Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Homemaking Tip – Wisdom in the Kitchen

Michelle gave me this idea without even knowing it.  She posted “Mr. Darcy’s proposal on a tea towel” on her pinterest board and I thought, “Hey, I could do something like that.  Well . . . almost like that.  Well, something along those lines at least.”

Since it was my sister’s birthday, I made 4 tea towels with quotes about homemaking for her and put them in a red, splatter-ware tin.  I also had a friend who is a Jane Austen admirer return from serving a mission in Ghana, so I made a couple Jane Austen towels as a welcome home gift for her as well.  It was Cali’s birthday the same week so I made a few for her, too.  

Materials needed:

a few good quotes* or images

tea towels (flour sack dish towels are nice because they’re soft and smooth.  You can buy them at Target or Wal-Mart, or the Dollar Tree has hemmed ones though they aren’t as soft)

fabric transfer paper (found in the computer supply section)

Directions:  I typed the quotes and added borders in Microsoft Word and then copied the document into Paint so that I could reverse the image.  After I reversed the image, I printed it out on transfer paper and followed the directions on the package to iron the image onto the towel.  

*Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort. ~ Jane Austen

Home is the nicest word there is.  ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career. ~ C.S. Lewis

It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do. ~ Jane Austen

Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion. ~ Jane Austen

Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.  ~Erma Bombeck

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. ~Erma Bombeck

Marriage has no guarantees. If that's what you're looking for, go live with a car battery.  ~Erma Bombeck

I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.  ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder


Jill said...

What a fantastic idea and gift!!

Rachel said...

I put my tin by my red apples up on the top of the kitchen. It looks 'perfect'. I put my towel across my mixer with strict instructions never to really use it. My favorite is C.S. Lewis' quote.

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

No, no, no Rachel! I'll make you more if it gets a stain on it. There's a lot of quotes/images I'm just dying to use.

tina said...

Love those quotes - that Erma Bombeck is fabulous! The CS Lewis one is great too!

Clark said...

is good your bigger we it

Julie said...

I love that idea! Those Erma Bombeck quotes are a total hoot! Especially the ironing and the cheese on the oven. Perfectly said.

michelle said...

I LOVE this!! I totally want to make some now.

Brenda Goodrich said...

Another quote to add to your list comes from my neighbor, Jane: "It's not terribly painful, buit it did close own one vein in my heart temporarily."

Descriptive and apt.

Deidra said...

Is NJP on Pinterest? I'd love to see your inspiration boards!