Sunday, June 19, 2011

Pure Charm!



Today I'm showing off my Grandmother's tablecloth.
I believe this is called tatting. But what ever you call it...
This table cloth is so beautiful. Every inch is covered in hand stitching and is pretty heavy.
I remember one year my aunt had Christmas dinner and put this over red.
It was a stunning table!

I have had it for a long time and never used it. I started thinking that I really wanted to enjoy it. No one ever really sits at this table or sets anything on it so I thought that it would be so pretty to just have it out. If we have dinner in here I'll take it off. I just couldn't bear it if it got stained.
Isn't it incredible!? I am really enjoying it. I'm glad I got it out.
What about you? Do you save things...and then wonder why?

A quick look at the rest of the front room...

Have a great week!


Joining in for:

Show off Your Cottage Monday at House in the Roses

Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life

White Wednesday at Faded Charm


39 comments:

Nancy said...

Your Grandmothers tablecloth is truly stunning. I love antique linens and do try to use them but for whatever reason I also will save things and not enjoy them as much as really I should. I think we all have a tendency to do this...we put things away to protect them, but it doesn't do anyone any good! I have a crocheted tablecloth that my Great Grandma did and use it on occasion. It's so special to me. Your home is so pretty. I LOVE that first photo with the tiered dish atop the table.

Nancy

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Beautiful tablecloth. I have my mom's vintage cloth. I do use it occasionally. bTW, did you have those chairs in the LR? The red ones...I don't remember them....

D said...

That tablecloth is such a wonderful thing for you to have.
You made the right decision to get it out and enjoy it.
D

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

That is some very pretty lace. I like to use our collection of antique quilts during the winter. I cant stand to just stick in the blanket chest. Thank You for stopping by this evening.......Julian

Mary Ellen said...

Beautiful linen piece! I do love linens but use all that I have. It may be because I don't have any heirlooms handed down just things I find at yard sales and such.

Your tiered dish is lovely also!

THE VERANDA HOUSE said...

YOUR TABLE CLOTH IS FULL OF FINE DELICATE DETAIL BEAUTIFUL ALSO YOUR HOME IS LOVELY.I HUSE MY TABLECLOTHS NOW AFFTER I SURVIVE CANCER THANKS TO GOD ,I USE EVERY THING .I USE ALSO MY BEST CHINA..HAVE A LOVELY DAY..

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is just gorgeous Liz! And your living room is just gorgeous too! I think it is important to use these wonderful treasures and remember the stories behind them!
Hugs,
Cindy

beachcomber said...

what a gorgeous tablecloth & i also love your seashell display! thanks for stopping by my blog.
cheryl x

Glenda/MidSouth said...

That is a beautiful tablecloth. That is a mission I am on now - get rid of things that are not used, and it is slow going.

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Liz, your tablecloth is gorgeous and I think you should have it out for display! I'm like you in that I 'save' things sometimes for special occasions but I'm trying to get over that and use them. Your front room is lovely and comfortably cozy. Have a great day! Pamela

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Oh My Goodness! Your tablecloth is "PRICELESS" and YES you were right to take it out and show it off! I also have treasures buried away in trunks. BUT I've started showing them off here and there. Like you I don't want them to get stained. Your home is beautiful, your decor is SO Pretty!
Have a wonderful week,
Hugs,
Donna

Heaven's Walk said...

Hi Liz! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your sweet comment! Yup - I plan on hanging those wreaths back up there for Christmas! :) What a beautifully sentimental tablecloth. It was a great idea to pull it out and use it again. You'll think of her each time you walk into the room. :)

xoxo laurie

Marie said...

What a gorgeous tablecloth Liz...truly a treasure. I also love your shell collection and the tiered tray. They all look great together.

Happy Monday!
-Marie

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Absolutely beautiful! Beauty like this is to be enjoyed. Thank you so much for sharing the beauty. Hugs, Karie

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

what a treasure you have in your grandmother's tablecloth! I'm so glad you have it out and can enjoy it!

Kirsty said...

yes tatting. My Grandmother does that too! It looks wonderful.

Melissa said...

It is beautiful...I like the detail shot which gives a feel for the fabric...

xinex said...

The tablecloth is simply stunning! I am glad you got it out. You have a very charming home...Christine

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh that tablecloth is just gorgeous. I can't imagine all the work that someone put into making it. I am so glad you got it out to enjoy it. Definitely a very special treasure. Love the room also, so pretty. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Apple of His Eye said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Your home is so lovely! Now I have a new blog friend to get ideas from! The tablecloth is beautiful. You are so blessed to have some of your grandmother's things. I regret I have very little. A long sorry and very sad...trying not to be bitter about it. Letting it go!

Blessings,
LaDonna

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Liz...

What gorgeous table linens, my friend! Your table cloth and napkins are truly a precious treasure since they belonged to your grandmother! I'm not sure it that would be considered tatting or not...but like you...whatever they call this type of lace...I think it's gorgeous! I also love the three tiered pedestal with all the beautiful shells...lovely! Thank you for sharing your pretties with us today, my friend! This was such a treat!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

PS...I tend to "save" my pretties as well but I'm really trying to use them more! It's hard to enjoy something when it's just stored away!

Poppy said...

This is such a beautiful piece of linen...it looks so delicate and pretty... I love vintage linens...you are so lucky to inherit such a beautiful heirloom piece and I'm glad you are enjoying it. Thanks for sharing with us!~Poppy

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Katie said...

Love how you've displayed the tray with shells on your beautiful tablecloth.

High Street Cottage said...

I save things all the time! And for years even! It makes it that much sweeter when you find a use for them, or pull them out for special occasions, your lace is gorgeous, and such a special piece too. Wonderful post, tami

Patti's Artful Design said...

Your heirloom tablecloth is just lovely! I love using my heirloom pieces...it reminds me of days gone by and family:)

Amanda said...

Gorgeous Table Linen! And I agree, get it out and enjoy it! I am sure your grandmother would be delighted to know how you treasure it!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a beautiful tablecloth! Yes! It should be out, and enjoyed!

I've been browsing your lovely blog and love your pretty house, furniture, ETC!

Katherine

Town and Country Gals said...

Liz,
Love your tablecloth, things are so much more special when handed down from someone we love. I have my favorite Aunt's christmas tablecloth and get it out every year, it makes me smile when I see it. Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment!
Rebecca

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Beautiful and a real treasure. I do save things but I know why :)) they either hold a memory for me or I just love them ! Very difficult to let them go.
Love your seashell display too.
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outjunking said...

Thanks for the kind post at outjunking. Your tablecloth is gorgeous, and blog looks so inviting.
Your new follower,
Lisa

Melody said...

Oh, how beautiful! I have a lovely cocktail ring that was my Great Grandmother's. I have NEVER worn it out, because I'm afraid I'll lose it somehow (I don't know how, my other rings aren't flying off my fingers lol). Maybe it's time to get Grandma Faye's old ring out...

victoriantailor said...

Very beautiful, what a treasure, also love the way you decorated the tiered dish, Celeste, victoriantailor.com

classic • casual • home said...

Wouldn't your grandmother be please? I am sentimental like that, too. I have my great Aunt Janet's
lace napkins that are for very special occasions (no barbecue sauce either :)

elizabeth said...

What a lovely treasure! You have a beautiful cottage-y home! I'm so happy to welcome you as my newest blog follower. I look forward to getting to know you better!

Carol said...

Liz,
What a treasure! The tablecloth is so gorgeous. Priceless and irreplaceable.
Your home looks so cozy and welcoming. Great colors.

Kathy said...

What a beautiful tablecloth! It is a wonderful treasure that I am sure will remind you of your grandmother and make you smile! It is truly charming!
Kathy

Cindy said...

That is a stunningly beautiful tablecloth. How nice that you inherited it. The rest of your sitting room is beautiful, too.
I don't have much that I don't actually use, I like for everything to be useful.
Hugs, Cindy

Emreen said...

Wow..!! Beautiful table cloth... !!! Very beautiful.... Love the work... And the fact that it is handstitched makes it even more valuable...!!! It looks sooo new too... !!

janice15 said...

You could use table plastic over it thats what I do with mine cause I don't want to see them get ruined ... It's very beautiful...Have a great week...with love Janice