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Kitchen Conversions Tea Towels | Etsy Finds

kitchen conversions tea towel

kitchen conversions tea towel

Sweet Fine Day silkscreened the popular kitchen conversions print of their Brooklyn confectionery company Whimsy & Spice onto American flour sack towels using water-based inks. The 100% cotton towels measured 30 x30″. These tea towels are absorbent, soft and lint free, which are quality that you look for in a tea towel.

+ Kitchen conversions 30×30 inch flour sack tea towel $22 USD
+ images and design by Jenna Park


Utensil-themed Dish Towels

utensil-themed dish towels

utensil-themed dish towels

I have a thing for beautiful kitchen linens. They are a small indulgence that makes you happy while you are doing the dishes. Therefore, it will comes to no surprise that the dish towels with superb utensil drawings caught my attention whenI read the February 2011 issue of Country Living.

Mason jar dish towels by ohlittlerabbit

My favorite patterns are:
+ the embroidered and appliqued knives, forks and spoons on the Flatware Frukost Dishtowel. $18 USD at Anthropologie
+ the Block Printed Organic Cotton Mason Jar Towel by etsy seller Oh Little Rabbit. $10 and $12 USD

+ photos by J. Muckle / Studio D for Country Living


Breakfast Time with Rie Elise Larsen

kitchen towels by rie elise larsen

breakfast trays and metal light pendants designed by rie elise larsen

I imagined myself relaxing at the lake cottage on weekends when I browsed the catalogue of the Danish designer Rie Elise Larsen. She cleverly mixes traditional with modern. The styling of the pictures really sells the story. Like Arren Williams did, I felt in love with her metal light pendants. She also carries the colorful hooks, in small and large sizes.

kitchen towels by rie elise larsen

For eating on the porch, I would like to put my hands on her beautiful metal trays available in 5 different sizes and 5 colors. The XS tray seems the perfect size to serve croissants in the morning. And it’s so cute in purple.

Sadly for us, her home and kitchen products are only available across Europe. I hope that someone will want to distribute her products in the USA or Canada because I enjoy what she does.

+ Metal pendals
+ Kitchen products by Rie Elise Larsen
+ Store locator with European countries only


Must See: The Fog Linen Work Store in Tokyo

fog linen work store in tokyo

fog linen work store in tokyo

In less than a month, I will be traveling across Japan. I cannot wait! While shopping is not the purpose of the trip, I will visit a few design shops. One of the stores that is high on my list is Fog Linen Work. I discovered this superb raw linen collection last fall.

Even though you can buy the collections at selected retailers across the United States and Canada, it is not the same as shopping at the designer’s shop. I cannot wait to see up close the kitchen linens designed by Yumiko Sekine.

A Must-Have Magazine

around fog linen march 2010 magazine

I read on La Tartine Gourmande about the latest magazine that Fog Linen Work produced. It features creators around the world that introduce their life with fog linen. The concept is awesome. You can check out a digest to get an idea of the bilingual magazine (japanese and english).

As far as I know, each creator took the set of pictures. You will get a glimpse of the creative universe of Maria Alexandra VetteseRyan and Alissa of Horne, Julie Baine of Pod, clay artist Rae Dunn, photographer Marisa Shimamoto, photographer Jennifer Causey, photographer Jenny Hallengren, Sally Yang of DWR, textile designer and illustrator Lena Corwin, stylist Elodie Rambaud, designer Lotta Jansdotter, and food photography and stylist Beatrice Peltre.

+ Around the Fog magazine – march 2010 issue 945 yen
+ Fog Linen Work
+ other photos: La Tartine Gourmande


Five Favorite Things at Anthropologie

5 favorite kitchen things at anthropologie

Since I will be in Boston this August to attend PodCamp Boston 4, I started a shopping list. I scheduled visits to stores that we do not have here in Montreal. I will go to Lekker naturally. Another store that I affection is Anthropologie. Their vintage, granny, Bohemian chic look is really distinctive.

I am a fan of their tea towels, potholders and mitts. I wish that their dishtowels were not as expensive. That Fleur de Lys pitcher is awesome. This Provencal pitcher is definitely on my shopping list.

+ Tweeting Tea Party Dishtowel $24 USD
+ Painted Garden Serving Bowl $72 USD
+ Fleur de Lys Pitcher $28 USD
+ Yellow Birdie Bungalow Dishtowel $18 USD
+ Red Sea Potholder and Red Sea Mitt $12 USD each


Sewing Green by Betz White | Book Review

Sewing Green, a book by Betz White

I was due for a book review. Instead of my usual cookbook or home decor book review, I went for a green living book. In fact, the book I selected completes today’s eco-friendly column. The bottle sling bag looks great. I am sure that many mothers who like to carry a similar bag for the baby bottles.

In her second book, Betz White created 25 projects made with repurposed and organic materials. Her leaf scarf is awesome. Her book contains several household projects. You can make your own

  • water bottle sling bags – for one or two bottles
  • produce bags
  • trivet and coasters
  • vintage napkins and napkin rings
  • lunch tote
  • reusable sandwich bag
  • denim shopper bag
  • picnic blanket
  • apron.

If you enjoy sewing, you could craft your own hostess gifts for a while.

+ For Americans: Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials by Betz White $16.47 USD
+ For Canadians: Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials by Betz White $17.33 CAD
+ Book photography by John Gruen, rights reserved – see more photos for the book on Melanie Falick Books
+ Via decor8


Housewarming and Hostess gift ideas: Tea towels on etsy

Linen tea towels by Yuko Uemua for PataPri

Beautiful tea towels are a little indulgence. If you let them hang around your kitchen, even your everyday dish cloths must look good.

Make sure to keep a few special ones in your entertaining supply kit. Typically, friends end up washing the dishes. The stylish hostess proudly reveals her exceptional tea towels when she has company over.

So why not get a set of tea towels as a housewarming or a hostess gift? To make it simple for you, I compiled by top 3 dish cloth sellers on etsy.

PataPri from Chicago: Designed and Hand printed by Yuko Uemua

Make your kitchen happy by adding colorful and pretty kitchen tea towels is the mantra of PataPri. I bought several tea toweIs from PataPri last June. I adore them. The color palettes, the hand printed patterns and the strong sewed hanging hook. Their tea towels are made of 100% white linen.

The look is modern, the color combination looks fresh and the pattern themes are diversified. This is my favorite kitchen teat towels seller. Every towel arrived nicely folded and tied with a string in a clear protective envelop.

This is one thing that is so amazing when you buy on etsy. The packaging is much an excitement to see than the products you buy. This fact simplifies your gift wrapping.

PataPri tea towels cost $14 each; money well spent if you ask me. There is a set of three for $40 USD.

cotton dish cloths for Skinny laMinx

Skinny laMinx from Cape Town

I really like the chic innocence vibe that you get from the Eep Tea towel available in olive, tomato and slate. It is called Eep because that’s the noise these kinds of birds make.

This cotton hopsack tea towel has been screen printed with her bird of a feather drawing.

These towels are the cheapest at $10 USD each. By looking at the pictures, they appear to be of similar quality than the PataPri. Except that PataPri kitchen towels are made of linen and they have a better made hanging hook.

Run by a talented woman that is an illustrator, writer and designer, Skinny laMinx has a broad production. Take a look at her cushions and her magnets for the fridge.

cotton kitchen towels by artgoodies

Tea towels for the cottage with Artgoodies

In summer time, we are often invited to the lake cabin of a friend. For nature lovers and summer houses with a rustic charm design, I found the perfect tea towels from artgoodies.

There is a lot of drawings to choose from. You can opt for a squirrel, an owl, a quail, a deer, a rooster, a bunny, birds, butterflies and even a sailboat.

What is great is that you can save by buying a six pack or a set of 2 themed towels. Take a look at the barnyard buddies towel set or the woodland friends towel set.

These 100% cotton kitchen towels have been hand printed with linocut block prints. Each towel measures 20×28 inches and comes wrapped in a green satin ribbon.

July 25th, 2007 update:
PataPri and SkinnylaMink have each their own blog. See below for the links.

Buy online: PataPri etsy seller
Learn more: Blog of PataPri
Buy online: SkinnylaMinx etsy seller
Learn more: Blog of Skinny laMinx
Buy online: Artgoodies etsy seller


Any hostess needs at least one tasteful apron

I have a love affair with aprons since I started to cook in my teens. But finding a good looking one is a hard task. My love affair with aprons is well known fact. My brother gave me one or two aprons over the years for Christmas or my birthday. He even got me a practical gardening apron that I use when I planting my flower boxes.

I discover domistyle long time ago in a newsletter. I fall in love with their funky aprons right away. Two young women started domistyle out of unfulfilled desires. Like me, Jessica and Vanessa did not find in stores aprons that were cool enough for a stylish hostess. They create two lines for women in 2003. Since them, they add a fun collection for kids.

Called Fresh and Funky, their two collections are best described with the words sleek, sophisticated, feminine and fun. Canadian and US retailers are listed on their web site. The aprons are sold for $39 CAD, the mini-aprons are at $32 and the kid aprons at $30.

You can add a free embroidered message by shopping at some of the online stores listed on the home page. The happy modernist in me selected the funky dots pattern just like it is. I played the Gourmet Goddess with an organic flair by wearing the clean flower design of my Baby Blue Mocha apron.

Aprons for Kids

The mini apron collection brings even more of your feminine side to the table. Perfect for when you entertaining intimate dinners. Some are a shorter version of the Fresh and Funky collections. For a girlie girl, I suggest the Meshy Mini. It is a delicate see-through mesh bib with dainty pink bows and a pink ribbon binding.

These funky aprons have been featured by Style at Home, Elle, House & Home, Lucky and Wish Magazines, Designer Guys, Metro, National Post, Now, Toronto Star,, and the Toronto Sun.

Link: domistyle web site