Monday, August 19, 2013

Vintage Linens - Homemade and Boughten

Let’s start with definitions…

home·made adjective made in the home, on the premises, or by one's own efforts

bought·en /ˈbôtn/ adjective bought rather than homemade.

When you don’t feel so good, do you find yourself thinking of all of the things you want to do when you feel better?

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I do….and I did! I was a little ‘under the weather’ last week and thought of all kinds of projects I wanted to do just as soon as I could.

I feel better now and the first thing I did was make new pillowcases. I wash my pillowcases more often than my sheets and they were thin and faded. Actually my linens are faded, too but I love them so much that I want to keep using them. My ‘extra’ linens are solid colors and oh, how I love these beautiful pink flowers.

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I looked through my stash of fabric and my eyes fell on this old sheet that I had cut apart to make an apron. There was just enough left to make 2 pillowcases.

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They have been washed several times and are smooth and soft. Perfect for ‘new’ pillowcases. I even made them a little longer, the way I like them.

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Here’s my bed made up with some boughten pillowcases….vintage of course!

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Don’t you love that sunshine streaming in?

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I’m joining Coastal Charm for

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday,

Brenda at the Cozy Little House

for Tweak it Tuesday.

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How are you today?

I’m so glad to feel good again!

40 comments:

Stacey said...

Aren't you smart! Your pillow cases are so pretty. I like to wash them more often too. Love that Downy fresh smell. :)

Jen Jorgensen said...

I love, love, love pillowcases...
Anytime I'm feeling 'under the weather'... I make new pillowcases too. I don't know why, it just makes me feel happy~!

Beautiful~!!!
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JG said...

The pillows look great! What a find in your stash! It's always FuN to go into the stash and find a piece of fabric and have enough to use. :)
~Judy

Simply Shelley said...

I love your beautiful bed linens. I found a whole set of vinatge bed linens at the thrift store this past week...I will have to share them soon. So glad you are feeling better. I wish I could acomplish every project that I dream of ....I can't seem to get much done these days. Have a wonderful week dear Diane....blessings

Vee said...

I feel great, thank you, but I am a bit tired and your bed is looking very cozy!

ann said...

A beautifully made bed always makes us feel better. My grandmother taught me as a very little girl how to make a bed and I still make those hospital corners. Now, thanks to you, I think I might make some pillow cases. I have retired from teaching and as my friends go back to work next week, I need projects. Lots of projects. Yours are beautiful and if they lifted your spirit, perhaps mine, too, will be lifted. I love the post card header, too.

Noelle the dreamer said...

Somehow in 38+ years ex-RAF flyboy has managed to resist the invasion of anything flowery in our bedroom...Love your window behind the bed!

Laurie said...

sorry to hear you were under the weather, hope you are as right as rain now, you did make some beauties for your comfy bed, what a lovely spot to rest your head at the end of the day.Theres nothing better than vintage, so soft,

Della said...

I know just what you mean. I'm glad you feel better, too :)
Your bed looks so nice, and I really love the vintage embroidered pillow case. Why have I never thought about making my own pillow cases???
Big Hugs!

Kathy said...

Oh, that bed looks so inviting!! I made some new pillowcases a while back because it seems like the new ones are all solid colors now. Bravo to you for using the embroidered one, too. I am way to lazy to iron them.

Terra said...

You are inspiring me to buy some rose floral sheets and pillow cases. Yours look so pretty in the sunlight and I like the lawn beyond.

20 North Ora said...

Glad you are feeling better. Nothing feels better than worn, vintage sheets!

Judy

Christine said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better! Those beautiful linens would sure cheer anyone up!

Jeanne said...

I'm so glad your feeling better.
I can't understand why all of a sudden I feel sleepy??

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Glad you feel better! Love your cozy pillowcases!

Susie said...

I like the longer cases too. I have my favorites sheets . I will wash them, dry them, and put them right back on the bed. Glad you are feeling better. xoxo,Susie

Jeanne Baney said...

Your pillowcases are so fun. I can't even imagine whipping up a pair of cases! What a beautiful job you did. I especially love your embroidered one at the bottom. I grew up with cases like that.

Elizabeth Andrus said...

Hi Diane! I am so happy to hear I am not the only one who hands on to smooth soft percale forever and ever! Your vintage slipcases are so lovely with the sprays of flowers. Lovely all around! PS Adore your postcard header!
So lovely to hear from you, Dear Friend! Elizabeth

Julie Nichols said...

Glad you are feeling better!! Just looking at how you made your bed with all these beautiful sheets makes me smile.

Cranberry Morning said...

I'm glad to hear you're feeling better too! And what a nice project. A made bed looks so nice, especially with pretty pillow cases. I really should make more. Beautiful!

NanaDiana said...

I love your linens, Diane. AND I love your header, too. Your bedroom looks lovely and bright- beautiful- xo Diana

Freckled Hen said...

Glad you are feeling better, I love the flowery sheets and the sunshine streaming in!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I am so sorry you have not been feeling well. Love what you did with your pillow cases. I do the same thing, mix and match. I have not made my own, I should they are getting so expensive. Sending hugs, Martha

Sally said...

Glad you're feeling better, and LOVE the linens. So pretty! :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love bed linens and soft pillowcases. So many of the vintage cases are so nice and worn, my favorite! You have some pretty one's on your bed there!
hugs,
Linda

Musings from Kim K. said...

Aren't you clever. Such pretty pillows. I'm glad you are feeling better.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Actually I am little under the weather, since it quit raining here in Orlando my allergies are in full swing. Enough about my self LOL! I love using sheets for all kinds of projects and your oversized pillow cases are a perfect match and oh my, I love that vintage pillow case!

Carol

Jill said...

Glad you're feeling better!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Oh how pretty! I'm glad you're feeling better. Xo

cynthia lee designs said...

Beautiful linens!!
So glad that you are feeling better.
hugs,
Cindy

cucki said...

Glad you are feeling better...
Sweet vintage sheets.
Hugs x

Trace4J said...

Morning Friend
So happy you are feeling better.
They all look beautiful.
So sweet.
Woolie Hugs

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

I'm the same way when I'm under-the-weather! Adding more projects to my already long list.

Your pillow cases are gorgeous! Very nicely made, I like them longer too. The vintage cases are so sweet and charming.

Hugs, Edie Marie

Lavender Cottage said...

I like the pink pillowcases you made, and a great idea to make extra ones from old sheets.
Judith

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Such pretty pillowcases !

Incipient Wings said...

every time I'm ill I lament what I haven't done yet!

love love love you pillow cases!
so neat that you make them when the mood strikes you:)
you bedroom looks lovely, btw.

so happy you feel better now!

Cameron said...

You have such a knack for coordinating patterns and colors! I love these pillowcases...old and "new" alike :)

Debbiedoos said...

Oh my those vintage linens are to die for. I just LOVE Them!~

Donna said...

I'm so glad that you are feeling better! You newest creations are just perfect for your bed! Our regular sheets are pretty old and broken in! Our newest ones are flannel sets from L.L. Bean, purchased a few years ago. Oh, I love how they feel in the wintertime!

Marcia Pilar said...

So pretty, Diane. I love the sun on the pink. Gorgeous.
Was fun visiting today...always is.
xoxo's