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Monday, July 11, 2011

Vinage Tablecloth Curtains - Catch 22

 There's a little town North East of San Antonio called Geronimo.  It's tiny, and basically feels like it's in the middle of nowhere. It has one street through it, and that street is lined with antique stores.

Hubby and I go every few months just to check things out, and after shopping we go to the one and only place to eat (see address at bottom of page). A little family owned and operated hamburger place.  Everyone in the family has a job, and Grandma's job was to make the curtains.
 She took vintage tablecloths, cut them in half and added tabs to the tops.
 Each tablecloth curtain panel is lined with a white fabric for support and protection.
 And each tablecloth is different, except for the tabs which all have the same fabric.

 I was embarrassed to ask if I could post a blog about the curtains. All the pictures were taken on the sly so they're not as good or as detailed as I would have wanted them to be.  Rest assured that before I walked out of the restaurant, I did ask for permission to post the pictures I had taken. They said yes, but by that time the place was filling up, and I was embarrassed to take photos in front of everyone.  SILLY!!! I know. LOL
Catch 22 about using tablecloths as curtains:  Because tablecloths become semi translucent when held up against the light, they have to be perfect. Any stains, tears, holes or imperfections will show, even if lined with a backing (unless it's light blocking). So basically you have to use a perfect vintage tablecloth. But I can't bring myself to cut a perfect tablecloth if it's perfect…Catch 22.

Patricia :o)

Grain Bin Cafe & Store 
121 Dennis Road, Seguin, TX 78155-0402(830) 379-2233 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Shabby to French

 I think I am slowly growing out of my "shabby" phase.  Although I'm still very much attracted to white fixtures dripping with shining crystals. But my current house doesn't seem to support that kind of thing.
 When I first found these two scones (many years ago) they were an ugly silver mat or aluminum color. I spray painted them white, but it was too white so I dry brushed and smeared brown paint into them. Added two very inexpensive shades and called them shabby.
 But they didn't work in my new house. So I found even cheaper light shades and painted them an oil bronzed brown and added  the new shades.

 At first I added the crystals back on them, but I didn't like it (Gasp!! ME not liking crystals? Weird.)
I think I should probably pain the candle sleeve an antique white, but I don't have that color in my house and never remember to get it while I'm out. So, They'll probably stay white.

They were in my bedroom on either side of my mirror. I've moved them to the window bench in my breakfast nook, but I'm not sure if they'll stay there.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy Birthday, America!

 American women have long shown their pride in our country through their needlework. The needlepoint tapestry above is probably 30 to 40 years old. The workman ship is beautiful! I believe it was used as wall art.

 This gorgeous counted cross-stitch needlepoint was done much more recently, but with as much love and pride. It shows a beautiful bald eagle with the American flag behind it. The colors are bold and bright, and the detail is amazing.

Happy 4th of July, everybody!