"I do not claim that I can tell a story as it ought to be told. I only claim to know how a story ought to be told." -Mark Twain


A Houndstooth Honey

Did you know when a houndstooth print is a very small houndstooth 
it is called

 I'm not even kidding! 
So I wonder if you take a small table with two cute little shelves and paint houndstooth 
on the top of that small table, 
can that be a 
puppytooth table???
 Remember that cute little table I painted school-house-turquoise and paid $15 for on Craigslist?
Well this is the sister table that came with her. At one time she was just an 
ugly brown mess. 
 Until she went in for her make-over. 

 Then the little brown table got a new look. 

Did you know that houndstooth (and puppytooth) originated in Scotland?  To keep people from fighting each other ? The duo-tone check was never registered to a clan. It began to be tied to the idea of acceptance. 
The houndstooth played an important role in the social society of Scotland, as the warring Scots could wear the abstract-four-point-shape and present themselves as fashionable but neutral! 
Donning houndstooth became the sartorial strategy of choice for gents in Scotland.
Wider business and social connections became possible.
Now you know.

My cheap little table was the perfect candidate for the ever-popular houndstooth.....And since it is a little table, I am sticking with the 
'puppytooth' label. 

Who said houndstooth...or puppytooth had to be used on clothes? 
By the way: 1. I used Annie Sloan Chalk paint in graphite and old white for the table.
2. I used a stencil I found in a book.
3.I passed the cute little table on to my houndstooth-loving-daughter Taylor.
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  1. I love this little table! It caught my eye at StoneGable's party. Then I came over here and your Twain quote also caught my eye. (It's a good one!) Your blog is new to me and I'm enjoying it this morning. Happy to be a new follower via GFC. Stop by for a visit sometime.

  2. This table is so beautiful. I have a soft spot for houndstooth. I would love it if you could share this wonderful post at our WIW Linky party. I hope you can join us.



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