Yesterday was my birthday…I am now 41. I will probably admit my age forever, dye my hair until I’m 102 and probably wear age-innappropriate clothes until the Great-Grandkids feel the need to apologize for me at family occasions. I did extensive research (15-second Google search) and discovered that 1971 was indeed a good year: Starbucks was founded and put us all on the road to ruin with their delicious $5 cups of coffee, the Nasdaq was introduced (I don’t understand it, it makes me uncomfortable to see things rising and falling, and it clogs up my t.v. screen), and the price of a postage stamp was 8 cents, which I guess explains why we used to need the penny.
So, in the spirit of gift-giving (to myself), I decided to finish a project I’d started a long time ago, assembling a table runner from vintage napkins that had belonged to my husband’s Grandmother. I have to admit the inspiration was renewed after watching about 3,000 hours of “Downton Abbey” over the last 2 weeks. (If you haven’t seen this Masterpiece Theater jewel, do yourself a favor give it a try…you will eat, sleep, and dream about genteel nobility). These napkins would have been right at home in the Abbey (although there’s no way I would ever wipe my mouth with one of these).
These linens have always been too beautiful to keep stored away, but I have always lived in fear of someone actually using them to wipe their fingers and mouths. A runner seemed like a perfect solution (and wiping your mouth with it is generally frowned upon). However, because I could’t leave well-enough alone, I decided to take a quick peek at www.GraphicsFairy.com to see if there was an image or two that would add a little pizzaz, and lo-and-behold:
After I transferred the image to the napkins, I sewed the 3 napkins together along the lace edge (the sewing machine does a pretty good job on the open cutwork) and voila! Instant class and sophistication:
This linen is particularly tricky to keep from wrinkling, so avert your eyes from the creases…but overall, isn’t it lovely? I have a few more dinner napkins stored away, so I think I’ll runner-up a few tables around these parts..and just keep on using paper napkins.