My Italian teacher was obviously on the money when she wrote "Kylie does not have a natural aptitude for languages" on my report card in Year 8 because this tea towel hails from Wales (absolutely brilliant at poetry though, as you can surely tell!)
Croeso o Gymru means Welcome to Wales. It would read Benvenuti in Italia, if it was Italian. Stupida!
I made the mistake because I bought it from a little old Italian lady, with a pile of others that were made in Italia. I should've had an inkling it was Welsh because the lady depicted on it is wearing traditional Welsh national dress (and I'm sure I had a Welsh dolly in my Dolls of the World collection when I was little...)
Can anyone explain the significance of the spinning wheel?
Lots of famous people were born in Wales: Laura Ashley, Roald Dahl, Tom Jones, Lakota and even the Super Furry Animals(!), but my favourite Welsh person is the one and only Dame Shirley Bassey who was born in Cardiff in 1937.
Here's a gorgeous pic of a young Shirley
Beautiful, but with Shirley it's all about the voice. I especially love her Bond theme songs (because I'm crazy about old James Bond movies) so I'll end with this
Crank up the volume!
A quick aside...
Check these out
gorgeous flower pin cushion
These are handmade by Sarah from scraps of fabric. I think they'd make a sweet pressie for a sewing friend, don't you? If you'd like to know how to make your own, Sarah has put together a nifty little tutorial on her blog. It's very easy to follow. Sarah's a teacher so she's good at stuff like that. Click here to check it out. Sarah's blog is lovely too btw.
p.s. great craft-it-forward idea if you're stuck...
and you can check out Tammi's c.i.f. here (it's a nice one)