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November 28, 2007



Ya know...I just might have put it back too,but I sure wouldn't now! Now that it's displayed in Daisy Cottage I can see it's true beauty.Very Pretty!


Kim, I'm so glad you rescued that little flower painting. And it is perfect for Daisy Cottage. How fitting & fortunate that lady passed it up.



Wouldn't you just love to see the look on your fellow Goodwill shopper's face if she could see how ADORABLE this painting looks NOW? Kim, you have been gifted with vision that is far beyond what most of us have.


Your flair for decorating can turn anything into an object of beauty. I enjoyed this post- the story is so sweet.


That's interesting! Iris is our state flower. (I'm in TN). My pappaw raised iris and I always think of him when I see them.


Love it! I am hooked lately on buying amateur paintings and am getting a good collection going but I never find any at our Goodwills. I need a road trip to Florida!

Mosaic Queen

Well now, doesn't that picture look perfect in it's new home!
I LOVE Goodwill!
As far as children dying their hair goes, my natural red-head now has (white)blonde hair, which is better than the black that she had!
My natural blonde haired daughter now has dark brown.
What's a mom to do??? I dyed part of my hair pink!! It really freaks them out!


I really like it too. :)


That is kinda funny. I might have agreed with her just to make sure she didn't put it in her cart! ha ha


Hey there,
Just wanted you to know that I LOVE your painting, and it looks great where you put it. Be that as it may, I learned a long time ago beauty was were each individual finds it. That just because the other woman didn't care for the picture, that someone else might. But isn't that the point of this world, differences make the world go round and that is sooooo wonderful. It's a shame she didn't view it that way. But good for you because you saw true beauty your way, it's perfect in your home.


I'm agreeing with all the other's. I think it is your exquisite eye for putting things together that enabled you to see that it was more than just a pretty little flower print. That is quite a talent to have Miss Kim :-)

Julie size

I enjoyed visiting your blog. Can't wait to see more! I could kick myself for not buying a painting once that I found at a thrift store....but at the time the $80.00 seemed steep...


Susan Ramey Cleveland

Congratulations, Kim. The painting is beautiful. I bet that lady is kicking herself all over the place for not buying it.


love it! very beautiful. i have never seen a painting of a flower that i didn't like!


Taste is such a funny thing. I love that painting, and the frame. It's so great to have original art no matter the source. For me sometimes it's Goodwill other times it's my 4-year olds self portrait. You have a very good eye, I would've snatched it up too.


You are so right!!! It is beautiful (and RED!!!). The world needs more people with your aesthetic Kim!!!


I agree it's not an ugly painting. The shot of color is striking. I too rescued a painting on canvas yesterday at Goodwill ha ha. The person painted two bare trees in the foreground with a bare forest behind. The ground is covered in snow and there is a cute little sled at the base of the trees. It had to be done by a local a long time ago. We have many metro parks here that look just like this painting. I was happy to save it. It looks perfect in my den. If people can't visualize they pass up many great finds. That's good that leave these treasures for us!


What a great painting, Kim! So glad that it found it's way into your lovely home.

Love, Kim

Henriëtte KB

Oh Kim your story made me laugh and I wish I just could have seen the womans face when she saw you putting the painting in your cart :)!! I Love the painting and the frame too, it is perfect for Daisy Cottage!



Your right, its a keeper. I'm glad it found it's way to Daisy Cottage where it will be loved.


What a great little iris...and that frame just sets it off perfectly! Lovely wood frame! It looks so perfect where it now resides. :)


It's beautiful and has the best home at Daisy Cottage!~xo


Thank you for loving a piece of art that someone discarded. It will bring you a smile every time you look at it remembering your great find.

Angela (Cottage Magpie)

Oh, I hate waiting for someone to drop something really good! Nice job! What a charming painting, and the frame is great, too, did that come with it?
~Angela :-)


Gosh, wish I could have seen the woman's face! The painting is perfect for Daisy Cottage. Kim, you really should have been a still life painter -- you create such wonderful still lifes with your camera!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio

I absolutely love the painting! And of course it looks perfect in Daisy cottage... I have a few of what I call "Sunday Paintings". I love them....

Daisy Bouquet

Your ulgy duckling is simply beautiful. Mary


Yes, it looks like it was just painted to go in Daisy Cottage! Very nice,


I'm sure she wouldn't think it was ugly now.
You did good.


It's so hard to be patient while someone decides to put something back! I'm glad she didn't like it because you 'needed' it! It's looks perfect in your house. ~Adrienne~


Why would anyone think this is ugly. I love it!

We're off to Kansas City, see Mary Carol's new store, tomorrow. Going to meet a couple of GI friends. Looking forward to it!


That is one lucky painting that now has a loving home. So happy that you rescued it from that cold and dreary bin. I'm sure it is much happier at Daisy Cottage.


I'm so glad the charming little painting came home with you and not the other evil lady who has no taste!!! LoL...Your vignette is beautiful and the painting looks absolutely wonderful on your sideboard :o)

Betty @ She's Sew Pretty

That is just such a sweet story. The lucky little painting!

Jennifer Wallace

I think its incredibly sad that this woman thought this painting was ugly. And as an artist myself, I would love to know that someone as lovely as you bought it and displayed it with love. We all can only hope our beloved things land in caring hands.


It's a beautiful painting and it looks fabulous in Daisy Cottage! You have a way of making everything look beautiful!


Ya know I probably would have just looked over that little painting...but now that I see it at Daisy Cottage...well it's just perfect. Such an eye you have my dear...


What a wonderful story and its not an ugly painting at all.


I would most certainly be proud if I had been the one to paint it! It looks lovely and loved in it new home.


cute story! i think it's very pretty, too. :) at least you were able to give it a great home!

:) D


Hi Kim,

You are so right! There are treasures all around us, if we look at them with the proper perspectives. What a sweet little painting and how thrilled the artist would be to have it displayed in such a beautiful and loving home.



I do so love the way you tell a story. This is like my "rescued from a neighbor's garage the night before they put ot out for the trash* cabinet that I have just added to my study! I know they think I am insane but I love it, nicks, cracks and all.
I love your little painting and think it is perfect for your home. I know it is happy now.



I think you were meant to have it! Thank goodness the other woman didn't! It wouldn't be at all happy at her place... unappreciated!
Come join the celebration at my place... lots of traditions being celebrated!
Merry merry!


Great little painting. I love irises!

Esther Sunday

It just needed someone to love it and bring out it's best - who better to do that then Kim and Daisy Cottage! Love, Esther

Dayami L.

I think it is PERFECT!!! And I agree with you, it's very innocent.


Great find on your part and good for you that she did not like it. I think it is adorable. I am glad you have it and appreciate it.

Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Well, that lady's loss is certainly your gain. It's a sweet little painting.
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)


I agree; it's beautiful! And it does make you wonder about the travels that have brought it to your home. Nancy


It's a lovely painting! Perfect for Daisy Cottage! :)


I always enjoy your photo compositions, and
the stories behind the pictures--and your
color combinations are always inspiring!




I think it's a lovely little painting. Good for you for thinking beyond the surface to the artist and the painting's inherent sweetness.

The Decorated House

It must have been tough for that little painting to keep its pretend "ugly" face until you came to rescue it!

It looks charming in your home of course.
Hugs, Donna


One person's junk is another one's treasure! Aren't you lucky and happy that the woman considered your treasure a piece of junk? Now you can enjoy it and for $3.00!


That ladies loss I say, I think it looks beautiful!


The painter was proud of this work...that is a signature in the lower right corner, isn't it? And it has a magnificent frame. Somehow it became separated from it's owner (an estate sale? A gift that was not happily received?) You're so right about the fascination of an object's past! So glad it is in YOUR hands now and again proudly displayed. Oh, and NO, it is NOT ugly :-)



Irises are my favorite! Great that you had the vision that she didn't. :)


You are the best!~Love the painting!~Hugs~Rosemary

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