Thursday, August 19, 2010

my creative space

A while ago, we decided to try and make our meal times a little more couth with the introduction of napkins. I found some really lovely vintage napkins at our op shop... but have struggled to use them, finding myself wanting to "save them up" for a special event (and since we're not dinner party people these days, that could be a while away...).

When I found a pile of ten cheap, plain napkins on my last op-shop trip, I decided I could make our own non-vintage (but non-plain) napkins for everyday dinners.

Inspired by this tutorial, I prepared my stamp...

(sorry if you're like my mum and offended by food wastage in pursuit of art... in my defence it was an old apple, left at the bottom of the fruit bowl, and I ate the other half even though it was definitely past its prime...)
and got printing.... which went pretty well overall, except for managing to print on the wrong side of one napkin (the perils of late night crafting).

Now to test them out - and hope our meal times are magically transformed into a world of "please" and "thankyou"... (asking too much, maybe?)

For at least 128 other sources of inspiration, head over here...

13 comments:

Seaside Siblings said...

Oh they look lovely! What a great idea.

Maxabella said...

Terrific idea. I think they look very 'couth'!

PS - Can't believe you can't even use an apple without some well-intentioned comment these days! Thanks mum!

Make mine Mid-Century said...

Very clever. Yes, there'll be lots of:

"Could you please pass the butter?"

"Thank you!"

"No, thank you!"

donauluft said...

lovely result!

Steph said...

You clever little thing! They look awesome...I'm all inspired! I can feel a high tea coming on :)

Anna Bartlett said...

And they can be tucked into necklines and made into hats... good luck with it! (They do look great!)

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

i understand the 'saving things up' pitfall... but what a lovely print though!(ahum. all of them on the back side?)
bon app├ętit!

teddybearswednesday said...

gorgeous Catherine, I'd always thought of potato printing but never with an apple, it's so sweet. xo

Susan L (lily40au) said...

tres elegant

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Cath @ chunkychooky said...

such a fantastic shaped apple for that project and if you composted the apple then really it is not bad at all MUM!

Megan said...

very nice! once you've mastered please and thank you's you can move on to elbows off the table and no shovelling your food!

Gina said...

These are ace!

If they transform the household into model diners, let me know!`

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

These are gorgeous!! It has been far too long since I have read your blog! These remind me of a time when I was very into "fish" printed t-shirts. Yes, real fish, scales still on, using the same technique as your apples! This was over 15 years ago mind you and I did think they were very cool at the time.....I do think your apples are timeless and classic though and I think I need to follow your lead with introducing napkins to our VERY messy meal times.