Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Vintage Tea Towel Tuesday

Here's today's tea towel (it's a good looking Italian)

look at that Perth sky...

Bit of a durr moment I suppose, but just in case your understanding of the Italian language is as good (or bad!) as mine, Carrettino Siciliano refers to the highly decorated carts pulled by horses or donkeys in Sicily. Carrettino just means little cart. These are sold as souvenirs, maybe that's why the t.t. reads Carrettino - because it's a souvenir...hmmm?

Until the 50's these wild and crazy carts were the main form of transport in Sicily. Today you are more likely to see them in a parade or celebration - they are, you'd have to agree very celebratory. 

(more info here if you're interested)

Here's more detail of the tea towel cart


here's a pic of a real one


and here's the Lucy Violet version

cute...

isn't he.

(thanks Gaye x)


p.s. Don't forget to check this post if you're a collector of lovelies (vintage Ladybirds)

17 comments:

  1. Hmm an Italian without all the hair - I like thems types...hee hee
    Mxo

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  2. Waaaah! The Lucy Violet version is incredibly cute, you must absolutely love him! :-)

    Jem xXx

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  3. The t-t, the detail, and your version are all delightful. But what I am MOST envious of is that very blue sky!! xxxxx

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  4. Wow both versions are so beautiful and colourful an your little horse and cart is so cute ;-)) You do have an amazing tea towel collection. dee x

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  5. Such a pretty and colorful tea towel!
    But I am in love with the Donkey planter!! OMG IT'S THE CUTEST.

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  6. I like the Lucy Violet version the best - he's got the sweetest face!

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  7. Very cute and I am too am very envious of that lovely blue sky. I found some beautiful little vintage teatowels on my travels recently. I never know what to do with them (other than use them of course). They just seem too pretty not to be displayed somewhere x

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  8. You should take more photos of your courtyard - looks beautiful!! The tea towel is rockin but I also love Mr donkey!!!

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  9. Yep, very cute donkey you have there!

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  10. The Italian word is much more romantic, much better than "little cart". Love the colors, very festive!

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  11. I love the "Lucy Violet version"!

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  12. Great teatowel, enjoyable post as usual Kylie. Love the parallels between the photographs and all the decos on the horse of course.

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  13. You always do such lovely research on your Tea Towels...Thanks for the lesson. xxxx

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  14. the towel art is really pretty! and thanks for the lesson!

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  15. Nothing nicer than a good-looking Italian! My mum always had pretty tea towels, but I only find plain ones. Maybe it's time for a trip to Italy! I love your garden planter – he really is cute.

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  16. I'm glad donkey has a nice new home! He is adorable. x

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  17. It looks like such a gorgeous book! xxx

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