I have recently, as of last night, discovered that I have a placemat compulsion. While organizing my breakfast room buffet drawers, I pulled out all my linens. They were in utter disarray & there were non-linen items hiding between the layers. Well, take that deep sigh of relief I know you are holding in, because they are all lined up in order & in their little places. I also discovered that I have 14 sets of placemats. 14 sets!! *shaking my head in embarrassment*. Ladies, that doesn’t even count the educational & cartoon kiddie places mats.
How can this be? I do not obsess over table decorations (much). I don’t do napkin rings! Only 2 sets of the placemats have matching cloth napkins (the last 2 sets I’ve purchased) Hmmm, maybe I am just progressing? What if napkin rings are next?
Yes, I must admit, I am a Compulsive Procurer of Placemats.
Drawer #1 ~ Christmas Ivory mats, Fun Summer mats, Yellow anytime mats (there are more hiding underneath)
Drawer #2 ~ Every day yellow, blue, neutral & kiddie mats
Drawer #3 ~ Ah, the apple mats and the not-so-every day mats
You know, I think I have actually saved a lot of money with my placemats, given the bargain hunter at heart that I am. Placemats are fairly inexpensive when compared to tablecloths. They certainly allow the beauty of a wooden table to show through and give a much more casual feel than tablecloths per se. No doubt, placemats have saved my tables from many a wet spill or forgotten smudge.
Did you know….
You can make a runner of end-to-end placemats with a few stitches on your sewing machine?
You can sew two placemats together and create a unique pillow?
You can use lacey or crocheted placemats as lovely arm covers on your sofa?
I think I need more RED ones. No wait, I need some round ones.