Monday, February 23, 2009

BLUE MONDAY


Hello and welcome to Blue Monday hosted by Sally of Smiling Sally. You can go to her blog to get a list of other participants. Thank you Sally for hosting this fun event.


Today I have some blue to show you in one of my favorite plants a Blue Cape Plumbago. It blooms so pretty all summer but is not hardy to our zone so we have to bring it in every fall, a big job but worth it! I love blue flowers. Also in this picture is my pretty blue recipe box that I picked up while vacationing in Ohio Amish Country.


Next I have for you a pretty blue vintage sampler that I purchased on ebay several years ago. I collect samplers and saw this one day while browsing the list of samplers, thought it was so sad to see someones wedding sampler up for sale so I had to bid on it. I could tell that it was in need of a good cleaning and reframing. I bid but did not win it, I was so upset. A week later I get an email from the seller saying that the person that won it was not happy with it's condition and sent it back. She then offered it to me and I jumped at it knowing that a good bath and some ironing would bring it right back to it's orginal beauty and it did. I used the same frame but whitewashed it. I love it and was so glad I got the chance to revive it!
Thank you so much for stopping by, it was so nice to visit with you. My next post will be my 100th post so I will be having a give-away of one of my silk ribbon embroidered treasures so be sure to stop back.
Bless you, Shirl

22 comments:

myroseretreat said...

I totally love this sampler. I have such a soft spot for hand embroidered work! I can't do it but I love it.

Smilingsal said...

We have blue plumbago bushes and hedges growing year round. I love it too. That's a sweet eBay story. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

Smilingsal said...

We have blue plumbago bushes trained into hedges growing year round. I enjoyed your eBay story. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Such pretty flowers, and I love plumbago. We have some in our yard, but it was majorly killed back this year. So I guess we wait and see if it has a comeback.

That sampler is just darling. Love all of the pretty blue in it.

Thanks for sharing with us...

Happy Blue Monday!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Connie said...

Stunning, my friend, just stunning!!
xoxo,
Connie

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Shirl! Those flowers are beautiful! And I love the sampler :) Hope you are feeling better today!

Love ya,
Amy

Sherri S said...

Pretty flowers! Your doggie is so cute and the desserts look DEVINE! Yummy! I added you to follow. Have a great Monday.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

What pretty flowers, and that sampler is fabulous!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I did a sampler like that when I first got married, 36 years ago. I wish I knew what I did with it. Life on 250 acres must be fantastic.

Elizabeth said...

I agree, that is such a shame about someone's wedding sampler. You did a great job of cleaning it up and giving it a new home where it is loved.
Congrats on your 100th post!

ellen b said...

That sampler is so sweet! Happy Blue Monday to you...

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Happy Blue Monday! I love, love, love the sampler! I''m happy you were able to see the beauty to be had with just a little tlc.
Enjoy your day!

Susan said...

Happy Blue Monday Shirl!

Love the sampler...

Susan

Jean Tuthill said...

The flowers are beautiful and I love the sampler, it's so pretty and such a lot of work that someone did.

Blondie's Journal said...

Shirl,

This was a sweet story! I love the sampler. There is so much history behind them that we can only imagine.

I am curious as to how and with what you washed this sampler with. I have one of my own that needs a good cleaning and I am afraid I will ruin it.

xoxo
Jane

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Shirl; My you have some very wonderful blue pretties. And the sampler is just so gorgeous, it must have needed your touch and great home for you to win it, how luck for you.

Hugs;
Alaura

vickie said...

Beautiful colors in the flower arrangement! I love the sampler, it was definitely meant to be yours!

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries and Eggs In My Pocket said...

Just lovely! blessings,Kathleen

Jennifer said...

Mom your St pats header is beautiful.I love it.Green is such a favorite color of mine and this is just adorable.Hugs,Jen

Envoy-ette said...

I think it's lovely! Things like this need a loving home and I'm glad it found it's way to yours. Midwestern Family

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a treasure! I'm so glad that sweet wedding sampler found its way into your beautiful home!

Love you,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Sharon said...

Very pretty Shril.