D and I have a couple of western "Cowboy" dish sets. One we bought Cowboy Camp China as our "wedding" china. Now I wish we had bought more but we didn't have the money back then. I also found 12 divided plates with brands circa 1950 at a garage sale and bought them all. I love using them but never had a tablecloth I was happy with to go with the whole missed-match set. We are having a couple of new friends from Texas this Tday and wanted to go "western" instead of the traditional.
So I hung out at JoAnn fabrics the other day exploring some ideas and decided on denim. As a side-note - did you ever notice that all the women that shop at JoAnn's have sensible, old shoes on? I observed that while waiting in long lines. Not stylish high heels but worn-out favorites like I wear everyday.
Here is the sad part about my pre-Tday creative surge. I completely forgot how to be creative or think like that for about a half of a day. My life is so consumed with work and learning CSS or worrying about some next big project at work or getting up at 4:30 am, that I never allow my brain to go there. Do I do that because I know I don't have the time or energy to pursue them once I have conjured them up in my head? Who knows. But I forced myself to remember how many feet were in a yard while deciding how to construct my tablecloth. At first I was going to piece some old jeans in the tablecloth but consulting D decided to go with the new fabric and add pockets on the side to hold napkins, in this case, bandanas. Used Felled Seams technique.
So I am going to keep all of that jean fabric I cut up to made a table runner. I like the Westward Ho Dinnerware.
More elegant uses for recycled jeans, sketchbook pouch from Fun in the Making.
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