Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine from a Deco Lady

Today a very special box was waiting for me when I got home from work.

What could be inside? Let's just call it a Valentine from a Deco Lady.

It's been a couple of years since my sofa was piled this high with tablecloths. Aren't they wonderful?

In July, Becky emailed her fellow tabletop Divas with the sad news that she was heading home for hospice care. She also told us to expect boxes in the mail, because she was sending us tablecloths. Becky was called home before she could prepare those boxes herself, but earlier this month, Becky's sister Sally put the wheels in motion to send the linens on their way. I'm convinced that Becky was guiding Sally in her timing, since it was this time last year when the Divas were celebrating the Colors of Love. We have not been blogging together much lately, but Becky's bequest has reunited us and reminded us of our love for sharing all things tabletop.

When I first knew that the cloths were coming, I was overwhelmed with the feeling that we should not have Becky's cloths. They should be in her home in Alabama, tended by her hands and decorating her tables. Then I revisited her tables on her blog. I chatted and emailed with the other Divas, and I felt the power of both our shared memories and our re-connection. This power to touch her friends is the real legacy of the Deco Lady.

Thank you, Becky, for your friendship and for a very special Valentine!


  1. I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear friend. Those tablecloths are gorgeous!! I am always looking for tablecloths....they just add a little something special to our tablescapes.

    I'm sure you will be able to enjoy these as much as your sweet friend did.

    Happy Valentines Day!

  2. I just went to Becky's blog....the letter from her husband is the most beautiful Good Bye I have ever heard in my life! I am glad her tablecloths are with someone who can love and appreciate them as much as she did.....I did not know Becky, she was no doubt an incredible woman, friend, wife and mother....thank you for the link to her blog. Sandy

  3. I was one of Becky's faithful followers and miss her. I read her husband's beautiful letter when he first posted it. What a thoughtful gesture and tribute.
    I'm happy that Deco Lady's cherished table cloths are with you now. I know you will create some fun tablescapes, and I look forward to seeing each one. I spied a wonderful big red rooster. Hope you'll use it in one of your tables. ;-) Friendships are truly a blessing in our lives. I know we all miss Deco Lady. ~ Sarah

  4. There is no better way to honour your friendship than by creating your beautiful tables with her cloths that she wanted you to have.

  5. What an amazing gift! I miss Becky terribly, but what a special way for her to live on and no better person than you to extend her dish and tablescape legacy. One more reminder of how special Becky was!

  6. Becky was a very special lady. It is hard not to be sad about her death. We miss her zest for life and words of encouragement. Daphne it is important to remember - she wanted you to have these because she want you to enjoy them.