Once upon-a-time I used to consider myself the Queen of the Vintage T (bit up myself in this regard - I'm sure there were loads of folk out there with a much more enviable collection than mine!) I was so la-di-da about my tea towels it was funny. Or not - depending on the way you look at things.
Tea towel tragic, that was me.
Anyway even though the days of me buying almost any old vintage t.t. I lay my eyes on in an oppy are long gone
I'm much more discerning these days - even to the point of trying to flog a pile I'd fallen out of love with at a garage sale we held recently. There were no takers (which surprised me) so back to the oppy from whence they came, they went (I felt a bit mean/sad, but it had to be done!)
I'm still a big fan - and why wouldn't I be? They're just so gorgeous! - especially the Australian souviner tea towels of the 60's and 70's. There is something about a kitschy kangaroo (or is it a koala? sometimes it's hard to tell!), an Aboriginal wearing a lioncloth(?!), or a brightly coloured bunch of wildflowers that melts my heart. That feeling of crisp unused, (often) beautifully ironed linen sucks me in too. As do all those holidays they're mementos of...
So after all this time, why another post about tea towels?
Well because yesterday, squashed into our mailbox I found this
A present from lovely Lea, too special not to share...
pure linen tea towel, designed in Australia by Neil
It's funny the way things, um, 'go'(?)...in my thank-you email to Lea I asked if she had any interesting ideas for displaying t.towels (not involving pegs - not a fan!) - I haven't heard back from Lea yet, but this morning I received a note from Zara which included a link to this
Made by Madeleine Sargant of MadebyMosey, to raise funds for victims of drought in East Africa way back in 2011.
If this isn't inspirational (on many levels) I don't know what is! And now that I can sew...why not?!
Thanks for reading - it's very nice of you x
(and Kate (@decobroad), if by a slim chance you're reading this, thank-you for taking the time to look me up to say goodbye. I really appreciate it x)