A little hanky panky

You know when you first come across someone or something and you get the strong sense that you’re going to end up liking them very much indeed? It’s rather lovely when that happens, and it’s rare for that initial impression to be wrong.

That’s how I felt when I first discoveredΒ Cat Rabbit … with a brand name like that, how could I not? Cats and rabbits are equally fantastic individuals, so bringing them together creates some kind of amazing furry partnership that I’m powerless to resist. I’ve purchased a few little Cat Rabbit goodies over the years, but I’m yet to be quick enough to snaffle one of her gorgeous handmade plush toys … one day it will happen, I’m sure.

My most recent Cat Rabbit acquisition is this delightful pair of handkerchiefs – ‘Chief Hank: Chief of the Hankies‘ and ‘A handkerchief for fond farewells, crying eyes and runny noses‘. As their name suggests, I find that handkerchiefs are very ‘handy’ for all manner of situations and occasions.

It's time to get my hanky on.

Something you may not know about me is that I cry when I laugh. Some people may think that’s rather charming or amusing, but for me it tends to be a little inconvenient (there’s nothing attractive or comfortable about eyes stinging fromΒ moisturiserΒ suddenly made mobile or eye makeup smeared down one’s face). But with a little hanky by my side, the hope is that I will now be able to delicately dab at my teary eyes without causing myself too much bother.

Super cute hanky designs by CatRabbit

While handkerchiefs may be quaint and just a little bit old-fashioned, they hold a sweet charm that disposable tissue equivalents can never match. If those hankies also happen to be as cute as this pair, well that’s a wonderful bonus that I’m happy to take advantage of.

Speaking of old-fashioned traditions, I certainly won’t be letting either of these drop to the ground in an effort to attract the attention of nearby gentleman … they’re far too precious for that (the hankies that is, not the men). Are you a handkerchief-er too? Or perhaps like me you have to suffer through your laughter with tears? … In any case, have a wonderful week, free from tears!


  1. Paulina

    hello there,
    i just wanted to tell how lovely your blog is and that your header is literally the sweetest thing i’v ever seen.


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Paulina – Oh my, that’s just a really lovely thing for you to say … thank you so very much! πŸ™‚
      What a pleasure it is to be introduced to your beautiful blog too. xx

  2. Sonia

    Chief Hank! Gorgeous! I must confess though I’m bad for the environment and I like tissues. I know – think of the trees!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sonia – Haha, isn’t Chief Hank just the loveliest? I try to be good and not use tissues most of the time … but when I’m really unwell with a cold or flu I do turn to the tissues too. πŸ™‚

  3. Galit

    My dad is a handkerchiefs person and as a little girl I loved ironing them for him!
    Can’t believe it now…
    I was amazed to find so many men using handkerchiefs in Australia. Young men, stylish, hipsters, are all using handkerchiefs!
    I find the idea a little weird I have to admit. Although it is a good environment friendly habit, I can’t bring myself to actually use them.
    Yours are sure super cute! I would love to own some and put them in my bag, just in case, you know…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Galit – Oh yes, I remember doing the same thing for my dad as a child … it’s funny the things we used to do! πŸ™‚
      Handkerchiefs are certainly becoming a bit ‘cool’ again … it’s the appeal of the retro and environmental aspects which do it I think.

      I know what you mean about the ‘weirdness’ of handkerchiefs, they’re certainly not the best companion for a sniffly nose … but to dab at a tear or two, they are perfect! πŸ™‚

      PS. I’m glad you think these are cute, I do too. xx

  4. Andrew

    Great post title! Alas I can’t stand using handkerchiefs, but appreciate how good those ones look.
    All the best

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – Haha, that title was a little cheeky of me! πŸ˜‰
      I’m glad we can agree on how cute these handkerchiefs are, I think they’re adorable.

  5. bobbi

    I love fabric handkerchiefs! I still have some from my grandmother. I never have colds, so I never use them. These you bought are super nice! I like those illustrations, they’re really sweet.
    If I laugh hard I cry like someone punched me in the face.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – You never have colds? Well, how wonderful for you!! (I’m a little jealous to be honest). πŸ˜‰
      The illustrations on these hankies are super cute … haha, and it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who ‘cries when she laughs’.

  6. Rel

    Only a couple of days ago I decided to go find myself a couple of hankies as I have been feeling guilty about using tissues…still haven’t found my hankies yet but I am so glad they may be making a resurgence!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rel – Well done for making that decision … I wish I could commit to using hankies all the time too … they’re rather wonderful things and much better than all the paper that’s wasted for tissues. πŸ™‚

  7. Kylie

    We are hanky users in this house. I wasn’t until I met the Mr. He’s bought me an array of children’s hankies over the years, often featuring bunnies, teddies and sailboats. Cuteness!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kylie – Children’s hankies always have the best and cutest designs … lucky you! πŸ™‚
      I grew up in a hanky household but somehow fell out of the habit … until now! πŸ™‚

  8. Selma

    Those hankies really are gorgeous. it’s funny – I was telling my son about handkerchiefs the other day. I grew up in the UK and in those days (the Mesozoic era. Haha) everyone carried hankies. I remember carrying some gorgeous ones. My aunt used to embroider them and give them to people as gifts. I wish I had kept them because I had some that really were works of art. My son’s responbe to the glory of the hanky – ‘Snot on cloth carried about in your pocket. Ewwww.’ The boy has no sense of style!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Selma – I think the hankies are super cute too! πŸ™‚
      My mum and dad always carried hankies … as did my grandma too now that I think about it. It must have fallen out of generational favour somewhere along the way.
      How wonderful that your aunt used to embroider them and give as gifts … I envy anyone with that kind of handicraft skill (I’m hopeless at those kinds of things). πŸ˜‰

      Haha, I do love your son’s response to the idea of hankies … I think my brother used to feel just the same way! πŸ™‚

  9. Gabrielle Bryden

    My Dad always used hankies too (Mum and I used to iron them for him – dinosaur age – haha) – I love the Chief Hank – too cute.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I can’t believe that my mum used to iron dad’s hankies too … I’m lucky if I can muster the energy to iron ANYTHING much at all! Haha! πŸ˜‰

  10. hila

    those are quite adorable. I’ve never been much of a hankerchief gal, but these may tempt me yet …

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – These hankies are so lovely (as you know I’m always a complete sucker for animal related cuteness). πŸ™‚
      PS. I know when I’m tired my brain turns to utter mush … and I always cringe when I make a spelling or grammatical error because of it (I’m such a perfectionist). πŸ˜‰

  11. hila

    sigh, I meant ‘handkerchiefs’. My brain stops working (and apparently, spelling) when I’m tired πŸ™‚

  12. Rol

    Louise would love these but she’s a tissue woman. As an old handkerchief user myself, perhaps I can use them to tempt her onto “our side”!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rol – Oh yes, I’m a tissue woman from way back too … so I’m sure you’ll find that Louise may just be tempted by these cute little handkerchiefs (I don’t think anyone would be able to resist). πŸ™‚

  13. woolf

    trace though! you never know whom you might attract whilest dropping amazing hankies, now??? i’ll say….
    i’m afraid i’m a dry laugher, but i do get the belly ache, from time to time…. if we’re lying in stitches, that is…. it can be a little painful, only to off set another roll of laughter. never ending…
    anyway, YOU are saved from tears! πŸ˜‰

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Woolf – Haha, well that’s true … the perfect opportunity may just come my way via a ‘dropped hanky’ moment … but I wouldn’t want these lovelies to hit the ground (and in any case, my husband may not approve of such behaviour). Haha! πŸ˜‰

      Oh a dry laugher? Well apart from those sometimes painful belly aches, I think that’s a good way to be … and I suppose it’s one way to give the abdominal muscles a little work? πŸ˜‰

  14. jan

    Those hankies are quite gorgeous, but alas and alack I only ever use tissues now. After developing sinus in my late 20s that I didn’t get rid of until 25 years later, I couldn’t bear to have those sodden little things in my pockets or handbag. Growing up as a child you would never leave the house without a hanky and that’s how Mum taught me to iron – by ironing Dad’s man sized hankies, and he still uses them.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – Oh that’s fair enough that you’ve had to choose tissues over hankies … tissues are much more convenient when the sniffles come thick and fast.

      Haha, my dad still uses his big man-sized hankies too! πŸ™‚

  15. Debby

    I just bought some vintage ones yesterday thinking I might make something out of them…but these Cat Rabbit ones are lovely…I must guiltily admit that it’s years since I’ve used a fabric one…but these ones are so gorgeous they could really entice me back…they are wonderful…thanks for sharing Tracey…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – Oh how lovely … vintage handkerchiefs can inspire us and have a second life as something else wonderful and creative. I’m glad you like the Cat Rabbit versions, they’re lovely (almost too lovely for me to use).
      Take care. xx

  16. Lee

    I find your tears of laughter endearing.

    But you already knew that πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Naww, you’re sweet … but they make my eyes look so messy! xx

  17. Louise

    Handkerchiefs were always my favourite thing to iron when I was growing up. I liked, naturally, their small size and decided how to fold them. Triangles? No, let’s do rectangles. Now I am no longer little, I no longer iron my hankys. I leave them crumpled.

    (Upon rereading this it sounds as though I did a lot of domestic chores. Perhaps, in truth, I only did the ironing once. Either way, I seem to remember it. Always a sucker for making patterns and towers.)

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gracia (and Louise) – Yes handkerchiefs were probably about the only thing I could master with an iron … they were so easy. But like yourself, I no longer iron my hankies and just leave them crumpled. It seems quite a few of us had hanky ironing as one of our domestic duties as children … and perhaps we’ve all grown out of it?! πŸ™‚

      PS. It can be tricky using one laptop … I’ve made that sign-in error many times myself when having to share with my husband. In any case, it’s a nice way to hear from the both of you at the same time. πŸ™‚

  18. Gracia

    (My apologies. I am signed in as ‘Louise’ but it is actually me, Gracia, typing. One laptop used by us both equals a little confusion. I have just asked Louise if she ever ironed hankies as a child. Turns out she did enjoy it. So, you can read the above comment from either one of us, if you like.)

  19. shinelittlelight

    picture of a cat face with rabbit ears and bunny legs and a long fluffy tail…. hmmm
    Those hankys are marvelous, though i’m not a fan of using them. *s*

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi shinelittlelight – How lovely is that little cat face with rabbity features? He’s a sweetie I think! πŸ™‚
      Yes, hankies do seem to be a matter to provoke a strong opinion either way. I tend to use them provided my nose isn’t too sniffly! πŸ™‚

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