Wednesday, March 30, 2011

doily bowls

during our rainy weekend, i had loads of fun making some Doily Bowls, from old vintage crochet pieces i had laying around. you know, those stacks of beautiful handmade pretties that you don't know what to do with, but you hold onto, because someone long ago, took the time to hand make them, and they are so frilly and delicate and beautiful.

yikes, talk about a run on sentence! i was inspired by this lovely bowl (above), that my friend Shacina gifted to me a couple of years ago......she found it at the ever inspiring Anthropology store (love Anthro)......we use it to hold our paper napkins and little miss daisy has taken a cat nap or two in it. i just love it. it sits in the middle of our kitchen table where i see it everyday.
o.k. so, did i mention, i was "inspired"?!

Easter Bunny take note!

all you need is a round-ish doily, preferably the thicker crochet type, dip it into ordinary school glue, wring it out a little (so nostalgic to feel and smell the glue again), and form the doily over an up-side-down bowl (i covered the bowls first with Press and Seal), wait a couple of days til good and dry, and gently pry off. really easy! i promise.
i like to think i am honoring the women who made these vintage pieces. it is better to give new life into something old, than just hide it away on a shelf.

don't you think?




Allie said...

Pretty neat! I'll have to try this for some Easter treats. Love your blog, I'll be back. Check out my blog when you have a moment.

Pamela said...

Boy you had alot of time on your hands lol! Seriously though these are gorgeous! I used to have so many now I wish I still had them. Your photos are fantastic as always!!
I'm sure The Easter Bunny will be very impressed!!

Pamela :)

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

I really like this idea. I have some doilies that my grandma made, but they are just hiding out in the closet. This would be a good way to use them and have them out as a reminder of her.

Donna said...

These are gorgeous! I have so many doilies I bought at an estate sale in neutral and all colors. Thanks for sharing this idea.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I love what you did with the dollies - great ideas.
Hoping Spring temps and sun shine will return soon.

Becca said...

These are beautiful Erin, what a lovely idea!

oldgreymare said...

Remember my doily garland? I had some small ones leftover that just did not work in the garland. WOOT!
Doily bowls , here I come!

Fabulous idea!


Gee I wonder if we could use big ones and make lamp shades with a light kit? hmmmmm?

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

MY GOODNESS. Your new header, a dream. Your doily bowls, perfection. Your general mood is always so uplifting dearest!!! How are you? I have missed you so. I hope you are well and your art is BLOOMING like a new bud in fabulous! BISOUS, Anita

Razmataz said...

I see that you've got Suzan thinking Erin! I think they are brilliant. You can never have enough little catch alls around. I don't think I even own a doily....I must keep my eye open for some when I am out fleaing.

The Nightingale Studio said...

Wow, Beautiful!
I have a buffet drawer full of
doilies. I am going to try making some.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Love it Erin! Just the other day I was playing around with shredded paper and made a little paper nest using the same technique. The doilies look sooo pretty! I will have to give it a try! :)

Anonymous said...

those are adorable!!!! they look like flowers or butterflies depending on the angle.they are displayed so cute...and I like your music by the way!!!

Unknown said...

Wonderful ! I have some old doilys that my grandmother made that are in my linnen closet. This will give them a purpose,and it will honor my Mamaw .

Donna said...

I received my PIF in the mail today and they are adorable!!!

Unknown said...

They are so beautiful but you made really many, what will you with them all!? I love the pictures with wonderful light and thin lace bowl.

kayce hughes said...

Brilliant and beautiful!

deb mills said...

these are so lovely.
i so enjoy your blog. your photography and artwork are really wonderful...i look forward to each post.

Angela said...

Oh wow! I love these, I have to try them out.
I'm wondering about the school glue, is that the thick white paste?
Thanks for sharing.

Brenda Pruitt said...

These are absolutely heavenly!

the old white house said...

They turned out beautifully... I think the women who made them would indeed be honored! xoxo

Elyse said...

i think for sure! these are beautiful!!! your blog is so lovely and serene! so glad your comment lead me to pop over. :)

thanks so much for your sweet comment.

happy weekend!


Carole said...

I think you could make an old shoe looks like a million dollars. These are just gorgeous! and the photography so ethereal.


Cobalt Violet said...

I do think so! They are so delicate and lovely and of course your photos are crazy lovely Erin!

I hope you are doing great!!!

Debra@CommonGround said...

They are just precious, the one shot looks like a bunch of little lacey butterflies!! Thanks for linking up to the party, I always love your beautiful photos!

Arabella said...

Goodness - these are fabulous!! I'll have to give them a try.

I'm a new follower stopping by from Blue Monday...great to connect with you.

Hope you can come visit sometime at :O)

Custom Comforts said...

I love your lace bowls Erin! So pretty and sweet. Thanks for sharing the "how to".

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

I found your post and Anthro's doily projects so inspiring that I tried it myself and my bowl came out wonderful! Thank you for your instructions! Hope you have a great week! :)

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Adorable...I am going to try this! Thanks!!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

those bowls are sooo beautiful. Thank you for sharing this great idea.
Greetings, Johanna

Bohemian said...

A great idea and a fun project to now do with my G-Kids to transform some of my old doilies into something new and useful.

Dawn... The Bohemian