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February 23, 2009


Lea Harper

so dainty and pretty. U have made my day. I am always so excited to see when you do a new post. thank you, for sharing this.


Betty Jo

Gosh isn't it fun to make such a sweet discovery, and rescue?! I can't help but wonder who owned those darling little hankies originally. The little one is gorgeous with the tiny flowers but I especially love those white ones. Enjoy your treasures Kim! ♥


So sweet, I love sweet little linens, hankies or anything that has the old fashioned embroidery on it. Hugs, ~cindy s~

Lisa ~A Cottage to Me

I usually have to slap my hands when I see something like that! They are a lost art, so delicate. How many people use "real" hankies anymore? Of course, what we use them for is for a decoration in our homes. I have several that I treasure that were my grandmothers. What a wonderful find and to be so lucky to be rescued by you! Perfect!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio & The Comforts of Home

How pretty! I love finding small treasures like that. I have some vintage hankies that were my mothers and I cherish them. Have a wonderful sunny day Kim!
p.s. I am having a mosaic giveaway...come on over :-))


What a sweet hankie!


you really are my kindred sister in spirit..i was folding some linens this a.m (in that time we call "alone" time ) and to reward my self i found a very tiny hankie that somehow was misplaced among the linens ...i share a bond with hankies as they truly are from days gone by (which i treasure so much)just as people who sew (like me)to really see the beauty in a hankie is the gift that bonds us.. carol

The Beautiful Life

Kim, your posts are amazing. Your photography, the simplicity of what you talk about (I mean that in a good way!). It truly, truly feels like you are a best-frient immediately. You have a real gift!
Thanks, girl!


I have a linen addiction! (And I refuse to get help for it!)

I have many hankies. One thing I like to do with the especially pretty ones is frame them. I put them in frames that are backed with glass, so you can see the wall through.

Thanks for rescuing those lost linens. Glad you were there to give them a good home.

(And my am I jealous of your ability to go to sales this time of year. It's minus MINUS 3 here today!!)

Lavender Dreamer

A perfect little pretty! It's fun finding something special! I found something cute and quirky and posted this morning! Hope you can stop by for a visit!



Pat@Back Porch Musings

A tiny hanky, a pair or a single embroidered and tatted pillow case, delightful faded and worn tea towels and tablescloths. These have been some of my best garage sale/thrift store/resale shop finds. I have a couple of dresser drawers filled with these little treasures. Best of all, they all have great stories, some I'm very familiar with.


Hi KIm. Pretty tiny hankie and touched on a memory of mine of always having a fresh new tiny hankie tucked in my litle patent leather purse by my mother, for going to church on Sundays when a little girl. How i loved those little purses that had to be the right color of the season, and pretty shoes and lacy socks, but I especially loved the tiny children hankies with embroidred edges.


Dear Kim, Oh, I can't wait for garage sales. It's 35 degrees here this a.m. Those are the reason we go in the first place, for that special little treasure we can make into our own. Thanks for the sweet story.


Oh, so pretty! They are so lovely with their pretty edgings. Glad you rescued them. :)


Isn't it fin to find something so small that makes you happy? It's worth digging sometimes through the Tupperware, romance novels and plastic placemats :)



Nice find Kim. This post reminded me of a distant relative, Aunt Hankey was what we called her. She was petite not even 4 ft,a sweet little white haired lady.


Oophs...I meant to say she was'nt even 5

Becky G.

How adorable, and what a great yard sale find! WTG!

Last week, when my dad was once again in the hospital and my mom was staying with me, she came into my office/studio and said she had something for me. At first look I thought it as a hankie, but then I opened it up, and it is actually a small rectangular doily. White with pink and white crocheted or tatted trim. It's small, and hole-y, but it's lovely. She always tries to find some little something to give me to show her appreciation for my help. Time before tht it was a chipped English bone china teacup and a tiny miniature teacup with 'made in occupied Japan' stamped on the bottom. My Mama knows what I like, and I love her for it! Have a blessings filled day! Becky G.

Old Centennial Farmhouse

I love, love, love to rescue old linens from garage sales, too and I have filled my home with them!


How precious!! What was it like in a time when this was carried around in someone's purse? I wonder.

Thanks for sharing!



Sometimes the littlest things make us happy. Pam


The small treasures like that always make me so, so happy. Hope your week is off to a great start. I am envious of your warm Florida sunshine right now.

Julie (Knitsational)

How pretty! What a sweet find.


I agree, a treasure like that can make ones day!!so beautiful and delicate too. I don't remember if I ever posted a comment to you before...but..I have been reading your Blog for some time now and enjoy every post! (you're on my Blog list now, so I can keep an eye on Your cottage is so lovely and your Maggie so adorable!!! Thank you for sharing, Jannet


Oh what a darling treasure, I know how fun it is to unveil something so lovely amongst a whole lot of JUNK!!
Hugs, Diane


Reminds me of my grandmother... she would tuck a pretty hanky into my birthday card. Have no idea where those hankies are today but they were always pretty.

Thanks for the memory
The Blue Ridge Gal


They are as cute as can be, Kim! I'm glad they found a new home with you...


Sheila :-)


What a sweet treasure. Love your blog!


Hi Kim
Isn't it fun to find a hidden treasure at a yard sale. There is just something sweet and special about hankies, especially the ones with hand made stitches decorating them.
Hope you are enjoying your day.
Hugs, Rhondi


Aah Kim that is such a sweet little find. It does bring such happiness when we find delightful little items tucked among others. It came to the right home and will be appreciated. RJ

Alice W.

I love a diamond in the rough! Great find!

Jennifer Kirby

I Love, Love the handkercheifs! What a great find they are! I love when I go to a sale and think that there isn't really anything there, then you dig a bit and find treasure! I have really liked looking at your blog.


Oh, so pretty! Love it when I find treasures like this! I think I'll go get out my little box of Grandma's hankies and tell them how lovely they are... I really should find a place to display them!
What a happy little post!


This is exactly what my grandmother referred to as "a crumb of happiness"!!


Ahh so adorable! tiny and pretty can't get any better than that!


I love this... soooooo sweet!


I treasure old hankies. My grandmother always had one with her...even when it was 'out of fashion' although I never thought it was. I have that little box of hankies now.


That hankie is like you and your blog Kim. In the middle of all the other beautiful hankies, it's the one that stands out and makes you feel at home :)

Where do I want to go? Home is the only place I want to be ;)

love you too,


I just found your blog tonight, sweetpea, and am sooooo glad I did. I can't remember where I clicked over from but it's serendipitous because I love your pictures and you have on your sidebar that you have a Canon Powershot G9. I have a Canon PS 750 and a PS790 and love them both but your photos are outstanding. I'd love to know how you do them so well. If you can drop by and chat with me and my email is on my profile page (that's just to make it a bit harder on the spammers though!) and give me some pointers if you have time. I'd love to see how you do them.
Connie in Idaho


I am so glad you rescued that baggie of hankies. Your reward for taking and cherishing the careful work of some unknown person's hands is that tiny, perfectly embroidered hanky with the flowers. Lovely!


Alison Gibbs

Kim what fabulous photos of the 'tiny hankie!! There are always treasures there if you look long and hard enough


Yard sale season is about to begin here in North Carolina. I can't wait to explore all those treasures that have been cast off! Congratulations on your find!!!


You know that you were lead to that baggie because it was truly meant to be. That precious knew it would have a good home with you, just as all the others did, too. My mom and other family friends did beautiful embroidery. I have a 30yr-old set of embroidered dish towels from my wedding that I'll never give away.

The hanky is absolutely precious. You make me want to go hunting for something similar. Could the colors be any more perfect for you, dear Kim?


The tiny hanky was just waiting for you to discover it. How sweet. Now it has found it's home. Enjoy! Heather


Oh, she is a very lovely little treasure. I'm glad she is safely home in Daisy Cottage.

Bobbie Lynn

Oh what a nice little find.

Suzanne Duda

This is exactly the sort of thing that would make me happy too! How lucky for us we can find pleasure in the simplest of things! xo suzanne


It's such fun to discover something unexpected! Once I found a lovely mirror tucked inside an old dresser I purchased at auction.


Perfectly sweet!


Eileen @ Star's Fault

Sometimes those tiny treasures are the BEST!!!


i love it when i find pretty dainty hankie. what a sweet score!

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