A Vintage Grain Sack and a Picnic


Awhile back I purchased a vintage, French grain sack.

I have tons of pillows and in all honesty…I didn't want to cut it up.

I decided that framing it would be the perfect solution and I could show it off and look at it all the time.

That was months ago.

I finally got around to framing it last week.


I think it turned out great and it looks perfect in my dining room.

Just think of all the beautiful, vintage, fabric items that we all have stored away in a drawer!!

A gorgeous, embroidered tablecloth or quilt would look incredible framed.

I am going to be looking through some of my vintage linens to see what else I could pull out and enjoy.

As I was doing this post I came across this…….


It just made me smile and I HAD to share it with you.

It was never meant to be shown to all of you…I just snapped it real quick a few weeks ago.

Kelly was on his way home with pizza.

The kids and I looked at the kitchen table and it was COVERED with all my vintage beads and jewelry.

I had been making things for Silver Bella all day. 

I decided it would be easier to eat on the floor and call it a picnic than to clean up my mess.

The kids were thrilled and my husband…..well, he is a pretty good sport!

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  1. jules white

    i love it. we did that a bunch when we were remodeling our home and lived in our one bedroom cottage with our two boys. phew, that was tight living.

  2. Kari Payne

    Love the framed grain sack! Do you realize that is the EXACT design Restoration Hardware is selling in their new french linen pillow covers? I just ordered mine tonight. So trippy that you have an ORIGINAL, and theirs is a repro, being mass marketed. Cue the twilight zone music anytime.
    p.s. your family is adorable!

  3. Lara Blair

    Oooooo, I like this a lot. Nicely done! Gotta keep the eyes peeled for sacks at our crazy barn sales out here. I did buy some coffee sack pillows that are fab.
    I can’t find the video name you had as your work-out regime a few posts back—can you email it to me?
    Man, your family is cute πŸ™‚

  4. Tricia Whisler

    How sweet is that picture of the picinic!!! I love doing stuff like that! Great memories!!!

  5. Miriam

    that is a great idea. I’ve been seeing a lot of those around and I love them, but didn’t know what to do with one. I might try that! thanks for sharing!

  6. Becky @ Farmgirl Paints

    Love your picnic Jeanne. Nice to step outside of the box every now and then. Makes life a little more fun. Sweet family memory.
    That grain sack looks like it was made to be framed. I never would have thought of that. Love it!!

  7. Amy Muffoletto

    Hmmmmm!!! I love that you framed the vintage sack. I am sure you have a wonderful stash of vintage linens. What a great idea to break up the routine a bit and have a fun picnic on the floor. You are such a great mom and an awesome wife, too…It seems your hubby would do anything for you!!!!!
    Hugs sweet friend, Amy

  8. koralee

    Love your picnic idea..I remember my kids making forts out of blankets and eating meals with them inside …love those memories…your children will always remember too.
    You are amazing…what a great idea to frame a vintage sack! I like it better than pillows…sometimes those pillows can be messy and scratchy!xoxoxox

  9. Melissa Miller

    This looks gorgeous Jeanne! What a creative idea for it.
    I wanted to let you know I just posted about Etsy and included my purchase from you my friend. Stop by if you get a moment.
    ~Blessings to you, ~Melissa πŸ™‚

  10. Sasha

    I’m looking for one of those grain sacks! I think they are just darling. Yours looks really cute all framed like that.

  11. Lori

    Jeanne, i was just over visiting Zita and she was showing off the ruffled bag, and ID ribbon that she got from you for her trip to texas…they are both gorgeous!!! you do lovely work…the grain sack looks SO great framed…what a wonderful idea…cute pic of your picnic on the floor:)

  12. Annette Q

    Youre just full of great ideas, and its sooo inspiring!. I love the idea of framed grain sacks and vintage linens. Would have never thought that! Looks like you had a great pizza picnic too πŸ™‚

  13. paige

    a couple of my girlies think a picnic on the floor is more exciting than eating out!
    love what you did with the grain sack

  14. Tiffany

    Love it! I think everyone should have a picninc in their living roon tonight!
    Can you believe SB is just around the corner now?? I am getting so excited!
    xoxo, Tiffany

  15. Queen Bee

    Thanks for the nice words on my blog…and for being such an inspiration! I love the picnic picture…and I can relate to not being able to use the dining room table because it was covered with my treasures! Happy thoughts sent your way!

  16. LuLu

    Your grain sack looks sooooo GOOD. I love it framed! picnic’s at home on the floor are the BEST no ants that way!!

  17. Nancy

    Hwat a great idea, I especially love it next to your decanters, nice mix of textures, the roughness of the sack with the fluid softness of the liquid in warm tones.
    Smiles, Nancy

  18. PamperingBeki

    I love framing fabric!
    I usually frame some corduroy every fall. I just love the way it looks hanging on my wall! And in the spring, I swap it out to a pretty floral print.
    Love your grain sack!

  19. Kim G.

    I love the framed sack, my mom is always framing vintage things. Such a great way to display them. We have “picnics” all the time, the kids seem to like the break from the dinner table and they eat better!

  20. Gwyneth

    Hi Jeanne! Thank you so much for producing such a lovely blog and sharing your life with us like this! Just love the picture of the pizza party on the floor!!
    I discovered your blog in Tara Frey’s book “Blogging For Bliss.” I would love to add a link to your blog on mine with your permission. Please feel free to stop by and visit me anytime. Hugs & love, Gwyn πŸ™‚

  21. Karyn (French Charming)

    Your framed grain sack is fabulous…I can’t imagine a more perfect way to display this gorgeous treasure.
    LOVE your picnic, it’s these kind of things that children remember and look back on fondly when they are grown.

  22. Orly

    Very cute…I know what you mean..I often have to find solution to situations where the dining room table is not available..The grain picture is awesome…great idea..

  23. Kathleen

    I love to do that too! When our two oldest were 3 and 5, we used to have tea party picnics on the floor during the winter. I would make a pot of their favorite fruit tea, cucumber and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and they loved it. They’re 9 and 7 now but they still remember and talk about it. They still want to do it again sometimes.
    Your grain sack is gorgeous!!! I love how it turned out framed. I found an old Finnish mail sack and I didn’t want to cut mine up either. It’s currently draped over a chair in the family room but I love how your looks framed. I just might have to give that a try! Have a great day!

  24. Chelsea

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog…Your blog is wonderful – you crack me up! I love the grain sack and the family photo is too cute! I will be back…

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