Monday, February 11, 2008

My linen and lace addiction

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I think I've mentioned here that I LOVE old linen and lace. This is just some of my collection. (Click on the photo so you can see them better.) Funny thing is that I don't even mind ironing these. It's sort of my bonding time with them. The smell of the lavender water and the feel of the linen...it's heaven! I have table clothes, table runners, table squares, napkins, and tea towels. I really need to add some bed linens though...ya know just to round out my collection. How's that for justify buying things...it's needed to round out my collection. I find them at the flea markets, thrift stores and eBay. Sometimes I go on eBay and just do a search for "vintage white linen lace" just to look at all the beautiful items.


See my ironing board cover above...I love it. I just bought it at TJ Maxx. I also got some faux robin's eggs there this weekend.

I added some of the robin's egg to my tiered dish.

32 comments:

Liz said...

I love those eggs! They are just perfect for your house. Those linens are gorgeous too...

Lisbeth said...

I think your blog is wonderful, so many beautiful photos, thank you for sharing!
I wish you a lovely week and welcome to my blog any time!
Lisbeth

Stitcher S said...

Your blog is a beautiful place to visit. I too think it's fun to iron linens and make them look new.

hoganfe said...

Cindy I am with you on the linen and lace addiction!!!
xo
mary
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a pink-bee said...

What a collection of linens and lace you have ! So nice- love the ironing board cover! :)
Just posted this weekend about some linen and lace curtains I had found at Goodwill last week and about edging my tea towels with handmade lace.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Always a beautiful thing awaits when I come visiting you. I love that shade of blue :-) Rosie

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I am addicted to linens and lace too, the difference being that I usually search for bluebird/rose embroidered ones, though I have some lovely white ones as well. Oh yes, you NEED to add some bed linens to your collection! I have quite an affection for vintage top sheets that have crocheted edging ~ they look so pretty when you turn the bed down. I also have a very sweet vintage embroidered summer spread with bolster.
:)

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

P.S. I love ironing my linens too. I don't really care for ironing clothing, but linens are entirely different!! :)

Debbie from NJ said...

Cindy,

Love your linens. I like to iron my pillowcases with an egyptian cotton spray that I found in Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Heavenly! I love old lace too!

Anonymous said...

I have been a lurker here for a couple months and wanted to tell you i love your blog and your creativity. Love the eggs too.
Chris in Iowa

Sweet Designs said...

Love your linens, just that little bit of lace peeking out from the stack is enough to set my heart going. So romantic, so feminine!
The blue pastel eggs are a perfect addition to your vignette!

JayJay said...

I love those old linens. One of them reminds me of a tablecloth I inherited. I have some of the ironing items from the old days--the iron you fill with coals, a wooden ironing board, and a pop bottle and the metal sprinkler that fits inside for dampening clothes. I wonder how women ever managed to dress so beautifully when they had to starch everything, and then iron each item with an iron that sat on the stove. I love your idea of ironing with lavender water. I think I shall play copycat.

Linda's Blue Gate said...

I absolute agree with you about linens.... I just love seeing them freshly ironed and folded neatly in a hutch...or some where I can see them...I have got to check where is the nearest TJMax from my house...I need some of those eggs...
Linda
PS As always... Cindy... your post are the most beautiful and the most romantic

OKGardners said...

Beautiful, just beautiful! No other words are needed...

Betty in Oklahoma

Terri and Bob said...

I love to iron linens, too. I love the smell and the incredible difference in their appearance. Is there nothing more special than linen pillowcases freshly pressed?

ACottageIndustry said...

Oh My!!!! I love the ironing board cover!!!!!!!I'm gonna have to go by TJ's now.
I just got eggs at Tuesday Morning last Saturday...so spring like!
Tracey

Rosemary said...

Hi Cindy,
I think that is a wonderful addiction. Very pretty eggs!
Rosemary

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Cindy,
Thanks for participating in my decorating survey currently going on at my blog!

I too love vintage linens. I am always looking for vintage damask linen. Your collection is gorgeous.
Penny

Glenda said...

If is wasn't for thrift shops I would not have the things around me that I do. When we were growing up in the 60's and after. We got excited going to the Salvation Army in our town. We would find the most interesting things. My mother called it "the one of a kind store"
which if you think about it, it really is. You can't find the things there anywhere else. So I know the excitement of the find. I always say when I find something wonderful, I like it it's mine. And I don't always know where I going to us it or put it, but somehow it all comes together.
Happy hunting.
Glenda

cammyk said...

Your linens are delicious!!

Tara said...

You are getting ready for spring! It looks lovely and thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy,
Just wanted to say Hi .Love your home, it's just beautiful.
Thanks for sharing it with us all.
Chris -not so sunny Queensland ,Australia

Donna said...

Love your old linens, and your new ironing board cover!
Donna

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

I can absolutely relate to this post Cindy! I love old linens and lace too. I love to wash them and let them dry out in the sunshine. And I too even don't mind ironing them. I love to collect vintage tablecloths too! Your collection is beautiful. Hope to see more soon!
Hugs,
Barbara

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Pretty things you have! I love TJ Maxx, too. Never know what goodies that they will have!

Becky

Robyn said...

So Darling! Love Robin Eggs!
Hugs,
Robyn

Cottage Magpie said...

Aren't they beautiful! I love them. Every time I see some at a thrift store, I buy them. I still don't exactly know what I'm going to DO with them... but I can't not buy them! The robin's eggs are so pretty, too, love that color.
~Angela :-)

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

I love linen and lace also, You can never have to much. Your iron board cover is so pretty. What I do is get a lace or linen runner long enough to go across my bed and just tuck it under the top bedspread and it looks like a sheet. It is hard to find an old fashion linen sheet.
Have a great day
ginger

Mary said...

Oh how I love coming here every day just to get my fill of beautiful things! The linens are lovely, and I love your robin's eggs. :)

Have a wonderful week!
xoxo,
mary

Alison Gibbs said...

Cindy what a pretty ironing board cover.
Love all the linen and lace.
Alison

A Romantic Porch said...

I love old linens too. You have some very beautiful pieces in your collection!

Anonymous said...

hello there thanks for your grat post, as usual ((o: