Black, White and Sentimental

Here are a few things to end my week….

I just pulled this black and white buffalo check fabric out of my closet so maybe I will get started on the sink skirt for the my laundry room this weekend!  I have only been planning on doing this for about a year now….why rush right?

Speaking of black and white, I did a quick mantel update.  Since I had live tulips up there last week for my party, I knew I would have to do something when they died.  Here is a quick fix for now….

 Target lanterns to the rescue!

And to end on a sentimental note, my mother in-law stopped by to give me these the other day…

They are napkins that she hand embroidered herself when my husband was just a baby!  Aren’t they beautiful?  I am so honored that she gave them to me and I can’t wait to use them in a spring table setting!  I don’t know if we will actually use them a dinner though.  They are way too special and I don’t want to ever get them dirty!!

Speaking of spring…tomorrow is March!  Hooray!!  Of course, we are preparing for another snowstorm on Monday!  This has been the craziest winter I can remember!

Enjoy your weekend!

Is it getting warm where you live?

Linking to:

Chic on a Shoestring – Flaunt it Friday

The Shabby Nest – Frugal Friday

DIY Show Off

Coastal Charm – Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Cedar Hill – The Scoop Spring Party

Nancherrow – Fridays Unfolded



  1. Vel Criste
    February 28, 2014 / 3:20 pm

    Can't wait to see you skirt Shelley and your mantle is looking quite pretty! Love the napkins, that was very sweet of your MIL!

  2. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    February 28, 2014 / 3:22 pm

    Love the check, it is gorgeous and those napkins are such a treasure. They are beautiful. Hugs, Marty

  3. Traci Hutton
    February 28, 2014 / 3:38 pm

    You will have plenty of time to work on that sink skirt! Will this winter ever end….Those napkins are lovely, what a special thing to have. You can pass them to a daughter-in-law in the future (not the near future!)Have a great weekend!

  4. Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    February 28, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    Shelley, those hand embroidered napkins are so pretty! What if you framed them and grouped them all together somewhere? It's really easy to mount fabric to matboard with needle and thread – just small stitches in the corners. They are too pretty and special to be put away!

  5. Dee @ A Lapin Life
    February 28, 2014 / 4:24 pm

    I love the napkins Shelley. They are so pretty! Boy was it cold this morning. I know more snow is on the way. I found Sketch Guru for my tablet. I've been playing with it nonstop 🙂

  6. Coastal Cottage Dreams
    February 28, 2014 / 4:36 pm

    What beautiful napkins. They will sure bring a pop of spring to a table setting.

  7. Courtney Affrunti
    February 28, 2014 / 9:48 pm

    That check fabric will be great. And those napkins…so special and beautiful. Stay warm. Spring has to get here eventually, I hope.

  8. Carol
    March 1, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    I really like the buffalo check fabric! It has been popular for quite a long time, and I'm so happy that it is still in good favor. When I had my sewing business, it was on my cutting table almost every week for one client or another. It is amazingly versatile. Those napkins are beautiful, and I would never use them either!

  9. Kelly
    March 1, 2014 / 10:36 pm

    The black and white skirt will look so cute in your laundry room! Love the lanterns you added to your mantel. Those embroidered napkins are super for Spring and I love the story behind them.

  10. Linda {Calling it Home}
    March 3, 2014 / 11:53 am

    Since I came by on Monday….did you sew the skirt? That was so sweet of your MIL to give you those. The lanterns on your mantle look adorable.

    • Calypso In The Country
      March 3, 2014 / 1:25 pm

      Well… I didn't sew the skirt but I did get some velcro, velco tape, stitch witch and basically any supply I could find that could be used in place of a sewing machine – lol!

  11. Suzan Sweatman
    March 3, 2014 / 5:24 pm

    Love your mantel decor- but those napkins are gorgeous- and I understand you not using them lol – I have some ( along with towels ) that I won't use either for the same reason !!!XXX

  12. ANNE
    March 4, 2014 / 2:39 am

    I love buffalo plaid! 🙂

  13. Brandi
    March 6, 2014 / 3:06 pm

    Your MIL is so sweet to give you the napkins. She must think highly of you too! Good luck finishing up your sink skirt. I know that goes, I have a bunch of unfinished projects in the works.

  14. Alison Agnew
    March 6, 2014 / 9:11 pm

    I love the black and white combo, especially with the buffalo check! Would love for you to share at Fridays Unfolded!AlisonNancherrow

  15. Joyce Olson
    March 10, 2014 / 4:33 am

    Oh these napkins are beautiful treasures-I have some dish towels and pillowcases that are only for special occasions too! Looking forward to seeing them in your Spring tablescape~Jemma

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