A Favorite Thing #20


Welcome to A Favorite Thing. It’s our twentieth week together, sharing our favorite things, and I’m so glad you’re joining in this week. Let’s look at some highlights from last week:


Jill of A Little Bit of Everything shared her collection of Vera scarves with us. Gorgeous!


Garden of Daisies shared her collection of crochet hearts. Aren’t they beautiful?


Two Birdies and a B shared the tenacious rosebud that was still hanging in there in spite of temperatures that were reaching the twenties during the night. Amazing! I love stories like this.

This week I’m sharing a favorite print that hangs above the sofa in our den:


I love flower prints and there’s a story behind this one. I saw it in a corner at an auction a few years back. I fell in love, not only with the print but with the wooden frame, which is scalloped and has a faded green paint on the edges of the frame. I wanted it. This particular auctioneer was slow as molasses and when it was past midnight and it still had not come up for auction, I was still waiting patiently. Suddenly the auctioneer started to end the evening. I shouted out “What about the print??” and pointed in that direction. The auctioneer grudgingly said, “Okay, bring it here.” And one of his assistants brought it up to the block. I was the only one who bid on it and I got if for $15! It’s quite heavy and I absolutely love it. Isn’t that frame wonderful?

Okay, now it’s your turn!

You can link up anytime from this evening through Sunday. Make sure you enter the URL of your post. If you’re unsure how to do that, just click on your post title after you’ve published it and copy the information in your browser address window. Come back here, paste the URL into your link entry and there you go! If you have any problems, drop me an email and I’ll help you out. Please link back to this blog on your post. That way, those that read your post and are interested in reading more can do so.

One of my concerns about link parties is that the very reason for them has somewhat gone by the wayside. They’ve become so big and there are so many of them that many bloggers don’t take the time to visit any of the other participants. Link parties are a way to meet new bloggers and share with each other and the only way to do that is to visit each other. So, please, take some time to visit everyone over the next few days. No rush. Stop by, introduce yourself, and leave a comment. It’s the neighborly thing to do. It’s also nice if you leave a comment here, as well.

Have fun!


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  1. says

    Oooh Claudia ~ I love that print and the frame too! How lucky you were to get it for only $15.00!! Vintage prints like yours are my favorites. I can hardly believe it is week 20. Where has the time gone???

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  2. says

    Wow– what a great deal! I really like that frame too. The whole piece is wonderful– must be even more impressive in person! Just to be nosy– about how big is it?

  3. just cats says

    That is pretty, Claudia. It suits your home so well. Thanks for hosting your party again. It’s fun. Deb

  4. says

    Love the frame and picture – I am slowly learning about a new to me this month phrase – mid century modern. I am guessing your lovely picture is mid century. It reminds me of the 1950’s/60’s. Thanks for hosting, I look forward to joining in each week. Hope you are feeling better this evening. Loved the picture you included in your last post of Don. He is thae character to a T.

  5. says

    That’s a great priint and a great story ~ I loved that you spoke up. Sorry I haven’t participated the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working lots of hours . No time for play or pleasure. Next week! xo

  6. says

    Hi there, I’m fairly new to the blogosphere and really enjoy linking up to meet new people with similar outlooks etc. Thank you for hosting – I’m certainly happy to participate and enjoy the party! J9 x

  7. says

    My husband teases me because there are no pictures on the walls of our house unless he picks them out and puts them up. It’s not that I don’t like pictures, it’s that I only like ones that have a great story behind them like the one you shared today!

  8. says

    Seeing those crocheted hearts brought back memories of the ones exactly like that my Grandmother made us. And they matched the colors of our rooms…..

    Beautiful creativity today in your favorite things.


  9. says

    Can you believe that rosebud surviving the winter? Love that! And love the story of your art, what a treasure. I’ve linked my new coffee station, my favorite thing in the kitchen! Thanks for hostessing ~ Mary

  10. says

    So many Favorites today. I have a collection of the Crocheted Hearts with Ribbon edging, and I’ve made quite a few as well. I looked forever for a pattern and finally found one in a vintage crochet pamplet. Sure was worth the wait at the auction for the print. I do love the floral and the unique frame….it’s a wonderful piece for your home. Thanks for hosting and for your comment on CITexas Gal today. I’ve been watching as you have been hand quilting and thought of you as I did the post about Thread Heaven. I know you will love it. Have a wonderful weekend….Sue

  11. says

    You know I just the love the color pallet of your home. That picture is so soft and soothing. I can see why you love it. Hope all is well, not too cold. We warmed up this week. 80 today if you can believe it. I think I may scare the neighbors and wear shorts to mow the lawn.

  12. says

    Very pretty print :) How cool that you got it for $15 and a bit of patience!

    I’m not entirely certain that my post fits the favorite theme, except that scenes from nature are one of my favorite things :) Thanks for hosting the party!

  13. says

    Thanks so much for featuring my lone rosebud! The weather has finally taken its toll, poor thing! The picture and frame are beautiful and I love the colors. Happy weekend! xo

  14. says

    What a lovely print! I love the frame, too. I’ve only been to an auction once and it was so exciting. Hubby bid on an entire set of china that no one seemed to want and got it for $40.00. It’s gorgeous.

    Hope you’re having a good weekend!


  15. Nancy says

    Love the print and frame. We used to attend a lot of auctions, and have some “treasures” we purchased for very little. I especially love country auctions where you can find lots of vintage items.

  16. says

    I was thrilled to see that you featured my Vera scarves this week – that was such a nice thing to do – thanks!!! Looks like there are some neat posts already this week – have to get busy and read a few..

    That is a beautiful picture and a very nice deal you got on it too!!

  17. says

    That frame is lovely as is the print! What a deal! I love flower prints too. When I change my guest bedroom into an office this summer I’m thinking of doing a whole wall of thrifted flower paintings.

  18. says

    Aww, thank you for featuring my hearts from last week. You’re sweet. Your painting is so pretty. I love that scalloped frame, too. The story of how you had to ask the auctioneer to take care of one last item before he closed up for the night is so funny. That is kinda crazy that you could go to an auction and wait around all day only to find out that they aren’t going to get around to the thing you are most interested in.

  19. says

    I love your print! Not only is the picture beautiful, but that frame is so unique and lovely. I will be joining A Favorite Thing later today!

  20. says

    Hi Claudia,

    I just discovered your blog and I love it. Your cottage is just delightful! And all the wonderful information you share is so enjoyable to read. I especially love the posts about your “studio”. How creative.

    I am going to go over to Facebook, twitter, and pintrest and follow you. :-)


  21. says

    Hi Claudia, I know I’m a day late reading today’s post, somehow I missed it, but had to tell you that I discovered a delightful blog you included called Cottage Industry by Haworth (did I spell that right?). I left her a comment but wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading her–back into October! I don’t know what there is about her style but I was enthralled. You New Englanders have a way about you! Thank you for your part in this discovery.

  22. says

    Your patience paid off! Love your print and the frame is magnificient! Now I’m off to check out the features. Thanks again for featuring my post last week!

  23. says

    That is just a great story of your art print. I have only one experience with auctions. They are a whole lot of fun! I’m a bit late sorry!! Hope you don’t mind 😉
    The quilt looks so colorful. Great job!
    I’m not looking forward to the colder temps. Eeek, stay warm.
    xxx Liz

  24. says

    Oh Claudia, that painting is really beautiful. And I love that it has a porcelain bird similar to ones you have in your cottage. I think that proves you were meant to have it! I’m so looking forward to getting back to looking over the favorite things people have posted. Enjoy the rest of your week…. stay warm!?


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