How I made a four-year-old happy with vintage sheet scraps

Several months ago I was delighted to get a gift from Amanda at Vintage Sheet Addict. She sent me a stack of beautiful vintage sheet pieces after I’d made a comment on one of her Instagram photos. (Check out her blog to see what she did with the same fabrics!)

vintage sheets from Adabea

Fat quarters of lovely vintage sheets. So 70s! Aren’t they just wonderful together?

I knew right away I’d want to do something special with them. Then one afternoon while the grandkids were jumping around the house an idea suddenly clicked: I’d make a dress for my four-year-old granddaughter. Click here to see more!


I put a vintage quilt in my washer and it didn’t die

I didn’t die, either (though you wouldn’t know it from my prolonged absence from this blog). Thank you, faithful readers, for coming back to look day after day after day!

A few weeks ago I bought a vintage quilt on eBay. A crazy colored quilt. A cheap quilt that no one else wanted. But I think it’s flat out wonderful.

red orange black vintage tumbling blocksquilt

Of COURSE red and orange and teal and black go together. Love at first sight.

Technically this is a comforter, not a quilt, because it’s tied, not quilted. Click here to see more!


On the Fourth Day of Christmas: a too-new vintage tablecloth

Last night I pulled out a new-to-me Christmas tablecloth and draped it across the dining room table.

vintage Christmas tablecloth

I’m tempted to use some goofy eBay description like “perfect except for” or “nearly mint”, but it’s neither perfect or mint. The fabric isn’t crisp so it’s been washed at least once in the past, but boy, the gold areas have so much texture they’re almost crunchy.

Yep, there’s more!


On the third day of Christmas: more vintage Christmas tablecloths

This year our house is full of family so we’re splattering vintage tablecloths with gravy, cranberry sauce (and worse) at every meal. Want to see the fabric casualties? Of course you do! First up, a vividly colored tablecloth festooned (no one ever says this word in real life!) with poinsettias and holly garlands:

vintage poinsettia tablecloth detail

The colors are even better in person

Yep, there’s lots more!


Tiny nativity

“Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed . . .”

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” . . . where a tiny mother laid her tiny baby in a tiny manger for a tiny bed.”

Tiny crèche scenes! I can’t resist them.

This Japanese-made wooden one might not qualify as exactly “tiny”: it’s a whopping 9 inches across.

But it has everything a proper crèche needs.

See it all up close!


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