Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Linens and Lace at Cozy Cottage - Pink Friday

Fine linens and lace passed down through generations.....what stories they could tell if they could only speak! When I go to an estate sale or auction I can never pass up the chance to bid on a stack of old linens. I try to imagine who might have used them and why they are being discarded. Is no loving family member left to be their caretaker? Or have they just gone out of style with the latest generation?

This week at Make Mine Pink our Pink Friday theme is "Linens and Lace". I can't wait to see what everyone has to offer........I am using several of my vintage linens to create something special, but you have to wait until Friday to see it on my website!

Vintage linens can be used in your home in many ways.......they add that special touch of coziness that makes your house your home. I love to layer my linens by placing a pretty cloth over a table, then accenting items on top by placing coordinating crochet doilies underneath each item. Drape a pretty crochet cloth over a lampshade to diffuse the light and create a soft glow. If you sew, you can create many lovely items from vintage linens and lace........pillow covers, handbags, bedskirts, curtains.... just to name a few.

I would love to hear how you use vintage linens to decorate your home!


Anonymous said...

Love your post! I have a very old netted lace tablecloth that I use in the summer months on my door in my sunroom. The window is long & I pin the top of the tablecloth over the rod so it doesn't have to be sewn. This door is only used to move large pieces of furniture in & out of the house so I don't have to worry about the pins. This TC belonged to my Great Great Aunt Rose!
Take care!

Rose Petals & Blooms said...

Hi Debbie! It's so nice to meet another linen lover!! I've collected them for years too! My favorite use for my linens has to be at Christmas.

I press my favorite white maderia napkins into the shape of an envelope (I've sewn a tiny pearl button on the point of the flap, for added "bling") Then place the linen envelopes and lay a tiny bouquet tied with a ribbon on top of the napkin on the dish of each family member. Before Christmas dinner, each opens their envelope. Inside, I've tucked a photo from their childhood, with a drawing, a tiny treasure, and other childhood memorabilia. These little snippets of the past always bring memories flooding out! Laughter and banter follow through the course of the dinner, as each pass photos & drawings back and forth.. It has always been a tradition for my kids, and would be sadly missed if I stopped.

I stored a box for each child as they grew, and saved items that made me smile... they always referred to the boxes as "junk pits" growing up! lol... Now they understand that without realizing it myself, mama had a method to her madness! They've started the tradition with their children too~

I so enjoyed my visit with you, and will return to your blog regularly Debbie~ Now, I shall return to my "girl cave" lol...! It's calling my name~

Big hugs to you!

Debbie said...

Marilyn and Michelle.....I love both of your ideas for using vintage linens....very creative! Thanks for commenting. :)


Daisy Soap Girl said...

This reminds me of lace handerchiefs my Grand mother insisted we carry for church each Sunday.

Carrie said...

I have inherited my grandmother's lacy linens. I used small lacy pieces under lamps in my bedroom. I love her old tablecloths. I used long, narrow linens to cover up my coffee table... it has seen better days.