Denise Cerro's Profile

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I started with a small collection of vintage hankies and linens given to me by my wonderfully crafty grandmother, Nonna, who could do it all ! When I think of her I still see her in the family garden, or at her old Singer sewing machine, or her craft table in the basement, or the kitchen with the aromas of her delicious creations wafting through the house...always busy creating. My Mom and her five kids (I'm the middle kid) were lucky to grow up in my grandparents home and be influenced by her creativity. Every now and again I would take out my grandmothers small linen collection to launder and look at, maybe put one or two in a frame or drape over a curtain rod for a simple window treatment...only to tuck the rest back into a drawer.

One day I was doing just that, framing two hankies for my new shabby chic bathroom, it seemed a shame to keep these beautiful little pieces of linen…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 1
  • Joined November 24, 2010

Favorite materials

vintage hankies, contemporary and mid century fabrics, recycled fabrics, linen, buttons, ribbons and trim, Tammis Keefe hankies, Faith Austin hankies, feather and down pillow inserts, printed papers, wrapping presentation materials

About

I started with a small collection of vintage hankies and linens given to me by my wonderfully crafty grandmother, Nonna, who could do it all ! When I think of her I still see her in the family garden, or at her old Singer sewing machine, or her craft table in the basement, or the kitchen with the aromas of her delicious creations wafting through the house...always busy creating. My Mom and her five kids (I'm the middle kid) were lucky to grow up in my grandparents home and be influenced by her creativity. Every now and again I would take out my grandmothers small linen collection to launder and look at, maybe put one or two in a frame or drape over a curtain rod for a simple window treatment...only to tuck the rest back into a drawer.

One day I was doing just that, framing two hankies for my new shabby chic bathroom, it seemed a shame to keep these beautiful little pieces of linen neatly folded in a drawer and only take them out every now and again to delight over. I started pairing them with fabrics and designing vintage hanky pillows for fun...and I couldn't seem to stop ! It got me thinking...I wonder if anyone else is into vintage hankies like I am...I wonder if I could do something with them that people would enjoy purchasing, and support my hanky habit ! To answer that question...I've been amazed at how many people love hankies like I do ! I've discovered so much, like collecting specific designer hankies from the 40's and 50's ( Tammis Keefe & Faith Austin are two of my favorites) which makes the getting more challenging and fun, and even those collectable hankies are ending up in my pillows. Each is a one of a kind vintage gem...and more importantly...they really make me happy !

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