Wednesday, September 12, 2012

a vintage rocker

Happy Wednesday! 
Thank you so much for all your sweet birthday wishes! They made my birthday extra special and I am so thankful for each of you! If you haven't entered my birthday giveaway, there is still time. I will be announcing the winner on Monday!

Over the weekend I went to the local monthly flea market, and came home with some cute treasures. This vintage rocker was sitting there with a price tag of $18, and as I stared at it, looked underneath, and just thought, should I take home another chair, the man who was selling came over, and said that he would give it to me for $10. Well, with that price it was coming home!
 It is small, so I am thinking it is a children's rocking chair, but I am not really sure. I love the detail in the wood, and I am already thinking of what color to paint it. ;)
 The seat is in need of prettiness, but I love the buttons securing the fabric. I will definitely be cleaning those up, and re-using them when I recover it. Another project on the list! ;) I still need to take some pictures of my other treasures to show you on Friday.
Last year when I was learning how to quilt, I made this sweet fall patchwork and appliqué table runner with some of my favorite fall fabrics. I love quilting, especially on the smaller scale. 
 There is something about patchwork, that I just love!
 I added some pretty appliqué maple leaves, and stamped fall words around them.
 Fall is in the air, or at least I am forcing it to be in my home! Have you started decorating?
 I have been busy working away on the items for the boutique, which is coming so quickly! Some cross-stitch phrases ready to be put into a quilt, and the vintage grey one is going to be part of my display. 
 Some tea towels getting there scalloped edging, and...
the next batch waiting for theirs. I have one more batch of tea towels after these to crochet edgings on, and then they all can be adorned with a dresden flower and vintage doilies. I am a little overwhelmed, but I know it will all get done! So, I am off to work away! 
Wishing you all a lovely day!


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  1. What a beautiful old rocker and happy belated birthday wishes - so sorry I missed it...I hope you had a fabulous time.

    Nina x

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    1. Thank you so much Nina! I had a great and relaxing birthday! Have a lovely day! xo Heather

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  2. That is a lovely old rocker. And I'm sure after you put your special vintage grey touch on it, it will be even better.

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    1. Thank you! ;) Have a wonderful day! xo Heather

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  3. You are working so hard! Love the table runner and the rocker will be gorgeous when you are finished with it.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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    1. Thank you Liz!! Have a lovely day! xo Heather

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  4. Such a cute and sweet rocker! I can't wait to see it redone! Did you get your paint colors that you ordered in yet!? I'm excited to see what colors you will do!! :) Such a sweet patchwork runner, I love it! I've started fall decorating a little bit, I think i'm going to pull a couple of my totes down and finish the rest of the house! :) Hope you have a lovely day and Happy working! :):) xo Holly

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    1. Thank you! I am still waiting for the Milk Paint to come arrive in the store. The furniture I was going to paint for my show, probably won't get done by then, but that is okay. Thank you, I love fall! Can't wait to see your decorations! ;) Have a great day! xo Heather

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  5. that rocker looks so much like the rocker my sis inherited via grandma stella. except no cusion. Mary refinished it for grandma and after her passing Mary got to have it for her own. It is in her living room as we speak.

    have a great week!

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    1. Oh, how neat! Mary will have to show it off!! ;) Have a great week, too! xo Heather

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  6. I love rocking chairs!! My godmother has one that was from her mum and I just love sitting on it when I am there visiting her.
    Your makes are just so amazing and the fall quilt is really sweet!
    xx

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    1. I have always wanted a rocker, because they are so fun to sit on, and just rock away! I am sure your godmother's is beautiful!! Thank you! Have a great day! xo Heather

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  7. Happy belated birthday :) Love the runner, so pretty can't believe you were new to quilting! The lil x stitches are so cute. x

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  8. What a great rocker!! can't wait to see how you "fix it up". Love your Fall runner, it looks great on your table!!
    I guess I missed you b-day on Monday :( so sorry, I consider you one of my best blogging buddies!!!

    Hugs chris

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    1. Thank you Chris! That's okay. I consider you to be one of my best blogging buddies, too! Hope you have a great day!! xo Heather

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  9. Your towels are looking beautiful. The care you take with the crochet edges really make them stand out from the crowd!
    That chair was a great score! Is it small overall or just low to the ground? They used to make "ladies" chairs that were lower for the shorter legs and they also used to make what were called "slipper chairs" that were really low so it was easier to take your shoes on and off. Imagine when you had two rows of shoe buttons to hook or unhook!

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    1. Thank you Kathy! Well, it is just low to the ground, because the seat is normal size. Oh, I love that they made these tow types of chairs! Thanks for sharing! It makes this sweet chair even more special! xo Heather

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  10. Oh this chair is the perfect size for my one bathroom. I have been searching and searching, it needs to be not too big and not too small, perhaps I will get a lucky find as well. I love your table quilt.

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    1. I hope you find one just as sweet!! Thank you! xo Heather

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  11. I love the shape of your rocking chair, it looks very elegant! I'd paint it the Swedish Blue I'm using at the moment......then make a cover with my little pile of hexies! Then I would have to casually drape one of your beautiful creatings over the back! I could gentally rock away as I stitch my patchwork blanket! Ada :)

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    1. Oh, that sounds wonderful!!! Love the hexes!! Might have to do that! ;) You are so sweet, thank you!! I am looking forward to rocking away in it! xo Heather

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  12. I love the dear little rocker...but my pioneer side says not to cover the lovely wood with stain. A pretty fabric on the seat would be all I would do...but...I am not young and hip! lol! I have seen a lot of pretty repurposing going on with chalk paint. What ever you choose, you will love it...and so will we. =D

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    1. Thank you! Some old furniture I don't paint because I love the color of the wood, so we'll see what I do with this one! I really want to get some of the chalk paint, and the new milk paint. I am waiting for a local store to get it in! Have a great day! xo Heather

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  13. aw, what a birthday bargain! I cant wait to see you work your magic on it! xxx

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    1. It definitely was a great birthday bargain!! Thanks! xo Heather

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  14. Great rocker!
    As soon as you are finished with it, it will be worth a whole lot more than you paid for it!
    Don't let the junk man see it.. he'll want it back **grin*.

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    1. Thank you! Oh, I won't! Ha! ;) xo Heather

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  15. What a darling rocking chair. :o) I look forward to seeing how you paint it. :o) Your table runner is just adorable! What a sweet touch of fall in your home. Your tea towels are just gorgeous and I *love* mine! I have it where I can see it everyday. :o) Trish xo

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    1. Thank you so much! Aaah, I am so happy that you love your tea towel! That means so much to me!! Thank you sweet friend! xo Heather

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  16. It may have been a "nursing" rocker because of its size...
    it's very sweet!
    I hope you do very well at the craft show!
    I left you a Birthday message on your last post. Sure hope you had a AWESOME Birthday.
    Warmly,
    deb

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    1. Thanks! I think this sweet rocker is just getting better with everyone's history! Yay! Thank you, it was an awesome birthday!! xo Heather

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  17. I love your sweet table runner! Just lovely.

    Laura

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  18. I have always been told that those short rockers are sewing rockers. I must say I have never heard of a nursing rocker but that sounds wonderful. I love all your finds and work...makes me envious of all your talent...keep working...Smiles..Renee

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    1. I like the idea of it being a sewing rocker! This sweet rocking chair just keeps getting better! Oh, you my dear are so talented, and it has been such a blessings to see your creations and be inspired! Happy sweet day to you! xo Heather

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  19. Best wishes with your upcoming show. I'm sure you will do very well. Your table runner is splendid and the price on that rocker is just amazing. I'm glad you rescued it.

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    1. Thank you Kim! I hope so! ;) I am so glad I was able to bring it home! I can't wait to rock away in it! xo Heather

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  20. That chair will be great when you redo it! I'm glad you had a Happy day. You have been a busy girl. Love your new tea towel colors!

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    1. Thank you so much!! Happy sweet day to you! xo Heather

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  21. Ah, happy birthday! You got that rocker for an amazing price! It looks like a little sewing rocker. If you take the cover off, do you know if the seat had previously been caned? We have a rocker like that with a caned seat. There are little holes all around the perimeter where the caning goes through. Beautiful little rocker you found! :-)

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    1. Thank you!! I'm not sure...but once I recover it I'll have to see! There is weaving of big burlap pieces underneath, but I look to see if there are the holes for the smaller weaving. I am so glad it came home! Happy day to you! xo Heather

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  22. Every time I see your crocheted scalloped edges, I can't get over that you make them yourself! So many people would BUY it, and add it to their towels...but not you! What talent! I can't wait to see your finished rocker. It's very sweet.
    Erica :)

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    1. Aaah, thank you so much Erica! I pretty sure I have become addicted to crocheting scalloped edges, I love doing it! Thank you, I am so happy it came home with me! xo Heather

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  23. Ooh, I have a wee touch of the "envies" (in a good way though!) LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that adorable rocker! And can't wait to see it again once you've added your beautiful magic touch to it. xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much Gilly! It was a great find, and it is my first rocker! Happy sweet day to you!! xo Heather

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  24. I can't wait to see what you do with that little rocking chair * it's very sweet as is, but I know the transformation will be amazing :) Your creativity is amazing,Heather! Always love your projects!

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    1. Thank you so much!! You are always so sweet! xo Heather

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  25. Heather, I love the old rocker! I have an old rocker that is at the upholstery shop right now getting a covering of a 1940's bedspread. Yours will be sweet, I'm sure! Have a great day, Jean

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    1. Thank you Jean! Oh, I can't wait to see you rocker! I am sure it is going to be so beautiful when it's done!! Happy sweet day to you! xo Heather

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  26. Can't wait to see how the rocker looks after you transform it with your magic touch! Best of luck with your upcoming show...love the sweet cross-stitch that you've done for your quilt. A very Happy belated birthday! :) --Fran

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    1. Thank you so much sweet Fran!! Happy day to you! xo Heather

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  27. I'm sure you are overwhelmed, but isn't it nice that people love your stuff? =)

    No need to respond to my comment. That will remove one small thing from your list of things to do. =)

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  28. The rocking chair you found is lovely, I'm looking forward to seeing how you transform it! Your fall table runner is very pretty, I love the applique and the patchwork combination. You are so creative, Heather!
    Have a happy weekend.
    Helen x

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    1. Thank you Helen! Happy sweet weekend to you! xo Heather

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  29. wow! that rocking chair is so sweet! :) love it. and i love those tea towels - the vintage fabrics are gorgeous! thanks so much for your comments on my blog - i really appreciate them!! :) lora

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    1. Thank you so much Lora!! Hope you have a fabulous weekend! xo Heather

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  30. That rocker is absolutely amazing! There is just something so wonderful about rocking chairs.

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    1. Thank you so much Amanda!! There is something very wonderful and special about them! Have a great weekend! xo Heather

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  31. Can't wait to see the fabulous way you recreate this rocker! Adore your fall runner and pom pom flowers. So cute!

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    1. Thank you so much!!! Happy weekend! xo Heather

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  32. What a sweet find Heather. I know that you will give it a pretty touch with it's makeover. I can't wait to see the "after".

    xo,
    Danielle

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    1. Thank you Danielle!! Have a great weekend! xo Heather

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  33. I have just come over from Helen Philipp's blog..congratulations. I am your newest follower now 'cos I think your blog's so pretty!

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    1. Thank you so much Carol! So happy to have you here!! Have a great weekend! xo Heather

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  34. Hello dear, how long!
    I just came to leave a hug and say I miss.
    Have a blessed weekend.
    Luciana

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    1. Hi Luciana!
      Hope you are doing great my friend! Blessings and have a beautiful weekend! xo Heather

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  35. Sweet rocking chair. I'm sure it will be lovely when you've finished with it!

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  36. Hi Heather! Happy belated 30th birthday! I've been so busy lately -- no time for anything which makes me rather grumpy. I see that you are continuing to create so many wonderful projects. That rocking chair is a great find at $10 -- I know you will spruce it up in no time. Hope you have a fabulous weekend. Congrats, too, on being a winner of Helen's giveaway -- I was so surprised to receive an email from her today telling me I was a winner also. Best wishes, Tammy :)

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    1. Hi Tammy!
      Thank you so much! Congrats to you, too! So exciting!! Hope you have a wonderful and relaxing weekend! xo Heather

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  37. I love your rocking chair. Looking forward to seeing how you pretty it up. Your table runner it just beautiful.
    Hugs
    donna

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    1. Thank you so much Donna!! Have a great weekend! xo Heather

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  38. What a gorgeous rocking chair! I am sure as soon as it receives the "Heather" touch it will be SIMPLY AMAZING!!!! sending hugs!!!

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  39. Gorgeous table runner Heather. The rocking chair will be stunning!

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  40. I should say.. you are very busy! Love that little rocker! It is a ladies rocker probably, they made them smaller. But hard to tell by the picture how small it is. I am sure you will make it beautiful with all your creative talent and genius going on over there! You just started quilting? I would love to try to learn, but I am always chicken? I like the idea of starting of with a table runner. Yours is darling.
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  41. Your rocker is so sweet...What a wonderful find! I wonder if rockets were once a bit smaller than they are today. All the photos of my petite GGGrandmother are of her sitting in the tiniest rocker. Just a thought??
    You are such a busy gal with your cross stitching and crocheting. God has truly blessed the work of your hands!
    Hugs,
    Carolynn

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  42. wow, how completely adorable!!! I need to get my festive on over here, it stinks not feeling good:(

    But I adore you and your blog, you are inspiring me!

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