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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Love them Hankies!

I love vintage hankies. They're beautiful, practical, and the best thing about them is that they're easy to find and pretty inexpensive. I seem to find them everywhere: antique stores, thrift shops, flea markets, garage sales. But what do you do with them once you get them home. I used to put them in a hanky box and practically forget about them. It's a shame to but them where they can't be enjoyed.

There's lots of ways to use hankies. Beside using them for their intended purpose, you can also use them to:

1. Use a hanky, instead of tissue, to line a gift box. I took a pretty 99 cent box covered in purple and lavender florals and lined it with a matching hanky and tucked in my gift. All it needs now is a ribbon bow on the top. The hanky becomes part of the gift.

2. I often use hankies as doilies when I want to add a touch of color. It's easy to change them out to match the season or holiday. The hanky is covered in large pink carnation and the teapot has pink roses. Even though the flowers are different, I think it looks great together.

3. I use hankies as gift quiet often. When it's a friend's or teacher's or neighbor's birthday, I tuck a pretty hanky into their card and mail it away. It's not always possible (or affordable) to buy and send gifts. Sending a hanky with the card is a great economical way to tell them they were thought of.

4. Ever have a odd shaped little gift, but no box? Wrap it up in a hanky, tie it with a ribbon and pin a rhinestone brooch on it. So Cute! Problem is that your friend may not want to open the gift because it's wrapped so sweetly.

5. I tuck hankies everywhere, even under teacups. They look so pretty to display this way. They're like tiny napkins that can catch drips and spills. Easy to clean, too.
So if you ever come across a hanky that you love but don't know what to do with it, Get It!! You'll find a way to enjoy it.
Patricia :o)


the rusty cupboard said...

I loved your ideas and I love your site. thanks

Shelia said...

I really like how you've used these hankies! Very Pretty.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Elizabeth-Plain and Simple said...

I also love vintage hankies and like you, I love to display them in various ways. Thanks for sharing.


Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I love vintage hankies too. Good ideas for using and displaying them!~Patti

Gina E. said...

You are so creative, Patricia! I also have a collection of handkies in my Linen Room, but they are embroidered, not printed. Still, I can see potential for them now, after seeing your ideas!

~CC Catherine said...

Patricia, I love buying hankies myself...and I love the ideas you've shared on how we can use them for further enjoyment. I especially love the one where you sit it under the teacup to catch drippings. I'm a teacup collector and love having tea, this will be on my next party prep materials checklist! ~CC Catherine ;)

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Sis,
I am sorry to hear about your friend. many of my friends, some older, 2 young aduls in their tenties and a little baby boy have also gone to be with the Lord these past two months. Maybe that is why my heart has been grieved and my heart also goes to each family. I know tomorrow is promised to no one , and it just makes you treasure life even more. I love your hankies, I wish I had as much luck as you have had finding them. I would love to find some with pink or burgundy roses. But I have searched and the thrift stores are far and few. We don't have as many vintage stores here in Hawaii.
I love how you display them and the ideas you have. Thanks for sharing. I was so blessed by your visit today.

Hugz Lorie

Eggs In My Pocket / Yesteryear Embroideries said...

What wonderful ideas! Everything you have shown is so lovely! I have quite a few hankies in my collection. I just love them! Blessings,Kathleen

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment.
I have worked with hankies quite a bit and love them especially the white lace hankies. My best selling items made from hankies are crib duvets and pillows to match. I piece them together radomly and line the back of the duvet with linen table cloths--crib skirts to match also - they look especially nice with the point of the hanky as the hem.
Love your ideas and your post!

Kathleen Grace said...

What wonderful ideas for actually using all the pretty vintage hankies I enjoy:>)

Solange Belém said...

very pretty. I love this blog.


Joyfulsister said...

Yes it is Sistah I treasure mine!!! You are such a beautiful sister from the heart!!!

Hugz Lorie