Sunday, May 18, 2008

Show and Tell Sunday...Vintage Linens

I have never participated in Analise's "Show and Tell Sunday" before, just enjoyed browsing blogs of those who did.... But after seeing Cerri's post that she was hostessing this week's theme: Vintage Linens... I so wanted to share... For sentimental reasons (I've been feeling sentimental lately...) As well as, sharing the bargains I got at an estate sale on Friday. So here we go!....

These linens come from my husband's grandmother (or"Gran-gra"as she was also known by). She was the sweetest lady eva! I love(d) her so much... From day one, when meeting her for the first time- I knew I was in for a wonderful Swedish treat! She had the best gingerbread cookies, baked like there was no tomorrow, and ALWAYS had her house open to anyone... She had a guest book for her guests to sign each time they came to visit... And EVERYONE would sign- down to the youngest visitor! I thought it was the neatest thing. I said I would always do that, but sadly I never have. I guess it's never too late to start!
So, gran-gra was a cross-stitcher. A very talented one, at that! She cross-stitched something (if not multiples) for each family member, I think! She cross-stitched a framed art piece for our wedding, one for Bailey's birth announcement, and another one of my old cat, Tiger.

Anyways, these were some of her embroidered pillow cases and table linens ....

She cross-stitched these table linens...


These were a sample of her tablecloths and table linens from Sweden...

And these were some miscellaneous linens that were hers, as well....

These are a few aprons from my collection...

I just love this hankerchief apron made from- well, hankerchiefs! Simply adorable!

A few hankies... (you should recognize this one, Nancy!) ;)


And these are a few bargains that I found just this past Friday at an estate sale! I'm kinda kicking myself for not grabbing a few more...

The doilies and towels were $1 each(with the smallest doilie thrown in as a "party favor" ;) ) and the tablecloths were $3 and $5!

His and Hers... CUTE!


I would also share my mother and granmother's linens, though they are in another closet where little McKenna is resting her wee little eyes at the moment... so another day, perhaps!

You can find a list of blogs participating on Cerri's blog: Little Pink Studio

12 comments:

Little Pink Studio said...

You have some beautiful linens!!
Thank you so much for joining us, I hope you will share your treasures often!
~Cerri xo

My Crafty Little Page said...

Shannon - Love your grandma's linens. They are so vivid. Lucky, lucky you to have these. The guest book....what a great idea. I have one that I had in my old guest room I forgot about - I'm putting it in the "attic" guestroom when it's finished. Have a wonderful Sunday and thanks for the peek at your fabulous linens. Nancy

Margo said...

What a beautiful collection and wonderful memories to go along with them! Love your blog name too!
Margo

elizabeth engelhardt creations said...

those are really pretty...

just being crafty said...

OMG, What a wonderful collection, they are all just so Beautiful. What a talented Lady. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

Kathy

Lori said...

Shannon, your vintage linens collection is wonderful!!! and how sweet that they are heirlooms, gran gra sounds like a lovely and amazing lady:)

leesiebella said...

WOW! What a beautiful collection, I love the doilies and aprons!!!

Thanks so much for sharing, so glad you did!!

xoxo
Analise

Mya said...

Love grangra's linens they are so wonderful.
-Mya

Gina said...

You have a lovely collection there to treasure.. so special to have these heirloom pieces.. the cross-stitched table linens are my favourite :O)
Hope you're having a good week Gxx

Sandra Evertson said...

Love all the fabulous embroidery!
Sandra Evertson

bee'nme said...

Such beautiful linens and a wonderful heritage, Shannon - LOVE them all!! (the doilies you scored are wonderful!)I've popped by here a few times and really love your blog...really sweet...

Hugs and blessings,
Becky

malphi said...

Oh absolutely wonderful!! Susannah x