Vintage Tablecloth: Blue Cherries

With two cherry trees in the backyard, someday I’d love to find a large vintage cherry tablecloth that is a real stunner.  For now, this little number does the job.

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It measures 34 by 34 inches and is hemmed on two sides.  One of the loveliest things about it is that it is printed on linen instead of cotton.  I love the feel of old linen, drapey and supple but so strong.

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Of course I love the colors, the blue cherries, light blue background and cherry blossoms all over it.  It has no stains or flaws, just the gorgeous linen weave.

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This tablecloth has no markings on it.  I wish I knew who made it and how old it is.  It’s a beauty!

folded blue cherry linen tablecloth

A Decorated Laundry Room

I really love my laundry room.

When we built our home, I did a few things right.  Four of them involve the laundry room:
1.  We put it upstairs where the bedrooms are instead of on the main floor where the original plans placed it 2.  I had the cabinets painted red!

I LOVE these cabinets.  They make me smile every time I see them.  Funny how something so simple can make such a big difference.

Because I needed so few of them, I splurged on a special order starfish knob for the doors and drawers.  I love them!

The third thing I did right was have the room built to hold two sets of washers and dryers, one stackable set and one set side by side.

These machines are my friends.  Every time I start some laundry, I pause in the doorway when I turn off the light.  I love to look back into the dark room and see the digital lights on all four of them, assuring me that they will do their job while I do other parts of my job.

You see, these friends are the only things in my house (next to my dishwashers) that I can count on to work even when I’m not watching.  I have 8 children, and the real workers are the machines! (I know, I know, I must be doing something wrong but please tell me that when you look away your children start playing too!)

You can think I’m weird, but I give thanks for those machines EVERY TIME I turn them on.  I don’t ever want to know what life would be like without them!  I’m so grateful for the 847 loads of laundry that they help me to do each week.

True story (except the part about 847 loads.  It’s not really that much, but it sure feels like it sometimes).

Well, when I placed my new runner made from placemats on the dryer this week, I suddenly had NO DESIRE to fold those 847 loads of laundry that were sitting in baskets in my bedroom.  All I wanted to do was play in my laundry room!

I liked the flag and vintage chairs that I have sitting atop the washing machine, but wanted to do more.  A little trip around the house yielded this:

A silver mirror with lead between a set of old shutters.  Both were just waiting for me to do something with them.  (Yes!  I love it when I finally put something to good use!)  I like the way it helps the room feel a little bit more open since it’s long and narrow.

Notice the laundry sign at the end of the room?  It says: Laundry Expertly and Neatly Washed & Folded under personal supervision.  Sometimes that’s my accomplishment; sometimes it’s my goal.  And sometimes it’s my joke.  Either way I like the sign.

The fourth great thing I did in my laundry room was to add a door between the laundry room and my closet.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been thankful for that thought!  I decided to add something to that door to help the room feel more pretty.

I am a collector of old linens, but generally I don’t collect items of clothing.  A couple of years ago, however, I stumbled upon this vintage slip.  It is nothing short of incredible.  To me, It’s awe inspiring.  It’s hand embroidered, and I can’t begin to describe how beautiful it is to me.  I bought it.

I’d like to meet the woman who spent dozens of hours working on this piece of art.
I ironed it and hung it with an old wood hanger.  I then tied some ribbons and a lavender sachet made from old embroidered linens to the hanger.  I added some millinery flowers, and hung it on the door.

On the laundry room counter I keep a few things:

A bucket of lavender laundry detergent for my vintage linens, fabric softener for them as well, and a basket holding lavender sachets made from lavender I grew and some pretty ribbons to tie around my favorite pieces.  On the other end I keep:

Soap, hand sanitizer and my favorite lotion in a cast iron tray with some towels for hand drying.  I also keep a wooden spoon which I use when I’m soaking linens in the nearby sink.

And that’s my laundry room.  I felt so happy when I finished decorating it!
Which brings me to the fifth thing I did right in my laundry room  (Yes, I said four, but now I have five).  I filled it with things I love.  Making my laundry room a place I like to be sure helps motivate me to do the laundry!  Hey, if you’re gonna do the work, why not do it in an inspiring atmosphere?


Blue bowls… what a find!

All of a sudden, whenever I need a bowl I find myself reaching for one of these little blue ones.
And every time I put something in one,  I want to take a picture.
And several times I have.  Perhaps you’ve noticed these little beauties in recent posts.
I really like these bowls.
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Today was no different.  Not only are they the perfect size, I’m loving how food looks in them.
It’s a color thing.
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Do you want to hear something funny about me and hard boiled eggs?
Earlier this year I set out to come up with a Potato Salad that I love.  Well, we all know that potato salads need hard boiled eggs.  For years I’ve tried to get my hard boiled eggs to be perfect, without the ugly greenish-gray color in the yolk, without any cracks, and so forth, but perfection always eluded me.

Until this summer.  One day I put a bunch of eggs on the stove to cook, and then promptly forgot about setting my timer and went to do other things until suddenly I remembered the eggs.  I figured they must be done so I removed them from the heat and placed them in ice water.

They were the most perfect hard boiled eggs ever!  The funny thing is that this has happened to me every time I’ve cooked eggs since.  Now I’m at the point that I don’t know if I dare to actually pay attention to how long they’re cooking for because I’m just sure I’ll ruin them.  Today was no different.   And the eggs were perfect.

But I digress.  We were talking about my blue bowls.
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Let me just say here that I bought these bowls over a month ago, and have stored them stacked like this in my pantry since then.  Every time I look at them I have to smile because they’re so pretty!  And every time I’ve looked at them I want to take a picture.

So today I gave in and did it.  Some a pale blue and some are a deeper aqua color.  I like them together.
Here’s the best part of all:  I got them at the dollar store!  That’s right, Dollar Tree.
Like I said, I found them about a month ago and bought a nice, tall stack of them (remember dishes need to come in sets of at least ten at my house).  This morning I was there looking for something else and they had a few more.

I bought them all.  Okay, it was only five of them.  I couldn’t help it!  They were so cute!
And, I must say they’re a pretty amazing find for $1.
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Did I mention that I love the colors?  Wow, I’m such a sucker for blue.

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