Don't let yesterday's rainstorm dampen your plans for a picnic. You can waterproof a cotton or wool blanket by adding a protective backing of water-resistant fabric such as ripstop nylon or oilcloth, and safely lounge on damp grass.
Changing table linens is a relatively inexpensive way to rotate color with the seasons. The tones of this summery table runner are suitable for summer, yet you can use the same pattern with different colors come cooler weather. Feel free to add or subtract leaves, depending on the length of your table.
Sewing on paper is a beautiful -- and tidy -- alternative to tape or glue. On these cards, scraps of ribbon in graduating lengths are arranged in the shape of a Christmas tree; the sewn trunk secures them to the paper.