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08 July, 2012

Simple and Summery...Easy Hydrangea Tea Towels

It’s been too hot to do anything heavy duty lately, so my project for today is very easy and inexpensive and involves no sewing…pretty hydrangea tea towels! Hydrangeas just say summer to me!

tea towels 2In fact, I have had this project in mind for quite a while, but it just didn’t seem right any earlier. I guess I was waiting for the official arrival of summer! The wonderful graphics came from Karen at The Graphics Fairy who is always so generous with her lovely vintage images. You can find the blue hydrangea here and the white hydrangea here. And the really great thing about this graphic is that it doesn’t matter whether or not you flip it before you transfer it since there are no words!

Hydrangea Tea Towels 2 It was so easy…just print the graphics on iron-on transfer paper. I printed them at 3 inches x 5 inches using PhotoScape and, following directions, added them to inexpensive flour sack towels. Mine came from Target at $3.99 for four of them! I already had them and everything that I needed in my stash, so this project was free! Woo hoo!

019You may remember that I also used them for this project…with another fabulous graphic from The Graphics Fairy that got a little tweak. You can see the tutorial for this tea towel here. Don’t you love an easy and inexpensive project?

staff And as for summer…it seems to have arrived full force here as everywhere in the country, I guess! You know it’s hot when the staff prefers relaxing with some fresh catnip on the patio to hunting lizards in the garden!  But in the coming week, temperatures will drop into the 80s…a regular cold front! I hope you are all staying cool as well!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my tea towels! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Karen at The Graphics Fairy for Brag Monday
Marty at A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday 
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Anita at Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for Sizzle into Summer

Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday
Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Amanda at Serenity Now for the Weekend Bloggy Reading party 
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! A la prochaine!

51 comments:

  1. Debbie I am in love with those tea towels...I love all the ones you have done but I love hydrangeas...those were the flowers in daughter's wedding last year. Nice job.

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  2. One of my favorite flowers. I have a pink and white ones growing and hope to "dry" them.
    Pretty tea towels.
    deb

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  3. Oh Debbie, I love them. How pretty. They look fabulous. Love the pics of the staff. Hugs, Marty

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  4. Great idea! I love these! They have the look of expensive tea towels! I love your staff too! I'm a cat girl myself!

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  5. Love those tea towels. I've got to check out those towels at Target.

    - The Tablescaper

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  6. It looks like Happy Hour on your patio, Debbie! ; ) The towels are gorgeous ~ as always! Love the hydrangea images. I think images are all I'm going to get to enjoy this year. Our heatwave is supposed to break tonight and I'm hoping I get some real blooms from the hydrangeas I planted just before the heatwave. I've been watering them every day, so fingers crossed!

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  7. Pretty towels. Wouldn't they dress up a room. Nice to see the staff all together and that tea-pot...Wowza!

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  8. Your towels look great. Nice transfer job.

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  9. What an easy peasy project, Debbie! lol! Those towels are so pretty! And I had to laugh at your "doped up" staff. lolol!

    xoxo laurie

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  10. Cute towels, Debbie and I am looking forward to those cooler temps. Hope we get more rain, too.

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  11. Oh boy, just beautiful Debbie! Not anything you can't do, I tell you..you are talented!

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  12. You make the prettiest things with those great graphics! Love Hydrangeas! My Kitty is too busy sleeping in this heat to do much of anything! Hugs, Linda

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  13. I really need to try transferring graphics to fabric. These are so pretty. They would make a wonderful gift.

    Have a great week!

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  14. Debbie,
    It's HOT here too, dear friend! So glad to see 'The staff' enjoying catnip on the patio!!! While the heat has been unbearable, I did some re~arranging on the lower level Studio One and now am anxious to begin a few nearly forgotten projects! Love your dish towels! Thanks for sharing and for inspiring!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  15. Your tea towels are really pretty! I love the graphic you chose.

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  16. Your tea towels are very beautiful! I love hydrangeas but can't grow them to save my life... these would be a pretty addition to the kitchen. Love your blog, your newest follower!
    Kim
    tiarasandbowties.blogspot.com

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  17. Another beautiful project. Hydrangeas do say summer to me as well. I don't have them growing in the garden, but I do buy fresh cut hydrangeas from the grocery. I love having them in the house.

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  18. Very pretty Debbie! I really love the Bon Appetit ones! The Hydrangeas are very pretty too, but I love the simplicity of the fork, knife and spoon. I'll have to do a post on some that my mother made for me many years ago with butterflies on them.

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  19. This is a tutorial I must try! I love your cheery hydrangea tea towels.

    Your project would be perfect to share at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS, my new weekly linky party! It is live every Wednesday evening at 8:00. Come on over and join in!
    This is such an easy and great tut!

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  20. The hydrangeas look so pretty and cool! What a fun project!

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  21. Debbie- I LOVE those towels. Hydrangeas are just one of my very favorites and I think there might be something wrong with me because I LOVE towels....not bath towels...this kind of towel- perfect- xo Diana

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  22. Wow I love these! I'm going to pin it. Please link it up at Wow Us Wednesday.

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  23. Cool idea ! Hydrangea are such pretty flowers.

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  24. Very pretty! These would make a great hostess gift or birthday gift for a friend.

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  25. Debbie, those are really gorgeous!
    I am so in love with this lovely post and the amazing vignette you created as well!
    Well done you talented gal you!
    Cindy

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  26. Love hydrangeas, too! (And those tea towels, of course =)

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  27. Deb, love your fresh summer tea towels, but I have to admit I am coveting your Bon Appetit napkins in black and white. I think it is time for you to open an Etsy shop so we can benefit from all of your clever ideas. xo Kathysue

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  28. That's a really great idea.So glad I stopped by your blog.Have a great week ahead!

    Shantana

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  29. LOVE LOVE those! Great graphics and I like your photo styling. Your staff looks like they're enjoying their "catnip break".

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  30. Hi Debbie! You always have the greatest ideas, love the towels and your sweet kitties!

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  31. LOVE the hydrangea tea towels! I will have to try this. Loved the price for the towels at Target too. I will look for them Thanks!!!

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  32. Debbie....you did it again....more wonderful, creative, and gorgeous towels....You never cease to amaze me!!
    Have a wonderful week with a break from the heat!!

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  33. Hydrangeas are my favorite too. Thanks for sharing at my Sizzle into Summer party.

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  34. I love the Hydrangeas towels. They are one of my favorite flowers... Beautiful towels. I am your newest follower. Love your page!

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  35. So pretty! And you are so sweet to provide the graphics too!

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  36. Hydrangeas say summer to me too. Love your towels.
    I've never tried the iron on graphics before, but must give it a try. These would make great gifts--if I could part with them! ~Delores

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  37. Argh....blogger ate my comment! Anyway, love hydrangeas - one of my fav flowers! And the vignette with the French cannister is so pretty! Linda

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  38. VERY PRETTY....NICE AND REFRESHING LOOKING...SWEET AND SOFT...HAVE A GREAT DAY....

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  39. OH so cute!! I want to make some as gifts for Christmas!! Great idea. Come link up and share this on Centerpiece Wednesday. I am hoping others will start linking up any and all ideas that are the centerpiece of their week :)

    Karin

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  40. This looks like and easy and fun project. The tea towels are really nice. They look store bought.

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  41. Those are just lovely! I keep meaning to try iron transfer paper projects, but I have yet to do it.

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  42. These are just gorgeous!! What a great idea to use iron transfer paper, I really need to get on this stuff...then again first I should buy an iron hahaha. Definitely pinning this for future reference :)

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  43. I am so inspired to do one of your projects, the thing is that I have a big list of projects, and sometimes I don't know which one to do next. Hope to get a new sewing m/c this week, and that should help me get moving.

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  44. LOVE these Debbie, what a fantastic gift they would make! You have inspired me yet again!
    xo, Andrea
    p.s. xoxo to the staff too :)

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  45. Goodness you are so full of creative ideas!! Love the towels!

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  46. I just adore this hydrangea graphic, also. I printed it and thumb tacked it to my bulletin board because I just had to have it somewhere immediately! Your towel project is perfect. The flowers look so pretty against the soft white fabric.

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  47. Those are so beautiful!!! I'm always looking at the Graphics Fairy's images too....I love those hydrangea images. Thanks for sharing your project idea...I love to get ideas from people. Your cats look very happy with their catnip!

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  48. how cute love these sweet little towels offers a sort of the olden days and summer time

    come see what we shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie

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