Thursday, March 10, 2011


The jumping off point for my tablescape today is the vintage curtain panel I'm using as a runner. I knew I would use these panels in just this way when I found them. Few patterns suggest a farmhouse of the thirties to me more than a classic fruit print. So I took it the rest of the way there for a morning table.

I love plain white dishes because of the freedom they lend to everything else you select for the table. Ironstone dinner plates lay the foundation, with vintage creamware bowls on top.

Daisies or mums seemed essential. And I have a single bloom placed in each of my new Cunard Steamship creamers from the same era.

A nostalgic pair of handworked dishtowels from my collection serve as napkins.

The variety and charm is endless. And they can be rescued for such a small investment.


How would you like to hand select your own egg for breakfast? It's a luxury I can enjoy every day courtesy of Ruckus, Chex, and X, our resident hens.

I find eggs grouped together as cheerful as flowers.

Any number of the elements of this table can be a conversation starter. But I would choose the linen, of course, because it is a natural storyteller.

Besides being comodious, which I love in a napkin, these towels are soft and worn and carry a character beyond mere decoration.

This one has been patched and darned, and speaks of a time when the smallest and simplest things held their value a very long time.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I hope you have a cheery day!

Ciao! for now!


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Angela said...

That's a wonderful look!! Reminds me of my Grandma.

Anonymous said...

What a charming tablescape. Love the cute dishtowel napkins! My mom always told me "You just have to have white dishes. They go with everything." So true!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Loving all your pictures. Something about it just says come on in and get comfy.


Blondie's Journal said...

Great post, Jacqueline! I love the pretty curtain/runner and the embroidered linens. They looks so crisp and fresh next to your dishes. And yes, a great conversation piece!

Fresh eggs sound SO good. Love the different shades of color. What a pretty table!


Olive Cooper said...

The curtain as a runner is a fantastic idea and I love that you have chickens and thus fresh eggs.

Wanda said...

Such a pretty table scape! It really made me want to use cloth napkins instead of paper towels. And I love it when the linens are mended, too. My grandmother would have done that.

Pamela Gordon said...

A very cheery post. I love the vintage tea towels for napkins. Thanks for the cheer!

Deb S. said...

WOW! Your style is right up my alley! Wonderful! Those vintage linens just broke my heart they are so fabulous!!!!!Love your blog! I'm following now!!!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely wonderful post! I remember embroidering tea towels, for my "hope chest", during the late 1950's. I love vintage linens.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

THis is so sweet and cheerful. Love your vintage linens.

Anonymous said...

You have the most wonderful linens! You always have such lovely tablescapes.


Olga said...

Very beautiful and cheerful tablescape. I love the kitchen towels; they are so lovely.

Ellen said...

These pieces bring about some great memories! Love each of your linens. Great post!

Debra@Common Ground said...

These little "Sunbonnet Sues" remind me of a quilt that my grandmother made me as a little girl, I just adore 30's "Cottage"; so comfy and homey. and so SPRING!! Thanks J for linking up for VIF!!
hugs and love,

Sunny Simple Life said...

This is such a lovely post. I adore those eggs too. Oh to have my own chickens.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Oh what to adore first?!? The Sunbonnet Sue napkins with their stunning embroidery, the magnificent eggs, the beautiful table runner... Such a cozy table setting!!!

Carolyn said...

A very interesting tablescape! You do have such beautiful linens. I thought of you today when i bought a white tablecloth with tatting around the edge and white cross stitched birds.


Marydon said...

G'eve Jacqueline ! So love the 'beauty mark' patch on the linens. They are all beautiful. Got that teaot on ... I'm on my way over, those eggs look wonderful & your table setting inviting. Chuckle!

Happy St. Patrick's Day ~
Have a beautiful eve ~


Vintage Gal said...

Jacqueline ~ LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the linens. Love the pictures ~ I have a weakness for vintage linens and just can't get enough ;-)

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, your table is charming. Love seeing the vintage dish towels with the sunbonnet lady. ~ Sarah

Lavender Cottage said...

Very nice tablescape. I think the embroidered lady with the wide brimmed bonnet must have been popular years ago, I've seen so many linens with her on them.
Your eggs are nice and smooth; the ones I buy at a local farm are all bumpy looking and certainly not photograph worthy.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Oh how I'd love that amazing fabric for a table runner too! And the eggs, such wonderful colors-enjoy:@)

Sue said...

I can remember the great aunts and my grandmother having embroidered tea towels like yours. Yours are so cute, used as napkins. We really need to re-purpose our things to get full use out of them. Your curtain "runner" is precious. Everything looks so country cozy....
~ Sue

LadyV said...

Jacqueline this is such a beautiful post. I love the way you're using the vintage linens. Everything works perfectly together.

Designs on 47th Street said...

White dishes and vintage linens = perfection. Charming, charming, and lovely. I like this a lot!

Brenda Kula said...

I'm clearly smitten! Pretty eggs, fruit print linens, hand-worked linens, and flowers! Oh my!

Marlis said...

Your sunbonnet sue's are pure delight. I love the vintage fruit print too. You are correct, country, cozy, kitchen. Perfect. Love your photos. always a delight to stop in.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous vintage linen.. just love it all!

Bella said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Love those Sunbonnet Sues so so charming!
Your table is as cheery as can be, but... Ruckus made me smile ear to ear :-)))

Kay said...

Hi Jacqueline,
What a charming setting! So wish I could join you for breakfast! Everything looks yummy and adorable! Your chickens' names are a hoot, and I love their gorgeous, brown eggs!! Have a great weekend!
Love, Kay

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a gorgeous vignette. Beautiful juxtapostion at it's very best!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a crisp, fresh , inviting and charming post! Your white dishes are timeless beauty in itself. Love what you used as your tablecloth! It would look great in my kitchen too!!


And those dish towels are just so sweet. What treasures to have!!


Sherry said...

This is such a charming table. I love the dishtowels with what my Grandmother used to call the "little Dutch girl". I would get off of the bus and help her work on a "Dutch girl" quilt everyday after school. I embroidered the little flowers on her bonnet. Yours are wonderful pieces of vintage embroidery. Thanks for showing us and linking up!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Jacqueline~ What a sweet table you have set! Those little dish towels are absolutely darling and I love the patched one too- something so sweet about old patches on vintage linens! Love the white flowers too- thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Entertaining Women said...

I absolutely adore your vintage linens for your breakfast table...and eggs from your own chickens...what a treasure! My favorites are the Cunard creamers...perfectly wonderful. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

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