In our small San Francisco mother-in-law apartment, we have forsaken some modern luxuries, such as a television and stereo, in order to leave room for things like a vintage record player and typewriter. Arguably not sensible to some, we like what we like! When we came across these cloth napkins, place mats, and coasters on Etsy, we were immediately attracted to the diagrams of vintage typewriters, kitchen utensils and anatomical illustrations.
Sarahc posted about cork coasters from Etsy seller Girlscantell last November. We discovered all of the other kitchen linens that this Philadelphia based "one girl operation" also sells, and in honor of kitchen and bath month here at AT we thought we would showcase some of her great kitchen linens. Inspired by living in the city and armed with a degree in architecture, Girlscantell hand-sews and screenprints all of the pieces available in her shop at Etsy.
We first spotted these sets of cloth napkins and fell in love. These are much more environmentally friendly than disposable, and there’s something a bit refined about using them. The screenprinted images add the right touch of unexpected fun to avoid feeling stodgy.
While we don’t often use placemats at the dinner table (save the rare formal occasion) we have used them in other capacities. They are handy and underneath plants and as side-table toppers. These, however, might make us change our mind and start setting the table.
These tea towels just make us smile!
Our favorite find from Girlscantell are her felt coasters. We liked her coasters on cork, but these have a more modern and more absorbent look. They seem like they could stand up to the tallest iced tea on the hottest day of the year.
We will admit that we already own three or four linen tote bags, but realize that we may have an addiction. When we see new ones like this, we can always imagine something else that we need to tote around!
Check out all of Girlscantell’s items here. Even if you’re not a “table-setter” you’re bound to find something that you’ll love.