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Monday, March 23, 2015

Vintage Tablecloth Runner

I love vintage tablecloths and I was wondering if I could make a table runner for our breakfast bar without cutting up one of my pretty vintage cloths.

I carefully folded my tablecloth to the size that I needed for the breakfast bar.    I used stiff spray starch and ironed my folded cloth.     I tacked vintage pink aprons to each end of my runner.   I didn't have two aprons that matched...of, 

I used a pretty pink gingham checked one for the other end.   This apron is what I call a 3/4 has the arms,  but is short like a regular apron.   

In the past,  I have used my vintage tablecloths as back covers on the dining chairs in the sun room.

The runner that I had on the bar earlier had lots of yellow in it,  but the new one has blue...what's a girl to do?
Well,,,, she sets the breakfast bar with pretty blue/white dishes.....
Tucks some touches of  blue to the existing vignettes around the kitchen counters.

Now,  my kitchen has a fresh new look!
I made a simple floral design from some small branches that  H cut from our ornamental pear trees that line the front driveway.   The trees are in full bloom and even have some small green leaves out.

Look at that gorgeous blue New Mexico sky....

It's a wonderful day to sit on the front porch and sip sweet tea....

Have  a wonderful week!


  1. Is that a Limoges set? I think a lot of ladies are using Limoges this week, including me! Like the it Fiesta? Love your collection of vintage tablecloths and linens. Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  2. Hello Penny and Happy Spring! I see Spring has really arrived in your part of the world. How lovely! We still have mountains of snow and we don't expect to see grass at least for six weeks, there is so much of the white stuff. You have such a pretty kitchen and I love your bunny as well as the blue chocolate pot. Your china setting at the bar is very sweet. I'm so glad you shared with us and joined me for tea this week.


  3. Love your kitchen. Gorgeous china and your bunny just "yells" Spring! I did not know you lived in NM. I lived there for 23 years and I miss those gorgeous blue skies! Happy Tea Day!

  4. You have such pretty pieces, Penny. It looks like Spring has sprung there. Thanks for visiting me and leaving comments. You don't come through my email anymore so I can't reply directly but I appreciate your visits. xo Diana

  5. Your spring/Easter vignettes are adorable!

  6. So pretty - welcome spring! The aprons at the end of the breakfast bar are so incredibly lovely. Jane

  7. Lots of creative ideas here - everything is darling! So glad you shared.

  8. Hi Penny,
    Love the way your aprons look at the bar with the blue tablecloth, I like the yellow also, they both look so pretty. Love the bunny and I can't wait to get some branches in our home from outside. Have a great day

  9. You always amaze me with your clever ideas! Very pretty idea the aprons! Your kitchen looks very fresh and i love the touches of blue in your beautiful vignettes.

  10. Darling idea! I'm going to make one too! Love it! So clever you are! You have created an environment of love and comfort and I know it feeds your soul as my home does for me too! Great job! Blessings to you and family! Cindy

  11. ha! j'adore le lapin au centre de la table
    vous avez toujours pleins d'idées génial de décorations
    bonne soirée
    edith (iris) France

  12. I love love love your style Penny!

  13. You are SO far ahead of me in decorating! I am doing it bit by bit..but so late finishing up. SO...think it's going to be my sunner theme for the most part. Bunnies are staying out..eggs will go and any Easter signs etc. What do you think? There is just so much to put everything out..Bunnies are Summertime...don't you think? I respect your opinion.

  14. Shoot! I meant to make comment on your little breakfast counter decor...which it just so cute. I love the two different aprons. Wouldn't a lacy hanky be sweet in the pocket of the pink apron? I LOVE aprons. I never thought of using them as you have...I love it!!!

  15. I love blues as well! You use items in such a unique way-really thinking outside the box!

  16. Using vintage table cloths as back covers is such a delightful idea, Penny! You never cease to amaze me with your gift for making everything beautiful. Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration.

  17. How festive decoration! Can't believe that this is a real home where people live, it looks like from magazine! great work!

    Deep house cleaning Greenwich

  18. What a great way to showcase your tablecloths and aprons. I love it.

  19. What a cute idea! I love the blue with pink! :) Thank you for sharing your lovelies on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week!

  20. Oh my... Everything is so lovely, romantic, and charming. Love the tablecloth you made. The centerpieces and dishes you have set are stunning! Have a great weekend.

  21. Beautiful! I love the idea for tablecloths as chair-back covers, too! Thanks so much for taking the time to join us over at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again next week! Feel free to bring a friend :)

  22. Penny,
    I do live that sweet counter bar.... I can never get over how big your kitchen is. It definitely looks like Spring there. We still have some snow banks and today, temps. are predicted to not get out of the 30's with snow showers!!


  23. Penny, Your kitchen is definitely a breath of Spring with all of it's Easter and Spring treasures displayed so prettily on the counters. Your breakfast bar is charming with the vintage china set on a vintage tablecloth trimmed at either end with vintage aprons. The snow is almost completely melted from yesterday's flurries in my neighborhood. I hope that we will have some daffodils blooming within a week or two. Once I see the daffodils in my own yard it will feel like Spring is here to me too.

  24. Oh my your home is just Lovely, such a creative idea for your runner, Love it! your little spring decorations all around your kitchen are so sweet and love your front porch decorating too!!

  25. The runner turned out so pretty Penny. Love the touches of blue! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  26. Penny, I have a soft spot for vintage tablecloths too! I love how creative you were with your breakfast bar......especially using those adorable aprons on the ends. Your home is just beautiful!

  27. Pretty tablescape Penny and the runner too! Thanks for joining HSH!

  28. Congrats will feature your tablecloth runner on my Fabulous Friday this week!

  29. Penny, I love the tablecloth runner! Such a pretty mix of colors. Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to the party so you can check out your feature. Hope you had a lovely weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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