I'm not sure when it started, but for a long time, I've wanted a Provencal-style tablecloth. When we lived in Colorado, I almost bought one at a cute little store in downtown Littleton. Several times, in fact. But I never did.
Finally I broke down and did Saturday at L'Artigiano, which is one of Milan's largest annual shopping events. I went last year and don't remember why I didn't just buy one then, but it doesn't matter because now I have it. And, thanks to a bit of luck and my and Laura's correct guessing as the saleslady helped us unfurl the thing across the middle of her stall, it actually fits my biggest table.