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July 5, 2010

Ivan Identified

Filed under: Thrifty Finds,Whatzit — Laura R @ 8:57 AM

Last Wednesday I asked for help figuring out what language this label was

and even with my poor, glaring photo my intelligent readers identified it as Russian.
  They went on to explain to me that it is a souvenir item from Moskow

named Ivan and his horn or flute.
I am still trying to figure out more about what fable this would be from.

I promised to flip Ivan over and show you more detail.

He hangs on the wall, his plate being about a 3″ diameter.


His feet dangle from a cord, and are hand scored and burnt.

He even has hair

and beautiful blue eyes.
Unfortunately I think Ivan has lost his flute.

Any ideas about Russian stories featuring an Ivan with a horn or flute?

Any insight into why homes would hang such an item?

Be sure to come back and see if Ivan makes an appearance in the Midsummer Night’s Dream Party.

I am linking this post up to Blue Monday @ Smiling Sally’s
and Ruby Tuesday  @ Work of the Poet.
For more thrifty finds, please visit
Twice Owned @ House of Grace,
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm,
Thrifty Treasures @ Southern Hospitality,
Thrift Share @ Apron Thrift Girl,
Thrifty Thursday @ Bloggeritaville,
Trinkets and Treasures @ My Cottage Charm,




  1. Oh! he’s cute! I hope someone knows more and shares. Interesting stuff!

    Comment by cyndi — July 5, 2010 @ 12:22 PM

  2. He is so, so sweet. What a precious find!

    Comment by Selena — July 5, 2010 @ 12:49 PM

  3. His blue eyes give him such a sharp look.

    Happy Blue Monday!

    Comment by Sally — July 5, 2010 @ 1:07 PM

  4. How cute is Ivan?! A Camp Host Housewife

    Comment by Levonne — July 5, 2010 @ 1:32 PM

  5. i’ve never seen anything like it! isn’t it fun trying to track down the story behind things like this? so interesting.
    ~ ana

    Comment by iMadeItSo — July 5, 2010 @ 1:45 PM

  6. Hmm that is pretty cute. Happy Monday!

    Comment by Manang Kim — July 5, 2010 @ 3:27 PM

  7. Blogging can be amazing! You can learn so much!

    Comment by EG Wow, Canada — July 5, 2010 @ 3:30 PM

  8. How unusual and sweet this little guy is.

    Comment by La — July 5, 2010 @ 3:40 PM

  9. What a cool find! Ivan is very cute! Happy Ruby Tuesday!

    Comment by Eileen — July 5, 2010 @ 4:31 PM

  10. Oh my gosh, how cute. I love Ivan. It’s so much fun picking something up and finding out the history behind it. Isn’t it? Hope you have a great day. Oh, and grungy gals is something I make for my shop CluckleBees.

    Peace and good health,

    Comment by Susan — July 5, 2010 @ 6:20 PM

  11. How cute. I hope you find more information about him.

    Comment by cindy dodd — July 5, 2010 @ 6:35 PM

  12. Hi, from New Jersey! Glad to meet another sister.

    Comment by Zandra — July 5, 2010 @ 10:25 PM

  13. Thanks so much for coming to NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS with this little cutie!


    Comment by Linda@Coastal Charm — July 6, 2010 @ 12:53 AM

  14. That is a sweet, cute treasure you have!!!

    Mine is: a ruby antique. Do come over for a visit if you can today. I’d love your company.

    Comment by Hootin' Anni — July 6, 2010 @ 5:59 AM

  15. He is very cute…look like he is saying….Wooooo Hooooo…hahaha


    Comment by sylvia — July 6, 2010 @ 6:26 AM

  16. He’s very cute–such bright blue eyes!

    Comment by Shara — July 6, 2010 @ 9:34 AM

  17. Lovely post. Have a great week.

    Comment by Jean — July 6, 2010 @ 9:38 AM

  18. Hello – Thanks for looking at my suede wreath post. As for what I think makes it a wreath rather than a frame – in my mind it is the base. Plus the base I used had no apparent way to insert anything to in my mind make it a frame.

    I used a foam type base. It is about 2″ thick and happened to be square, not the usual round. I went back to that Michael’s and they still had some rectangle ones left in the clearance section. I guess most people don’t see a wreath square or rectangle!!

    I think a wreath, or frame, would be great covered in denim.

    I have a sister that makes quilts from old denim that she collects. She cuts squares and used the legs and gives the pocket to another lady she knows who makes quilts from the pockets and gives them away. I guess the pocket quilts are great for some autistic children.

    I took a look around your site. I love how you have some color posts for your thrifting finds. Ivan sure is an interesting find.

    Comment by June — July 6, 2010 @ 10:28 AM

  19. This one great looking guy. I really like these

    Comment by regszikora — July 6, 2010 @ 3:33 PM

  20. I’m glad you found out about Ivan. 🙂
    Thanks for linking him up to my Treasures and Trinkets’re always welcome!
    Hope you have a great week!

    Comment by Missy — July 7, 2010 @ 9:21 PM

  21. So cute!! Hope you find the REST of the STORY!

    Comment by nannykim — July 8, 2010 @ 10:33 AM


    I found a story on the internet…the link is above. Basically, a story about a boy who never knows what to do when he is in a situation. His mother tells him what to do, so in the NEXT new situation, he does what he was told to do for the last situation…not matching his actions for the new situation and getting into trouble each time. He plays his flute, since his mother had told him that is what to do at a wedding (not cry, which is what she told him to do at the funeral before the wedding) Unfortunately, he plays his flute while a field is on fire, and while the fire fighters are stomping on the fire, he thinks they are dancing!
    Check it out, if you are interested.

    Comment by sue — July 10, 2010 @ 8:25 PM

    • Thank you! That is very interesting. I very much appreciate your help.
      Now, why would one put an icon to that in their house?
      There must be a moral.

      Comment by dogsmom — July 10, 2010 @ 8:47 PM

      • Now I know how he got the pot on his head!

        Comment by dogsmom — July 10, 2010 @ 8:50 PM

  23. Well, he might have been a decoration for a child’s room, since we put up characters from our favorite childhood stories. He isn’t a bad boy, just not the sharpest tool in the shed, if you catch my drift.

    I think he is cute and you should be on a mission to find him something to play so he can be happy!

    Comment by sue — July 14, 2010 @ 10:35 AM

    • Thanks Sue – in fact that has been on my mind.
      I am trying to find something appropriate made from wood.
      It is kind of a cute story.

      Comment by dogsmom — July 14, 2010 @ 3:04 PM

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