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Monday, August 20, 2007

Collecting Vintage Lily of the Valley Handkerchiefs

Collecting LILY OF THE VALLEY Handkerchiefs Hankies


For generations it has been a tradition for brides to carry a pretty handkerchief on their wedding day.
Lily of the Valley flowers have also long been associated with weddings and new beginnings.


WEDDING HANDKERCHIEFS




BLUE FOR BRIDES




EMBROIDERED





According to the book, The Language of Flowers,"It is not surprising that the Lily of The Valley symbolizes the Return To Happiness, for it is the sweetest flower imaginable. With it’s dainty white bells and unmistakable green scent it is said to lure the Nightingale from his nest and lead him to his mate. It is the symbol of May Day and was known as May Lily and Our Lady’s tears because it grew from the tears shed by the Virgin Mary at the Cross. The flowers were grown by monks for decorating the alter and were called Ladder to Heaven because the miniature flower bells grow like steps up from the stem." 


 


You Won’t See  RED Lily HandkerchiefS Too Often




PRETTY IN PINK




LAVENDERS

The young Shulamite bride in the Bible’s Book of Love,  Song of Solomon, says of herself," I am the Roses of Sharon and the Lily of the Valleys." The Lily of the Valley are especially popular in France and are found as a wild woodland plant throughout Europe. They were not considered a garden plant until the 16th century. They have been considered to bring good luck since the Renaissance.

IN NAVY BLUE



GREY SWIRLS ~  PRETTY!




FOR VALENTINES DAY




DAINTY YELLOW



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LILY OF THE VALLEY HANDKERCHIEFS HANKIES 

MONOGRAMMED HANKIES HANDKERCHIEFS

WEDDING AND BRIDAL HANDKERCHIEFS HANKIES 

SPECIAL OCCASION HANKIES HANDKERCHIEFS 

VINTAGE & PRINT HANDKERCHIEFS HANKIES 

EMBROIDERED APPLIQUED ORGANZA HANDKERCHIEFS HANKIES 

CHRISTMAS & HOLIDAY & SEASONAL HANKIES HANDKERCHIEFS



Sunday, August 19, 2007

What Can I Do With Vintage Handkerchiefs? Craft & Decorating Ideas

VINTAGE HANDKERCHIEFS
Vintage ladies handkerchiefs make a wonderful collectible, and they are still quite affordable. People often ask me though, What do you do with them? How can you display them?
Here are a few ideas for you.

You can display them framed in clear acrylic clip frames. They can also be stretched over a square painters canvas using double sided tape to hold them in place. You can arrange 8 of these above a bed to create a headboard.


Use them as doilies on tables & nightstands,

Show then off under glass on a coffee table

Sew into quilts, pillows, sachets, tablecloths, or potholders

Make a baby bonnet from a white hankie to be used years later as
wedding handkerchief


Make a valance by clipping them onto top of curtain with clothespins

Display them in a vase or hang them from a towel bar

Wrap small gifts with them, make hankie angels or hankie dolls,

Sew a
monogrammed hankie onto the front of a little girls bib overalls

Use them to line your Longerberger baskets (or others)


Trim the edges with beads & make a "cozy" for your teacups


Tie them onto your ponytail, belt loop, or purse,

Tie them to your suitcase handle so you can identify your suitcase at the airport!

Tuck them into birthday, get well or any holiday card

Use
monogrammed handkerchiefs for the "something old or something blue" for a bride to be,

Give as gift to bridesmaids, flower girls,
mother of bride or groom

Display them hung by little wooden clothespins on a vintage indoor clothesline, or satin ribbon


A customer gave me this idea to pass along. She is giving a monogrammed hankie to her son’s girlfriend as a small gift for her prom night. A nice tradition to start!

Another customer idea! They look lovely draped over a nitelight for soft romantic lighting.

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Use any type of vintage rack for display


Click to view:
LILY OF THE VALLEY HANDKERCHIEFS HANKIES

MONOGRAMMED HANKIES HANDKERCHIEFS

WEDDING AND BRIDAL HANDKERCHIEFS HANKIES


SPECIAL OCCASION HANKIES HANDKERCHIEFS

VINTAGE & PRINT HANDKERCHIEFS HANKIES 

EMBROIDERED APPLIQUED ORGANZA HANDKERCHIEFS HANKIES

CHRISTMAS & HOLIDAY & SEASONAL HANKIES HANDKERCHIEFS

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