Thursday, January 26, 2012


Do all my post start out with I Love.....?

 This love fest will feature
some of my antique samplers that I have recently displayed
in my one and only bath. 

What samplers in a bathroom, is she crazy?
Yes, I probably am but trust me it isn't
because of the samplers.

I believe the treasures we dearly
love should be enjoyed and out in view
for us to treasure.

Framed in lovely birdseye maple, it just
sets off the beauty of the samplers.
As you can see they are from the
early 1900's.

All three were purchased in different years from a great antique show, "Heart of Country",
some 25 years ago. 
Samples of needlework from boarding schools for proper ladies.
The girls were young so it was a good way to teach them the alphabet and stitches at the same time.
As you can see I some didn't make the best grade.

I never tire of them but since I do live in a tiny cottage and every
wall is taken I just had to hang them in the bathroom.

You have to think outside the box in a tiny space.


  1. You have some beautiful examples. Love the color. Hope they're protected from moisture.

  2. Kathy, I have a couple of samplers that I have packed away. I love them, too. Yours are wonderful old examples. Good spot for them! xo Diana

  3. Oh, yes, these do make my heart sing. Love red samplers the best. ;-)
    Thanks for sharing these. I'd have these where I could enjoy them too. ~ Sarah

  4. Oh how I love old, very old samplers. I used to do a lot of crewel, embroidery and cross stitch when my eyes were better and have made some of these, but only have one left that I made. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh how sweet!! I love old samplers...and have just recently found a new/old love again...counted cross stitch! I pulled out all my old floss and charts and have been busy busy. Your picture caught my attention right away because I've recently started a RED SAMPLER!! It's in progress and I'll be showing pics of it soon on my blog. So glad to find you!
    Blessings, Doni

  6. Love samplers! I don't have any vintages one but I have done several embroidery and cross stitch samplers. Also love that yours are red, so pretty. I am a new follower, please stop by when you have a chance we'd love to have you as a follower, Laura - Cottage and Broome

  7. I absolutely love those sweet samplers. I only have enough room in my life for so many hobbies and that one had to be dropped along the way ... so thanks for letting me enjoy it vicariously.

    Mary @ SeaQuilts

  8. These are great!
    Better in the bath then in a closet somewhere, right?

  9. I did three samplers when my kids were little!!

    they still hang in the hall ...

    lovely post

    thanks so much for playing along!!

  10. You are so lucky to have those. When I saw them I immmediately thought of my friend Evi who loves red and white.


  11. WOW! These are so hard to find anymore - you are so lucky to have not one but THREE of these! So precious, so beautiful in their simplicity....and the time it took to make each one.....treasures indeed! Thank you for sharing!!!!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    "Her" and Romeo

  12. These are wonderful! Love that thery're in red, such great finds! thanks for linking up to VIF!

  13. I think they look lovely displayed in your bathroom, Kathy! And living in a tiny cottage myself, I agree...sometimes, you just have to think (and decorate) outside the box. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  14. Hi Kathy, what a wonderful blog banner and title you have. Thank you for visiting me, I will be sure to view more of your posts and savour all the lovely collectibles and treasures that you have. I love red as well, and your samplers are so beautiful. My sister, Micki has a collection as well.The bath is a perfect place to enjoy such treasures. N.xox

  15. Hi Kathy, I don't know why my last comment did not go through. I shall try again, thank you for visiting me and leaving such lovely comments at my blog. Your samplers are beautiful and very collectible, I hope you will always keep them and treasure them. Handwork is so precious, irregardless of what it is.
    I keep every little scrap that is made by someone's hand, gifts from the heart.I love your banner and blog name, very lovely. N.xo

  16. The samplers are beautiful pieces of history, and what's wrong with displaying them wherever you wish? You're right- when you have such treasures, you should enjoy them.

  17. These are beautiful, Kathy! I love to see art in bathrooms. They are just another room that we spend a fair amount of time in, so they should be pretty, too!

  18. I've always been fond of samplers but have never bought any. This spring, when we were in England, we found one that had the same name as our daughter (but done in the early 1800s) -- how I wanted that but it was almost $500 and I really couldn't justify that!

    I must admit I yearn for them and yours are so neat -- love the colors.

    As to the bathroom -- I think that's a great place -- great wall space and usually more people see that room than other rooms!

  19. Oh I love these! I haven't embroidered since I was a kid - literally, but these do make me itch to try it again! Love them! I wish I could find a few to hang here too!

  20. Gorgeous display Kathy!! I ADORE old samplers - in fact, the older the better - but the redwork ones from the turn of the century are truly precious....Sorry I've been absent so long - and truly appreciate your visits to my blog....I'm just having a heck of a time figuring out this "balance" thing....Hope you will forgive me. Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin


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