Wednesday, 7 April 2010

The history of the table mat - well my table mats!!!!!

In the thirty six years we have been married Mr angel and I have had four sets of placemats!!

Our first ones were these!!! They were a wedding present, and I loved them!!!

We had them for years!

Then they started to wear out: in fact they were worn out, but I found it difficult to get rid of them!!

I decided that they just had to go, so I retired them, well gave them a funeral really - into the bin!!

I thought it would be a good idea to buy some clear glass ones!!

Easy to keep clean, went with everything as they were clear glass!

They were fine at first, then they started to chip, and got little sharp edges, and the little buffer pads on the bottom stuck to the mat underneath, pulling them off and making it difficult to get them out of the drawer!!!

After several battles, they went in the bin!!!

Then I found these, and again we've had them for years!!!




But lately they have started to wear out and the coating is coming loose!!

They followed the glass ones to the bin!!!

But, only after I found these in BHS in the sale, and thought that they would suit us!!






What do you think??

Kindest wishes and love






35 comments:

Della said...

Oooh, they are pretty! I love place-mats...

Hannah VanderHart said...

love the newest...beautiful, beautiful.

ooh--I have a glass cutting board/trivet like the design of your middle placemats! so classy. ;)

Mimi said...

I love all of them!!!!
HELLO, how rude of me not to start with a Hello!!!!
The placemats are always neededa round here, I have seasonal/holiday ones and then maybe 3 or 4 for everyday use!!!!
I use cloth ones!!!Then I can wash them up if they get dirty!!!!We try to be very neat!!!! But not always!!!!I am more of the messy one then darling HUBBY!!!!
always look forward to your sweet comments!!!!
Hugs,
jamie

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I love the new look! Change is always good. Have a blessed week. Martha

♥coco rose♥ said...

Ohhh I love them! I think BHS is fantastic. They do some brilliant bits and pieces and those table mats are fab! How did I miss them?!!!!! xxx

RosieP said...

Oh my god, I'd forgotten about the 1st ones you had those for years, did you bid on the Ebay for those two for old times sake? Have to say I much prefer the new BHS ones.

Love me
xx

Kathy said...

Do you know I had some kitchen items that matched your first placemats - I had some biscuit tins as well. I've also had the glass variety with similar problems!
Your new ones look lovely!
Love Kathy xxx

Florence and Mary said...

Well I certainly love the new placemats, def a good choice!

Victoria xx

Michela said...

Your new ones are very pretty! xxx

Claire@AreWeNearlyThereYet said...

A big TICK for the new ones from me! x

Lisa said...

Very pretty indeed.
Lisa x

Sarah said...

So pretty, Ive seen a few things on blogs from BHS. I think I might just have to pop in the next time im in town xx

LoloDesigns said...

Hi Angel!

I do love those mats from BHS, gorgeous colours and so pretty. Yes definitely get the thumbs up from me :o) x

becky said...

Love love the placemats.Im visitng from Saskia's blog.

Happy Wednesday!

karen said...

I used to have the cafe tablemats, and I also remembering having some canvas prints very similar. I love your new ones, I always forget about looking in bhs.xxxxxxxxx

....Petty Witter said...

Very pretty but I like washable, padded cloth ones myself. A huge hedgehog fan, a friend even managed to find some mats with the prickly critters on them - needless to say, I haven't used them. I also had some glass ones and found them really difficult to keep clean. No matter how many times I washed them they always seemed to have greasy finger prints on them. Then of course, as you say, theres the chipping.

Emma said...

Funny how fashions come back round again. Those first mats will probably end up on someones
G-plan dining table, along with a nice sideboard and a cheese fondue set,haha!
Love the new ones,very CK.. Em xx

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Pretty pretty place-mats, sweet Angel! Have a most wonderful day. Sending a big hug your way! xoxo
I so enjoy your gorgeous tea for one set. And those cookies.... Angel... I've never ever taste such a deliciousness!! The cutest book is lovely, love the images. The napkins are in my cupboard looking really sweet! Thank you once again from the bottom of my heart! xoxo

Country Cottage Chic said...

Your new ones are very pretty!
I still have the set we were given as a wedding present too - they have hunting scenes on them & still look good!

Jayne

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Like the new ones. I went to see the original "vintage" ones, they were cute, too.
I have had dozens of mats over the years, it's such an easy inexpensive way to add a new touch to the table.

bj said...

I love your new mats...bet you will enjoy them for quite awhile.
Thanks for coming by to see me...hope you'll come again soon.
xo bj

Candy said...

Quite lovely...and I hope you and Mr. Angel will have many happy moments with them before they follow the others into the bin ;-)
So happy to see you DID get my invitation to come to my dream party. It wouldn't have been the same without you. As I told my other visitors...I have been away for a bit and was sure that I had been forgotten. But blogland is a wonderful place and within a short time 7 gals came skipping over to my party. Thank you for making my day special. Hope yours will be special too ;-)

Floss said...

It's 'My Life as seen through My Table Mats!' - wonderful! I really like your new ones. We have some late 80s which we bought when we got married in 1990 and I have to say they were a good choice - hardly dated. We don't use them all that much, though - do you use them every day?

Mrs Lucia-Wright said...

Very nice. Meal time is important so it's nice that you have some lovely table mats to enjoy your food from.

Duchess of Tea said...

Angel darling, I love number four. Love the colour and the pretty floral in the centre. Enjoy them in good health.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

Kelly said...

I love the new ones! I smles when I saw the first set! I forgot about them, I love them so much, remind me of being little!!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sweetie...
What a beautiful share. I so love your placemats, old and recent. I love the roses with the polka dots, as they are just precious. I thank you for sharing with me today.

I too have lots of place mats. Mainly cloth so that I can wash them, I have 4 grandsons and 2 sons and a husband, and they are all quite messy. There is always a little mess around where each of them has sat at the table or the bar area. I always know when one has been there.

Have a beautiful day sweetie. Country hugs and much love...Sherry

Nezzy said...

Great placemats! We've been hitched 37 years and I'm on my second set but really need to be finding another replacement. Heeehehe!

Ya'll have a wonderfully blessed day!!!

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

Yes i like it! So pretty! Florals are great!
Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog!! It's getting there isnt'it!
I have to study now witch is hard with the kids. LOL
But i will do it fine i think.
Thanks for your support!
Frenchy

Connie said...

Very very pretty I love them, mine are poppies cant beat a flower x

Connie said...

Very very pretty I love them, mine are poppies cant beat a flower x

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

Hi!
thanks for coming to my conversational blog....

i'm now following you too!

please do come by again this time to my "main" blog...

C R E A T I V E Carmelina
love to see you there!

ciao bella
and yes, those placemats are great! we just bought bamboo ones...I like that they can just be wiped clean instead of needing to be laundered! lol I'm lazy I guess! hehe

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

Hi!
thanks for coming to my conversational blog....

i'm now following you too!

please do come by again this time to my "main" blog...

C R E A T I V E Carmelina
love to see you there!

ciao bella
and yes, those placemats are great! we just bought bamboo ones...I like that they can just be wiped clean instead of needing to be laundered! lol I'm lazy I guess! hehe

Alijane said...

Pretty mats, I like them. My table mat story is very similar to yours. We had a great set for a wedding present, then glass ones that also chipped, we are on little bird ones now.

Alison
x

Sherry said...

Nice, bright and cheery looking! I hope you enjoy your new lovely placemats!

Sherry