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Monday, July 6, 2009

Vintage Linen Makeover

A big bouquet of "Thank You's" for all the wonderfully warm wishes you left for my speedy recovery. I am on the mend. The Fashionista really kept the house running during that time and Mr. Decor thankfully is now home again.

Shall we get back to talking about pretty things? Yes! Two of the treasures that I brought back from my grandmother's house were these cross stitched pieces of linen which featured a courting couple.



My grandmother said that she herself had done the work in the 1930's when she was about thirteen years old. She recalled that she had found the pattern in a ladies magazine. The instructions suggested that the pieces be worked in black thread but happily my grandmother loved color even as a young girl.



I am currently creating a lavender guest room in my own home. I have a very small budget. So, I am decorating much of the space using things I already have. I thought that the couple might look sweet if they were framed and hung as art.
After a good soaking in oxyclean, followed by line drying and ironing, the pieces came out fresh and clean.


The oval 8 x 10 frames were found at Joann's for 50% off. Charming art for less than $15.00, yet truly priceless to me.



I can't wait to see this lovely couple hanging on our lavender walls.

27 comments :

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

These are a treasure. We have at my Mom's some family embroidery and doesn't it just make you transported when you hold them? Blessings.

Joy said...

Excellent!

Blue Muse said...

I LOVE your little needlepoint couple, and how special that your grandmother made them! They will be beautiful in your guest room, and so sweet.
I am so happy to hear that you are on the mend - may you feel better and better!
xo Isa

Terri and Bob said...

what a fabulous piece of history you own! I love it. Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better!

ceekay said...

Wow, they came out really great! I am going to have to try that!

Willow said...

Those are so darling. You are so lucky to have them and that they are still in such great shape. Can't wait to see your finished room. Lavender is my favorite color and herb.

Willow

marty39 said...

What a thrill to have some needlework your grandmother did. They look gorgeous in their new frames. Such fabulous keepsakes. Hugs, Marty

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

I'm glad to hear that you're on the mend! You linens look great!

Lagatka.pl said...

Amazing pictures ! And great treasure !

Lagatka

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, these will be perfect for your guest room! Look how cute they are framed, and I love the way they are facing each other. Good job to you and your grandmother!

Just wanted to let you know that I posted the lovely things you sent me on my blog for Pink Saturday. Come over and take a look if you get a chance. Everyone loved them, especially ME! ;-)

I'm just so relieved you are better!

XO,

Sheila :-)

bettyann said...

so sweet..I have my Grannie's needlework and they are my treasures!! glad you are on the mend..

Karen said...

Oh Laura, they are priceless! What is even better is the fact that your granmother made them. I think they will look lovely in your lavender bathroom. I bet at 13 your Grandmother never imagined they would be hanging in her grandaughters home one day! How truly special.
Glad you are feeling better.
Hugs,
Karen

Lorrie said...

Hi Laura,

Glad you are on the mend.

Your cross stitch pieces are lovely. It's wonderful to have something made by someone you love - it adds another layer to the enjoyment of the piece, I think.

Lorrie

Barb said...

turned out great!!
Blessings,
Barbara Jean

Liz said...

Totally precious and adorable!!

So glad your feeling better. Vertigo is nasty stuff.

~Liz

LiLi M. said...

There is nothing better than something homemade by a beloved relative. You did a marvellous job cleaning them and framing them. I cannot wait either to see them hanging in your guest room. Have a nice day!

Kerry said...

Those are so pretty! Your grandmother did such a lovely job!
Kerry

Mildred said...

Hi Laura, Glad you are better. I love this needlework by your Grandmother and how fortunate to find frames that fit the shape so well. So happy she did these in color!

Bellamere Cottage said...

What a lovely treasure. I have a bit from my grandmother too...so sweet, aren't they?

Happy you're on the mend....

Blessings,
Spencer

Shimmy Mom said...

Those are BEAUTIFUL. What a treasure from your Grandmother. Thanks for sharing.

Speaking of sharing I found this post on a friends blog and since you are related to Laura, and I know you like to travel I thought I'd send you there to see it, incase you didn't already know about it.

http://pottedfrog.wordpress.com/2009/07/07/laura-ingalls-wilder-memorial-society-desmet-sd-my-world-tuesday/

*hugs*

alice wayne said...

I'll have to buy some more! The ice cream only lasted a day!!!

Actually this is the one time I will thank you for spell checking. I knew I spelled it wrong but spell check was being dumb and I was too lazy to look in the dictionary. It's been driving me crazy!

With Loving Stitches said...

I'd have to tea stain those up some more and really age them. They are quite pretty.

Angie said...

The linen looks great framed like that.

I found some linen with needlepoint on it in an antique store, and I couldn't figure out what to do with it because the edges were stained, so I turned it into a pillow.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, they are just so precious, and how lovely that your grandmother made them. Wonderful keepsakes. They look so pretty in the frames. laurie

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I just love these! I recently bought mini silhouettes of George and Martha Washington (that I hung over bed...so we can feel all presidential. :-) And the fact that these were MADE by your grandma...priceless. They look great framed.

Neabear said...

I am glad to hear that you are better. What a week you had last week!

Those pieces your grandmother made are just lovely. I love how they look all clean and framed. Definitely must share how they look on your lavendar walls.

Take care now.
Linnea

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