Friday, April 29, 2011

Vintage Linens

I'm still dreaming of my "future" old farmhouse in eastern NC near the water. When I'm at thrift stores, I always look through the linens that have been donated. Sometimes you can really hit the jackpot! You see, in my future old farmhouse, with its many bedrooms, I have designed several different rooms already in my mind. One will be a vintage little girl's room, with lots of pink and other pastels... and lace.I'm not sure what this above piece is, but I'm guessing a tissue box cover?? It seems to drape over the box nicely. I'm not sure if it's handmade by anyone local or not, but it sure is pretty to me.

I couldn't pass up this set of pink pillowcases. They are made from a nice heavy cotton fabric. I washed them and they ironed up so pretty! I love the vintage design.

And THIS was my favorite find!! When I pulled this dresser scarf from the hanger, there were lots of frayed strings all around the edges. My first thought was that this piece was very damaged and that I would cut it up and make something , using the embroidery. When I got it home and washed it, I realized the frayed strings were only frayed edges from the hem on the back side of the piece. I am positive that the lace edge was done with a tatting shuttle and it is beautiful. I have this piece folded over and you can't see the whole scarf, but it is long, with both ends having identical embroidery. I trimmed the frayed strings, ironed it, and I am in LOVE with it! Seriously, in the store, one would think "why are they even selling this worn out stuff"? So, it was another happy week at the thrift store for me. Now, if we could just move along on getting that farmhouse in eastern NC!


ancient one said...

Isn't it funny what catches your eye... I have a couple of embroidery pieces I need to find and wash up. You got some prizes.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

They are so pretty. Hope your dream comes true.

Debbie J said...

These remind me of things my grandmother used to make. Mama has a few of them. They would make great additions to your farmhouse! You made some really good finds.

I was pleasantly surprised to see your blog updating on my sidebar again.

Kristi said...

Oh, lovely!! :)
I was also glad to see an update. It's hard to get back into the swing of it, huh?

Nancy Jo said...

HI pen pen,
Look I could get on your site!!
Pretty things from the thrift store, I plan on going today, I haven't been in two weeks!
Oh look a little Avery, I can't belive how fast he has grown. And so cute.
Nancy Jo

Mrs. Mobunny said...

My middle name should have been doily! I love to have them everywhere, and I love to find them at thrift stores. Your pink pillowcases look very soft.

Libbie said...

I love that one room will be a little girl's room...we all need a little girl's room :) Beautiful pieces!!! Hope you are getting some good sunshine today!

ancient one said...

I lost you on facebook. Did I accidently unfriend you?

Beemoosie said...

I adore old linens and I am blessed to have some from my great grandmothers. I am on fb can we connect. BTW I emailed you from an old email account, although you received my email, if you answered me I can't get it. I will have to find your email again so we can chat more.
Silly me, sometimes I can find things...sometimes I can't!! :)