It's time to turn another page on the calender. And I'm back home finding familiar territory again. For me that means some heavy nesting. Resting up. Doing laundry. Polishing up my things.
I was looking for something specific for the table and came across a couple of things I had set aside until I had time to pay attention to them. A set of monogrammed homespun linen napkins, and an antique French cloth that needed soaking. (More about soaking here.) (And here.) (More linen love here.) (And here.) (And here.)
I always have piles of fresh linens that haven't yet been put away. I just like seeing them around the place. When I freshened up this small linen tablecloth I decided not to iron it. I left my PB ruffled napkins the same way last time, and wanted to see how I liked them together. The rumpled look is feeling so homey to me.
My antique berry crate serves to center it all. There is no sense to how much I love the old thing. The tin base is perfectly rusted, and the wood a weathered grey. By all appearances it's on its last legs.
In fact there are many things here that way. I love the old cloth precisely because of the darns, patches, and wear on it. The linens had a tea stained look when I acquired them which I find beautiful, but for the table I also need everything looking fresh, so I gave them a long soak overnight. I'm so pleased with the result!
Isn't this work amazing?
I'm giddy about how wonderful the napkins came out. They were such a pleasure to iron, and I can't wait to start using them. As yellowed as they were, they appear to have been hardly used. If ever.
It's such a full time of year. The end of summer has such a fatness to it. So much is ripening, and finally flowering. The finishing up of summer activities overlaps with the beginning of those of fall. Everything is setting seed, and filling out as much as it will. There hardly seems room to contain it all.
I do like the giving way of the bright summer whites to the softer hues. The color of wheat, and old pages. I made some paper flowers for the centerpiece from an old onionskin encyclopedia volume. I can't remember the last time I actually made anything, simple as it is. A tutorial is here.
Except for my cake stand, everything else is vintage too. Glassware, dinner plates, ironstone, and silver. Nothing feels more cozy to me!
It's been such a pleasure running around like crazy.
And it's such a pleasure coming back home again. . . .
I hope you all have a lovely long weekend ahead!
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