My new favourite shop for radically good tea towels

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I rise. Who doesn't need some inspiration from Maya when drying up?

 

I’ve written a lot over the years about how much I love tea towels, and what a perfect gift they make for a food lover. And for many years To Dry For have been my go to supplier of choice, for sheer variety.

Hate to tell them, they’ve got competition.

The Radical Tea Towel Company is new to me, but I love them! I mean part of me wishes these guys had been around when I was married. I’d have slipped a few of these into the ex FIL’s kitchen, just for the heck of it.

Oh, I wouldn’t have known where to start, although I love the Maya Angelou one up at the top there. And anything remotely left leaning would have definitely been more me than him. Perhaps a bit of Karl Marx?

 

Up the workers! A bit of Marx with your drying up.

 

And a bit of Mrs Pankhurst for good measure.

 

Equality with the drying up

 

They might have started out just with tea towels, but they now have mugs, oven gloves, even fridge magnets so all sorts of options for all kinds of food lovers or just anyone you need an interesting gift for. I think I might need some new mugs, a bit of quiet subversion over the tea run perhaps.

A great site to keep an eye on.

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How to get cocktails into the kitchen every day

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m quite partial to a cocktail. Or two. So this might just find a home here:

 

Know Your Cocktails Tea Towel from To Dry For

 

From To Dry For, one of my favourite websites. They make tea towels into a thing of joy, for one of the dullest jobs in the kitchen.

Always worth checking in on what’s new with them, they just keep finding new designs and designers to create a moment in the dull routine to just brighten the day up. Now if that isn’t worth a few moments of time I’m not sure what is.

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My five favourite tea towels for the festive washing up ahead

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Are you ready for the mammoth dish drying this Christmas?

 

It’s Christmas, there’s going to be some great cooking and eating going on.

And there’s going to be mountains of washing up.

So, get organised, get a rota going, get plenty of washing up liquid and rubber gloves in, and then some really fab tea towels to slightly brighten up the task. These are my favourites:

 

Dry Hard with a Vengeance this Christmas

 

I write about To Dry For a lot, as they are brilliant and single minded about great tea towels. And you might not think Die Hard is a festive movie, but I’m pretty sure they were set at Christmas. Made me smile anyway.

 

One Prosecco, two prosecco, three prosecco, floor

 

I think this one is for quite a few people I know. And also possible sums up my drinking ability. Or lack of.

 

Go bold and bright with these tea towels from Joules

 

Add some brightness to the kitchen with this twin pack of towels from Joules. No one can claim not to be able to find the tea towel when they are this bright and this gorgeous.

 

Cooking is therapy tea towel

 

What can I say? Definitely I find cooking therapeutic and relaxing, although the drying up possibly less so! But I think this tea towel could be a good reminder of how cooking is supposed to be.

 

All I want for Christmas is gin

 

Anyone who knows me reading this will say straight away this is the tea towel for me. I couldn’t possibly comment. Should gin not be their particular vice, then this can be personalised as you see fit.

 

So, I can’t say these will make the task any easier, but will make it slightly more entertaining. My best advice is put the Christmas tunes on loud, and have a glass of something delicious to hand. Every three dishes dried means you get at least a sip!

 

Photo by Matthias Ripp on Flickr

 

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Not that many princesses dry the dishes…

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But I’m not massive on commemorative stuff, but I do like a good tea towel. When George was born, I had one from To Dry For, but they haven’t done one (yet) so of all the ones I’ve seen then I like this one from Milly Green best.

 

Princess charlotte tea towel - great gift for a food lover who likes to commemorate stuff

 

Of course, I don’t expect Princess Charlotte to get acquainted with drying up any time soon, but for the rest of us, a tea towel is a practical thing but it needn’t be dull or boring. And, unlike some awful china, it won’t take up much space!

Although if you do buy mugs and things, at least if you hang onto them for long enough they become sort of ironic chic. Wish I had hung onto my Silver Jubilee mugs!

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Dry up for the The Big Chocolate Tea Party

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I’m very late to this particular party, as April was the month to host a chocolate tea party to support The Sick Children’s Trust. Tea and chocolate goodies has to be a great way to raise money, and I guess if you can fit something in then brilliant, go ahead!

 

Tea Time for charity

 

You could go ahead and just donate, but if you’re in need of a new tea towel or two then head over to To Dry For, and check out the five tea towels that they are supporting this charity with. Considering that they are all under £10, then I think it’s very generous that £2.50 from each sale goes to the charity.

I really like Tea Time, but to be fair all five are great. Go on, be generous and dry in style as well!

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Some quick sale shopping at one of my fave sites

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The sale has just started at To Dry For, which is one of my fave places to shop for one of my fave standby gifts. I’ve written too many times about my stash of tea towels ready to go out on a gift mission at a moments notice, so I suspect I might be stocking up. This one may be on its way here:

 

Make Do & Mend

 

Unless you all beat me to it!

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Dry up in style this Christmas

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Time to get ready for the Christmas drying up

 

Very quick one, as regular readers will know that I will have my eye out for new stock at To Dry For. It’s one of my fave sites, and tea towels are one of my great standby gifts.

So, I will be looking at the Rob Ryan Dear Santa tea towel which, post festive drying up and presumably a spin through the washing machine, can be made into a Christmas stocking for next year. To be honest, if you’re concerned about quantity of gifts, then you may want to buy two and just stitch them together, forget the cutting out!

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Two quick picks on the tea towel front

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Didn’t plan to write about tea towels so soon, but didn’t figure on getting a newsletter from To Dry For. I do love their range, and I love two of their new tea towels in particular.

 

Bee Friendly Tea Towel

 

I do love the Bee Friendly tea towel. I think this will be going to BFF’s home when it’s her fella’s birthday. The designer Stuart Gardiner has collaborated with Friends of the Earth on this, and 75 pence from sale of each towel goes to the charity.

 

Personali-teas tea towel from To Dry For

 

And for the tea lover, then I think then the Personaliteas towel is perfect. Who doesn’t want Brian Breakfast or Gracie Green hanging around? Love it!

Take a look, this is a business I like to support, and a gift that I think is always a great one for a foodie. Lets face it, we’re always likely to have the most washing up!

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Time to dry up for the Jubilee

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Time to get drying up in style for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - every food lover needs plenty of tea towels

When I wrote my first post about some of the good stuff I’d spotted for the Jubilee, I did write that I was surprised that at that time To Dry For had no teatowels for the occasion, having stocked such a great one for the Royal Wedding last year. Well, as you can see, they have well and truly come up trumps!

Designed by Maria Holmer-Dahlgreen, who also has a great Olympics design on offer as well. Hoping he doesn’t read this, I shall be taking this to the US for a dear friend who loves all things British, and is very jealous of our Jubilee. This does celebrating but in a modern way, and also weighs very little.

It does say it’s limited edition, although there are no details on what that means, so I wouldn’t put it away thinking it will make you thousands on Antiques Roadshow in  your dotage. I would either use it as intended, or frame it!

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A fabulous non-official tea towel

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A fantastic alternative Royal wedding tea towel. Perfect gift for food lovers

 

I’ve written before that I really rather like tea towels, and that I think they’re a great gift for foodies. I’m also very fond of the site To Dry For as a great source for very funky tea towels. And I am loving the Royal Wedding tea towel they have.

Of course I know there are no official tea towels, so this one will be my choice of the best of the non official ones! I love the design, love the corgi. Who won’t smile if they get one of these? Lets face it, even the happy couple themselves might be very happy to get one of these.

If only some of the “official” merchandise was as good as this! Go on, celebrate this special day with a good bit of British ironic humour, with something as practical as it is decorative.

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