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Written by Sue, Tuesday April 5, 2011
that we set aside as a day to do things that we just want to do. Sometimes we go antique browsing, thrifting,  and mall shopping. It is what we call a free day, though most times we end up working very hard, because most projects require some time.lol

I cleaned my dining room last week, and promised my buffets that I would come back later and organize their drawers. lol.

Saturday here I come...
I took my table linens out and decided to press them (all of them)  and organize the drawers. I could hardly open them,as the drawers were bulging.
I had table cloths that had never been used, and were still in their packages, this is one of them a white damask,with napkins. It is so pretty!

This matching napkin almost looks gray.. the detail is so pretty.

This tablecloth was made and given to me by my mother a very long time ago, I mean a very long time ago. I cherish it, because I know the time it took to make it.

And done by loving hands!

This tablecloth was one that belonged to my dear mother-in-love, I remember  her putting it out during the holiday season, and it was used for placing deserts on at her annual Christmas dinner. And now I get to use it at Christmas. Having and being able to use family heirlooms is such a joy!

Do you think I might have too many napkins here? I ironed all 143 Saturday. What's that you ask? How do I know? 

I counted them! lol. Most of these napkins still had the tickets on them, and they are just about as old as I am. I have collected a lot of things over the years, and it seems that napkins must have been one of them, and I didn't even realize that I was collecting them. lol

All tablecloths ironed and neatly stacked,... Oh! What's that You ask? How many table cloths? Oh! 15 or so! Yes!  I counted them. These tablecloths and napkins have been with us a very long time!.( I don't throw any thing away)... In my defense hee hee I only paid 25 cents for some, and most cost under a dollar! lol..... I can now stop using the same tablecloths and napkins every time since I have no excuse for not using these, now that they are pressed and tags taken off. lol

I heard a  commotion in the kitchen, when I went to see what was going on, I found Quacky Duck jabbering away... She spread herself across the side and told Miss Prissy to move over, that she was the new kid on the block, and that prissy had to sit and be pretty. the nerve of some people!!
Thanks for letting me share! Now fess up, how many napkins are in your closets and drawers?

A big "THANK YOU" and "HUG" to all that are praying for  Will, and our military, and for taking the time to stop and leave me such  sweet notes.


Jenni April 5, 2011 at 2:41 AM  

Girl, you do have a bountiful supply of table cloths and napkins... what a treasure! Especially the ones made by your mother and MIL..... they are simply beautiful.

And I love the aprons... it seems aprons have made a comeback of late... you can find really cute ones at Pier one, Ross and TJ Maxx and of course on line. I think they are so cute!
Hugs, Jenni

Debbie April 5, 2011 at 7:24 AM  

I'm a linen freak so this post is very, very much up my alley, Sue. I would love some of your napkins from the collection, and I actually do have at least one set, the fruit ones.

Love your tablecloths, too. My favorite is the one made by your mom.

Southern Lady April 5, 2011 at 7:27 AM  

What a beautiful collection of table linens you have, Sue ... and I can imagine how happy it made you to get them all neatly ironed and ready to use. My favorite is the one that was handed down to you from your mother -- I cannot imagine all the hours and hard work that went into making it -- it is truly exquisite.

I'm so glad to hear (and see) that Will is safe and I appreciate the sacrifices he is making for our country. May God keep him safely out of harm's way.

thesedaysofmine.com April 5, 2011 at 7:44 AM  

I love the tablecloth made by your mother - how special to have that! And the one that belonged to your MIL. I'm sure you have lots of memories to go with them.
And I love your oak buffet.
But, girl, that's a lotta ironing!!

Cheryl April 5, 2011 at 8:10 AM  

Sue!!! I am drooling over your lovely collection of linens!!! A pretty table just makes food taste better, doesn't it?

granny April 5, 2011 at 8:18 AM  

I have lurked for long enough,lol...I have been reading your blog for many months now and never commented :0)
I need to tell you how beautiful your farmhouse is and your gardens !
I live a very different life to you,mine is very homemade and frugal..but the thread is a common one..a love for home and family.Thankyou for sharing your home and treasures...it brings delight and smiles to many..even all the way Down-Under!
Granny,QLD Australia.

Vee April 5, 2011 at 9:03 AM  

Oh I'd love to have as many as you have because we use cloth napkins exclusively. I see that we do have some in common...the fruit ones. The tablecloth that your mother gave you is incredible. If you feel anything about your linens as I do mine, they are very treasured pieces of the home.

GardenofDaisies April 5, 2011 at 9:14 AM  

You have such a beautiful rainbow selection of napkins!! I LOVE the candlewick tablecloth that your mother made for you. Sooooo pretty.
I don't know how many tablecloths I have... more than I need, I'm sure.

Debbie April 5, 2011 at 9:32 AM  

What a collection!! I LOVE it!! The one your mother made is just beautiful, and how wonderful to have it and the one your MIL made too. I too have kind of a thing for tablecloths, haha...why doesn't this surprise me? As to how many do I have?? Too many to count, haha, I am soo impressed you ironed them all. What a good feeling. Have a wonderful day Sue. HUGS

NanaNor's April 5, 2011 at 10:26 AM  

Hi Sue, Loved hearing about your napkins and tablecloths. I have several dozen napkins and about half a dozen tablecloths. Some I only use for special occasions because they are antiques. Currently my buffet is not holding them because hubby had planned to refinish it but hasn't yet. My tablecloths are hanging in a closet-my sister used to have them dry cleaned so they are still on hangers.
Have a blessed day dear friend.

Elena April 5, 2011 at 11:27 AM  

Now that is a big job. I do have a stack of place mats and table cloths that I need to go through. I have a few heirlooms too:) Blessings to you today dear friend!

Julie Harward April 5, 2011 at 11:32 AM  

Yes, my mama instilled this into me too. I love tablecloths and cloth napkins too..it just makes everything so nice! I don't think many use them anymore but I do love them. You have some very pretty ones! ;D

Farm Girl April 5, 2011 at 11:36 AM  

Dear Sue,
Thank you so much for your dear comment it means so much to me. I love all of your linens. I don't know what amazes me more that you have so many or that you ironed them all. :)
I love seeing what you do as it makes me so happy.
Have a lovely day and I am still praying for Will's safety.

Janette@Janette's Sage April 5, 2011 at 11:38 AM  

Oh just wait until my Thursday post and you will see what I found.
I love them, and I really don't have enough napkins with my huge group.

Now for the ironing part...well, mine could sure use it.

Your linens are beautiful and they make me want more!!! Awesome job!

Happy@Home April 5, 2011 at 11:39 AM  

Now that's a lovely collection of linens, Sue. I can imagine what a feeling of satisfaction you received from getting them all ironed and organized. I have been having good luck finding nice linens at our local thrift shop. My collection is growing, but I have never counted them.

A Hint of Home April 5, 2011 at 11:40 AM  

Hi Sue,
I'd have to go count them to know for sure...but last year I went through all mine and sorta which ones to keep and others I gave to Goodwill. Made my drawers close easier. lol
I have to say I'm impressed by you, but I'm not going to go iron all of mine. lol

Michele Katherine April 5, 2011 at 5:58 PM  

Hi Sue,
I have missed you! I have not been able to visit anyones blog for almost a month, and today I'm so happy to be here. I love how you cherish your mother and mother-in-laws table cloths. They are both so beautiful. I do have to say that the one your mom made is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

I just looked at your post about your son, Will. You must be so proud of him, and how blessed we all are by him, and what he is doing for us. I will be happy to pray for him and his safety. That is an awesome picture that he sent you.

God bless you and your family,

The Quintessential Magpie April 5, 2011 at 6:27 PM  

Sue, just asked the Lord to bless Will.

I loved peeping in your drawers! Those are so neat. I adore napkins, and I have some I haven't used either. I just bought some more today. Don't tell! LOL!

I am so tired I'm about to drop. Yesterday was like a manic day... phone calls to workmen, a funeral, the grocery store, the eye doctor, the drug store, and more workmen then I had to do a blog post for a meme I had promised to participate in... I was wiped out last night, and I'm still feeling it. More workmen today starting before 8:00 and just general stuff. We had two trees go down from our neighbor's yard into ours (not our St. A house), and it did some major damage to our yard. It cost a king's ransom to get it out. But here is the praise report... they put us ahead of everyone on the list, it didn't hit our house (though it came within FIVE feet), it fell between the sprinklers and didn't mess them up that they can tell, and the tree is out of here except for the rootball which is a problem... but that's okay. God will solve that, too. AND I have a cute little maltese that belongs to my neighbor who has the run of our yard now. I have missed our dogs so I am happy to see him.

Mr. Magpie is sick (and not here) with the flu, and I ask prayers on his behalf. He refuses to go to the doctor and is self treating. So prayers would be appreciated... for healing.

Love you, Sue...


Sheila :-)

Happyone : ) April 5, 2011 at 7:15 PM  

You certainly have a pretty and colorful supply of table lines. A nice kind of collection to have. I love all the different colors.

LDH April 5, 2011 at 9:19 PM  

Oh what a fun post! I love linens too but my collection is a bit smaller than yours :)

Don't they look lovely all ironed and placed so neatly in their places.

Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage April 6, 2011 at 7:13 AM  

Wow, Sue- what a busy ironing bee you were!
Your linens are all lovely :-)
My favourite is your mother's cloth.
What beautiful embroidery work! That is a precious heirloom to have!
I don't know how many napkins I'd have - a bit scared to count them lol!!

Karen April 6, 2011 at 8:54 AM  

Sue.. those are gorgeous.. wow.. and I have to tell you that you inspired me with your aprons.. I love the easter one too..but I have been on the hunt now for some cute aprons..
I found one,,and I added some lace to it,, I will send you a picture later,,
Have a blessed week..you did so much work and all that ironing,, take a break.. go enjoy that beautiful porch and swing..
xoxo.. talk to ya soon

BECKY April 6, 2011 at 5:11 PM  

You're too funny! I don't own but a few special tablecloths...I use mostly placemats! I love that you cleaned and ironed them and have them all ready to use! I dream of having time for the little things like that, but with still having 3 here, homeschooling, the shop, and the things that have to get done...well..no time for things like that until well... the frantic last minute before I need them!! YIKES!

That day will come and I'm sure will be an adjustment. But for now, I am enjoying having a house full all I can!! Even if it means some things just can't get done!

You are the quintessential homemaker, Sweet Sue, and I know your home is a place of welcome and serenity!! Love you lots! You inspire me!

Christine April 6, 2011 at 7:19 PM  

I can't believe you got all of those ironed in one day!
Doesn't it feel great to have your linen drawers all set and ready?
Love the picture of your tabel with all the perfectly ironed napkins on it.

Cindy April 6, 2011 at 11:26 PM  

LOL...I had to laugh when I read this post, as I could totally relate. But you are such a brave soul to tackle the ironing. I don't think I have ever really done that.

It's funny, this past Saturday, hubby found a box in storage that was marked table cloths and linens and doilies and then came the quizzical look. :) Lets just say that that isn't the only box and it is full and big. But like you, I didn't give hardly anything for them. What's a girl to do?

Hope your having a fabulous week.

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