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Fun Flamingo Facts

Posted by Sydney C de Baca on

Call it the Flamingo Underground:  those folks who love the outrageousness of flamingos always and everywhere.  

Flamingo flour sack tea towel

Recently I painted my own flamingo design and laughed and smiled my way through the research.  Since...

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Hearts, Hearts, Hearts

Posted by Sydney C de Baca on

Hearts:  such an archetypal, timeless, classic image. 

I have often felt a bit ambivalent about hearts, although I've always had a bit of a soft spot for the anatomical hearts and on hearts on fire on milagros and the like. 

Recently, however,...

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The Year of the Rooster: 2017

Posted by Sydney C de Baca on

Happy Chinese New Year!  This year, 2017, is a year of the rooster.

Rooster tea towel

So what is the rooster associated with in Chinese thought?  The rooster is the only bird in the Chinese zodiac and apparently the Chinese term refers to chickens in general, not specifically...

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Why Are Pineapples a Symbol of Hospitality?

Posted by Sydney C de Baca on

Their weird prickly-looking exuberance alone makes pineapples 
irresistible.  

  Pineapple Tea Towel: Why Are Pineapples a Symbol of Hospitality?

Originally from South America, the pineapple was traded by the...

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What's the Big Deal about Flour Sack Towels? (And How to Spot an Imposter)

Posted by Sydney C de Baca on

Have you ever seen anyone swoon at the mention of flour sack tea towels?  What's the big deal about flour sack tea towels?

If you've never dried your dishes with one you may have felt a bit puzzled.  What's their history, and why do they inspire such...

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