Friday, May 8, 2009

It really is the little things that make me happy. Like this silly bag holder thingy. The old one was pretty grungy, it made me cringe every time I looked at it. So I grabbed a vintage linen last night and whipped up a new one. I love it. It's just a silly old plastic bag caddy but I actually just gazed at it before going to bed last night. I am such a dork!
This morning I walked outside in the sunshine and fresh air. Through a carpet of fallen pear blossoms.
This pear tree is so old and gnarly, I think it's my favorite tree in he whole yard. It is beautiful in every season.
I was on my way to the clothes line to hang up some old linens I've been soaking to get the stains out. The age old question of whether to use your beautiful embroidered linens had been answered by the previous owner. She had used them and they were a bit the worst for it. Most of the stains came out, anyone have a good tip for removing rust stains? These day of the week towels were 25 cents at a garage sale last week. So I took the chance that they would come clean and bought them. All I am missing is Sunday and Monday.
You know how some things remind you immediately of a friend? Thursday's towel is just so Becky walking Doogs. It's the first thing I thought when I picked it up:>)
I'm off to visit my mom this weekend. I hope you all have a wonderful Mothers Day! Give your mom a hug, tell her you love her...and I hope you all get the recognition you deserve for the best job in the world, being a Mom:>)


  1. What a sweet post! I love the little towels. They are so sweet! I love old linens. I love to use them too. I don't want to just put them in a cabinet. Cindy at 'My Romantic Home" says that she soaks her linens with Dawn dishwashing liquid and Oxy Clean to get the stains out. I bought some yesterday but I haven't tried it yet. I love the little bag thingy that you made. It is so cute!

    Lee Laurie

  2. Those day of the week towels are so quaint and delightful!! And I love what you made for your plastic bags...nothing wrong with having some beauty for something that isn't exactly beautiful to look at. That it makes you smile and you looked at it before going to bed? That made me smile...I love it when something makes me feel that good.

    Happy Mother's Day to you too Kathy and enjoy your visit with your mother! ♥

  3. What a delight looking at that plastic bag holder, sugar. It's the little things in life that make me happy also. A pretty bowl or plate. A laundry bag I made that brightens up my laundry room or an apron that's all froufrou-y that I wear to feel "dressed up", but I understand exactly what you mean, chick!

  4. I have a bag holder, also. My DH bought it for me years ago from someone he worked with. Love it!

    The days of the week towels are so sweet.


  5. Kathy,

    What a beautiful post. I would be staring at the bag holder too :) I love the pear blossoms and wish I had a Pear tree too! Those towels are just adorable. Thanks so much for sharing and have a Wonderful and Blessed Mother's Day!


  6. Such a lovely post Kathy. I love to hear what is inside someone's thoughts as the day begins.

    I know of a lady in Concord, Massachusetts who is an expert in Vintage linens. She irons like there is no tomorrow. I overheard her one day telling a customer about how to remove stains. She is one of the ladies that have a corner of Thoreauly Antiques in Concord, Ma. 978-371-0100. Ask for the lady that handles the vintage linens, dresses and things.


  7. Your bag holder is so pretty, I'd be gazing at it too. I need to make one soon, as I really need it. Happy Mother's Day. Drop by my blog and enter my giveaway if you would like. ♥

  8. Kathy,

    I use Whink to remove rust stains. I've probably got some if you want to try it.

    Let me know.

    Have a good weekend at your mom's. I'll miss seeing you guys at Mom's. :-(

  9. Have a wonderful weekend. I enjoyed this post so much and the tea towels are such a lovely find!

  10. Hi Kathy,

    Everyone needs a little bag caddy! Yours is just so cute. I'd love to know how to sew so that I could appreciate things like this if I made it myself. Kudo's to you!!!

    I'm with you on appreciating the simple things in life and sometimes it is doing a chore that takes you outside, into nature where your stress melts away for awhile. Thank you for reminding me to take that time!

    Have a wonderful time on Sunday with your mom! :-)


  11. Kathy, that is why it is so rewarding to share things with you!! That is a great way to keep the beautiful linens in plain sight. I love the ribbon you have added. Such patience and imagination! What beautiful pix of Loren. Have a great Mother's day. You are one of the best. LAS

  12. Its ok mom, because you know that if i'd been there, I would have gazed at the bag holder with you lol. I GET TO SEE YOU TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm exceedingly happy about seeing you this weekend, in case you were wondering. I LOVE YOU!!!! YOU'RE A TOTALLY AWESOME MOM!!!! YAYYYYY!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
    ~Tons of love, ~V

  13. What a darling little bag holder! I think it's perfectly okay that you gazed at the bag holder, LOL! It's very cute! :)

  14. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your yard with us. makes me feel lighter on a dark cloudy day.
    Enjoy your Mom all you can . Tell her how much you appreciate all she taught you with so much gentle care and love. You will never regret it.
    Happy Mothers Day to you.
    Elsie <><

  15. OMG! I would just die of a heart attack if I found some embroidered day of the week towels like that! Everything is gorgeous and your posting today is WONDERFUL! Love those blooms! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

  16. The bag holder is adorable. What do you use to get the stains out?


  17. Kathleen
    I just adored the pictures of the vintage linens on the clothesline!! Wonderful post! Have a beautiful Mothers Day Dear! Lori

  18. Hi, Kathy -
    What a great idea for a bag holder! I've seen such ugly things out there but always thought I'd make my own from fabric that coordinates with my kitchen. Haven't done it yet.

    I love old linens and I can never resist when I find them at a good price. Several years ago I attended a seminar by a lady who collects and uses all kinds of vintage things. She told of her formula for getting out stains. I tried it and then found that soaking in Biz (sometimes several times, changing the water often) works well for most things. She told us what she uses for rust stains and I've heard others who are big-time collectors of vintage clothing and linens say the same. You can find a product or two in the store - often the grocery store. Whink makes a liquid and a powdered rust stain remover. Rit, the dye company, also makes one I believe but it's harder to find. I take a cotton swab and 'dab' a bit of Whink on the rust stains and I've had good results.

    Have a Happy Mother's Day, my friend.

  19. The bag holder is adorable...

    Lucky you...even little things does not escape your keen eye and makes you happy.

  20. LOVE those towels. Very cute. Have a happy mother's day. Mimi

  21. Hi Kathy!

    I just love posts like this...the kind that feel as though you are sitting on a porch chatting with a good friend over iced tea...

    Your bag caddy is simply clever to use a vintage linen...LOVE it! Pear blossoms are wonderful...we had a grizzly old pear tree in my yard growing up...I findly remember the beautiful blossoms. And .25 for those embroidered towels in any shape is a steal around here...I adore them!! And yep, that's classic Becky w/ nailed it!

    Thanks for the sweet breezy post and the chat on the porch...I look forward to our next visit...

    Hugs & Blessings,
    Becky S.

  22. Forgot to wish you a VERY happy Mother's Day Kathy...from reading your daughter's comment I'd say you're doing something right!! :o)

    Hugs - B

  23. I can totally relate - I think it's the little special details like your pretty bag holder that really make a home personal. Love the towels. A reader recommended soaking in Biz to get some stains out when I had some toile that had rust stains on it. I haven't tried it yet so I can't say if it works or not. Someone else suggested soaking in Oxyclean.

    Hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day!


  24. Beautiful post Kathy!!! Michigan is finally getting green and I love it :) I hope you had a beautiful Mother's Day!
    Love ya,

  25. I love your new bag holder. I know all about gazing and I completely understand ;-) Twenty five cents each for the towels???? What a score! I see several have recommended Biz. A recent product that I am really pleased with is Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Stain Remover. The container talks about pet stains, but I read reviews about using it to soak fabric items. I do that and also put a little in the wash for sheets and light towels. I love the scent too. I can't speak for how to get out rust stains.

  26. I just found this video for rust stain removal--several options. It's very interesting.

  27. A little belated but Happy Mother's Day....Hope you had a lovely special day...

  28. Hi there!! Gosh, I cannot help you with rust stains. However I cook my linens (none with red though) in a soup pot with about 3 tblsp of oxy clean. Bring to boil and simmer them for a few hours. Fresh lemon juice over a spot and direct sunlight will fade the spot as well. Just remember to wash out that juice.

    Teeee heeee about the sweet towel looking like Doogs and me. If ONLY I was as petite and girly to wear a dress and carry a basket. HA!

    Love you,

    PS: Those towels would be adorable on tote bags or aprons.

  29. I immediately thought of Becky when I saw your sweet towels! As a matter of fact I thought they may have been a gift from her. :o)
    Have a wonderful day!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  30. What a geat idea for a plastic bag holder. So simple and yet so pretty.


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