While visiting my sister in Texas, we went through her wedding keepsakes. I loved seeing what she chose to remember her special day. Among those items was the handkerchief my mom carried with her on her wedding day. My sister used this item as her "something old."
I decided to do the same and make it my "something old." I feel this is a really special idea, and hope that my nieces and future daughters (?) will also be able to use it.
There's a small brown stain on it. It looks like a wine glass rested on it and left a ring, or maybe mascara?
I set out to remove the stain and return it to original condition. I wondered if this is how archeologists feel... not that I'm calling my mom old... OK I'm stopping there.
The fabric is delicate (and about 45 years old) so I treated it with care. First I soaked it in Woolite for about an hour. No luck. Then I put stain remover on the spots and let it soak for another hour with baking soda. Nothing.
I got brave. With fresh, warm water in the sink I dropped in a tablespoon of bleach and promised myself to not let it sit long.
Well two hours later (I blame the internet) I jumped out of my chair and ran to the bathroom cursing along the way. I was sure I had ruined it, expecting to find holey bits of fabric floating amongst nothingness.
I was wrong, thankfully.
(Mom you can breathe again now)
The handkerchief is fine, and stain free!
Now, I do not recommend doing this to anything you care deeply about. The risk does not outweigh the possible outcome. I got lucky.
Oh so beeee-u-ti-ful!
Now to keep it away from red wine on my big day!
What was/will be your "something old" ?