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Friday, July 2, 2010

VACATION !!

My picnic blanket is an old vintage coverlet. I always imagine it on a cabin bunkhouse bed with old twig furniture. It's worn and soft now with a few stains so it can be lugged around without fussing over it too much. I like having vintage things you can actually USE!

The pillow cover is vintage too. The smocking on it looks like it would be lots of fun to do. It's in mint condition, like new, with lots of life left! Red checks are so cheery!


I love old jars. There's so much you can do with them, both practical and decorative. I just had to have this one with the RED lid. Perfect for messing around outside where you don't want to spill things on your blanket! So much better than PLASTIC!

I found this old suitcase with the sides all torn up, so I papered it with one of my favorite travel themes. Luggage tags! Old luggage is perfect for storage of all kinds. You can pack up your picnic stuff and grab a handle and go. Stow books and magazines, whatever and then use the top as a table! Stuff it all back in and back home you go!

I imagine that I snitched it from some Ralph Lauren display! haha The vintage linen tea towel with the red stripe is practical for tons of stuff too. Since paper towels came into vogue you don't see towels schlepped around very much, but I have tons! Indispensable when you have kids around and very eco-friendly. Makes me feel very responsible while I'm indulging myself!

Oh the romance of the golden age of travel! Love it!

What's better than an icy drink on a hot afternoon!

I just about wet my pants when I found these old croquet mallets! I encounter a lot of them here and there but almost NEVER with the dark wood. Here I go with the RALPH fantasies again!

I guess croquet has become one of our "granny camp" standbys. They are a kid magnet even if you're not playing a game. Don't you love the sound of smacking a wooden ball?

Where would you plant your picnic?

Ciao! for now! Thanks for stopping by! Hope your vacation is good too!

Jacqueline

I'm joining The Tablescaper for Summer Sundays,
and Between Naps on the Porch, for Metamorphosis Monday!


I'm also linked with A Southern Daydreamer,
A Few of My Favorite Things ,
How Sweet the Sound ,

Under the Table and Dreaming,
Its a Very Cherry World,
and Ruby Tuesday!

43 comments:

Bella said...

Ha... We rode two different waves tonight!
I am coming by to lay on the dry green grass and play a game:-) A picture perfect day, enjoy:-)
Bella

Debra@Common Ground said...

Too, too cute! Love that pillow. I found one made in yellow and I'd never seen that design before. Looks so inviting and I can almost taste that tea! aaahhhhh....
xo,
Debra

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

ahh such perfect day for a 4th July picnic! wish I could join! happy 4th! and happy PS!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very nice shots! I love that pillow-enjoy!

Martha said...

Summer croquet -- how perfect!

Donna said...

Wow, your gorgeous photos look like they belong in Romantic Homes Magazine! I love the iced tea in the vintage jar, and the suitcase is awesome! Did it come with all of those neat travel stickers on it, or is that one of your creations? Love it!

Cabin and Cottage said...

Hi Donna! Thank you for the compliment! I am a true vintage luggage fanatic! This suitcase had extensive damage to the side leathers when I found it. The interior is pristine. So I totally covered it with repro stickers on both sides. It's one of my favorite things! JQ

Vintage French Hen said...

HAPPY PINK SATURDAY! I JUST LOVE YOUR BLOG, SO CUTE! HAVE A WONDERFUL SAFE 4TH, MARCIA

Marydon said...

G'day, Jacqueline ~
TY for popping by for a visit. I love your creative uses of all these picnic pieces ... we use jars for ice tea/drinks all the time in the summer. Your picnic spread is very inviting & so colorful ... I'll be right over. Chuckle!

TTFN ~ Marydon

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Ha, I would love to have a picnic at your house! I am now following you!

Happy PS,
Jacalyn

A Garden of Threads said...

Love the picnic suitcase. I have not played croquet in years, but was never very good at it. Have a wonderful weekend.

A Write Life said...

Love your picnic stuff. Especially the tablecloth and pillows. Too cute. Have a great pink day!

The Knitwit Knitter said...

Happy Pink Saturday!!! Your photos are awesome!!!

nannykim said...

Love your reds! My kids always loved playing crochet, but especially a game they made up using all the stuff--they would play all summer long and would have such a blast! Love that you get to use old things--does it not give you a really nice feeling? Thanks for stopping by Spindle cottage (one of my blogs). My computer is down so I am just catching up on hubby's tiny notebook!

Pink Paper Rose said...

I just want to sit down and rest my head on that absolutely sweet pillow, love the red checks! Happy 4Th of July, (((hugs)))
Karen

Cindy said...

The croquet brings back summer memories. I agree with the other commenter. These photos are worthy of a summer post in some great magazine. Wonderful post.

Carolyn said...

What a lovely summer post!

Carolyn

A Cottage Muse said...

Lovely setting ~ very Ralph Lauren! Count me in for croquet!

Terry said...

I found your blog through Under The Table and Dreaming...love your pictures of the suitcase, coverlet and pillow and not forgetting the croquet mallets - simply beautiful! I'm your newest follower!

Average Girl said...

wishing I was on a picnic with the very lovely red and white theme! very summery!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love it all! I tried doing the smocking on gingham and was only slightly successful. That was way back, probably 40 years ago, at least. My grandmother could smock beautifully and did that type of work on the dresses she made for us when we were just little chickies.

Patti said...

A Nice collection of vintage summer memories!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Fantastic post! I love the old suitcase and the croquet set....

Linda said...

Love these photos~ what a charming picnic!

Atticmag said...

Dropping by from BNOP and so pleased to see your wonderful vintage things. I especialy like the croquet mallets. You really did make it feel like summer, too. Hope you'll stop by and see our pillows. Jane F.

POOKIE said...

Oh, I just love your blog! The suitcase turned out beautifully. Makes me want to go out searching for one I can rescue.

The Tablescaper said...

So fun, so vintage!!! That pillow is amazing!!!

Thanks so much for being a party of "Summer Sundays".

- The Tablescaper

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Oh what an idyllic scene! I wish I was there now, so charming!

Happy Rednesday,
Sally

Glenda... said...

Looks like sooo much fun...I love the suitcase you redid...I saw an old soft yellow suitcase at a sale one day, hesitated because of the price of 15$..
Been kicking myself ever since.

Beth said...

The smocked pillow is gorgeous! Love the croquet set - wish I had one - what childhood memories it brings back. That suitcase is precious too and the iced tea is making me thirsty. Happy Summer!!!
Blessings, Beth

SueLovesCherries said...

Fantastic post! Makes me want to go on a vintage picnic right now! Oh, wait, it's 10:00 p.m., I can't! LOL!

craftyles said...

Lovely picnic and that pillow is wonderful!

Tracy F. said...

Fun post!

AshTreeCottage said...

Hi Jacqueline! Your vintage style vignette is so charming and yes so Ralph!! I love it and I am a huge RL fan. You should bring your picnic vignette over to my cottage style backyard tent.

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Dawn said...

Now that looks like the perfect way to spend a summer day! I love what you said about the towels being eco friendly but something that is pampering at the same time. I don't often think of the two things together.

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

I absolutely love that we have another blogger who happens to love the spirited color of red! Your photos and posts are always so evocative and lovely. And I have no doubt that Romantic Homes will find you before long at all!
Brenda

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Such an inviting scene you've created there. Boy does that tea look delicious!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

What a beautiful setting with such beautiful things!

Love it!

Enjoy!
Cathy

EG Wow said...

I love all the red you've assembled for this post. Very nice!

The Paint Splash said...

Looked like the perfect picnic! Mason jars are definitely the best for ice tea or cold lemonade.I enjoyed coming and visiting hope you can stop by my place soon. Debbie

aneyefordetail said...

Just found your blog: really nice! I'll be back. And oh, those dark wood mallets: wonderful!

Renee said...

Love your vintage picnic. Great items.

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