Saturday, July 31, 2010


Hello and welcome to Pink Saturday hosted by Beverly of How Sweet the Sound. If you go to visit her you can get a list of the many participants. Thank you Beverly for hosting this fun event.

Today for my pinkness I have this very pretty (diamond in the rough) cross stitched thrift store find. As soon as I saw this adorble Victorian Lady doing embroidery I knew I just had to bring her home.
She was not looking very pretty at the time. She was very dark and dingy, looked like maybe the fabric she was stitched on was tea stained. I bought her anyway thinking I could take her out of the frame, soak her in some Tide and she would brighten up.

Well to my surprise when I took her out of the frame I could see that she was stitched on pink fabric and the fabric had been painted a beige color. Never saw anyone do that before but I was thrilled after soaking it for two days it came out just as pink and pretty as can be.

Below is the state she was in when I purchased her from the thrift store.

She cleaned up nice didn't she? I also gave her frame a nice white wash and a little sanding and I'm very pleased with the results. Now she will have a home in my new sewing room. (still in the making)LOL

A few closeups.

This pretty little Bearington Bear was a gift from my son a few years back.

Look at the sweet little kitty by her feet.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I enjoyed our visit. Have a wonderful week!
Blessings to ya, Shirl


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Love your sweet vignette for today, Shirl. I can't believe someone put in that much work on that cross-stitch and painted the background! She is lovely. Love your faux foods and velvet strawberries, too! Did Jen make the food? Please give her hugs for me.

Love you,
Angelic Accents

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Shirl! Happy Pink Saturday!
Wow, this is a pretty picture. She did clean up nicely. Great find.


Gee said...

cross stitching is one of my hobbies, I like that design, very good!

Marydon said...

G'morn, Shirl ~ I soo love the 'lady' & she does look much better 'in the pink' ... & your other treasures are wonderful. Lovely vignette.

Have a lovely PINK summer's weekend ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

I admire your conviction to get that sweet piece back to it's intended beauty!!

It came out beautiful and I love that darling little bear!!



Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hi Shirl :) What a great find ! If I saw this lovely cross-stitched lady I would have taken her home too, and how perfect it was done on a pink background!! Someone was crazy to have painted it that horrid brown!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Shirl!
What an absolutely beautiful transformation!!! Great is so much prettier with the pink background and white frame!
Have a beautiful pink weekend!
;-D Kathleen


I love your cross stitch find. She really did clean up nice. Someone spent alot of time on her... too bad they gave her up... but good for you to find such a treasure. What a difference a little soap and water made.

Victorian1885 said...

Perfect..she is lovely in her newly painted white frame!


fiberdoodles said...

So cute! Happy Pink Saturday!!

Anonymous said...

What a pretty cross-stitch and somebody else did all the work for you ;) How neat it was worked on a pink cloth. I love your pink lantern, Shirl. Have a Happy Pink Saturday~

LV said...

You did a super job transforming this dingy lady into a beautiful pink one. It still amazes me with the right washing, how much better this turned out. You made a great selection and uses it well.

Lisa said...

Lovely Pinks!! Have a great weekend!

Vintage To Chic said...

Good Morning Lady, Love your treasures you are showing today. So much work in that peice and it is so sad to see what they sell for in the thrift stores but then great for collectors like you.
Hope you have a blessed week.

Connie said...

It's still lovely, honey.

rosechicfriends said...

She is simple adorable! How clever and smart you are and now she's just so you!
Happy Pink!

Pearl said...

What an amazing transformation! So pretty, you saved her. I just love that tea cup on your header, it's just the sweetest thing I've ever seen. Thanks for sharing, hugs Pearl

A Write Life said...

Happy belated pink day. What a lovely picture - how odd the beige paint. But great it all came out. Love it.