Monday, March 30, 2015

Honoring the Past

......and a Heart in Pieces



I may or may not have a problem. I don't know for sure! All I know is that I cannot take my mind off vintage linens and lace in all its crisp, white and beige glory.

If you have been following me, you know that I found an amazing source for purchasing vintage linens. My initial thought was how wonderful these items would be for reuse in sewing projects. BUT the problem is they are too perfectly beautiful to cut up and I seem to have formed an attachment to them. This is not good! Why? Because I am going to need a bigger linen closet!


My newest pile of mostly white vintage treasures

My first purchase from the antique shop netted many off-white/ecru linens. My second visit is mostly all nice, bright whites. Included are three pieces of beautiful Irish linen, one of which is a long table runner. So beautiful!  I washed them all and loved ironing each piece.

 During the ironing phase, I admire each piece and imagine both the creator who painstakingly crocheted lace onto perfectly sewn linen and the users of these fine linen masterpieces. Eventually the thought occurs to me that somebody gave them up, tossed them aside for mere pennies. These pieces already have value to me in the non-monetary sense.  I am sentimentally attached and I know not a thing about the creators or the users except the romantic notions I conjure up in my mind while I am ironing.

The satisfaction I find in this process is equal to that feeling of losing myself in a good book or movie.


A heart pillow in the planning stages.....in pieces...."the before photo"


Last night I did find a lace runner that had a couple of torn threads so I cut it up to use on a pillow. (The pieces are shown above.)  It was hard to make the cut.....I think the key is to find less perfect pieces (perfectly imperfect) to use for sewing and crafts. I will keep collecting these perfect, charming and timeless pieces for myself and others who share this love.

Maybe I don't have a problem after all. Maybe it's just my way of honoring the past. Sure sounds better than having a problem......

ps checking back at the antique shop later today!


"Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely
explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart."
Martin Luther King



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23 comments:

  1. How amazing to find such a great source for these antique linens. I rarely see on at the thrift store any more. And I feel the same way...all good deep down inside when I hand wash and iron them. You'll make some gorgeous hearts with the ones you are able to cut. Enjoy your day! Have fun going back again! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  2. Hi Diane....the day got off to a great start! Its relatively warm so I took my dog for a walk before I had to be at work. It is so nice out. Looking forward to some warmer temperatures expected later in the week. While I was out yesterday, I did not end up having time to go back to the shop so it's on my list for tomorrow morning. I do hope to start some projects with these linens next week. Have a lovely day my friend!
    xo
    Linda

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  3. Those are beautiful! The cutting would be hard for me too.

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    1. Thank you Nikki! It was even a little difficult cutting into a piece that was a little less than perfect too. I think I will keep the perfect pieces for myself! Seems like they should be enjoyed. Have a great day!
      Linda

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  4. Hi Linda, I too love these gorgeous and treasured pieces. Taking the time to care for them and enjoy the work involved rally makes you realize the work involved. My grandmother crocheted so many of these beautiful pieces and I cherish all that I have from her. I know they are hard to cut for projects, so like you I use the ones with flaws to create with.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful collection.

    Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you and your dear family a very Happy Easter!
    Hugs, CM

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  5. I think it is a perfectly lovely "problem" to have! Your linens are beautiful and I am also very drawn to piles of them! I must have a problem with rust because that is what I am currently drawn to!

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    1. Hi Anne Marie,
      Thank you! I love rust too when it's in the right places, lol! Glad to know I am not alone! Thanks for stopping by!
      Linda

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  6. WOW some beautiful vintage linens.

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    1. Thank you very much! Have a great weekend. I will be stopping by later this weekend to check up on some quilting!
      LInda

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  7. Sweet Linda, I have been doing the same thing lately.... purchasing linens to use for projects only to keep them because I don't want to cut them up. I love what you said....honoring the past :)

    You certainly have a lovely collection, my friend. And the new heart looks like it will be quite the beauty! Speaking of hearts.... I received mine today and I LOVE it! I look forward to sharing it on my blog. You are so gifted, dear Linda.

    Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. May you have a blessed Resurrection Sunday! Hugs!

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    1. Hi Stephanie,
      I thought I only missed a couple comments but there were actually quite a few I did not get a chance to respond to. Must have been when I was sick! I am not surprised to hear that you have trouble cutting up linens too! I am now only looking for slightly soiled linens to reuse for crafts. I'll enjoy the perfect ones for now! Take care and enjoy the rest of the week.
      xo
      Linda

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  8. What a wonderful collection! I think we all have something we hold dear and that could really be just about anything! My grandmother used to crochet doilies, pillowcases, etc. and I always thought how amazing she was to be able to do that. I know it's hard to cut those, but when your creation is done you will have another piece to thoroughly enjoy!

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    1. Hi Diane,
      Yes, you are so right! Trouble is I love so many different things I could end up on a hoarding show, LOL! My grandmother knitted and crocheted many things. She made me several afghans, a beautiful crocheted tablecloth and many sweaters that I still wear. I can't part with them and they are all over 35 years old. Hope all is well!
      xo
      linda

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  9. Happy Easter Monday Sweet Linda!
    Your collection of linens is gloriously beautiful! Every piece is so delicate and I can't think of a better way to honor the past than to collect these treasures.
    I was just looking online this morning at Irish linens, I am looking for some table runners and napkins.
    Love,
    Jemma

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    1. Hi Jemma, I just found a couple of comments that I missed, I always try to respond to comments when I can. Sorry I missed yours! Thank you! I am growing quite fond of my collection! I have a feeling the piles will get bigger and bigger over time.....There were some Irish linen table runners and napkins at the store I went to.....thanks for visiting me!
      love,
      Linda

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  10. Hello Linda! I've had you on my heart for days so I had to stop what I was doing and make a visit, so happy that I did.
    I loved the way you wrote about your treasured linens and doilies, precious words in deed. Oh I know exactly how you feel about such beauties, as I have quite the attachment for any thing lace, linen, frills and feminine. Its all so beautiful!
    You sound like myself when ironing,I get lost in thought thinking of the hands that made such lovely items.
    Your stash is growing to be quite beautiful.

    Your pillow is progress looks like another beauty.
    The pillow I purchased from you has found a special place in my home, I love it!

    So nice visiting with you, Linda.
    Have a happy day !
    Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie, I just found your lovely comment here and it appears that I did not respond. So sorry! Thank you! My stash is definitely growing. I recently found 2 hand crocheted bed coverlets that are in mint condition and so beautiful. I brought them home with me and I did not pay a lot for them either. Washed them up in no time at all!

      I am glad your pillow is in a special place and I am so pleased that you are pleased, lol!
      Yes, nice visiting with you,
      xo
      Linda

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  11. Lovely pieces Linda.....I have a huge stash of antique white linen....probably about 1,000 pieces....I could never part with them so my husband bought me an amoire to stack every thing in!!!

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    1. Hello Meg, Yes, I have been thinking that I may need another cupboard of some kind to store my growing collection. An armoire would be perfect actually! We shall see! I cannot part with my linens either! I will look for damaged linens to craft with!Thanks for dropping in!
      Linda

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  12. Oh wow, what beautiful linens! So dreamy, I love the look of them all together. Visiting from Vintage Inspiration Party over at Betsy's.
    Have a great week,
    Gina

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    1. Hi Gina, Thank you! I like the way they look in piles too! My piles are starting to pile up, lol...thanks for visiting me!
      Linda

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  13. I can certainly relate with your love of vintage linens and lace. Just looking at them puts a big smile on my face. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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    1. Hi Betsy,
      LOL, I am sure you can relate! Thank you! It was my pleasure to join your Vintage Inspiration Party!

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