Sunday, April 8, 2018

An Old Farmhouse and A Closer Look That Old Vintage Coverlet

Life has been so full for me lately, and one of the soulful things I got to do last week was to visit the timeless and beautiful New Mexico farmhouse of my friend Charlie. 

It felt like crossing a threshold through time. 

If you have spent much time in the New Mexico countryside, you can attest to the authenticity of this often austere landscape. The Rio Grande is not far in the distance, and with the arrival of spring a bit of green will soon appear along the riverbanks.

But now, some of you wanted to see more of this fabulous coverlet that I only gave you a peek of in my last post. So this morning I threw it over my bed to have a better look at it myself.

It blends well with my newer vintage-look pillowcases from Ikea.

And has fabulous crochet insets and trim.

A few ivory folds cascade over the end of the bed. . . 

with another lace throw to add a little sumptuousness to my Sunday morning whims.

I also rediscovered some monogrammed initials at the center of the coverlet that I had long forgotten about. I'm often not sure what the letters actually are, but find them beautiful just the same. Is that lower one an "I" ?

If only these lovelies had a farmhouse of their own to lay claim to!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch. . . .

If only our spring winds would be over for awhile!

There are a few tumbling tumbleweeds still to go before it's over.

Have a great week ahead!


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Lost in Linens

Welcome to April! We are nearly a week in already, and I can't tell you where all of March got off to!

I have been more shop busy than usual, which is always a stimulating place to be. And I recently came across a cache of laces which I thought you might like to see. They are mixed in with a sampling of other things that I gather up along the way.

One of my all time favorites. White worked pillowcases in sets! They will whiten when laundered, but I find this stage simply delicious to look at.

I am so glad when I find a variety of edgings in such wonderful condition as these are.

A large doily lies beneath a filet rose worked table square, and a very old pintuck pillow slip adorned with a tatted lace fringe. (Tatting is made with a shuttle, and is a different skill from crochet.)

Not many of us bother with these lovely old sets of damask napkins anymore. This matching set of ten set me back about about two dollars. Such a beautiful rose pattern for perhaps just the right bride!

The various patterns seem as endless as snowflakes. . . . 

When I am away so long you can imagine me here. Lost in linens. My escape from the cares of the world.

I even fold my regular laundry here!

This large folded piece is a linen coverlet with crochet insets and trim.

It's not all linens of course. Other things get piled around in the life of a vintage dealer. When there's no time for anything else, this is all I have to show you! The men in my life might enjoy these small English pewter tankards.

Just the right time of year for a picnic with old fashioned deviled eggs!

And I have my polishing work all cut out for me here!

But the rest is good to go!

So nice that you stopped by to see what I am up to!
I hope spring is catching up to you. We finally have perfect weather here!

Happy days ahead!