Friday, August 2, 2013

From Duvet to Tablecloth


Last Sunday when I spent 4 hours working in the attic, I came across lots of things I had forgotten I even had.

I found a quilt and pillow shams to redo our bedroom, white fabric for new bedroom curtains, and some great vintage tablecloths of my mother's.

I also found a denim duvet cover from KC's college days and knew just how I would use it.


 I laid out my favorite white tablecloth on top of the duvet, cut around the tablecloth, hemmed the edge and VOILA! - I have a new tablecloth.

When I cut out the tablecloth, I ended up with 2 pieces and enough scraps to make a second tablecloth with a ruffled edge.


It was a beautiful sunny day so I set the table in garden using my fun new polka dot flatware.

 The blue bucket was hiding in the attic and it was full of shells.


Steve barbecued sword fish and we sat in the garden enjoying the evening.

Tomorrow's project is new bedroom curtains.


And, creating a birdbath out of this rusted bucket.

Fun projects . . .  free projects . . . using what I have.

What will I find the next time I go up to the attic?

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 Kris of Junk Chick Cottage and Susan of Must Love Junk have started a new series Saturday Spotlight  - the blogger behind the blog.

Hop on over to  Junk Chic Cottage to read about me or Must Love Junk to read about Mary Alice of Chateau Chic.

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I am joining in at the following parties

Creative Home Expressions - The Creative Home and Garden Hop

Redoux - Link Party

Funky Junk Interiors - Party Junk 198

42 comments:

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh how fun to find all of those things. I love it when I find treasures.
The tablecloth looks really good and your tablescape. I see the chairs yours looks so much better. My friend had stained them kinda rust to go with her safari theme. Looking forward to seeing your new curtains.
Enjoy the weekend.
Mary

Suzan Sweatman said...

Oh it looks beautiful Carol - but you just put me in such a state of panic here- I completely forgot I'm supposed to send Kris a post about myself - OMG - I'm hopeless really!
Going over to check yours out now
AND thanks for the reminder
XOXO

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

SWORDFISH? I haven't had that in years. We can't get it out here in Minneapolis....but red snapper, swordfish and halibut were part of our diet back in the days in California. What bliss, Carol! The garden looks fabulous with your signature reds and blues, whites and sunlight to warm the moment.

ENJOY YOUR SATURDAY! Anita

evelyne-home-interiors said...

Beautiful table, love the colour and every details. Congratulations for your blog. Evelyne.

Dawn said...

I love all your projects, you are so creative. Can't wait to see the birdbath. I adore your new flatware and the gingham napkins are perfect too:)

Poppy said...

Carol,

Firstly, hooray for Steve's work being exhibited in the Ojai gallery! Do you think your 'molly maid' moves did the trick?! Secondly, your table cloth tweak is sweet, love the ruffles and love the peacefulness of your patio all set for dinner. Going to check out the Saturday Spotlight!

Happy weekend,

Poppy

NanaDiana said...

That makes GREAT tablecloths and is perfect to show off your red pieces. Loving the girls featuring bloggers. None of Mary Alice's pictures are showing up for some reason- xo Diana

Vicky Hunt said...

You are really on a roll with all your awesome projects this summer. The denim made a perfect tablecloth and I love the polka dot flatware with it! Sweet...:)Looking forward to seeing your curtains! Have a blessed Saturday....Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

Anne said...

Congratulations to Steve! Love your table cloth....love the repurposing of fabric and it looks lovely on your table.
xx
Anne

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Carol dear.....

Your comment truly made my day, and I'm not just saying that. I have been taking a poetry class that has challenged me and I have doubted my abilities; this post stems from a frustration yet a lesson learned about setting high goals. I want to write, but this class has humbled me and has tamed the WILD THING inside of me, to never quit, but to put my ambitions in order. What makes me happy is that YOU GET IT, and what is that? That poetry SHOULD do to the reader what you described. To become the reader's OWN meaning, to cause the reader to think and linger and revisit the thoughts in YOUR process. You have paid me a high compliment today, and now to take my blog post, put it on a blank page and rework it with NO photos, and hand it in to class. Let's see if it has any impact that way!

Many hugs and sunshine wishes! Anita

fiona anderson said...

The table looks so pretty laid out in your lovely garden and I really enjoyed reading about you at Junk Chic Cottage.

Dewena Callis said...

Attic shopping is the best kind of shopping! And blue denim just gets better with age. Your projects make me think of the old WW II slogan to use it up and make it last, such satisfaction in completing a sewing project like yours.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi! It is fun meeting new bloggers and reading about them! You sound like a very productive and creative person! Your blue tablecloth turned out so pretty! Reminds sort of like the color our blue curtains are hanging at the pergola. Nancy

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Ha! you are so funny. I love using what I have. This is a great table cloth. Love the setting--looks so cheerful. I can't wait to see your curtains.

...I'm not allowed in the attic anymore, Pat
;)

Anne said...

Love it! and all those galvanized things are fabulous. What a nice display!

Cheryl said...

Oh my goodness, what a lovely sitting area you've got there! What a smart idea to use your tablecloth as a pattern!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Great idea! I have an old purple duvet that I don't use and I wanted a dark tablecloth for Hallowe'en, but didn't want to buy one... I guess you just told me what to do! I'm impatient to see your new curtains. I'm not much of a seamstress, so I love to see what others can do.

Barbara said...

There are just so many pretty things in your post, what with that and a trip to Junk Chic Cottage – perfect! looks as though you have found a wonderful place to live and lovely friends to share it with.

Susan Clayton said...

Lovely back garden to relax in. Table looks very inviting. (House looks great too - been catching up on back posts)I agree with you about looking around the house and finding new ways to use what one has. Enjoy the day. Angels to you!

Nantucket Daffodil...living the good life at Prince Snow Farm said...

You can shop a home like no other Carol! Cant wait to see what you do next! Just read the post on you, and learned many things I didnt know. What an amazing life you lead!

Diane said...

Carol, you have such a charming garden. I would never leave it! What a perfect place for a glass of wine or dinner. Your tablecloth turned out so well and a birdbath out of a bucket - I cannot imagine how your incredible, creative brain keeps coming up with these fantastic projects!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

What a great idea to use a duvet for making a tablecloth. I think I am really going to like the bucket birdbath. That's MY style.

heidi said...

That bird bath is the coolest. And what a great use for the duvet. Hope you have a great day.

Heidi’s Wanderings

camp and cottage living said...

Just what I love-re=purposing!
Your table scape is so cheery and inviting.
I wish I was there for the grilled Swordfish.
I'm looking forward to seeing the bird bath
made from your galvanized bucket too-sounds cool.

Anu Varma said...

How pretty! Thank you so much for stopping by My Dream Canvas. I agree with you heirlooms are the best.

Ashley said...

This is beautiful! And grilled swordfish sounds delicious!

Ashley @ casa-de-castel.blogspot.com

manuela carvalho said...

Olá! Descobri este blog e adorei! Imagens bonitas e ambientes acolhedores... Parabéns! Manuela

Gail @ http://biblelovenotes.com said...

I love finding something that will work for another. I recently found a duvet cover that worked as curtains and a table cloth too. Love how yours turned out...very nice.

My Little Home and Garden said...

Your table looks bright and cheerful. It's a great idea for the old duvet cover.

Renee said...

Looks great. Your attic must be a fun place to visit. :)

iris said...

hello
je découvre votre blog , plein de soleil
un jardin très chatoyant et lumineux
je vois que je ne suis pas la seule à détourner les objets et tissus
j'espère que vous viendrais me rendre visite
bisous
edith(iris) France

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I think I'd like to come shop in your attic and eat in your charming garden. Your table cloth is perfect...always good to be able to use what we have.

Sue said...

You always have the most breathtaking wonderful "anything." I also like the white chair that kinda looks like it has a tulip design.

June said...

Could I come and shop in your attic too???? Looks like only awesome things must be up there :)

Jennifer said...

Can't wait to see the curtains! I need inspiration!

Melanie said...

Great tablecloth! You never know what treasures you'll find when you dig through your attic or basement (as in my case). Does that mean we need to purge?!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You make me feel so deprived that I have no attic! LOL! We don't even have a garage! Yours is like a magic hat that you pull wonderful things out of. Love the tablecloth. Ruffles sound cute too! Love those shots of your place all spiffed up, and the yellow walls. I swear you have the cheeriest rooms on the planet!

My Garden Diaries said...

I will jump on over! That birdbath is beyond cool lady! And taking that old duvet and making it into a tablecloth...seriously awesome! Why don't more people reuse things...just look at what you can do!!! How inspiring!!! You have given me some ideas for an old comforter that I have know idea what to do with....just wished you lived closer so that you could give me some quick refresh lessons on the sewing machine! I would pay you!!!! Cheers to you! Your garden room is stunning!!!

Karie's Chic Creations said...

OOOO! Love, love it all. Amazing what we can do with what we already have. (Do I make sense?) Your yard looks so nice. . I love the blue table and all the cutzie things. Thanks for sharing. Karie

Leslie Harris said...

Oh is that how you cut a circle for a tablecloth? I like that. Everything looks so pretty and you've inspired me to go hunting for things I can re-use too. This is shaping up to be a crazy month but when its over I plan on doing some purging around here.
xo
Leslie

karen@somewhatquirky said...

since I'm reading these posts backwards, I can see the future.... I see a bedroom redo in the cards.... and it's going to be lovely.

mary_smith said...

Great Idea!
Thanks for sharing at The Creative Home & Garden Hop. Come on over and link up your latest creation!

http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/08/creative-home-garden-hop-4.html