Apr 14, 2017

Wheeling in PA

Hello folks.  Feeling a slight better today, thank you very much!  I hope all of you are doing well and feeling the warmer Spring breeze.
 
After a week of being restricted I decided to check out the sewing room mess.  You never know what you may find there.  I wasn't thinking and sat on the wheeled office chair at the sewing machine.  No arms, no cane for support, Mark is golfing, no way to get up.  But baby I got wheels.  That was fun except for the speed bump where carpet meets hardwood. 
 
I've been going through the old tablecloths as I had previously mentioned, checking to see what I could salvage and what was hopeless.  Many beautiful linen prints, very few cotton.  Some had areas that were just not acceptable, such a burn marks.  A beautiful pale yellow with gray and white roses was large enough for a shower curtain in Carole's bath and a little valance for the tiny window.  So I started wondering what I could use these vintage cloths for instead of discarding.  Curtains, valances, sachet bags, hearts, drawstring pouch for the bath or peg board, clothespin bag, lots of things.  A shame to trash a large old piece because of one area that can be cut away.  So that was my plan.  I have three cotton that will hopefully go to a new home, and eight linen prints for the vintage shop.  The rest are piled in my sewing room.   Since I couldn't get out of the chair, I just wheeled to the pile, then to the scissor drawer, then to the sewing machine, and back and forth to the ironing board.  Came up with these from Mom's red cloth with dogwoods that my Uncle Tony's cigarette burned decades ago.
I can see a bowl full of tucks and hearts and berries from various bright prints in a vintage kitchen.  I would like to continue this next week and should have plenty, maybe see if the vintage shop would be interested in them.  Aging was considered, but the bright colors and crisp white backgrounds shouldn't be messed with.
 
I needed to take more Advil, and was really hurting from sitting too long, so one set was all I did. The chair was already in the highest position so I hit the lever to lower it and (with my weight on it) came crashing down quickly!  I slowly slid off to my hands and knees and was able to once again become upright with the help of a doorknob.  Why that was possible on my knees but not while sitting is a mystery to me.  It's a common move when I forget that if I crouch down, I can't get back up.  Flopping on to my side in the store and then hands/knees works.  I also learned you NEVER try to hoist yourself up using the store's shelves as a aide. 
 
"CLEAN UP IN AISLE 9!"
 
Have a wonderful weekend and a beautiful Easter everyone.
 
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21 comments:

C Reeder PhxAz said...

I am thrilled to see you being so resourceful - in sewing and mobility!!! These new delights will hold memories of old tablecloths in a whole new way for you. Wish I were closer so I could see all the lovely old linens in person. My weakness is old linens.

Truus said...

Good to hear you are a little bit less in pain.
Love the heart and berry from the vintage cloths.
Wish you and Mark a lovely Easter and a speed recovery to you.
Greetings,Truus from Holland

Robin in Virginia said...

Oh Marly, your heart and strawberry look fabulous. Thank goodness for rolling chairs! At least, you were able to accomplish something. Have a wonderful weekend!

Vickie said...

Now those are pretty!! You are creative. :D I am still praying. Happy, Blessed Easter to you.

Winnie Nielsen said...

Oh my Marly, I am so sorry to hear about your back going out. Ouch!! Thankfully, there is a bit of improvement and I am glad that you have some relief. You crack me up with your sewing room story, but I am also very impressed that you figured out how to make the chair work for a project! Now that is what I call resourceful.

I hope your weekend can be enjoyed and your recovery continues.

Glenda said...

Marly, I hope you continue to improve. Aches and pains suck. Some days I wonder what life would be like with out the aches and pains. Oh to be young again. I love your heart and strawberry. I sure these would be good sellers. Who wouldn't want a bowl full.

Mary Locklear said...

I love old table cloths - well honestly all old linens but what does one do with them? I love your set - it is lovely.
I read your blog and you always make me smile. . ..wishing you a complete and speedy recovery.

Barb said...

You are wonderful at making the most of misery!!! I'm inspired!

deb said...

Glad to hear you're feeling a bit better! The red and dogwoods tablecloth made a lovely heart and strawberry. Wish I'd thought to do something recycle-y with some of my mom's old tablecloths....

Rugs and Pugs said...

I hope you improve every day. Glad you were able to be creative.
Happy Easter :)
Lauren

C. M. Designs said...

Love your idea of using a tablecloth for a shower curtain.
Your heart and strawberry creation is beautiful. So glad you felt like "wheeling" around. Thank goodness for wheels in more ways than one.
I hope your Easter weekend will be pain free and very enjoyable.
Blessings,
Charlotte in Va.

cucki said...

wow so pretty..you are so creative,,
love and smile x

Wendy said...

Glad you are feeling better. What a great way to preserve memories and utilize something vintage from your family at the same time. The heart and strawberry are precious.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Marly,
So happy you could use that chair to your advantage!!! Love the sweet set you made from the old tablecloth! I love to repurpose things and give them new life!! Hope you continue to improve and can "straighten up" soon!!
Have a Blessed Easter!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

Krissy B. said...

I can envision the entire event. I laughed through it all. You amaze me. You take something that is not funny and turn it into humor. You should be on stage. I have had so many damaged tablecloths at the estates that we empty but of course I don't have your imagination so I just sold them as is for a buck or 2. Now I look back at some of the wonderful patterns on them and I hope who ever got them did fun things like you mentioned in this post. I love the pouch and heart ideas. I'll have to see if I kept any in my stash. The fruit salad looks yummy to. Thanks for the smiles and glad to hear you are feeling a bit better...which of course is getting you into trouble already.

Jean Bee said...

Gees, I am really sorry about what's happening to you...however your description of the situation cracks me up! Pulling yourself up using the store shelves is kind of like setting your coffee by your container of paint water on the work table. I hope you get better quickly!

Margaret said...

You poor thing. :( I sure hope the feeling better is even more true as the days pass. Hope you have a good Easter.

Kelly said...

Love, love, love the dogwood fabric! Hope you feel better soon!

CJ said...

I needed a good laugh. Thanks so much for your post.

CJ

Cricket-bug Corner said...

You crazy girl!!

debbie haggard said...

Glad you are feeling more adventurous- a good sign!! These vintage table linen hearts are gorgeous! How about an on-line sale??!

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