The simplest gifts are often the most appreciated. A handful of violets can translate into a charming expression of your sentiments on May Day or Mother's Day, around which time these delicate flowers reach full bloom. One way to exhibit their beauty is in a well-presented posy.
Toile -- the French word for cloth -- refers to a fabric, generally cotton, that has been printed with themed designs. Cotton toiles in elaborate patterns were popularized in France and England during the early 19th century as an affordable alternative to silks and brocades. Today, Martha uses an antique toile imprinted with traditional patterns to make an accent pillow. In order to make as many pillows as possible from the fabric, she covers only the front of the pillow with the toile and uses a neutral chintz for the back.