Friday, January 27, 2017

Two Down ~

Two to go.  The first heart is already with its new owner.  My Alabama sister (actually, my only sister) is visiting a friend in Ohio about an hour and a half from me, so we had the chance to get together the other day.  Being the nice sister that I am (grin), she got this very neutral "Betsy style" heart.
Here's the heart that I am giving away on Monday and here's where to enter.  It has been rather primitively given a patchwork back and "lumpy stuffed" with wool snippets and a small lavender pouch.  I do hope the winner will be pleased.  We're not talking fine stitching here :)
In person, you cannot see the linen backing
(showing as light spots in the picture).
While with my sister, we were able to visit Chagrin Valley Antiques in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.  I have been wanting to stop by for a long time, and was so happy we had the opportunity.  Diana, the proprietress, was a delight to chat with and offered some great deals.  This in an "antique shop" that truly carries "antiques".  Sadly, that is not often the case.  I'm sure many of you have been in antique malls with no real antiques to be found :(
This original surface chest of drawers, circa 1850, was something I just could not leave behind.  I'm not sure if this is where it will stay.  I had planned on putting it in my bedroom, but it's a little bigger than I thought is was. 

That's all that was coming home with me until Diana made me an offer I could not refuse on this circa 1870 treenware sewing spool holder.  She said it was possibly Shaker but could not verify.  The little sewing stand on top is Shaker, the only such piece I own.

No progress has been made on my rug.  I was hoping to have it done this weekend, but the hearts are the priority at the moment.  It's the journey, not the destination, right?
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)


  1. Each and every item in this post is gorgeous!
    Blessings, Patti

  2. Whom ever wins your heart will be thrilled for sure.
    Love your antique finds.

  3. I so love your heart...and hearts!! That Heavens to Betsy finish is just the cat's meow... But oh how jelly I am over that chest! Too, too, sweet!!! Love the spool holder too...I almost had one of those and still remember the sting of losing out LOL. Happy Friday my sweet... Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  4. Hi Lauren,
    Your hearts are really lovely and I know whoever wins will be thrilled!! LOVE your new "adopted" pieces and you will certainly make good use out of that dresser!!! Great finds!!
    Also, I LOVE your kitty rug!!
    Enjoy your weekend, my friend~

  5. Such treasures! That includes the antiques and your adorable hearts! I love those wide strips and the patched backs - need to try it myself some day!

  6. Ohhh good finds! Love your hearts as always

  7. Ohhh, love seeing your treasures! Funny, I just was reading another blog where they went treasure hunting!

  8. Great hearts Lauren. Bob ans I pride ourselves in having a true antique store. There have been so many we have visited that were junk or made in China or a big ole mess. We will have to put this store on our bucket list.

  9. Love your wonderful treasures, Lauren !
    And I love, love those gorgeous wooly good hearts. Beautiful work !

  10. Your hearts are absolutely beautiful Lauren. The more you hook hearts, the bigger your own heart grows.
    I'm so glad you found such a sweet little antique chest of drawers and you could take it home with you.
    I'm back home from my brother in law's funeral so I can get back to hooking again.

    Have a great weekend.
    Warm hugs,

  11. We have a big barn that I love going to and half the things are more vintage or just beat up, lol. But they do have a lot of nice antiques and hand crafts, so a fun place to go on a cold day.


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  13. Morning Lauren, love those hearts and the patchwork one is so sweet.... Love your treasures, always fun to go hunting in a true antique store.Hugs Francine.

  14. Beautiful new antiques. And who wouldn't adore that heart?

  15. With so many interesting projects truly is difficult to stay disciplined and "enjoy the journey"... lol! Love that sewing spool holder!

  16. What neat stitching you do. Are the edges of the heart hand stitched to the backing patches?? Guess I need to win the redone so that Ican actually see how they are constructed!! Love your new treasures.

  17. Wow! LOVE your antique finds Lauren! You just don't see those great pieces in shops here anymore! Your hearts are so lovely and depict the sweetness of your generous heart! Hope you find more time to hook this Spring!
    Cathy G

  18. did I miss the heart drawing ! so pretty - I'm behind on blog reading AGAIN! I hope you have a good time deciding what to take to Sauder you lucky bird! take care Mel


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