Thursday, July 7, 2011

Another $5.00 Find & A Bridal Shower Decoration

Summer is the best time for estate sales. On a rainy day several weeks ago, my mom and I went to an estate sale and grabbed this little table for $5.00.



It was dark walnut with lots of scratches and dings just waiting for a brand new look.



We selected Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Louis Blue and Old White. The legs have beautiful spindles and the little circle appliques on the sides add an extra special touch.



Last summer we went to an estate sale of a former teacher. There was an entire bed covered with new vintage hankies. Hankies must have been the Christmas gift for teachers in the 1950's and 1960's. The designs were so beautiful so we snatched up a huge lot of hankies. We are doing Viva's Vintage Market this Saturday in Sister Bay, Wisconsin and I needed a way to display some of the hankies. I used my daughter's iron dressmaker form jewelry hanger as a starting point. The white metal form was purchased at Hobby Lobby. I selected all of the white hankies with pastel tatting or crocheting and pined about thirty of them around the base of the dressmaker form.

Next, I selected the colorful floral hankies and pinned about the same number around the waist of the form. To accent the waist, I folded a pink hankie with tatting as an apron.



The sleeves are made from three hankies pinned to the shoulders. To finish off the look, I added an antique collar.



Besides being a great display, I thought this idea could be used for a bridal shower and each of the guests could select a hankie to take home. Other party decorations could include, buntings made from other vintage hankies hanging from the trees and I have even used hankies as napkins. Recently I saw a picture of a bride who tied her bouquets with vintage floral hankies. How would you decorate with vintage hankies?

16 comments:

  1. I love the little table~ it's adorable!

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  2. I love your hankie display! What a wonderful job you did and so creative! I have a large collection of vintage hankies and I just love them. Great idea for a bridal shower. And I just won an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint giveaway from Blue Creek Home so I was so interested in how it looks on your sweet table - it's beautiful! I can't wait to get the paint and give it a try.
    ~Lynn

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  3. The table looks great, but I especially love the hankies! Very clever way of displaying them. Deb

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  4. I adore your little table but the hankie dress is too cute. I even like it so much I put it on my board on Pinterest. Hope you don't mind. I display my hankies from old wooden spoon collection wall racks. I paint them white then hang a hankie where the spoon would hang. I have several of these.

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  5. I love that table!!! What a great deal for $5! What a wonderful idea to display those hankies! They both look great together! I am your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon.

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  6. Oh my goodness, you are so creative! Love the hankie idea and the table is lovely. The color is wonderful.

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  7. Just love your table! And the hankies are just adorable!

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  8. Hi... thanks for participating in our Show Off Your Cottage Monday and bringing me here! Hope I'm leaving my comment in the right spot, as I don't see our link here... ;)

    Cielo

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  9. Great finds! i love that table....xoox, tracie

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  10. What a sweet idea! Love it! I am visiting from the DIY Show Off and I am a new follower!!
    Hope you have a great week and I see you over at my blog soon!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  11. That is very sweet. Love it.

    cheryl

    www.paintedstudio.blogspot.com

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  12. I really love the top of that table. It's so pretty how you distressed it:)

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  13. How cute and creative it that?! Featuring this. Thank you for sharing with air your laundry Friday! xo Jami

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  14. Love your hankies and your table- so charming!! Thanks for linking this up to Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  15. Hello,
    Lovely redo on the table - looks great! Love the hankies on the dress model - great way to display the hankies!
    Kathy

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  16. This is an adorable idea!! I have been wanting to find a little dress form for ages....still looking!

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