Now that (almost) all of the gifts have been delivered and unwrapped I can give you a peek of the tea towel presents I gave out this year. As I've mentioned before, I love making gifts, so it was really fun to sew up a bunch of my tea towels to give away. Most people opened them and said, "So is this like to use? As a towel?" I get it. It's not a well-loved and well-stained flour sack. We all know what happens to kitchen towels over time. But I also feel that most beautiful things should also be functional, it's kind of a motto of mine. Which is why I love the kitchen towel: pretty, useful, what more do you need? This one even has a calendar on it! I'll admit, I am trying to find a fun way to hang it in my own kitchen, so I can look at it more often than I get around to doing the laundry. But ultimately, I think most people who make gifts for people want, more than anything, that they get used. If you really like it, don't put it away forever in the drawer. Let your baby spit up on the burp cloth, put your toddler to bed under that hand-sewn quilt, and dry your hands on the kitchen towel. Maybe don't mop up grape juice with it, but you get the idea.