I work with linens all the time, but there come days when I plan to take the hours it requires to tidy up a batch of new finds. Take that to mean that I take time to do the things I love best!
This crispy organdy dress will look wonderful in a vintage Christmas display. The decoration is painted on as was often done in the era. So airy, with pretty lacy details.
I found it with the darling little bonnet attached. (I haven't tried it on my big fuzzy bears yet.)
I have heard it said that linens find me, and that is probably true in some ways. One day a lovely older lady who was a stranger to me visited the shop with this elegant christening gown in tow. She was only giving it away, she explained. But rather than send it on to a thrift store, she preferred to pass it on to someone who would love and care for it. (Well, yeah! Thank you very much. . . . ! ) I pulled it out of the closet just recently and it will be pressed up nicely for show this season.
Just look at this beautiful detail of the eyelet ruffles. . . .
A shorter matching under gown hangs behind it on the dressing screen.
Here is another very lucky find. I went to a local thrift store that often has old linens and passed by a rack of ordinary children's clothes. I really am trained to see white things in a group by now, but this darling vintage lacy chiffon dress just jumped out at me! It was also half off that day.
The elastic is all gone in the sleeves, but I may snap a Christmas photo of my five year old cherub grand-daughter in it.
I also pulled out an old cutwork sheet tucked away in a pile. I love the look of it but don't use it often because I don't like having to iron such a big piece! I use it mainly for display.
Anyway, it looks lovely just hanging on a nice old wooden hanger. Don't you just love that old advertising lettering on it?
Here are a few other lacy things that got freshened up today. This yummy machined lace Victorian runner with a gorgeous ivory color and pretty rosebuds.
An ecru linen dresser scarf with rose cutwork corners. . . .
And another runner with an all over pattern that looks to have been a challenge for a lesser skilled talent. (I love it just as much for that reason.)
This wide crochet runner has designs in two yummy alternating patterns.
I love the darker tones for fall. . . .
And can you ever have enough lacy doily things to soften your day?
Thanks for joining me on one of my lovely linen days!
It's so nice to have you to share it with!
And here we are winding up another month of Fall.
I hope these last few days are enjoyable for you!
Join me at