New Linens

Textiles are food’s best friend.

That is the reason why textiles are my best friend, too.

Whether they are tablecloths, table mats, kitchen towels, napkins or just spare pieces of fabric, I love them all.

Dearly.

Well, welcome to the universe of my addictions.

This is one of many.

Many, many.

 

As with any other obsession, buying colorful textiles is completely out of my control and I see no end to this activity.

The only thing I need is MORE!

 
 

This week, I was ‘lucky’ enough to stumble upon these cuties in Tesco.

I immediately saw perfect props for my photographs in them.
 
 

They were being sold as color-matching sets of two under the official name ‘Tea Towels’.

 

There was a blue set – this could work perfectly in pictures with biscuits or bread.
 
 

Then there was this olive-green set.

I love it.

It could help salads of any kind stand out.

Pasta salads included.
 
 

A red set.

What a color!

Hypnotizing!

It’s delivering a very brave statement.

When I look at it my brain keeps screaming ‘RED’ for the next five minutes.
 
 

And then I grabbed this brown set, too.

Can you see the top towel?

There are prints of cakes and steaming cups of coffee on it.

Well, how was I supposed to not buy it?

How?

How could that be done, I ask?
 
 

Have I already told you how much I love them?

Can’t wait to use them all.
 

Cute Napkin Fold

I like food.

Would you guess that?

And I like all the things that have something to do with food.

Big or small.

Napkins included.

A restaurant, for example, always wins my heart, if it serves their food with a napkin folded in some special, adorable way.

The thought that someone has put their effort into this playful activity of pure aesthetic character only to make me feel better about their place is just charming to me.

And bizarre.

But still charming.

And you know what?

It gave me an idea.

If this small piece of paper or fabric has such a perfect impact on me then it definitely has to make my guests feel fine and welcome when they visit.

So I learned this fold…

The only thing I need now are some guests.

That seems to be quite crucial in the whole project…

1. Sure, I’m going to show you how to make it. You know that I never keep things I’ve learned secret. Somehow I’m not capable of that. It could break my brain, I’m afraid.

First, lay the napkin face-down in front of you.

2. Fold the napkin in half and orient the open end toward you.

3. Fold the napkin into quarters.

4. Then orient the napkin so the open corner is facing away and to the left.

(That hand of mine looks like from some creepy horror movie. I am really sorry for that! And there’s more creepiness to come – so stay tuned.)

5. Fold the top-most layer of napkin in half diagonally and press it down.

6. Turn the napkin over…

(Creepy, just as I promised.)

… so that the open corner is now facing away and to the right.

7. Fold the right-side back about 1/3 of the way and press it down.

8. Fold the left-side back also about 1/3 of the way and press.

And here we go.

Enjoy, dear friends.

The Napkin Craft

napkin-craft

napkin-craft

You can use this easy method to decorate just about anything.

My Mum’s friend decorated a small wooden box from a hobby shop and an instant coffee glass.

All you need is the upper ply of a nice napkin (if you don’t want to cover the whole object you can cut out the design in advance using short, sharp scissors). Dot a couple of drops of glue on to the item to be decorated and place the napkin on the item. Using a soft paint brush, paint applique glue over the napkin. Start from the center and work your way out to the outer edges. Try to work smooth and avoid ripping the napkin.
Let dry.

Stunning Beauty! And so much fun!

I love it!

Hmmmm, my plain white flower pots can start looking forward to a very bright future!