Thursday, October 16, 2008

Decorating with Doilies ~ Show & Tell Friday!


Welcome to “Show and Tell Friday!” Do you have something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, or a treasured collection. Look around your home for something to share; dig through those boxes in your closet if you have to! Share photos and the story that goes with your special item.


Doilies
A few weeks ago I stopped by the thrift store and found a pile of doilies and lacy linens, right by the front door.

Lace
Layers and layers of lace!

Lace

Lace
They were $2.00 each and have beautiful detail work.

Doily

Lace

Collar
A cutwork collar. Only half has been finished.

Doily

Lace

I had fun finding places for my new finds...

Doily

Doily

Lace

Lace

Doily

Teacup

Lace
I tea stained these doilies.

Doily

Doilies
Thank you for looking at my show and tell and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


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109 comments:

Angie said...

I love doilies :) I put them all over too.

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh Kelli,
You have such a great collection. And what great buys you always make. It's funny because I was planning on sharing the same think. Vintage doiles and embroidery and quilt blocks.
I hope you have a great Show and Tell.
Blessings,
Sherry

REAL ME said...

I love doiles. My mom bought me some beautiful ones for my Ladies Church Tea I hosted and I treasure them. I love what you did.

DeNiece Barnes said...

I love the dollies, Kelli they are so lovely to look at what a wonderful show and tell to share with your guests, I would have to say my favoriate place for your dollies was the one with the candle on top of it, it was so lovely. Have a great and blessed weekend

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Ooooh, how pretty! I have a real weakness for linens and lace! I enjoyed seeing where you are using them!

Katherine

char72 said...

I love doilies and have several scattered around over the house. I learned to crochet doilies when I was a little girl. Enjoyed seeing yours.
Charlotte

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Kelli,
That is a great find! There are so many ways to use then in decorating!
Thanks for sharing and for hosting Show and Tell Friday!

Lady Katherine said...

You really are so lucky, to find them for $2.00 each. What a wonderful find. I love the one you put on the toliet, Thats one way to fancy it up. Now if you need to get rid of a few, I sure we all would love to take a few off your hands. lol! They are beautiful. Its hard to resist them and napkins and table cloths!

Mary said...

Kelli,

Loved your doilies and I have tea stained them before. I was to the thrift shop today and didn't find a thing worth buying. However, as I was walking back to my car, I saw a that a new thrift and furniture store had opened a couple of doors down. I found a mirror for the upstairs bathroom for $4.00. I was dreading paying ten times that much for a mirror for tenants. This one is perfect.

Enjoyed all your pretty decor items. Have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,
Mary

Dianne said...

You have a wonderful collection of doilies. I like how you used them. Ever think of framing some?
My late friend's mom made a small, circular tablecloth (actually another friend bought it for me from eBay) that I would like to frame instead of use as I don't have a round table and I don't want the cat to snag it.

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

I love lace and doilies and all those vintage goodies that we seem to have forgotten. Such a beautiful vision for these weary eyes tonight.

Jan and Tom's Place said...

I love Rub and Buff!!! I'm talking it up today!!!

Carrie said...

You made a great buy!
I also enjoy using doilies in various rooms of the home.

Betty said...

Kelli,
Beautiful doilies....such a soft accent but always appropriate....

Quinne said...

Hi Kelli :) Just popping in to say an early "Happy Friday!" I hope that you have a lovely day.

Your collection is wonderful! The antique shoppe here in our little town has beautiful linens. I've yet to leave it without a treasure. Love you! Q

Barbara said...

what a great post...love the chrochet things

Gattina said...

I think Brussels (where I live) would be a paradise for you if you love laces ! Belgian laces are very beautiful and famous.

Anita said...

Oh wow, Kelli! They look so wonderfull! Why do I not find such pretty things just around the courner here?

I hope to find some time this coming week-end to catch up with all your recent posts! I was glad to learn from your mail the other day that you bought some pansies! We've been to Berlin last week-end and stopped at my favourite (famous) nursery close to our German capital. And when we drove back, our car was full of new perennials for my rose border! I can't wait to see them all in bloom next year!

Have a wonderful Friday!
XoX, Anita

Joan said...

What a find! You have to have eyes to see though don't you - that is appreciate this sort of thing

Earthmommy said...

Doilies bring back such sweet childhood memories for me. My Grandparents had restored the old log house that my Grandmother was born in and she loved to decorate with doilies. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. You did such a nice job on all of your little decorative arrangements. You really inspire me.

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

WOW you got some really nice pieces!

Jennifer said...

WOW Just two dollars? Whatta blessing!

gail said...

Kelli~ They are beautiful! My heart would have jumped if I saw them all in a stack like that at my thrifting spots! So pretty!
I have never tea stained anything- but you always make everything seem so easy . Maybe sometime I will give it a try.
Have a great weekend! Blessings~
Gail

Linda said...

Kelli..what a great find. I'm always looking for doilies...I love them and use them too. Hugs, Lidna

Sarah C. said...

Hi Kelli! Your doilies are pretty!

Tammy said...

Such a darling collection of doilies, Kelli! It makes me want more of them! :)

Gracie said...

I'm really enjoying these fridays appointments, so very much! And the laces are really beautiful.

Linda C said...

Kelli,
I love your collection of doilies! And your placement of them around your home is beautiful! I use doilies around my home also- two were handed down from my husband's grandmother. Reminds me of what a very special lady she was:)
Have a great weekend.
~Linda C

Mica said...

hey there sweety, long time since I have joined. Glad to be back. Everything is always so homey here. I appericiate your blog. You have lovely collections so keep 'em coming. Hugs to you, Mica

Clare said...

I love the doilies, what a wonderful collection.

Clare

Belinda Mae said...

Doilies are so wounderful! They really ad character to a room. I'm almost green over your collection - so beautiful. I have a few that were handmade by various family members and friends about my home. I'll try to get them on the show & tell some time soon.

Janet said...

I love doilies and have gathered a large collection from everywhere. My cousin crochets, she goes by the blog name of Intouchwith and you can link to her from my site. She's new at blogging and has only a few posts, but she posted her doilies she made and they are beautiful! You made a good find, I love shopping at the thrift stores.

lusks said...

Love the lace, what a great find!!!

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Kelli...all the lacey doilies are so pretty! I, too, collect them and love them to pieces!

Hootin' Anni said...

Doilies...even on the toilet tank!!! How awesome! [I thought I was the only one to 'decorate' the top of tanks...Yay....you too!!!]

My show n tell is all about antiques today. Have a great weekend.

Terri said...

Kelli, they are beautiful. I've never been a big fan of doilies but I'm starting to really enjoy them.

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Hi Kelli, your collection of doilies is great!! We have a lace shop downtown, I may have to check them out...they might have a sale..

I had a grandmother who could knit and crochet and made plenty of doilies.. She died before I was born and from what my mom has told me about her, she was a character..she did filet crochet..I wish she could had taught me how to do this kind of crochet..

Have a fun day. hugs.. Baba

hip chick said...

I love doilies also. I once found a giant stack of them for $2.00 at a church rummage sale. I'm not sure where they all are now, but you have inspired me to dig them out.

Tammy said...

I also like to use doilies in my home and look for them when I'm thrift shopping.
Very pretty!

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

There's nothing like vintage doilies is there? What an amazing find Kelli, you've made some pretty touches around your home.

Have a wonderful day!
Kathi :)

Jenn said...

wow, you've got to love great finds like that. I found two vintage aprons for $5 at the flea market two weeks ago!! =) I hope we can go more often next year, it's about to end for the year in a week or two.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

I have yet to find such a large bunch of them at my thrift store - lucky you! You've used them beautifuly!

Manuela

Danielle said...

Kelli- How Awesome. I can't believe those were $2 each. It makes me wonder how much they meant to someone years ago. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy said...

Those are wonderful. Someone put a lot of time in to some of those.

Kelly said...

These are so pretty. I only have one that my grandmother made, but I cherish it. Thanks for hosting Show and Tell, this was my first time posting and it was fun.

crystal said...

Oooh What a great find! So elegant.

Blessings
crystal

Adrienne said...

Good morning, Kelli -
You found such gorgeous doilies. I can't ever resist when I find them, especially when the price is right! I have so many I think they are multiplying in the linen closet. Thanks for sharing your lovely finds with us. You've used them in such wonderful places.
~Adrienne~

Also Known As Alicia said...

What a great find! Thanks for sharing! You have such wonderful ideas. Hopefully, if I keep following along, I will get some ideas for my own home. It sure could use the help! Have a great day!

Nanna said...

ohh Kelli what a great find! don't you just love it when you find that perfect treasure!
Helen

Dalyn (AKA The Queen of Quite Alot) said...

I have always liked doilies for tea parties. Hard to imagine tea parties on a horse ranch...but we do it!

JanMary said...

You make such amazing finds:)

I love the imagine the history behind them.

Have a lovely weekend.

Julian said...

lucky you! You find the neatest and sweetest!
Christina

Arlene Grimm said...

All those treasures just thrown out...so glad you took them home to love them Kelli.

Carla said...

My mom had pretty doilies everywhere! She is a crochet'r. I love the use of the collar as a corner scarf! Thank you for sharing your finds AND how you display them, just lovely!

Katie @ makingthishome.com said...

Wow. Today is a good day. I found another new blog who led me to you, and now I have found a whole list of new blogs that I can't wait to dig into.

My husband and I just moved to Germany, I have started blogging, and I am finding so many beautiful ideas online that I can barely sit still.

Thanks for hosting this project. You've got another RSS reader for sure!

Katie

Needled Mom said...

I have always loved the doilies. Like you, I use them all over my house. I love to imagine the person who made them working so tirelessly on their projects.

Judy said...

I love them all Kelli, and I do have some of my grandmothers. But, mine are tucked away. I should display them.

Simply Heart And Home said...

Kelli,

I love doilies! They are so feminine and delicate! You find the best treasures at those shops.

Blessings,

Gina

Purple Princess said...

Very pretty!!!

Tracy said...

Beautiful, Kelli! I love the feminine touch!

Flip Flop Floozie said...

Beautiful!! I learned to make those when I was just a child..crocheting. Now you can buy them cheaper than you can make them..Something is wrong!! I am all posted for today. Hope your weekend is great too..Sandy

Mrs. U said...

Kelli! These are SO pretty!! I love seeing all the ways you've used them in decorating!

His,
Mrs. U

Jendi said...

Love the purple/lavender in the bathroom!

Thanks for hosting.

Elena said...

Oh, I love old doilies too. I have a collection somewhere that I need to unpack and take a look at again. Some my mom made and some my aunt made and some I don't know where they came from but I do love them!

Mam said...

Kelli, You are so blessed to find these wonderful items. It looks like they were all in wonderful condition. I see some familiar ones there, as I have a few myself- some old, some I have made or had given to me. I'll get them *all* out when I'm in my own home again. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pieces.
Nancy

mamabear said...

I just love doilies. They are so lovely. Seems like people just don't collect them anymore though.
~dawn

TJ said...

They are all so beautiful Kelli! I imagine your home must be one of the most beautiful and cozy homes around!
TJ

Monique said...

Those doilies look fantastic, you have been very creative in finding places to use them. I love the one on the toilet and the ones you have stained. Have a great weekend !!

glorv1 said...

Hi Kelli. I have a hard time finding doilies, you really got lucky and you used them so beautifully. Thx for sharing.

Rhonda in OK said...

looking forward to having some free computer time so I can come back and look at everyones wonderful posts.

Heather said...

hi Kelli! i went to a fancy consignment shop today and they had a bunch of doilies and i thought of you! i have a feeling you have quite a collection by now, lol!

FourOf5zs said...

I love lacy doilies. You have beautifully displayed your collection.

Sandra said...

Beautiful doilies Kelli, and I do the exact same thing, I decorate with them, they're everywhere in my house :)

Julieann said...

Kelli, they are just beautiful--I really like the ways you used them. You gave me some great ideas. Have a lovely day.

Julieann

Michelle said...

Your doilies are absolutely beautiful...so feminine and sweet. My mom used to have doilies around a lot when we were growing up. I think she even made a few!

Lindsay-ann said...

You have a beautiful collection of doilies there. Thanks for sharing them.
Lindsay

Mrs. Miles said...

Hi Kelli -

Greetings from one Cdn to another! JanMary turned me on to your Show and Tell and I'm considering joining in.

I'm longing for your fabulous thrift store buys - love how you used them. Seeing as how I make at least one trip to our local thrift a week I have loads to share too.

Your photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

~ Barb

Chez Nous said...

These are exquisite, Kelli. What great finds!

Susie Homemaker said...

Hi Kelli,

Thanks so much for hosting Show & Tell Friday...this is so much fun!

I hope I have followed all the guidelines correctly.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Warmest Regards,
Susie

Janet said...

Kelli, love you doilies - you've used them in such creative way - thanks for hosting another fun Show & Tell!

Christine Lynn said...

This reminds me of my grandma, she has made all sorts a beautiful doilies. Very pretty.

Grammy said...

What a wonderful collection. I admire any one who can put that much detail in there work,
Have a great week.
Grammy

In the Service of the King! said...

Your doilies are simply beautiful! I have been looking to add to my meger collection as well. Have a great weekend!

lila said...

You are putting your treasures to good use!

Angie said...

LOL... I had my posting all done early and would have been the first and I forgot to link :( I just noticed I wasn't in the list.

Mommy said...

I love doilies:) I have them all over my house!!!! Most of mine belonged to my Grandmother, that makes them extra special, but i am always looking for more at a great deal:)

Deborah said...

Wonderful find! I hope you took them all! They look immaculate. Have fun finding cozy places for them. I love doilies!

Cathy said...

I love them, Kelli, they are so pretty.
Hugs,
Cathy

Pattie said...

Oh, aren't those pretty! They sure add a nice touch, Kelli.

Lill said...

Hi Kelli
Just a little visit from Norway:) Your doilies are amazing! I just love them. One day soon I will join your show and tell Friday. Take care.
Cheers Lill

Tina ♥ said...

How beautiful...I would have never thought of using doilies in the bathroom...what a lovely idea! :)

Stitcher S said...

Great doilies! I have a bunch of these I've inherited, and you've inspired me to more uses for them. Thanks so much, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

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Katherine

Alice said...

This looks like a lot of fun! My blog is so different from everyone else's listed here (I have just looked at every page :) ), but I want to do this anyway.

Susie Homemaker said...

Dear Kelli,
I just finished visiting the last post of Show & Tell Friday. I had so much fun! Thank you so much for hostessing such a wonderful event. When I left you my last comment, I failed to tell you how much I liked your doilies. I have many, many myself. Some I have made and others, like you, I found at my favorite thrift stores. The way that you display them makes each one extra special. Just like you!

Blessings,
Susie

aswewalk.com said...

Oh, you're SO good at this. I love coming here for inspiration.

Mommy said...

Ooooh! So pretty! What a wonderful find. I wish I could find things like that!

Love Bears All Things said...

I liked what you did in the bath. Is that your guest bath? This gave me ideas on how to decorate for guests, here.
Mama Bear

Rhondamum said...

What a wonderful collection! Everything always looks so wonderful in your home. I am so glad you share with us every week. Thanks so much and I will be attending again soon!

Rhonda...

Jackie said...

I only have two doilies. They were given to me by my grandmother as a graduation gift. I love them dearly.

Your post makes me want to find some more.

God bless.

Kim~"HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

Lovely doilies, Kelli! I have some old doilies and some that are not so old, either way I love them alot!

Jean Tuthill said...

What a great find! I love doilies, too, and I can appreciate how long it must have taken to make these. I've made a few of my own.

YayaOrchid said...

What a terrific find! I love lace and doilies too! You certainly know how to use them in your home decor. They give such a romantic look.

Sharon Kay said...

Love the look of lace and you found a real treasure when you walked in the door. I think they were calling your name. I like to tea stain them.

Naturegirl said...

Kelli the lace is beautiful! What a find and I am sure you will give each piece new life! Wow look at how many commented!!

Lulu said...

i love doilies, and those are so pretty..

Farrah said...

I love how much doilies add to decor!

Barbara H. said...

I love doilies, and those are gorgeous. I love the many creative ideas for how to use them.

A happy heart at home said...

Your photos and the doilies are beautiful!

~Susan