Tuesday, February 9, 2010

...back to decorating

after a brief hiatus to let life happen i am back to wedding planning and am very excited about my last totally unnecessary (can we say shop therapy) decorative accent.

i've purchase a few lots of vintage hankies in oranges and yellows to add a punch of color under our vintage pewter water pitchers. we've chosen to go with plain ivory table linens and napkins to keep things simple and i had been debating a few different ideas to add some color or texture to the blank canvas and ground the centerpieces. after looking at different linen, burlap, and doily options i decided to go with these vintage floral hankies. i love the whimsy, the variety of patterns, the lack of sewing involved, and the overall feeling of vintage farm house which is what i hope comes through from our overall look. i thought they might be too girlie for mike but he totally approves (goes to show you no matter how well you think you know someone they can still surprise you.)

i bought more handkerchiefs than there are tables. i like the idea of having some extra to add as accents in other areas, to the bar, mason jar candles, bread baskets, and i don't even know yet...i also like the idea that i can send them home with some special friends or family as treats at the end of the night or take them home with me to make pillow covers or quilts (if i get adventurous and learn to use a sewing machine!) as useful momentos of the day.


  1. I love the idea of sending people home with these! They look so cute!
    p.s. thank you for your words of encouragement and sharing your story!

  2. I love those! I was going to use them to make a ring-bearer's pillow, but alas, we aren't having a ring bearer. They'll be great keepsakes for after the wedding, and it's a really good idea to get extra! We're buying extra milk glass, just in case.

  3. Oh my goodness...love them. I know it sounds silly but hankies always remind me of my grandmother and I am very nostalgic for them. I think they'll be a great way to add some extra color and texture to your tables...wonderful idea!