Was it during the eighties that novelty (and often slightly naughty) items really came into their own? I seem to recall there being much humour associated with novelty aprons (highlighting various anatomical features), novelty ironing board covers (with scantily clad men), and novelty hats (equipped for beer-drinking) in circulation at the time. But perhaps my memory is failing me on the correct timeline?
One item I don’t remember seeing is novelty tea-towels (though I’m sure they existed). If there’s one thing that needs to have a bit more humour involved, it would have to be the dreaded task of washing / wiping up the dishes … Yuck! As far as domestic duties goes it’s one of my least favourite, ranking lower than clothes washing but far higher than ironing.
I recently discovered these tea-towels by Dear Colleen, and they did give me a giggle … I’m not sure what the Mr makes of these though. I purchased the original ‘Dishes I’d Rather Be Doing’ printed tea towel (featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, Johnny Depp, Owen Wilson, Brad Pitt and George Clooney), as well as the ‘Costume Drama Addiction’ version (featuring Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, and Sean Bean). HaHa! Do they make you giggle too?
In a rare moment when I took some time to dwell on domestic issues, I found myself reflecting on how it’s difficult to find a good tea-towel. In the past I’ve gone for the cheap and nasty versions, and they are quite simply both cheap AND nasty – often failing to absorb any water and leaving a shedding a trail of fabric. Thank goodness that apart from providing me with some amusement, my latest pair of kitchen towels are sturdy and ready to do their duty to a very high standard.
In conclusion, I shall leave you with just one question … Could THIS be the time for novelty tea-towels?