White Sale

Do they still refer to linen sales as White Sales?  Since linens are now in every rainbow hue, it doesn’t have the same connotation.  Local department stores have expanded the concept of linen sales in January to “home sales” and now include entire housewares departments in their offerings.   

Although bed linens were traditionally white in Grandmother’s home, accent linens displayed a charming blend of colors.  Below is a cozy January pillow project using vintage linen.  Choose an embroidered linen runner or buffet cloth with pleasing designs, in good condition.  Fold the runner two-thirds over on itself–right-side out.  Leave a “flap” extending above the overlap.  Stitch the square together on the four sides, leaving a section in one side large enough to stuff the rectangle firmly with fiber fill.   After filling, stitch the opening closed.  Finally, fold the flap over the pillow and tack in place.  Add a vintage button to create the look of an envelope with button closing.

Cottage Accent Pillows

This is a pleasing way to preserve and display family handiwork and add a touch of color and charm.

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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