Monday, September 7, 2009

How Could You?







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How could anyone really use these beautiful vintage hankerchiefs for their intended purpose? I have such a huge collection of these things. This week my goal is to make something with them. Happy Monday.

46 comments:

  1. Mmm.. definitely 'How could you!!!!
    They are just too beautiful to 'do that to'!!
    Alison

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  2. They are lovely ! Looking forward to seeing what you make .

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  3. you mean how could anyone blow a wad of snot in something so pretty??? how dare they!!!!!?
    it should be a crime. i concur.

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  4. Got to agree with you they are far to pretty and seen some very lovely creative ideas for displaying pretties like that.

    Thanks for stopping by and visiting my creative place, I enjoy that counter space for all kinds of projects, between the garden view and fresh bay breezes it is a sweet spot for work.

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  5. You're right - they're beautiful little works of art. Leigh

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  6. HI Simone. Everytime I see hankies like these I think of you. Happy Monday. x Julie

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  7. I remember my grandmother always had a fancy hankie tucked in her belt. I NEVER remember her using (or offering) it :-)

    Go for it!
    ~Julia

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  8. I adore vintage hankerchiefs! We have some great thrift and charity stores here that I go to regularly with the hope I will find a new treasure or two. I like to tuck my hankerchiefs around my home for a pop of sweet flowery color. Last week, I stitched one onto an apron that I have been working just so that I can have another place to put one.
    P.S. your blog is lovely and a real treat to read. Happy Spring to you!

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  9. Once I bought this pretty little linen throw with handkerchiefs sewn on in a patchwork pattern. I love it. Fringe is sewn on two of the opposing sides. Does this even make sense? Sorry if it doesn't.

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  10. I have not starting collecting them but I have been thinking about it...will see what you make and I am sure I will be hooked!

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  11. I know, they are so pretty. My fav is the first one.
    Happy Monday!

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  12. Can't wait to see what you create with your beautiful hankies!

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  13. I wonder what you will come up with - I'm sure it will be something stunning. The patterns and colours are just lovely!

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  14. I know, I was just in a shop the other day and spotted some Vintage pretty ones, and thought the same thing.

    Karen

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  15. The top hankie is definitely my favorite, cant wait to see what you make x

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  16. i adore vintage hankies.. i have a nice collection of them too! how do you display yours?

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  17. They are divine. I have seen curtains made from vintage hankies which is a terrific idea. I look forward to see what you make Simone! xx

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  18. Looking forward to seeing what you make with your beautiful handkerchiefs! Have a sweet day!x

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  19. Yes, I so agree with you! I bought a bunch of them at an estate sale and ended up selling the lot of them because there was nothing I could think of doing with them! And using them was out! some had embroidery, some were round and had flowered designs like one of yours... some were amazing for a thousand different reasons...but I ended up selling them to someone would would have better use for them

    tracy

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  20. dear simone...
    love your blog...found it via sandys (beach cottage)...
    cannot wait to see what you do with the hankies..i am sure it will be delightful!!

    xx andrea

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  21. Absolutely agree!!! I will wait to see what fabulous idea you come up with! x

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  22. They are just stunning, especially the last one. I don't think I could ever even consider using one for their intended purpose. Though it would be more fun to pull one of those out instead of a boring tissue.

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  23. Oh they are pretty! Hope you had a good weekend.

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  24. hi, simone
    they are truly beautiful!
    i saw once a pillow made with handkerchiefs, i think it was in martha stewart, they were pretty, but the border was smaller
    can't wait to see what nice things you will do

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  25. Ha! I love vintage hankies, too and I never could understand how anyone could really expect them to do the job they were originally intended for!

    That round one sure is unique! I hope you show us what you make, Simone! ♥

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  26. Indeed - I would feel awful blowing my nose on any of these!!! xxx

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  27. oh, i know! aren't handkerchiefs coming back into vogue. to carry one to me is almost romantic in a way, especially for a guy. very gentlemen-ly i think. they would be pretty just pressed and framed, like little pieces of art. enjoy your monday!

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  28. Gorgeous hankies! For my eleventh birthday I made a handkerchief parasol for each of my young guests. My mother attended a shower and brought home a sample and I insisted I wanted to make one for each girl.
    How to:
    Take one stiff drinking straw. Place the center of the hankie over the top of the straw. Using straight pins, turn the corners up all around and secure them to the straw by pushing them through the hankie and into the straw.

    (I have to tell you that by the time I finished making all of these parasols, I was pretty tired of the whole thing. But they were wonderful!)

    Thanks for the memory your post brought to me today! Have fun!

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  29. i cant wait to see what you do!
    My new motto for my home is... either i display my collections, or trash them! (In a quest to simplify...). Trust me, I'm ending up displaying them LOL!! And it's so nice to have them in view!

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  30. I, too, have a large collection of those vintage hankies. And I agree that they are far too pretty to be used as originally intended. Over the years I've thought of different things to do with them and I've done exactly none of them. I figure they aren't going anywhere and when I am finally ready, they be waiting. Can't wait to see what you do with your collection.

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  31. Love your blog. The pictures bring back such wonderful memories!

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  32. Hi Simone,

    I'm with you, I would never use them for their intended purpose. I've seen so many clever ways to repurpose these lovely treasures.

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  33. I LOVE,LOVE, LOVE, hankie's, I have been collecting since I was a child. Yours are so pretty.I use them with my outfits and tuck into my purse, but I've never really used them for anything else except to add a little purfume and place it in my husbands office drawer(at home) just to let him know I'm thinking of him!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Pretty prints! I'm loving that pencil craft idea. I've been on a pencil kick this year, and can't seem to part with scraps of fabric. Great idea! I love the way scraps look in a mason jar. I may have to dig some out. :)

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  35. Hey chickadee! I luv your blog! its so chic and beachy just what this mermaid loves!Cant wait to see what ya come up wit! Come by and visit me sometime! big hugs

    toodles-
    Sarah

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  36. These are all gorgeous...I know what you mean...I would only use them for decoration and not their intended purpose!!

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  37. They are very pretty, I did something with my vintage scarfs that would work with those, I am not to sure how big those are but I made a jewelry rack with mine! I will post it on my blog for you to see.

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  38. Oh totally get you on that one, they are like works of art so pretty.Great find, Sharon, thanks for you recent lovely comment.xx http://www.mypassporttostyle.blogspot.com

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  39. I've always thought that about these beautiful handkerchiefs! I know both my grandmothers and my aunts had these lovely handkerchiefs and they would use them!! And I couldn't understand it even as a child! And even some of the handsome ones my grandfather's had with the initials, I just could not get over the fact that they would spoil them!

    Great post! I can't wait to see what you make with them! I usually just use mine as dresser scarfs.

    I've missed so much here, I have to go back and read your older posts now!
    All the best,
    Eileen

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  40. I know! I have so many and I just cannot bring myself to cut them or make anything with them, they're too pretty! I have used a few to wrap up a small present...fastened with a vintage pin...it's looks adorable...that way I don't have to cut them...I just can't! ;)

    m ^..^

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  41. Darling, these are absolutely stunning. I simply adore vintage hankies, as a matter of fact I have a post ready to use in the future regarding vintage hankies. I use mine as dollies and have a stand in my office a rack I should say that hang them from it. Can’t wait to see what you are going to do with them.

    Love & Hugs

    Duchess ♥♥♥

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  42. I know I feel the same way. I have a few of these and am not sure what do with them either....can't wait to see your ideas.. you are so creative that way!!!!

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  43. Oh, you must mean how could I use the handkerchief for my craft project. I must admit, it is difficult to make the first cut, but when I can't find a better fabric, the choice is obvious :P

    Nicolette
    http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com/

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  44. I know you just wouldn't would you!!!! Looking forward to see what you create :)

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