Have you ever met anyone who dislikes dishwashers, but would rather just wash the dishes by hand. Yup, that is this Baba. Until a couple years ago I didn’t have a home that housed a dishwasher. Thus, growing up I just got used to washing dishes by hand and now something about the process is so therapeutic. This isn’t just personal opinion, science says so too. According to Time magazine washing dishes by hand is a stress reliever when done mindfully.
It is the process of washing dishes that has spawned my obsession for vintage or graphic tea towels. When I am drying dishes with a good ol’ tea towel in my hand, I feel comfort and I feel at home. Most times, I think of the farm I grew up on and my grandmother.
During family gatherings hand drying dishes was a time to converse with the other ladies in the house. At times, some of the best conversations were had during this time. It is an ample place to have difficult conversations with an individual based on the idea that eye contact is almost impossible at the time.
Some of my favourite tea towels come from ToDryFor.com. Check out their designs, they have zillions and zillions of tea towels for any occasion or personality. There are tea towels that have cats, Taylor Swift, David Bowie, or a healthy looking herd of elk. I am in love with this site and these tea towels.
Another great site with cute tea towels (along with some other spectacular gizmos and gadets, not to mention amazing clothing) is ModCloth.com. This site is by far one of my favourites for absolutely anything. ModCloth has very reasonable prices and a great return policy. Plus, the customer service is the bomb. Buyer beware though, you will have to pay customs if you are ordering from Canada. So, I propose that Mod Cloth help us Canadians out and come our way!
Love My “Treat Yourself” Tea Towel From ModCloth.com
In Regina, I often find the greatest vintage and graphic tea towels at Crocus & Ivy. Crocus & Ivy is definitely one of my favourite home decor and gift shops.
Tea Towels from Crocus & Ivy
Not only do tea towels give me the feeling of being at home, but each has a different story. Whether that story is depicted through the graphics, where you got the towel from or depicted through a much deeper symbolism based on who you received that tea towel from.
It’s funny I speak of these “tea towel stories” because if you live in New Zealand right now (or are travelling there) there is currently an exhibition describing how every tea towel has a story. Get your tickets here from the Rotorua Museum.
All Tea Towels
Home is definitely where you are surrounded by the people that love you, but in my mind home will always be found on my farm just outside of Calder, Saskatchewan.
Stuffing turkey for our last Thanksgiving at the farm.
Do you share the love of tea towels like I do? What are some items that make you feel at home (besides people)?