Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Cindy Lou...I,I,I Love You!

Every now and then I find an antique that seems so unlikely that it is overlooked by other shoppers.

Then again maybe it's just my weird taste and nobody likes it. 

I found Cindy Lou (yeah, I name my animal antiques. We name our cars too. Ruby and Max. But that's another story) for $15. She's about 18 inches tall and is an old plaster carnival prize.

Most of those old chalk ware pieces have garish colors or goofy grinning cartoon faces. But Cindy Lou looked like a sophisticated and serious lady. I just had to have her!!





Every room needs a statement piece. Don't you think? I just love a few large whimsical items displayed in a home. It gives the home a heartbeat and pizazz!
I once knew a real pig named Cindy Lou...it was the sweetest little thing!



But gosh, the house seems so un-sparkley when the holiday decor comes down doesn't it?

In some ways it feels good to have an empty clean slate...



Although "clean" is a relative term. I keep finding Christmas doo dads hidden in every nook and cranny, like my snowballs and feather tree ornaments. Do you see them here? Where's Waldo?!



 And another lucky find lately was this little painting. For $3.99. Yes, it is an actual oil painting. And it is very old. It must be a knock off. It must! I can't imagine a dutch master painting being in a thrift store!! And if it is a knock off, kudos to the talent individual. I can almost read the signature...I need to research it. Maybe it's worth a fortune! Keep your fingers crossed for me! 




Here's the corner desk...patiently waiting for inspiration.


And lastly here's the new mirror I bought with some xmas money I recieved. It weighs a ton, so I'll need to bribe my better half to help me get it hung up there.


I guess next is spring stuff right? Hard to think about that when it's 30 degrees outside. But you know me...I have to change things up constantly. In between making dinner and folding laundry...


Hugs
~Linsey




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34 comments:

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Love your new things. I really like your wall plate holder thing too, that's awesome.

No no no spring decor isn't next, VALENTINES is, then St. Patricks THEN spring!!! Hee hee.

: - )

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Cindy Lou is adorable and she looks perfect in her new home! Love that pretty spot you created near your stairs too!

Pamela said...

Everything looks so pretty Lins! We name our cars too. We had a Ruby. Now we have a Lucy and a Pearl. Funny haha John has Pearl!;)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love whimsy in decorating, too...Cindy Lou is so cute!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Cindy is adorable! What a great piece! I also love the charming windmill picture! What a steal!

Angela Santaniello said...

Everything looks so fantastic in your home! And I love how you name your antiques! And you cars, because I totally name my cars, too. The painting is awesome. I still have no info on my thrift store lady portrait---hopefully one day.

Happy New Year!
Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

Robin Johnson said...

awww, she's sweet.

Cynthia said...

Cindy Lou is so charming, I love her with all the boxwood. Very Pretty wreath too.

Cynthia

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

LOVE the windmill painting!!!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

That is one darn cute CINDY LOU! Love how you name your cars...we named some when our girls were young...maybe we start it up again:) Happy New Year!!

Blessings,
Linda

must love junk said...

Cindy Lou is a gem! I love original, fun pieces like that! :)
Susan

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I collect pigs and Cindy Lou is so unique! I have never found an old carnival prize or even thought of looking for one. Very cool! Any idea of the age?

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

new follower..happy to find your sweet blog. Love your style :)

Christy Our Southern Home said...

From the plate rack to Cindy Lou...I just love! You've got quite the eye for wonderful treasures! ~Christy

handiworksbyjanice said...

Just found your blog through the "Cozy Home Tour". Great ideas and decor! Subscribing to your blog for future ideas...

Janice

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful…love the many whimsical touches among your gorgeous vintage furnishings…and yes, hope you find the painting worth a fortune!!!

Anita at Cedar Hill said...

Beautiful!! I love it. You do cozy just right. I am never disappointed on a visit to your blog.

Jamie-So Much Better With Age said...

Everything is so beautiful. Sharing on my FB page today! So fun to be on this group tour with you.
Hugs,
Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Love your new mirror! What a great find!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

I love all of your finds...especially that mirror! Hugs...Debbie

Stef@ said...

Like in the better things in life, I discover this your virtual place casually .. what luck!!! Your Farmhouse is so warm!! I follow you!! see you soon, have a nice day!
Stefy

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Cindy Lou was meant for hour home, Lindsey! I love when my home is free from Christmas and I can have a nice serene canvas to work from. Looks like you found some wonderful winter treasures!
BTW~ my sheep picture is hanging up and I adore it!!!! He is just darling! I'll post about it on Monday! Thanks so much!

The Tablescaper said...

That windmill painting was an awesome find!

Great to be cohosting with you.

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Suzy Handgraaf said...

Cindy Lou is adorable and what a find that painting was! I enjoyed partying with you at the Cozy Home Tour this week!

Janis@All Things Beautiful said...

Love your cozy and warm touches. The pig is fabulous and I think you have a real treasure in that painting. Fingers crossed! Thank you for sharing your talent for making spaces inviting! Loved it all!

Anne said...

Love your beautiful and cozy home! What a fun find and that painting is amazing too!

chateau chic said...

Cindy Lou is so cute!! I love your charming home and style, and the way you so naturally incorporate your wonderful vintage finds into your decor.
Mary Alice

At The Picket Fence said...

Cindy Lou is just adorable and so perfect there!! Your cozy home is absolutely beautiful Linsey. :-) So fun to be part of this tour with you!
Vanessa
P.S. So Max and Ruby like the show? ;-)

Doreen @ Hymns and Verses said...

Cindy Lou looks just perfect perched up on top of the plate shelf! Love seeing your latest finds! Keep them coming!

Angie Lawson said...

I adore the sweet Cindy Lou pig! I also really love your beautiful painting, and who knows, maybe you got yourself a diamond in the rough? Beautiful home, thanks for sharing it☺

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

Cindy Lou is FAB! What a little treasure. And I hope I see you soon on the Antiques Roadshow and they tell you that you have a MILLION dollar treasure and you have to sit there all calm and collected and say "oh really?' in your best stoic voice. Oh hell, I hope you scream out loud. :) Love your home! xxoo, Barb

Samantha Conner said...

Your home always feels cozy- so many beautiful details and textures. And that black pig is so perfect! Happy to be on the Cozy Home Tour with you (just like the old days!)
:) Samantha

Angela said...

Cindy Lou is fabulous!! I love the "new slate" that comes with taking down all the Christmas decor. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you found a rare painting!! :)
~Angela

Jamie-So Much Better With Age said...

I love all the beautiful touches in your home!! And I love Cindy Lou ;)
Hugs,
Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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