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daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

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August 01, 2005

housekeeping ~ Aug 1

I am washing, washing, washing today ! amazing how much washing this household has.
I wash my tea towels every Monday. I have a bucket in my pantry and put used tea towels in it during the week & on Sunday night, I soak them in borax & hot water, ready to wash first thing Monday morning. I wash them in warm water, detergent and another scoop of borax..rinsed in vinegar and lavender water.

I have just finished hanging them on the line and noticed that I have quite a few stains on many of them...which got me thinking about the humble teatowel.
Only yesterday I said to ms*louisa that I would love to throw all my tea towels out and buy 18 brand new ones, all matching. And I was going to....but the practical, frugal side of me, just can't do it. Oh, I know it is nice to have brand new, pretty things, to spoil myself silly. But after being used once in this household, they inevitably will end up with the assorted stains ~ where some one spilled a cup of tea..and we grab a tea towel to mop it up. Gravy marks from grandsons' *master Jack* hand after he has eaten grandma's roast lamb.....red wine from a night spent with good friends, laughing and of course spilling the wine when we have to express ourselves with waving hands & the various stains from using them as pot holders * as I am sure every one does * So, I think I will stay with my mismatched collection of stained tea towels........ very clean but life worn.


Blogger Gina E. said...

There are tea towels and tea towels, Robyn. I have a rather large collection of 'souvenir' towels that I occasionally pin up around the kitchen or other rooms just to add a splash of colour. Then there are the embroidered ones, which are put out to show off on special occasions to be admired only - not to wipe anything at all! Finally I have a stack of plain old waffle weave towels that are faded and stained, but as long as they wipe the dishes and the spills, I'll hang on to them!

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7:37 am  
Blogger Kali said...

Geez I think I might go back to bed this morning ~

3rd effort (lol)

I just wanted to say that I too have a thing for tea~towels and have a collection just like most of us must have. Yesterday I finished stitching some daisies and rick~rack onto one, and will use it for display & special occasions ;)

7:44 am  
Blogger ms*robyn said...

oh, I have special tea towels too, but the always end up with those inevitable stains !

7:54 am  
Blogger ~NanCourt~ said...

We call them cup towels over here. I have the same hodge podge assortment...well used, stained, and familiar. My sister has to be the pickiest person alive regarding her towels. She has certain ones she uses for drying dishes. They do not get any fabric softener since that decreases absorption. Plus, she will box your ears if you dry your hands or wipe the counter with her "drying towel". She is a wonderful vintage homemaker but would deny it loudly. :-)

8:27 am  

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