Okay blog, I know that I've neglected you a little this week. But I swear I had good reasons! I have been doing lots of physical therapy, and I had one of those days where I was at the school four times in the same day for things like recorder concerts. I don't know about you, but there's just nothing like a good recorder concert in my book. Bwahahahaaha!
Anyway, I was running some errands the other day and I came across something called patterning tape by Martha Stewart Crafts. It rocked my world a little bit as I stood there debating whether or not I should fork over the $6.99 for it. (I'm happy that I did.) Basically, it's very narrow painter's tape. The possibilities are endless but I knew what I wanted it for immediately.
You see, I had decided to do a little decorating for Memorial day (which I never do, and then I forget about putting any patriotic items out for Independence day until about July 1st and can't understand why the flag-displaying season is so short.) So as I was filling a bucket with sand and putting my little flags into it, I started thinking about how fun it would be to have some vintage French linens- like a table runner. (And you know they cost an arm and a leg.) I thought about the fact that I could just try to make one... and that was probably a good idea anyway because my table is super long.
The specifics: I purchased some linen material, cut it to size, and laid a piece of brown paper underneath it. Then I carefully measured and pressed down my tape, creating lines in which to paint. Once I had pressed down the tape with a brayer, I began applying Folk Art acrylic paint in the color "skyline" in between the tape with a basic paint brush. I wasn't sure at this point if it was going to work, and the blue was a little bright. I laid the whole thing outside in the sunshine to warm and dry. I knew it would dry stiff, but I figured a washing would remove some of the paint for an aged appearance, and fade it slightly. I tossed it into my washing machine and washed it on cold, and then dried it. I had planned on sewing the edges but I liked the fraying, raw edges so I left it as is.
It turned out exactly as I hoped it would. (Oh look... a little cutie eating dessert in her jammies!)
It was super easy and quick, and runners are so much more functional than tablecloths. Plus I hate to cover up the barn wood top of my table, and the runner adds just a little softness to it. Love!!
And speaking of love... I gathered some fresh herbs that were flowering and made little bouquets in pitchers. I don't know why I never did this before. Not only are they cute, but they smell amazing!