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Thursday, 8 March 2012

Simply Pretty Vintage Tea Towels & Creamware Mixing Bowls

I think I am on my way to a new collection or possibly a new addiction.  Let me explain.  I am the chief dish washer-upper and dish wiper in my household.  Monsieur bought me a pack of black and white tea towels for drying said dishes.  But I found that they left swathes of black lint all over the dishes which necessitated much more wiping to no avail.  It also meant that I had to rinse the dishes again which obviously made them wet again instead of what I wanted them to be which was dry.  As well, the idea began to germinate in my mind that I would like some really pretty tea towels to make the task of washing up and drying dishes more pleasant.  Sadly, nothing in the shops caught my fancy.  They all looked so banal, so prosaic, so....uninspiring much like the act of wiping dishes.  Thus began the search for vintage tea towels.  Then, while I was out thrifting, what do I see on the racks?  Lovely, pretty in pink vintage tea towels.  And not just one but a matching pair!


Not only were they ever so pretty but they were in unused, pristine condition which is a wonder to me as I very much doubted the likelihood of finding nice tea towels that weren't covered in stains.


I do so adore the look of them hanging casually over a chair or over a rack in the kitchen or just spilling out of a dresser drawer. 


Along with the idea of having pretty tea towels to inspire me while washing and drying, I had begun to think that I would very much like to have a vintage whiteware or creamware mixing bowl.  This new obsession began when I saw the modern reproductions at Williams Sonoma.  Sadly the price tag was quite out of reach for this girl.  Then, what do I see on a shelf while out thrifting?  A glorious creamware mixing bowl!  Truly, I think I stopped breathing for a split second.


 
There is something so very soothing and comforting about this bowl.  It's as if it's saying to me, "Yes, I have done my job for many a year and now I'm going to help you make delicious meals."  I am positive that with the help of this mixing bowl, my floating islands will float, my breads will rise, my cakes will not be leaden in the middle.

  
And after I am done cooking something delicious with my mixing bowl I will gladly and, oh so carefully, wash it and dry it.  The only problem is that my new tea towels are so pretty that I do not want to use them.  I just want to admire them. 

19 comments:

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

There is always room for one more thing to collect! RIGHT? I have acquired a "THING" lately for tea towels too...and Creamware! Yours are GORGEOUS! the vintage ones are SO NICE and BROKEN IN! You are SO RIGHT about the lint...Thank you for sharing your goodies!
Have a great evening,
Donna

JoAnne Weisser said...

I really love pretty tea towels too and they are hard to find. Your pink ones are so pretty and your creamware mixing bowl was a great find. Having pretty things in the kitchen make it a much nicer place to be!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I love vintage linens and I sure spotted the pink daisy pyrex!

Heaven's Walk said...

Sometimes simple pleasures are truly the best! Love your sweet tea towels and new ironstone bowl! :)

xoxo laurie

lvroftiques said...

That is a lovely bowl and I'm pretty sure you're right about it always producing delicious dishes for you *winks* And the towels are so pretty too! I'm not sure I could use them either....Vanna

Meg said...

So lovely! I'm your newest follower, I'd love if you followed in return and linked up to my little party: http://www.nutmegplace.com/2012/03/showoff-saturday-5.html

Hope to see you there!

Joy said...

Great picks, love that pretty white mixing bowl. It's so nice to find things like that in great shape.

Michele Oliver said...

Love your dish towels, so beautiful. Love your pictures, very inspiring. Have started following your blog.

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Beautiful!
... love your kitchen towels :)

Greetings from Australia♥

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love the the tea towels I totally agree with you about the thoughts that someone used the bowls many years ago and it always gives me such joy to use my mil bowls and everything always turns out so delicious Thank-you for sharing

Rosewalk Cottage said...

There,s just something about the right mixing bowl and beautiful dish towels. Thank you for sharing.
~Clara

leah - moxiethrift on etsy said...

oh, how I enjoy your writing! I mean --> germinate in my mind? <-- that's quite lovely!

i am quite sure that like you, the previous owner could not bear to use the towel because of established beauty, so that's why they were so pristine!

Jill said...

I have been on the hunt for half decent dish towels for a while now - maybe I'll start looking at the vintage ones.
Love the Pyrex pic!

jeanetteann said...

Oh I so love vintage tea towels. Like you when I first started buying them,I couldn't use them,I had them displayed everywhere. I even filled a basket with them. Then I thought,why on earth am I using fluffy daggy tea towels when I have lovely, linen,a lot larger, pretty ones. Yes they are all of these things.
There is something about nice mixing bowls that I swoon for too. We are so alike. I am now a follower. Thank you for your visit and nice comment.
x jeanetteann

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Lovely...and yes, that age old question, "to use or not to use???" Enjoy :) Laurel

Diann said...

I love vintage linens so I can totally relate to the "use or not use". Thank you for joining last week's TTF. I hope you are have a great day!

Janette - The2Seasons said...

There is nothing better than vintage towels in the kitchen, guest bath, or bedroom.

Shelia said...

Love your olden bowl and those are some lovely tea towels too.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Bloggymom said...

Beautiful towels... love the bowl too.

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