Thursday, May 19, 2011

Simple Pleasure: Tablecloths

Joining Dayle's Simple Pleasures  party from A Collection of This and That. Every week participants tell about something small or insignificant that add to the joy of their lives.

Today's Simple Pleasure, for me, is tablecloths.

I like putting a clean, ironed cloth on our kitchen table. Call me an old-fashioned girl or just plain crazy, but I even like ironing the ones that require it. Sometimes I'll spray a little starch on the cloths while ironing them, too.

One of my sisters gave me the cloth shown in the photos today.  It was still wrapped in the cellophane package. I washed it, of course, and  ironed and starched it before putting it on the table. Admittedly, it was a little hard to get all the wrinkles out, even with a steam iron.  It reminds me, appropriately, of spring. 

To me, using a tablecloth makes each meal just a little bit more special than slapping dishes down onto the bare wood.

As soon as one tablecloth gets dirty, off it comes and gets tossed into the wash. Then, I'll grab another one from a cabinet in the dining room. Needless to say, I have a lot of tablecloths in all colors and patterns. Many were thrifted.

So a freshly washed and ironed tablecloth that makes the kitchen table look nice, for me, anyway,  is worth being called a simple pleasure.



Linda @ A La Carte said...

I use placemats more then tablecloths but I do love them! Not ironing them though! I do love vintage tablecloths. hugs, Linda

Bella said...

I love tablecloths! You can change the whole room with a new cloth! Your floral patterns are so cheery:-) I also love to iron them, the smell of hot cotton and starch, very relaxing:-))
I am your newest follower:-)

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Susan, lovely tablecloth. I think I need to get some spray starch. Although I don't like ironing, that smell of starch and steam might make it more worthwhile. :) My tablecloths are from India. And I have two from WalMart that are vinyl for messy meals. Have a terrific day. Tammy

Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage said...

Yes Susan, I still use tablecloths!
Love them - especially vintage or lace cloths.
They transform the atmosphere so easily from casual to formal with their accompanying decorations :-)

Bookie said...

I love tablecloths too, but rarely use cloth ones on kitchen anymore. Always cloths one on the dining table though, but flannel backed with many placemats in the kitchen where table is used constantly. I have some 1950's vintage ones I bring out occasionaly for the kitchen which have a real homey, "feels good" mood about them...

Susan said...

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to Bella, this blog's 230th Follower! So great to have you stop by, Bella. Whenever you visit, hope you leave with a smile.

That goes for everyone who stops by. Have a sweet day. Hugs to all. Susan

Ms.Daisy said...

I tend to use tablecloths more in the fall and winter months especially Thanksgiving-Christmas time. In the warm months I like to use place mats. Your tablecloth today is very Spring-like and cheerful.


Kay K said...

Awwww I have some table cloths now this makes me want to get mine out ...thanks for sharing your pleasure and beautiful pictures

Diann said...

I love to use my vintage tablecloths! And shhhhh...don't tell anyone, but I enjoy ironing them too.

Dayle said...

I love vintage tablecloths, and use them a lot on the patio table, but I do enjoy the freshness a tablecloth gives to a kitchen table. And I iron mine, too. :)

Jannet said...

Thanks for stopping by and for the sweet comment!!
Yes! I still use tablecloths & like you I don't mind the ironing at all. Ah, nothing like a fresh clean tablecloth and a sweet one like yours would put a smile on my face :)

Journeyin' Lady... said...

I use placemats but love the idea that someone out there still loves and uses tableclothes! I imagine that you have a wonderful stash to chose from!

Chatty Crone said...

Okay I'm going to be honest - no I don't. I really didn't even think about using one - where is my mind at? Although I would be putting it in the laundry every meal! I'd have to get a dozen - maybe I will at the thrift store next week.

Debbie said...

Yes, I do, and I love them. I'm so crazy fond of the vintage ones that have been passed down for years in my family. Yours is right up my alley.

Susan said...

Hello Sweet Blogger Peeps!

Let's all welcome Jannet from Denmark! Her blog is called Country Cottage and it's as pretty as a picture. She's this blog's 231st Follower! Welcome Jannet, and please join us often.

Thanks to everybody for stopping by. I love your visits more than you will ever know! Susan

LDH said...

I love vintage table cloths too! I just have a couple and I use them occasionally. Yours is a pretty one!

mo said...

Hi Susan,

You are such a sweetheart!

Thank you for your birthday wishes!

And your beautiful song and sentiments.

Your encouragement is inspiring.

I absolutely love vintage tablecloths...

They are very classy. (I think)



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