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Monday, October 5, 2015

Time For Linen And A Few Other Props


So, when is it NOT time for linens? Linens are my life! (Well, almost.)




These are a few things that I had soaking overnight. Sometimes I wake up and remember that I have a tub of pretty things waiting for me and it cheers me right up! Now isn't that a great way to start  a Monday morning?




My work room always has a few of the latest props sitting around and so they are joining the party too.




I love finding old brown bottles with the labels on. Especially for decorating in fall. Ever heard of Rhubarb extract? I have to say it is a first for me. . . I'm also thrilled whenever I can find old clock faces.




A sweet little guest towel joins the collection. The more serious stains soaked right out.












The monogrammed napkins are soft as a baby's bottom. Seriously! And I never turn down a letter B. But really any monogram is fabulous. 




This was a set of six, with two napkins being too tattered for use. But I will salvage them for something else. A set of four works for me!

















 The other gorgeous piece you see here is a very old runner full of holes and serious stains, but with its wonderful lace edge fully intact. It will look spectacular peeking out of a display, or the edge of a shelf the way it is.



Sometimes I need just a snippet of something for a task where I would rather not risk my nicer linens. And you handy crafters out there know what good use you can put a little lace trim to!






























October is out of the gates in a big way for us. It's Hot Air Balloon Fiesta time in Albuquerque too, and that always brings plenty of enthusiastic guests to the Land of Enchantment. We're getting ready for a house full!

Well Happy Monday! 

I hope it will be a good week for you.

Jacqueline





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14 comments:

Georgina Malcolm said...

Enjoy the balloon festival. I went up in a balloon once. It was arranged by a friend in Australia whose brother was a world champion balloonist. No. I'm not sure how you get to be one. Anyway, it was scary but fascinating. Not sure I'd be able to do it now as I developed quite bad vertigo about 3 years ago.

Think I'll stick to admiring embroidered initials. Lovely.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Old bottles and clock faces...on my favorites list, too! Beautiful eye candy, Jacqueline!

Constance said...

I love the old bottles with the linens. I am a linen collector and I also sell linens, I'm always so thrilled to visit your blog and see how you cherish and care for your linens. I am so very happy each time I meet someone that loves these timeless treasures as much as I do.
Take care,

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Jacqueline, you find the most scrumptious lace edged goodies. Each one is lovely and I yearn to hear the story behind each one, like who spent all those hours tatting, crocheting, and piecing things together. My dear Granny used to crochet and make quilts so I always wonder about such things. I feel the same way about vintage china and silver. They are all precious. Having these beautiful things in our home is like having a piece of history with us. Thanks for sharing and have a delightful week.

Blessings,
Sandi

Jeanie said...

Rhubarb extract? Who knew! I think your brown bottles are fabulous! I'm finally getting my fall groove going. The wreath workshop I posted today put me over the edge! Now we're digging deep!

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Glad to see your week is off to a sweet start! LOve those B's, and other goodness... the magic soak is your trademark!
The Rhubarb extract is very cool too!
Hugs,
Bella

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Such pretty linens Jacqueline. I have some inherited ones... some with stains. Unsure of how to get the stains out safely. Some of them are about 70yrs old.
Hmmm... rhubarb extract. :) Ok, why not ?!
Happy new week!!!
I will take your word for it on the balloon rides. GULP!! Enjoy.

Sea Cottage said...

I will never tire of seeing your linens and linen finds. Each one is different...the stitching or the lace even the stains give them their uniqueness. Have a wonderful week watching the Hot Air Balloons. They always fascinate me. When my late Grandmother turned 80 she went in a hot air balloon. She loved it.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Beautiful linens Jacqueline. Charming details and crocheted edging. Love the clock faces and the vintage bottles. I'm highly allergic to rhubarb so I would have to pass on that one. LOL Enjoy the Balloon Fiesta and your full house of quests.
Have a beautiful week. cm

Salmagundi said...

I didn't know (or remember) that you were into brown bottles, too. I have quite a few, but only about 4 with labels. Rhubarb? Who would have thought? Sally

Junkchiccottage said...

Beautiful pics as always and I love those old vintage extract bottles. Fabulous.
Kris

Sarah said...

Your linens are always drool worthy! I shopped Round Top Antique venues last week and found a set of four w/ an S monogram to give to a friend for her birthday this month. For some reason the letter S was not abundant. This was the only set with an S that I found.
Will think of you if I find a brown bottle. '-)

Marilyn Miller said...

The extract bottles remind me so much of the times the Watkins guy would come to our house when I was a little girl. He sold all kinds of intriguing extracts. Love the clock faces too.

Rose L said...

The bottles are interesting! Never heard of those contents before!

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