Saturday, May 2, 2009


Chairs, settees and ottomans from Suzie Stanford

It’s nice to bring a little something back from holidays, a souvenir, a tangible reminder of the destination visited. It brings back memories and, if it’s a gift, shows the receiver that, we may have been away but we did think of them. We’ve all received them haven’t we - those gifts that bear no relevance to the usual good taste of the giver. On holidays maybe we’re more likely to purchase kitsch souvenirs simply because they aren’t serious; they echo the whimsical holiday mood. Souvenir tea towels and tablecloths of the 1950s and 60s were sometimes kitsch, but the quality of the fabric ensured that, in the days before dishwashers and placemats, they could at least be useful. And those that didn’t get used until threadbare can be reborn today through the cleverness of crafty people like these.

Teatowel Button Bracelet by Loopi For You

Cheddar the Teatowel Horse by Handmade Pretties

Tablecloth Lampshade from Sassy Shades

Tablecloth Tote Bag by Zingaling

Two Tablecloth Pillow/Cushion Covers from Cottage Bubbles

Vintage Teatowel Curtains on Forum at Gardenweb

Holidays can be a mixed bag, some good, some not so. And we can be left wondering...

Should we have stayed at home and thought of here?
Where should we be today?
Is it right to be watching strangers in a play
in this strangest of theatres?
What childishness is it that while there's a breath of life
in our bodies, we are determined to rush
to see the sun the other way around?
The tiniest green hummingbird in the world?
To stare at some inexplicable old stonework,
inexplicable and impenetrable,
at any view,
instantly seen and always, always delightful?
Oh, must we dream our dreams
and have them, too?

Exerpt from Questions of Travel by Elizabeth Bishop

Some interesting signs seen at hotels on overseas trips -

1. We take your bags and send them in all direction.
2. In case of fire, do your utmost to alarm the hotel porter.
3. Customers are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 am daily.
4. The elevator is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable. Do not enter the elevator backwards, and only when lit up. To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor.
5. Is forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not person to do such thing please not to read notice.
6. Please to bathe inside the tub.
7. You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.
8. Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose.
9. In the bar - Special cocktails: For the ladies with nuts.
10. Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.
11. Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.
12. In the hotel shops - for your convenience, we recommend courteous, efficient self-service.
13. Order your summer suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.
14. Doctor specialist in women and other diseases.
15. Dentist teeth extracted by the latest methodists.

16. In the grounds - Stop. Drive sideways.
17. Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, please give it to the guard on duty.
18. A new swimming pool is rapidly taking shape since the contractors have thrown in the bulk of their workers.
19. Ladies, please leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.
20. Would you like to ride on your own ass?

and a favorite that I brought home from Vietnam with me -

21. Please do not bring guns with prostitutes into the hotel room.


ArtSnark said...

Fun post! Love Cheddar the horse & the tourist vid

planettreasures said...

Amazing creations from teatowels and tablecloths and then a good giggle!
thanks so much!

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

Now I want a tea towel or at least the tea towel chair. Hilarious written signs you've collected!

Thanks for visiting my blog:)

Tamara G said...

That chair with the fringe is HILARIOUS and reminded me of Chairy from Pee Wee's Playhouse! Thanks for the funny slogans too.

ArtSparker said...

The armchairs in particular are wonderful. The list is hysterical. One roadside restaurant sign in New England by sort of native English speakers, if you count Americans -

Steaks $12.00, Children $5.00

missknits said...

what great pieces! those chairs are incredible! and just love cheddar the horse! too cute

Judith. Santa Fe said...

As a long time collector of vintage tacky tablecloths .. which I still bring out for summer picnics .... I adore the tea towel upholstery.
As a long time admirer of your blog ...
I bow to your ability to bring all these "layers"
together so beautifully!


Judith. Santa Fe said...


LOVE those stamp borders ... . .

Michelle said...

Those signs are hilarious.....xx

peggy gatto said...

What a magical place you have, very inviting!!!
Thanks for coming by my place!!

Sassy Shades said...

Thank you for including my lampshade! What an honor to be among so much other talent!!

zingaling said...

Thank you so much for including my tablecloth tote.It has already sold. LOVE your blog :o)

AnastasiaC said...

that armchair is just gorgeous - id love one of those...clever things with teatowels!

Chrisy said...

Yes think we'll have to find some gorgeous upholsterer who loves working with vintage teatowels and fabulous women....can see the job ad in the paper now!

Splendid Little Stars said...

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cabin + cub said...

I love all those vintage fabrics!
It's neat on the off occasion to stumble into souvenir shops that have old merchandise from the 50s, 60s and 70s still for sale.

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Isn't the English language a hoot when interpreted? Love those saying from foreign countries...and that lamp shade is so unique!

Renee said...

I love the curtains in the kitchen Chrissy. So cool.

Your favourite with the gun and prostitute was my favourite too.

Love Renee xoxox

Snowbrush said...

Send me those chairs! I've just got to have them. I loved the hotel signs too.

Chrisy said...

Yes the english language must be sooo difficult for those who speak others languages...I'm in awe of multilingual speakers...even their mistakes sound interesting to me...and Snow after that op of yours you've probably worn out your old chair so, if I can get some floating tyres together, I'll head down to the river and shove a chair in your direction!

Hey Harriet said...

What a great collection of cool things! Some of those hotel signs are a hoot!