Monday, June 25, 2007

My Handkerchief Projects

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Remember THE PILLOW that I made and wanted to put a handkerchief on it because is was so plain? Well, I found 21 vintage hankies on eBay for $9.95 (that includes shipping). They were so inexpensive because they were in not quite perfect condition. You can barely tell there's anything wrong with them! So, I used one for my pillow and here's what I did with some of the others. I made a hankie banner by stringing ribbon across my curtain rod and draping the hankies on the ribbon. Then I just used straight pins in the back to pin them onto the ribbon. This little project added so much charm to my bedroom...I just love it! (You can click to enlarge photos)


I put them over my mirrored closet doors too. This photo was taken looking into the mirror over my dresser.

Here is the one I used for my pillow.
I could see how collecting handkerchiefs could be addicting just like my button collecting!

39 comments:

Susie Q said...

Just such a fresh and delightful room Cindy! I have a small collection of handkerchiefs that were my Mother's and Grandmother's. I even have some that were mine as a child. I doubt I ever used mine...: )
I think what you did with yours is just so sweet and what a wonderful focal point. I showed your home's pictures to a friend over the weekend and she was awestruck! You are just so creative and inventive.
Your home is truly lovely.

Hugs,
Sue

Gayla said...

Oh, my gosh! Oh, my gosh! I would say it again, but you get the picture!!!!! I'm so excited I can hardly wait to hunt out the hankies and copy this idea if you don't mind!!! I have handkerchiefs my both grandmothers, from aunts, from Ebay! I just love them and never ever say anything done as cute as this. Your bedroom is amazing anyway, but this was the little perfect icing to the top of the roses! Did you notice the photo of your closet doors with the reflection of your bed. From that angle it looks like your bed is inside there, in one of those lovely princess alcoves behind the curtains.... See? It's lovely. Your whole blog is fabulous, and this idea is simply divine! Ribbon, where's my ribbon? Hugs!

Gayla said...

p.s. you can tell I'm excited. I can't spell and evidently can't speak if you try to read that post! Duh... spellchecker, where's my spellchecker! Ha!

Meg said...

very sweet, and they look perfectly at ease in your beautiful cottage. Beautiful!

Adrienne said...

Your room is wonderful! The hanky banners are perfect and I love the pillow with the "new" addition of just the right hanky. You do such a nice job with your decorating. Want to come to my house?

Robin Sherwood frecklefarm said...

What a charming room. You have really made it your own. I love seeing all of the details and the way you have coordinated everything.Those are the
most darling handkerchiefs.
Enjoy
xo
Robin

Grace said...

Guess what I'm doing with some of my 90+ hankies from my grandmother? Your idea is brilliant and oh so cute!!

a pink-bee said...

How cute:) Tomorrow I will be posting my hankies,for the valance project in my laundry room. You got a great deal on your hankies:)

Rhoda said...

Oh, how cute is that, Cindy! You always have a lot of creative ideas & this one is great for your bedroom. I so remember those old vintage hankies. I should have kept some of my mom's. I'll have to ask her if she still has any.

Rhoda

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I love it too! What a great idea!

Lori said...

Cindy, I think you have un-officially begun "Hanky-mania" on blogger!! Congrats to you!!!! Lori

Lizzie said...

How clever to use the vintage hankies as a pretty window swag. I love the look, and its just perfect in your lovely room!

the feathered nest said...

Those hankies look perfect in your gorgeous bedroom! That was a great price for all of them - and they're so pretty. Love the pillow too - that's a great idea.

Manuela

Anonymous said...

Wow, those hankies are lovely.
Your room is so beautiful.

~elaine~

Southern Heart said...

How pretty, and what a creative idea---such a nice addition to your room!

Sue said...

Your room was pretty to begin with and you just keep making it better and better!
Wish I had some hankies to sell on e-bay, your post just may drive the market for them through the roof ;) Of course, I would have to keep enough of them to make a couple of banners for our house before I sold them.....
Sue
Life At Home

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Love, Love, Love this idea!! I just cant get over how gorgeous your room is!!! Looks like a bed and breakfast!
Amy

Gypsy Purple said...

Lovely idea!!!!!
They just fit in your room....great inspiration

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

You are so welcome Cindy! thank you for coming ro visit me :) I look forward to coming to your blog everyday to see your beasutiful home and what you have done next! It is a bright spot in my day! thank you

Amy

The Feathered Nest said...

Cindy, they are absolutely beautiful!! I love the fact that you didn't have to cut them either ~ They have added soft touches of color to your already gorgeous bedroom. I love visiting your blog as I know I will see something wonderful here! xxoo, Dawn

ACotatgeIndusry said...

OK Cindy, now you're just too darned cute for words. I love it!! I need to now start collecting hankies. (as if I didn't have enough collections going already) just perfect!
Tracey

~Nan said...

Now I know why yours is one of my favorite blogs. Just beautiful.

Carol said...

I love your room, Cindy! The hankie ideas are just darling!!So very romantic looking, thanks for sharing.
Carol
http://ourreddoor.blogspot.com

annewithane65 (Kim) said...

What a great use for the hankies!

Lallee said...

Cindy, that's another beautiful layer to your already beautiful bedroom. I love the mirror reflection picture. Do you read Karla's blog at Karlas
's Cottage? She asked if anyone had a room that they might want to share in a magazine. I think you should submit your bedroom!

Raised In Cotton said...

Just simply beautiful. I love using beautiful vintage treasures in decorating!

Hugs,
Carol

Belle-ah said...

Looks lovely!

Liz said...

I really like what you did with your mirrored doors, the decorative curtains are a really clever way to soften them. Your bedroom is great, just like a bed and breakfast.

Lynda said...

What a lovely way to use vintage hankies! I never like to cut them up and have collected quite a stash of them! Thanks for the idea. ♥

Anonymous said...

You have inspired me to get back in the habit of thrift store shopping...I went today....and found an antique picnic basket and several other fun things!

Oh, and the handkerchiefs...love the banner...I just might have to copy that with all the hankies I have from grandma!

Love your blog!
--Cheri

Lisa said...

How beautiful! I too am a hankie lover and had to find a way to really enjoy them. I strung them as a banner over my fireplace and used them as a border all the way around my bedroom. I even use them overlapping on my bedside tables in a doily fashion. Ahhhhh the many uses of hankies.
Your boudoir looks magnificent!

Tina said...

Cindy~ I love your hankie hanging/banner...I'm going to our Canton Trades Day this weekend..their are these guys there that sell tables full of linens..they have one table with just vintage hankies piled high as the sky! I'll have to get me some like yours! Love your idea!

Nancy said...

I love the hankie banner idea. I've been collecting vintage hankies but wasn't certain their purpose, yet.... Now I do! Thank you! Nancy

linda t said...

Hi Cindy!
Could I post the picture of the hankie banner you made on my blog and link to your blog? I have a few friends that would love to see what you did with your hankie collection. Love your blog Cindy!
Let me know... thanks!

Stephanie said...

Oh what a lush bedroom! I absolutely adore it, especially how you used the pretty little hankies & soft lighting!

Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Cottage Magpie said...

You are so talented, I just hope I can make my new bedroom as pretty as yours! I love the hankie on the pillow, what a great idea! ~A :-)

Grace said...

You're my inspiration! I put up my own hankie valance after seeing yours. Even my husband likes it! I put photos on my blog to share and pointed everyone back here as well.

Imelda said...

What a clever way to use the hankies -- you really captured their light, delicate look...

Thanks for sharing and posting your pics!

Diane said...

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I liked your blog and I personally invite you to join http://www.coollectors.com - The World's Free Collectors Zone.
We will also be happy to cooperate with your blog such as adding its link to our site.
All the best,
Diane
info@coollectors.com