27 March 2013

Kitchen Items from RedFarm

I have to mention that while at RedFarm for Danny's birthday, I saw these RAD water pitchers.  They looked vintage and so striking in the cozy atmosphere.  I asked the owner where they got them...

 
It turns out they are vintage reproductions from the line, Fiesta (sometimes called Fiesta Ware).  The original, art deco line was designed by the company's art director in the 1930s!  (More history here.)    You can get these pitchers on the Fiesta website, but the large pitchers are on sale right now at Macy's for just $30.99!  I totally want one of these.  There are 15 (!) amazing colors to choose from.

AND...loved the dishcloth napkins at RedFarm...

I had just seen the French dishcloths on the fun post from Design Mom, and now I am convinced that dishcloths are the way to go for napkins.  It's so much cheaper and greener to use these instead of paper napkins.  And even better, stacks of them would be a greener alternative to paper towels!  Would it be possible to go paperless? 

I have been looking for some of these dish cloths and here are a few options:  

Red stripes from Ikea, 79 cents a piece:

Blue stripes from Ikea, $3.99/for 4:

 
Red stripes from Wasserstrom restaurant supply, $14.40/per dozen:




Green stripes from Medline (on Amazon), $14.69/dozen:



 MANY striped colors are available from Gourmet Classics (on Amazon) $8.05/each:


What about you?  Do you use paper or cloth napkins & paper towels?  Every time I'm around kids, it seems I use a dozen paper towels.  I always feel bad to waste so much.  Also, I just figured out that I can buy a dozen cloths for the same price as a pack of paper towels from Costco.  Well, I'm sold.  Buying these cloths will be a lot more fun than buying paper towels...

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14 comments:

  1. Everyone I know thinks we are strange because we do not buy paper towels. I would rather use something cloth and absorbent than fill up my trash with paper. We typically use cloth napkins during the week and it just adds a touch of elegance to your meal. I think it is important to teach your children nice items are meant for everyday and not just special occasions.

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  2. We have been almost completely paperless for several years now and I feel like we save so much money! I make cloth napkins for us occasionally out of leftover fabric scraps, so we have a very colorful collection. I use dish towels or old rags or sponges for most everything else. We keep one roll of paper towels under the sink for super messy tasks (like checking the oil in the car or catching a bug!), but it takes us like 6 months to go through the roll.
    I love all these dish towel options and want to pick some up the next time I'm at Ikea!

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    1. Love the idea of using fabric scraps to make napkins. So great.

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  3. We are also paper towel-less at our house. We have two kids, and still don't miss them at all. I haven't purchased paper towels in about 6 years.
    Also--I love the pitcher. I have the teal one, and I love the pop of color and the shape of it. I would love to get another one in yellow!

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    1. Oh - so cool to hear you have the pitcher! I love the teal one. And paper towel less for 6 yrs - that's awesome.

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  4. My roomies and I usually forget to buy paper towels, so...haha. Every time a washcloth gets gross we just toss it directly into the washing machine. That way the next person to do laundry can just wash them with their load.

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    1. Love that idea of putting them right into the wash. And they don't take up too much extra space.

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  5. I try to be as paperless as possible, but I'm not gonna lie--paper towels are the BEST for patting my bacon fresh from the pan :) I use the top two IKEA products because I LOVED the look of them--they go with my farmhouse chic kitchen :) It's lovely.

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  6. We went paperless years ago (while we had a toddler!). I can't remember the last time I bought paper towels. I'm always surprised when someone does! Don't miss them at all.

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    1. So glad to hear you don't miss them. I'm excited to make the switch.

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  7. Totally support your going paper-towel less. I have two rolls in my house (a two roll pack) but I use them less than once a week. I actively try to find alternatives to using them. So I'm cheering you along from here in Australia. Lots of other blogs I read are into the no paper towel thing too, so don't worry you're not alone, or weird!

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  8. Wow! I recognised that fiesta jug as the same dinnerware as a teapot and four huge deep dinner plates I bought in a little vintage/antique shop a cople years ago just because the teapot is a fab orange colour and the plates a lovely sage green. Just googled them and realised my little vintage kitchenware find is worth a bit more than I thought, I will be afraid to use them now!!! Lol x

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  9. I have a collection of the Fiesta Ware pitchers! I have been collecting them for a really long time. Some of them I bought at antique stores and some of the colors are discontinued! I love them too!!

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  10. It is totally possible to go paperless! When I was married in 1969 I began a home with no paper use and throw away products, also an organic food home and no chemical cleaners home. My daughter who is now married and mother of two was commenting yesterday that she remembers when friends would come for a visit and ask her what they were supposed to do with the cloth napkin? could they use it to wipe their mouth?...she laughed and said "Mom, after 12 years of marriage I have never purchased a paper towel or napkin!"....and yes, after 44 years, neither have I. I made my own female sanitary napkins long before it was a green and popular thing to do...so much about my decisions had to do with growing up in a wooded and mountainous region...trees equal paper and this was what I could do. Still make lovely napkins as gifts from yard goods and there are always linen and cotton towels in the kitchen for cleaning up chores. It is a great decision to make the switch to cloth, in my opinion.

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