Thursday, September 1, 2011


Last January I picked up a French linen placemat while holidaying on the South Coast. It wasn't just the rough texture of it that caught my eye, but the square shape. Instantly loved it but, at $30 each, came home with just one to use as a French-style doily.

Well, that didn't last long as I'd beat my cutlery on the table if my place wasn't set with my favourite placemat. Of course, I exaggerate my toddler-like behaviour. A bit.

I also have a table runner I made - if you can call buying it off the roll and just hemming the ends 'made' - a few years back. Love the vintage-style fabric but soon realised table runners don't really do it for me.

So this morning, using my French placemat as a shape template, I cut the table runner up. By the end of the day, I'll either have six new placemats, slighty undersized napkins or more padding for the don't-know-what-to-do-with-it drawer.

Not sure these are the sort of budding possibilities to celebrate the first day of spring. But they'll do.

Beats shooting the currawongs with my trigger hose (more reach than a nerf gun), but possibly not quite as much fun.

See what others are doing today in their creative spaces here.


  1. Your green and white fabric looks very fresh and spring-like. It would spend more time in the washing machine than on the table if it lived at my house, so I shall take this as a sign that things will improve as my girls grow older! Your puff pastry making is inspiring. I may have to give it a go.

  2. I have never been a table runner type either. Love love the texture of this fabric. Happy Spring !

  3. I love how you just bought one at $30 - that's something that I'd do!!!

  4. Gorgeous linen. Hope the placematting went well?
    Love that photo too :) K

  5. There's nothing quite like french linen, it's so lovely - I would have done the same thing, just bought 1.