Date: 9 January 2017. Dish Towels.
Boating often seems to be a series
of getting wonderful things, then hunting for a perfect place to put
them. This is an ongoing issue aboard Seaweed for certain. Clutter
and chaos interfere with my sense of calm. The latest storage problem
was regarding towels. The newest two are great, but where to put
Cramming stuff into
a locker is not for me. I need my home to be organized. She should
be neat and tidy. And most important of all, I MUST be able to get
underway for an impromptu cruise within minutes of making the
My friend Cheryl gave me some
pretty dish towels for the galley. I love them. Before the
refrigerator and microwave installation, I had a stove in the
corner. It had a rail so I could display pretty towels.
I decorated for each season and
holiday via $1 dish towels. The problem was that after the demise of
my stove I had no place to hang dish towels.
Side Note on the stove: There was
nothing wrong with it. The new refrigerator fit best where the stove
was. Thus I gave the stove to my friend Ken. He'll pass it along to
someone in the boatyard. I opted for single burners such as campers
use when hiking.
This is not ideal. It does work and that's what counts. At some point I'll figure out how to
have a removable stove that is easy to mount on my locker front by
the sink. Ken has something similar on Sparrow for his spare burner.
I rather like his set up.
This is Ken's Sparrow. ↓ From bow to stern we are:
BOB, HIPPY PAUL,
KEN and ME.
The thing about boating you'll
notice is that none of us "know it all" ... instead we borrow
regularly from our friends. I see something spiffy that I like on
another boat. Next I either duplicate it aboard Seaweed or tweak it
to fit my boat/my circumstances.
There is a sharing
out here that does wonders for the heart.
I love the camaraderie found in the boating world.
Making friends is one of the best parts of life afloat.
The stove was replaced by my refrigerator and a
Now I have no
place to display/hang for drying dish towels. Worse yet, the
towels I use to tidy up the galley no longer have a home. I
needed to find a solution for that problem.
As each holiday came 'round I found joy in decorating via a new dish
towel. I'd buy something festive for a dollar or two. Then Kidlet
gave me this towel:
I created a spiffy hanger for the Livin' the Dream towel. That
project is described in the
Making a Towel Rack
One problem I constantly battle is
clutter. I want my home to be interesting visually and not too
cluttered. Aesthetics mean a lot to me. My Seaweed isn't the biggest
boat. By having a minimal of stuff displayed she seems more spacious
than she really is.
But I digress. That's a habit my
good friends will confirm.
You see Island Time's Cheryl gave me a two small towels with embroidered nautical motifs.
They are nifty. The white one has a lobster and the peach towel has
a seahorse on it. Seahorses have a special meaning to me. I
mentioned that briefly in the
Personalizing Your Home article.
The size for these two is perfect. I need to have small towels
easy to access. Additionally I want to be able to put them out of
sight. Without the towel bar that is a necessity. With a small home
keeping the boat from looking cluttered is important.
Though I have many
items that are visually
interesting, displaying fewer is better.
That was brought home to me when
Kidlet got married. Have you ever asked someone if they want to see
pictures of a wedding?!? People do a crab walk to escape the
trauma. Then pull out five or six photos and hand them to the
Suddenly folks look. They really
see the pictures because they are not overwhelmed by the quantity
presented to them.
It is the same aboard Seaweed. A
little goes a long way.
Displaying too many towels would add to the visual distraction. I wanted
to hang them though so if damp the towels would dry. That's when I remembered the loops
I had added to my sunshade fabric. That article is titled
Hoops and Loops.
The same process would work for the Cheryl towels.
I got out my needle and thread. Sewing on a loop at one corner of
each towel was easy. They were done in a jiffy. Next I added a hook
to hang them from. Voila: done.
Of course I could have dug around
and found matching thread. I went with Easy this time. Blue was in
the needle and so I used it. Frankly with my eyes such as they are it is far easier
to use contrasting thread colors. This does not have to be perfect.
Not every job has to be perfectly
executed. One ring is on each towel at the corner. The loops have
survived multiple trips through the washing machine. I'm satisfied.
Good Enough and done is far better that waiting for perfection.
This is Cheryl in Marathon.
↓ You never quite know where a
cruiser will be next week.
Some day I might have too much time on my hands and opt to fancy up
the rings. For now though I'm simply happy to have a pair of pretty
little towels just the right size for cleanups in the galley. Thanks
Do you use your Prettiest towels?
Have you any special ones that are mainly for display?
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