Thursday, January 16, 2014

My Favorite Dish Towels



 Cooking every day and spending so much time in the kitchen, I've found I need dish towels that serve their purpose, are inexpensive, and can stand up to plenty of stain remover. One of two favorites are these cotton towels (particularly the blue stripe, although you can also find them in red) from Aunt Martha's found in the embroidery section at Wal-Mart or a crafts store like Joanne's (or on Amazon here).  These towels are always hanging in a convenient spot in our kitchen to use to dry wet hands.



 Their vintage designs, like this multi stripe, are simple and sweet.  They remind me of a dish towel that possibly would have been used during the time-frame our house was built.  These towels wash wonderfully and hold up to a lot of use!


My other favorite dish towel is from Ikea (or found on Amazon here).  These remind me a lot of your good old fashioned flour sack towel in the fact that they are great for absorbency but come out of the dryer looking pretty wrinkled.  I always have one on the drainboard of our sink, for those inevitable dishes that need to be hand washed and for clean eggs that need drying.

Cleaning up dishes after an afternoon tea with the girls!

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To all my wonderful readers: For the past several months I've had to give priority to some other things and my blog, as you may have noticed, has had to be put on the back burner a bit.  I miss posting more frequently, but realized that it was the only way I could keep blogging along with everything else that has to be done.  It dawned on me this week that it probably wouldn't hurt just to share a picture or two more often, so maybe I'll try that. But I just wanted to say... thank you so much for reading!

(House projects have also been put on the back burner too as this Jeep has been Justus's favorite project of late! *wink - wink*)

31 comments:

  1. Just so you know, I have been missing your blog. I enjoy seeing all your pretty updates. But I know from experience that raising a family takes so much time. Then before you know it, another day is gone. I especially like how you reused an outbuilding and turned it into your chicken coop. Great job.

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  2. I love your dish towels. Isn't it wonderful how something as simple as a good dish towel can bring happiness?

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  3. I have missed your posts:)
    Did you have a nice Christmas?

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    1. Yes, we did, thank you! It was lovely and relaxing, although the stomach virus did manage to put us all under for a few days. :-) I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's!

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    2. Stomach virus is yucky! So hard with little ones...glad you are all better:)

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  4. Your blog is always a joy to read. Thanks for telling us where to buy the dishtowels. Have to get them, they are wonderful.
    xoxo
    Lisa
    Leeshideaway

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  5. I too have missed your posts, but I totally understand about how busy life can be. Sometimes you just need to take a breather from posting and concentrate on your family.

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  6. Have enjoyed reading your blog for awhile now and have to let you know how much I love reading your posts and seeing the wonderful pictures you take and share. Thank you so much!!

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  7. Good to read that you're doing okay ... and that you're keeping it real. :) along with cozy. I love me some ole vintage looking towels.. like these. Yes ma'am!

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  8. It's a great idea to share a few pictures with us when you have time. Your's are always so pretty. You make me excited about tea towels!

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  9. You are not going to believe this...but I just bought a package of the blue striped towels at Hobby Lobby. They are still in the laundry but now I can't wait to get them washed and up in my kitchen. I love them. I have missed you but totally understand how busy you must be. Not sure how you were fitting it all in anyway. Pop in when you can. We will all be here waiting. Have a lovely weekend!

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  10. I love simple towels like those also. I have a whole stack of the Ikea one and I seem to pick up more every time I go.

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  11. These towels are so great for drying glass wear.

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  12. I love feed sack dish towel! My mother grew up during the Depression and had nothing else, and used nothing else for drying dishes her whole life. I still a few of the "real" ones that I'm hanging on to, but I received a cute Christmas gift bucket that contained a "new" feed sack towel and it's almost as good as the real ones. I've missed your blog posts, too, but as a blogger who just put up my first new post in several weeks, I totally understand that blogging is not the most important part of your day! Like Ann said above, "Pop in when you can, We'll all be here waiting." And don't feel guilty if it's a while between pops!

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  13. I love these towels and am so glad to know about them! Thank you - and your readers totally understand. It is lovely to see a photo or read a brief update whenever you are able. No problem.

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  14. Family should come first! Post when you WANT to or have a little extra time. I would think the kind of people that read a blog like yours about simple everyday life would be the the ones to understand the best anyway. The post today about dish towels is perfect. Have a nice weekend with your family!
    Patty

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  15. Love those towels - especially the blue striped one!

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  16. Don't worry about not blogging more often. I love your blog whenever you write. Frankly, I'm too busy to keep up with bloggers who post everyday. Take care of business, Girl! No worries.
    Valerie @ Accidental Hayseed

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  17. Hi Andrea, from hearing other bloggers, it does sound like it can take up a lot of time. You have little girls to take care of and of course hubby too. Not to mention home and hearth. Take care, Kathleen in Az

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  18. Thanks for posting about these towels! They bring back many wonderful memories of my mother's kitchen and all the wonderful food she whipped up there. I have ordered a set with the multi- stripe as they go with my HLC Riviera pattern dating to the 40's. Hurrah!
    JMart in coastal Massachusetts

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  19. I ordered your dish towels. Love them.
    Lisa
    Leeshideaway

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  20. I have those dish towels, too, and I just love them! I found mine at Joanns....I am ordering your other suggestion. They are darling and I LOVE a good dish towel!

    ~Julia

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  21. I bought a dozen of the IKEA towels for a Christmas project that never happened.

    I need to check Joann's for the other towels - I love their simple design and color.

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  22. Totally understand setting priorities. I haven't blogged since Christmas until today. I have let myself off the hook though and said it's okay for me to only pop in on occasion. Do what you need to do, my friend.

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  23. Your posts are always so good. These dish towels are really beautiful, I like to see them hanging in your kitchen. Maybe I'll have to add them to my wedding gift package I've been thinking about for the many gifts I need to give this year. Also, your husbands jeep! I love it! I've had one for the past 10 years and was starting to think maybe it's time to let it go, then my husband did a bunch of work on it recently and now I think we'll just keep it. We just spent the morning chasing cows with it in the snow. :)

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  24. It is the simplest of items that truly are the most useful…I love both the blue and muti-color striped towels…Will have to take a trip to JoAnn's!

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