Saturday, April 14, 2012

Use It or Lose It

When I was first married, I raided my mother's linen closet.

I took some lovely vintage linens and used them regularly, but as they began to wear, I put them away to save.

I only have three left of the original pieces.

I'm not getting any younger and I decided that I should be enjoying my possessions rather than hiding them in a closet.

Tonight, as Steve prepared dinner, I got out one of my vintage table cloths to set the table.

This is a favorite because of the red, yellow and blue color scheme.

I remember my mother using this when we would have family gatherings.

It is just a little short for the table, but I don't care.

The other day on a blog post, someone used the term "shopping" in their own home, so I went "shopping" and stole the blue bottle from the bathroom.

We had sunny weather the last few days and my roses were blooming.

I am the world's worst cook married to one of the world's best cooks and I was treated to a fantastic beef stroganoff tonight.

I did warn him that he better not spill wine on the tablecloth!

This teapot tablecloth is another of my vintage family pieces.

It's a fun pattern, but it is in bad shape.

The side that is on the window seat is totally frayed.

I used this little cloth on a little side table in our former home.

I had to stop using it because the stitches in the beautiful handwork were coming out.

The pitcher is another piece from my mother.

When I was a child, my mother joined a mail order club in which she received a gift from around the world each month.

I must have been about ten and I remember watching her open the box each month and thinking everything was so exotic.

I distinctly remember when this pitcher arrived.

I loved it, and as an adult, I asked if I could have it even though it was chipped a bit.

At my age, just like the pitcher and the linens, I am a bit chipped and frayed, but still useful!

I am linked up at

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My Romantic Home

Knick of Time


  1. I love your old tablecloths and I raided my grandmothers closet before she passed. I still use them and love them! Thanks for sharing..xok

  2. Lovely post, Carol! I really love to shop in my own home, too... it's so funny!!!

    Have a nice sunday

  3. Carol, I use all of my things, why leave them for someone else to enjoy or discard...I smile when using certain things that are very dear to me.

  4. Hi Carol,
    I love your table cloths. I have many tablecloths and like to rotate them. I am not sure my daughter and grand daughter like them as much as I do. I do keep a few pieces from my grandmother to pass down to my daughter. I am your newest GFC.
    Have a great weekend,
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

  5. I Love your table cloths, they are so bright and cheerful and look so cute with your painted chairs. Found you through Blue Friday at The Dedicated House. I'm now following and would love for you to stop by and share at The Creative Corner Hop on Monday's.
    Holly's Stamping Addiction