Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Vintage Tea Towel Tuesday (well, kind-off...)

Q: When is a vintage tea towel not a vintage tea towel?


A: When it's a vintage tea towel wall hanging like this.

I found this little beauty in an old fashioned, proper, junk shop on the weekend. It set me back one dollar and two lids full of Napisan (it was FILTHY!) I love it.


I remember finding an old jar of Savory (well past its use-by-date) in Lucy Violet's pantry when we cleaned up her little house when she died. I've never used it myself though, or even seen a jar among all the other herbs and spices in the supermarket, for that matter. Have you?

My wall hanging says this about Savory:
A herb of the mint family. Comes from France and Spain. Ground for flavouring meat, poultry and sauces.

I just love its name - I think it's the best name ever for a herb, much more exciting than ordinary old Basil, Dill, or Mint. I reckon it's up there with Marjoram, (which also has a nice ring to it) don't you?


I'm quite fond of Sage too, and it's such a pretty plant. Gorgeous silver foliage, pretty purple flowers in Spring. You should grow some - it's hardy and bees love it. Here's ours (it has thrived on neglect, and three hot, dry Summers!)



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16 comments:

  1. That is the best TT wall hanging EVER!!!! Worth the napisan expenditure, lucky you xx

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  2. It's acceptable as a tea towel for sure-love it! Never heard of Savory either but I became a fan of sage when I lived in Montana and hiked in the arid mountains in spring...so wonderful.

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  3. Great find Kylie. My sage is flowering too for the first time...so pretty and such a lovely surprise!

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  4. Our herbs have all perished in this unseasonal heat.
    I didn't realise your blog name was a family name. I wanted Lucy Violet for Lala's name but Iain was set on Ella, my other choice.
    Second girl around I wanted Edie Violet, Lucy having been pinched by my sister. He thought it too old fashioned so we again took my second choice, Maya.
    KIsmet!

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  5. It's a fabulous herby delight, Kylie!
    I think my favourite herb names are coriander (not included on your t-t, for shame, perhaps a little too exotic!) and tarragon. I should have called a couple of the kids those names. They would have thanked me eventually... xxxx

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  6. Wow, that's really awesome. I looked for some vintage TT for you today, never find any!

    I am looking forward to the cook-off, I have picked my recipe and ready to go. Doubt anyone will eat it though :)

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  7. You have the Mediterranean climate,perfect for growing all those silver folage plants like lavender.Sage belongs to the salvia family.Love the teatowel!

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  8. Love the tea towel wall hanging! And what a score at $1. BARGAIN! Pretty sage plant. : )

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  9. Never used savoury, but love basil.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  10. Kylie!! This has to be the most magical tea towel yet! It has the feel of a gloriously retro apothecary!! I love it :-)

    Jem xXx

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  11. That's a lovely find, takes me back to when I was little and my mum ran her own herb business. I don't remember ever trying savoury but I used to call marjoram 'cream cheese plant' as I had the leaves on my crackers with cream cheese.
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  12. Oh, wow...that is so gorgeous. I love the apothecary jars and the explanation underneath. The colors are so lovely. You really found something exceptional in that one!

    And I always love pictures from your garden. I'm so envious! My yard is so shaded by 60-year-old trees that hardly anything gets enough sun to grow.

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  13. A vintage winner - what a cool find!

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  14. love the colour! I found some vintage tea towels amongst my china stash the other day, they arent very exciting but i may just send you one anyway :)

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  15. i'm sorry i just marathoned another ride on your bloggy. i needed the break from this-here hassle and everything...
    n♥

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