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:
Thrifting has been good this week. I snapped up three pieces of vintage Hazel Atlas Platonite glassware in October colors. Since they’re not madly desirable they’d be hard to sell in our Dish Sister’s booth. I decided right away I’d re-purposed them as candles.
Years ago I bought boxes of pure beeswax candles on closeout sale from a famous housewares store/catalog. When they arrived I was disappointed to discover they were all a blah, mis-matched range of beige. I didn’t want to pay return postage so I tossed them in a drawer.
I never expect to find vintage tablecloths at thrift stores. The rare times when they do turn up are mini occasions for celebration. (No champagne involved, but it sure is exciting!)
Last week I stopped at a thrift store in the middle of the week and hit the vintage tablecloth jackpot. Take a peek:
My guess is most of them belonged to the same household. I’m sure people who have the fun of shopping estate sales find piles like this all the time. Lucky you! Now we’re even.
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Yes, the First Day of Christmas was yesterday. But let’s not get picky.
Christmas dinner was a smallish affair with only seven of us sitting down together. That’s okay. The big family hoopla will happen on Sunday when more of us are in town.
Here’s what the dining table looked like before everyone showed up.
I’ve gone way beyond matchy-matchy here and crossed over into a place where I only have to like it to put it together. Read the rest of this entry »