Monday, March 11, 2013

Addiction # 298 - Vintage Hankerchiefs

 
Yes, I know!! Once I get started on something, I just don't know how to quit.
 
So it is with vintage hankerchiefs!
 
This is an old spoon holder - you know, the kind you display spoons from various travels in.  I got this at the thrift store for $1.48 less 25% and sprayed it red.
 
Then I took the center of each hankerchief and pinched it together and inserted in the little slot.  I started out putting a hankerchief in each slot, but it was too much.  So, put one in about every other slot.
 
 
Another idea is to use them as napkins.  Tuck them into a glass or goblet.  Makes a colorful table setting.
 
I had a friend whose son was getting married and using a vintage theme.  They scoured until they found enough vintage hankerchiefs to use as napkins.  We pressed and folded them and put them beside the plates with the silverware on top.
 
After the wedding, they collected all of the hankerchiefs and she is going to eventually have a quilt made out of them.  What a wonderful keepsake!
 
 
For a soft look anywhere - over a mirror, a window or an arrangement, take twine and stretch across and drape the hankerchiefs on them.  This one just has three.  I put one on each end and then centered the middle one.  A soft, romantic look.
 
 
And last, but not least, make sachets out of them.  I just wadded up a ball of stuffing and added lavender to it.  Then I pulled up the corners and tied them with a polka dot ribbon.  This would make nice favors for a luncheon or tea.
 
So, if you see this crazy woman digging around in bins of old stuff - it's just me hunting old hankerchiefs!
 
Enjoy!
 
Till next time, Judy
 

24 comments:

  1. Well, there might be two crazy ladies digging in those bins!
    I love old hankies too.
    And I would never have thought of displaying them as you did in a spoon rack. Great idea!
    That must have made for a real sweet wedding table display too.
    Blessings-Kimberly

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  2. Judy,
    I love old hankies too who doesn't!! I love how you displayed them and the wedding idea of using them as napkins and then making them into a quilt. What a beautiful idea. Thanks for sharing.
    Kris

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  3. they really are lovely, and you have so many amazing ideas (as usual!) for displaying them.

    Mary

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  4. Love the bright colors and patterns on these vintage hankies. Especially liking how you put them in the spoon holder. So creative, cheery, and cottage-looking.

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  5. Judy, I have seen a cafe curtain rod, across a big dining room window,with vintage hankies folded triangle style over it. It just looks so sweet. I think having them for napkins is adorable. then to be made into a quilt is even more special. xoxo,Susie

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  6. Vintage hankies are so charming. I have several that belonged to my grandmother and we have an antique shop here that has hundreds to choose from.

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  7. When I was in elementary school I always had a pretty hankie pinned to my dress, school required us to have one, and I had a hankie for every outfit. I love the ones with crocheted edges. Great idea to use the spoon rack. And what a great price! xo

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  8. I have several of my Mom's and Gramma's old hankies. They are so sweet and I never know quite what to do with them. What a great idea that spoon display piece is- I see them around once in a while. Smart idea! And that last one tied with a ribbon when I first looked it looked just like a bunny to me- xo Diana

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  9. You are brilliant. All of those hankies look so cute in that spoon-holder!

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  10. Hi Judy,
    Me too..I love vintage Hankies.
    I really love your idea of using them as sachets. My sister made a baby quilt for our niece out of pink and white Hankies.
    I want to thank you so much for visiting me and leaving such a wonderful note.
    I have enjoyed my visited with you today.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth
    I look forward to visiting again

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  11. Hi Judy,
    Me too..I love vintage Hankies.
    I really love your idea of using them as sachets. My sister made a baby quilt for our niece out of pink and white Hankies.
    I want to thank you so much for visiting me and leaving such a wonderful note.
    I have enjoyed my visited with you today.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth
    I look forward to visiting again

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  12. How can you not love them! They are pretty, they are inexpensive and you can use them in so many ways, as you showed us!

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  13. I agree, Jusy...You can never have too many hankies! AhhhChoooo!!!

    What sweet ideas to display these sweet little treasures...Thank you so much for sharing each one.

    Have a Happy day, my friend.
    Smiles,
    Carolynn xoxo

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  14. You need your own newspaper or magazine column for these projects. And there are those pansies!
    Brenda

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  15. Hankie Happiness!!! I also love hankies! They are so pretty. My Grandma always had one "up her sleeve"
    Warmly,
    deb

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  16. I love old vintage hankies too:) Made me smile when I spotted your collection!

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  17. Oh, I love them, too. I recently gave some of mine away in cards. That was fun, too! Sweet hugs!

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  18. What a clever and fun way to display your colorful collection of hankies!

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  19. Judy, I love all your wonderful ideas with your vintage hankies. I'm still working on my collection. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Jody

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  20. my sweet friend - and btw, LOVE your gorgeous face on your blog!!
    I had no idea you loved hankies like you do. Such great ideas for displaying them. I'd love to have a quilt made out of them!

    hugs,
    Becky

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  21. Such pretty ideas, and I love the spoon holder idea! So cute!! xo Heather

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  22. I'm a hankie person too! My great-grandmother would mail a hankie (for the ladies) or bandana (for the men) to friends and family on their birthdays. She let me help her pick out the hankies at the five-and-dime store. I keep telling my husband, as I find another hankie to buy, that I'm just getting Grandma's hankies back.

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  23. I have a few old hankies and I love them! I like the display and will now be on the lookout for a spoon holder! Hugs, Linda

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  24. I love old hankies too! I am a new follower.

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