My husband accused me of trying to wear out the washing machine and I'll admit some of these pieces did take more than one wash. I also used my last-resort-go-to stain remover - Stain Bully on a few of the really bad stains. I tried to find you a link to the product but I couldn't find one and did find a few other people looking for it. It is made by a company in Albany OR called Effective Solutions and I get mine at Bi-Mart.
For the most part they came out looking pretty good. The pieces that didn't come clean will still make good cutters so worth the effort. This might just be the first time I ironed until my arm hurt. The linen pieces were a real bear. There is a reason we don't use that fiber much anymore!
There was a set of crochet covers for the chair arms that I held out to actually use and I forgot to put them in the picture. Yes, I use doileys on my chairs - strange but true. The thing is, they still serve the same purpose they did back in the day. If more people used them then maybe the Salvation Army store wouldn't be full of perfectly nice sofas and chairs with dirty arms - don't you think?? Now I just have to figure out where I'm going to store them. Maybe the drawer where the "tangled heap of lacy goodness" used to be. Yes, I'm still working on that. It's going to take a while! I picked up a couple more rolls of pretty wallpaper at the VofA yesterday for making the cards so that will keep me from getting bored. Making the cards is kind of mindless work so good for relaxing. I need that after my first day back to work after vacation. Good thing since I need dozens and dozens of them!
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