Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sentimental Cat Portraits & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #52


I have noticed on my thrift shopping excursions that there are often many framed paintings and prints piled up and seemingly rarely purchased. Art is so personal, isn't it? And one man's trash is another man's...well, you know.

When my sister gave me these vintage cat portraits recently, it reminded me of all the unclaimed pictures at the thrift shops. These two sweet cats decorated the walls of the cottage bedroom that my sister and I shared for many years on weekends and in summer. I often glanced at them before turning the lights out and going to sleep. (They were easier to enjoy than all those spiders on the ceiling!)

I feel like these little guys are just the kinds of pictures people would overlook in a thrift shop. They aren't really worth anything and they might seem tacky to some, but they bring back special memories for me and my sister. I don't know where they are going in my house (if anywhere) but it was nice to think about them for a bit. I'll think twice about what all the portraits and paintings have meant to others next time I pass them in the thrift shop. What about you? Any velvet Elvis paintings or dogs playing poker pictures at your house?


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16 comments:

  1. The number and size of the spiders are greatly exaggerated in your memories!!!

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    1. Don't think so. Dad used to chase us with spiders. Before our bedroom ceiling was "finished" they'd hang from the rafters.

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  2. Maybe Mom didn't have the spiders in her room at the lake. Highly unlikely eh Jo.

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    1. Maybe she couldn't see them without her glasses? That's what I'm like now. ;)

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  3. Hi Joann, good memories. Summer cottages, your memories brought back a few for me too. Thanks for Vintage Bliss 52.

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    1. Thanks for coming and hanging out for a bit Joy! :)

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  4. Hi Joann, I think that we all tend to keep and/or collect things that evoke good memories. I know that I do. I have some things that others might not like but I have fond memories when I look at them.

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    1. As long as those items bring us joy they are valuable right? :)

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  5. No velvet Elvises (Elvisi?), but I'll admit to having my fair share of things that others may
    not "get," but that hold a special sentimental place in my heart!

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    1. Ha ha. Elvisi. I know you have unique tastes Taby, and that's awesome! :)

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  6. I have a Velvet Picture of a Ship and Lighthouse in my Son's room. My kid's find it pretty funny!

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  7. I love the kitten pictures! My sister and I had the big-eyed girl prints over our beds - very cute!

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    1. Thank you! Your big-eyed girl prints sound so sweet!

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  8. I just added a link to the awful/wonderful tiki painting that hung in my grandma's living room until she died. I have no idea where she got it or why she hung onto it for so many years. Except for a kitchen remodel in the 80s, nothing in that house changed. It was an absolute time capsule with blood red shag carpeting and floor length gold drapes and a ton of wonderful mid-century modern furniture. The tiki lives in my sewing room because my husband and I disagree on whether he's ugly or wonderful.

    I've also got a little picture of a cabin that my great grandma painted in 1905. It's dark and a little gloomy with a full moon lighting up the clouds. It's the kind of thing that would be easily lost in a bunch of other framed stuff.

    Your kittens are adorable! I could see them in a little girl's room or a sewing room with lots of other vintage goodies.

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    1. Your grandparents' house sounds like it was amazing. They hung onto everything for so long, it was back in style. ;) I think you should hang onto that tiki painting too because it's such a strong reminder of your grandma.

      The cabin picture sounds great too!

      And thank you! I will have to find a good place for the kittens. :)

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