We all know at least one person that just loves to cook. Every holiday they’re found in the kitchen, tirelessly cranking out fresh cookies or casseroles for friends & neighbors. They have carefully-guarded family recipes, a small fortune in cookware, and get misty-eyed when they see Martha Stewart pull out that perfectly-browned Thanksgiving turkey. Even if they aren’t the best cook they’re always looking to improve, scouring the latest Southern Living for the perfect fried chicken.
Yes, we all know at least one person that just loves to cook, and to that friend I say, “…really?”
Don’t get me wrong, I love receiving freshly baked holiday presents and going to your house for Friday night lasagnas. [Keep ’em coming, please!] I’m happy there are people like you in the world to keep people like me alive, I guess I just don’t get cooking. I’ll spend hours hovering over a sewing machine or paper mache-ing an old lamp, but if that microwave burrito takes longer than 2 minutes I’m calling it quits & eating that week-old Chinese takeout. And after sopping up the shirt crumbs from that last stale eggroll, I’ll stumble across your Facebook picture of tonight’s eggplant parmesan and feel the familiar pangs of guilt, shame and past-due Kung Pao Chicken. “I’ll never be an adult. I should really start eating healthier, drink more water, get more exercise,” I mutter to myself, until I ultimately begin thinking of all the forgotten New Year’s resolutions and making pacts with myself to get a fresh start tomorrow. And this shame spiral of broken dreams will usually continue for the next hour or so…until I’m hungry again or find a Frasier marathon on TV.
But you’re not here to read about my Wednesday nights, so let’s paint some tea towels!
MATERIALS & SUPPLIES
- Tea Towels
- Fabric Paint
- Paint Brush
- X-Acto Knife
TIME: 45 minutes per towel
And now you have a fresh new tea towel! If you don’t want to buy new towels, you can make your own from an old curtain or table cloth. I love using a soft flour sack material, but this process works the same with most fabrics.