Years ago I read a Rachel Ashwell book where she decorated the inside of her cabinets. Whenever she opened a drawer or door there was a visual delight. The idea that everything not matter how utilitarian can be beautiful (or in the case slightly weird) is a powerful draw. Embroidering handkerchiefs is fast and easy way of adding a little oomph to my allergies. And because they are just for me (no one asks to see my handkerchiefs) I let the handkerchief dictate the design. Allergy season still sucks, but it is slightly more fun.