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Monday, March 21, 2011

Embroidered State Flowers

We went to garage sales Saturday.

Joe is a riot at them.

He loves to haggle and is very good at it.

I found something so beautiful and well made by hand that I do not think I could have haggled.

It turns out I did not need to.

Look at what I found:


A map of the United States with each state flower named and embroidered on it.

The detail is remarkable.



Look at the North Carolina dogwood tree.

We have a dogwood theme going on right now at Olive Out.

In the next post I will share a pink dogwood in bloom now.



I bought this from an older couple and the man said his mother did it and it took her a very long time to complete.

I can imagine it did.

I told him I would take very good care of it as I handed him the three dollars.

Yes, just three dollars.

Remember I said no haggling was required this time.



It was not easy to photograph and is much more pretty in person.



My walls are freakishly blue above when in fact they are yellow.

But do you see how cool this piece of embroidery is?

I am linking for the very first time with Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays.

Do visit for more thrifty finds.

I am also linking with Debra of Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.

Do visit for vintage inspiration.

grace surrounds us
Olive



48 comments:

  1. That is a really cool find! I love it Olive and it looks so pretty hung where you have it.

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  2. Hi Olive, that is sooo incredibly beautiful!... how could he part with it when his mother made it??? I can never understand that... but happy that you got it!... xoxo Julie Marie

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  3. glad you snatched it up, the person who put so much work into it would be happy!

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  4. Hey there, Miss Olive! This is a real treasure. Something to be honored for sure. Missouri's state tree is Dogwood, too!! Hope you're off to a great week!!
    xoxo,
    Debra

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  5. My husband and I have ridden our bicycles across the USA (he twice and me once). I would love something vintage like this to represent our trip.

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  6. This is an amazing work of art, and for $3.00 - you are so lucky to find this treasure!

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  7. Olive,
    This was a super cool find...I LOVE IT!!!! Can't believe that they only wanted $3 for it. Hope you have a fun time here at my NTT party:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  8. So much work....wonder of the maker would be sad that her son valued it so little? More likely she'd be pleased that it went to a good home.

    Jan

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  9. What an incredible treasure!! That would definitely take a very long time to embroider.

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  10. Olive, what a treasure, it's truly incredible! What a buy, I cant' believe it...you did good!

    Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  11. Wow, Olive that was an awesome find. Love your window treatments I see there.

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  12. Amazing!
    Think of the
    LOVE and the
    WORK that went
    into this beauty.
    Well done!!
    xx Suzanne

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  13. I'm so glad you got such a treasure (and that you clearly appreciate it as such.) But what kind of guy hands over a family heirloom/work of art for $3??!!
    I am SO glad this has found a safe haven in your home. It's beautiful!

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  14. Olive,

    I remember this embroidery. It was a kit. I think my sister made it. It is just lovely. I am so glad you made a home for it.

    Carol

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  15. $3??? That was a true bargain. A real piece of folk art.

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  16. Very neat, Olive! And what a deal you got. I bet a lot of heart and soul went into making this!

    XO,
    Jane

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  17. Amazing embroidery! What a treasure. Three dollars, unbelievable! It looks wonderful on your wall.

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  18. Just amazing! So glad you found it because I know you'll appreciate it-enjoy:@)

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  19. Beautiful! What lovely work - such an amount of detail!

    xo
    Claudia

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  20. That is such a wonderful piece of work and I cannot believe they parted with it - for $3 yet! Olive you were so fortunate to find such a treasure and I know it really found you as you will appreciate it and see it gets the proper respect. Thanks for sharing it! Ann

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  21. You lucky little ducky! This is gorgeous! And I'm not even American!

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  22. Hi Olive,
    What a beautiful find!! Love all those state flowers and so well done, a real treasure! I wonder why people give up family pieces, but I love to buy them:-))
    Hugs,
    Bella

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  23. I can't believe you got that embroidered picture for just 3 dollars! A real snip. As you say, you couldn't possibly haggle with that price, as it's such a beautiful thing. I'm sure you will treasure it for years to come.

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  24. I like that it is all hand made. It must of ment a lot to the previous owner who created it. Thanks for sharing.........Julian

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  25. That is gorgeous. And a great price too! BTW, I think your walls are magic. They can change color at will.

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  26. What a treasure you found. Olive, It's beautiful!

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  27. Olive,
    Yes, that is really cool. And $3???
    Oh. My. Goodness.
    Enjoy!

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  28. OMG!! Three dollars??!! What an amazing piece you stole there! *winks* I can only IMAGINE how long it took to do that! Too funny about your hubbs being the hard core bargainer. I always ask my hubby to ask for the discount because he always gets a better price than me *winks* And Olive your comment at my place about the silk dressing gown? It cracked me up!...Because I have a tatty ole brown robe that I won't get rid of (alas not silk) and I live in jeans or sweats!Lol! So much for glam huh? Vanna

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  29. This is truly beautiful and lead me to research and learn something about my home state. Oklahoma actually has three state flower/emblems: The state floral emblem is the mistletoe, state wildflower is the Indian Blanket, and the official state flower is the hybrid tea rose "Oklahoma." Thank you!

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  30. Glad you linked up Missy, I just love this!!
    have a great weekend, it's supposed to be cold and rainy here...brrrr and blah...
    xoxo,
    Debra

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  31. Beautiful find. Cannot beleive he could have parted with something his Mother took so long making. People are very strange sometimes. Great deal for you and glad it went to a home that will treasure it. ~~Sherry~~

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  32. Oh I adore your floral map!

    I am currently hosting an auction of vintage and antique linen treasures. Stop by and take a peek.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  33. 3.oo????? OMG - that is so beautiful. It is a work of art! Enjoy!!

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  34. This is amazingly beautiful...and for only 3 dollars! WoW!
    Thanks so much for your kind comment at my place.

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  35. I found one as well in Indiana at an antiques store. I paid more for mine - but love it

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  36. Yes, it was a kit sold through either Woman's Day or Family Circle magazine many years ago (maybe mid-1970s?); if my memory serves me correctly (always a dicey matter..) the price was 11.99 plus postage. They provided a pretty decent piece of linen and high quality cotton floss, to be used a single strand at a time and the piece was somewhat slow, but fun, to make up but I always loved the finished piece. Lost it when the house burned to the ground 15 years ago, so sure enjoying these photos.

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  45. Sorry about all those repeats, got in some sort of loop and I had to shut down connection to stop it sending repeats--first time that's ever happened. Also see it removed my name but so much for making me invisible!
    Sarah

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  46. I cannot believe this! My mom (85yo) made one of these years ago and she has it framed just like your picture and hanging in her kitchen. She has promised it to me when she is gone and it will be a very treasured piece for me. She bought the kit to make it from Better Homes and Garden magazine.

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  47. Hi Olive Art, I was wondering if you could tell me where you bought this? My grandmother made one of these when I was a child. When she passed away, my mother & father sold all her belonging while I was away working in London. We originally lived in North Babylon, Long Island, New York. I have been thinking about this for many years & just stumbled on your post. It couldn't be that same one that she made, could it? Thanks in advance. Best regards, Billy

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