Just when I seemed to be having trouble getting inspired to cozy up my nest after the holidays, along comes a sweet little library book to the rescue.
Although the Christmas decor was finally put away, the weather had become rainy or gloomy or rainy & gloomy. It seemed like one gray day after another.
When I started reading this little book, it was like the sun had just come out. As I read about how EllynAnne Geisel inherited a collection of linens from her mother-in-law and went on to love and appreciate them I no longer cared what the weather was doing. Inside that little book EllynAnne was sharing the most adorable pictures and stories of the way she and her friends use their linens. She encouraged those of us who own vintage linens to bring them out of hiding and use them on a daily basis.
After finishing the book I could hardly wait to dig out some of my linens and start using them.
Inspired by a photo in the book I laid out a few of my pastel doilies and took a picture. Outside it may be cold and damp, but inside I was busy creating springtime with my linens. :-).
Sometimes the simple touches bring the most joy.
Cooking has just become more fun now that the oils are tucked into a vintage planter with a vintage hot pad peeking over the edge.
As I look at these vintage linens I feel a kinship to the lady who embroidered these days of the week towels.
I won them in a silent auction held by our local Habitat ReStore so I don't know who made them or when. But, on this Monday afternoon as my washer and dryer are humming away it makes me smile to see these little bluebirds happily tending to their own laundry chores.
I'm going to a baby shower on Saturday. The gift is sitting on the dining room table waiting to be wrapped. I haven't felt like doing it today and now I no longer feel guilty as I see that Thursday is the day for gifts. Silly me.
I can hardly wait until Saturday when the work is behind us and we can dig into that cake.
This set of towels didn't include a Sunday. I'm thinking it's because Sunday is the day of rest or maybe it was lost along the way.
I'm thinking one of my antique savvy readers will have an answer to that. Feel free to fill us in if you do.
Through the years I've collected a lot of vintage linens.
Some of the smaller pieces are stored in here
and . . .
others are stored in here.
Not to mention all of the others that are stored in drawers.
Maybe I've been too concerned about having my house look like a little old lady lives here.
But, I'm here to say it's a new year and EllynAnne has empowered me to bring those linens out of the closet.
I feel so liberated!
Besides, now that I'm a grandma I fully qualify for "little old lady" status. I might as well take advantage of the few perks to this stage of life. :-D.