Sometimes it is the little details that have a large impact – this is definitely the case with Happy Towels! I knew these gorgeous kitchen tea towels were something special when I first saw them online. Beautiful, whimsical, smiley floral patterns are accented by fun trims and fabric. It’s hard not to smile when I see a Happy Towel! But would other people feel the same way I do? I decided to put my Happy Towel to the test.
I hung my new Happy Towel in my kitchen a couple of weeks ago right before I had a group of girlfriends over. Once everyone arrived, we were in my kitchen chatting and eating some goodies. Three of my friends immediately commented on how cute my kitchen towel was. I mean, there’s lots of stuff to look at in my kitchen, but they were drawn to the Happy Towel.
They were also impressed when I told them that it was made by hand by a local Akron, Ohio mom of four! They had to touch the towel, and one friend said, “This is just a decorative towel, right? It’s too pretty to be used!” Au contraire, my friend, this towel is beautiful, and most certainly intended to be used–in fact, that is how Happy Towels got started!
Happy Towels designer and creator, Courtney Ireland Dallmann, includes the story of Happy Towels with each of her specially-made, usable works of art. Here are Courtney’s words:
I was given a set of beautiful tea towels from a friend many years ago. I hesitated to use them at first because they seemed so special. But with four small children, I knew it would be a long time before I could bring them out and “safely” enjoy them. I did not want to wait.
It was a good decision because those towels made me so happy! No matter what state of chaos my kitchen was in, whenever I looked over and saw those towels hanging from my stove…I felt good. Years passed, stained, and well worn with life and love – no regrets.
After these towels had seen their day, I hunted high and low to find generously cut, beautifully printed towels. Coming up short, I decided to make my own. That is how Happy Towels came to be! Every kitchen should have a Happy Towel! Use and Enjoy your Happy Towels!
In talking with Courtney, it is clear that she views each towel as her artist’s canvas. This is not a business of mass production for her, but rather one of matching each client with their Happy Towels. She encourages her customers to work with her on designing each towel through fabric color and pattern choices. She wants her clients to “feel a connection” with their Happy Towels – making them all the happier! 🙂 What amazing commitment and customer service for such an affordable item.
Things I love about Happy Towels
- Since they are handmade, each one is unique!
- They are made of 100% cotton, and made in the USA.
- Courtney uses high-quality, thirsty fabric that is as great for drying hands as it is for drying your special stemware.
- The towels are meticulously and creatively embellished.
- Courtney even has a series incorporating vintage fabrics – fun!
- They are large – 19″ x 30″ to be exact.
- Even with all the beautiful embellishments, Happy Towels come out of the dryer ready to be hung and used, not balled up and wrinkly!
- Courtney doesn’t miss a detail–the towel arrives beautifully folded, tied with satin ribbon, and with her Happy Towels story attached. What a great gift presentation!
To me, Happy Towels make a most excellent gift for oneself, a special friend or family member. We ladies enjoy pretty things, and something as simple as a beautiful kitchen towel can really make us feel good. 🙂 I’ve thought of many special ladies in my life who would absolutely love these. I am always on the search for creative, off-the beaten-path, affordable gift ideas. Happy Towels sure fit the bill!
I wish I had just a smidge of Courtney’s amazing talent! Check out Courtney’s Facebook page for photos and more details on Happy Towels, and her incredibly gorgeous line of handmade baby bibs, blankets, towels and more! Simply stunning!
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WIN a custom made Happy Towel (Closed)
Updated: 5/15/11 Winner Announced: Congratulations, ERica G.
Happy Towels is offering one lucky winner the chance to win their own Happy Towel. The winner will get to create a custom towel with your color choices and favorite flowers. ($25 value)
Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on May 13, 2011 when a winner will be drawn at random and announced the next day. When commenting, please include your email address (not visible to public). I will notify the winners and they will have 36 hours to respond!
This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Happy Towels who provided the products for review & giveaway.