Old faded linens make me happy. For years I've collected them - lacy table runners, embroidered handkerchiefs, dresser scarves, french tickings and the like. I'd bring them home and they'd sit around my studio looking pretty, piled in baskets or on shelves. My intentions were to make new things from them but I always found it impossible to actually cut into them. So there they sat, in ever-growing piles, until one day I picked up my scissors and quartered an old hankie, then layered the corners over linen to create some sachets.
Now I can't stop digging through all my laces and fabrics for possibilities! It's still a wee bit hard to actually cut into these lovely old linens of yesteryear (I have to take a deep breath first), but when I can repurpose them into pretty things for today I feel better about it. Vintage linens + lavender equals the perfect pairing of two of my favorite things. Add bits of lace and vintage buttons or small keys or flowers, and the sachets make charming valentines, too - especially the hearts.
But now, since I've gone scissor-happy, it's nearly time to restock my supply. The piles are dwindling. I'm hardly complaining, though - there's nothing I love better these days than wandering the aisles of a flea market!
Some of these things you can find here.