my day to find a vintage Vera scarf.  I just love this one's cheery yellow trim and tulips galore!  The background is the pale blue of a cloudless sky.  And it has the ladybug!
Speaking of Vera: I was attracted to this vintage needlepoint at a charity shop a few weeks ago, but ended up leaving it behind.  Later, back home I was flipping through my Vera book and saw that she had designed some needlepoint kits in the 70s called Vera Stitch and, sure enough, this was one of them.  Needless to say, I went back a few days later to get it for my own Vera collection.  Nor only was it still there, but it was 50% off that day.  Score!
You know how I am about birds, and about vintage prints...these little weather vanes and curlicued roofs just make me happy!
The piece above in orange, green and bronzes splatters is a great example of mid-century cloth prints.  This one happens to have been made into a diminutive shoe holder, but I will be using it to hold crafty things.
This true piggy bank must make you smile!  (He's in my shop now, too.)
When all else fails, Jane can always lift my spirits.  The iPhone cover above is one I designed with my favorite author in mind on Zazzle.  I call it, Dancing Jane Austen.  It is very nice and substantial -- the picture is actually on a kind of heavy-duty cloth, while the frame is hard plastic.  I love it!
Chiming in late with my cheery finds, but there's still a lot of time to see everyone's junque over at Apron Thrift Girl.

4 comments :

Something Special said...

Happy Spring to you my friend. Come and see what I found on St. Patty's day. We had nearly 50 yard sales in our Valley. I found some amazing vintage pieces.

Kathy said...

A beautiful Springtime post, love all the bright colors!

pam said...

Love all the fabrics, that tablecloth and hankie with the rose and letter is especially interesting. I didn't manage to get my stuff photographed this week, oops. Hope you have a brighter day today!

sjmcdowell said...

Hi Laurie,

Wow what wonderful things you have found recently!!
Everything looks so bright and cheery!!

Thinking of you and wishing you a wonderful day my dear swap partner!! :)

Hugs and Smiles,

Susan