Indigo cross napkins | Indigo cross napkins

napkin on plate

I have a passion for table linens, actually it could be bordering on an obsession. Cloth napkins bring a touch of importance to a meal, they are ecologically friendly, they are gracious and they are easy to use. It’s simple, you just wash them and fold them right out of the dryer. Not that difficult to manage, really and you’re keeping tons of paper waste out of landfills.

So, that being said, my most recent linen project was these indigo cross napkins. There is no complicated stencil or techniques involved just some fabric paint and a water brush. I used some pre-made napkins that I had left-over from another project but you could easily use any white fabric and simply hem straight edges on a sewing machine. Or if you’re not a sewer just cut the fabric to the desired size square and fray the edges.

cross napkins

These napkins are 18 inches square which is the standard size for an informal dinner napkin.

painted cross

We’ve all seen a lot of this cross pattern recently – usually in black and white but remember, anything that black can do indigo can do better.

place setting


A bit of whimsy in the city | painted

It could be the parkette where you stop and sit on a hot day, it could be the charming alleyway that you pass that makes you smile, your favourite walking path, the best graffiti… it could be anything. If I have to live in a big city, little hidden gems that charm me, make me stop and really look or do a double-take are what makes a city mine. 

These painted utility boxes, scattered around street corners in Toronto, are some of those little charmers.

As part of an anti-graffiti effort nine utility boxes at select intersections downtown were re-imagined by artists last year and the project was expanded this year to include other areas of the city. There is a list but it’s more fun if you look for them.

Painted utility box


Farm painted utility box


Fish painted utility box