Tuesday, February 14, 2012

It's all about HEART with Linda and her kissing towel ...when Red is Green! We have 2 guest today and giveaways too!

(A Valentine quilt I made in 2006)
                            Happy Valentine's Day!
Hi! I'm Linda from Buzzing and Bumbling. As I kissed my husband goodbye this morning and wiped the lipstick off his cheek, I thought of Valentine's Day and all the kissing that would be going on today.That took me back to a time when, as a young bride, my husband's late Aunt Rubye told me about a little "lipstick towel" that she had used. She lived through  a time when people used cloth handkerchiefs when they blew their noses and used Sear's catalogs for .... well, for ordering things, of course! (That is when the new one came and the old one was relegated to the outhouse!)



In a time of increasing awareness of "going green", we can take a lesson from our ancestors who were experts at it!

During World War II, people were very aware of wastefulness and saving resources. Many items were rationed and others were scarce. People grew as much of their own food as they could, they curtailed use of automobiles (often putting their cars up on blocks so the tires wouldn't rot) and saved in as many ways as they could.

The lipstick towel sat on the makeup table and was used to blot lipstick. It could be used for an entire week before washing and being put out again. So....that little red towel was very "green" in today's terminology. I suggest this as a way to "Go Green with RED!"

Or orange, or pink, or purple, or whatever color lipstick you wear! Your lipstick towel can match your lipstick color, so just about any color can be "green" now! Use your scraps to decorate along the bottom if you don't want to embroider it. You can make it any size. Even small enough to fit in your purse for quick touch-ups.
I will be giving away the little lipstick towels you see above on Buzzing and Bumbling today. I even have a simple tutorial for those of you who might need one. This is a super simple project - even easier than pillowcases. 
If you're not into history and you don't care about saving the environment, you can continue to blot your lips on pieces of tissue.
But, I think the older generation had a great solution and if you think about it, which is the more elegant blotter?
                               p.s ...
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I will be choosing 1 winner from Linda's comments for 1 set of these pillowcases 
and another winner + Adornit fabric from Barbs.....
Let's spread the love lol


Congrats to MARSHA, she too has
been contacted for a kit set of pillowcases
To everyone else who joined in...
psst there are more giveaways this week...

60 comments:

  1. Your cupid quilt is gorgeous Linda. I really enjoyed your post.

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  2. The lipstick towels are just so cute. Could have used one when I was a kid. My mom would kiss us and leave that lipstick mark on our cheeks. We called it 'the mark of mom' and, truth be told, we really loved having that mark on our cheeks. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. I have never heard of a lipstick towel, what a cute idea and living in a place where people are proud of being green it's perfect.

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  4. So cute, and thanks for the history lesson too, will Ty to make one soon. Carmen

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  5. Great story Linda...
    ThAnKs for sharing! :)

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  6. thanks for the sweet bedtime story! I hope your valentines day is as special as your lipstick towel. those birdies look ripe for a peck! haha!

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  7. what a wonderful story and i love the idea.xx

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  8. Las toallas son preciosas!. Y parecen faciles de hacer.

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  9. Cute idea and I agree we can all learn lessons on being greener from our very frugal parents! I may have to make several shades for the daily blot!

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  10. what was old is now new again...... great idea

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  11. Good MORNING LINDA>..and yes I could kiss you...I love this idea and one which will have many of us puckering up today...xx

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  12. Cute idea! My mom always uses handkerchiefs but she doesn't have a lip stick towel! Loved the post with all the history. Thanks!

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  13. I adore your cupid and the lipstick towels -lol thanks!

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  14. I love your idea. The old customs are so nice. We can learn a lot by looking back.

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  15. I just love the cute embroidery on the lipstick towel. Great idea.

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  16. That's an adorable idea! Love the little stitcheries on the towel, too! So cute - thank you for sharing these! And thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  17. I never knew this, how awesome. Those towels are so darling!

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  18. What a darling idea. More projects to make! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  19. Wow this is the first time I heard of this. So thank you and I do agree with you on the going green...would love to win. Happy Valentine's Day

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  20. Love hearing about our frugal ancestors. Thanks for this.

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  21. Very interesting, I had never heard of that! You're right, it is very 'green' and timely. (I tend to blot my lipstick on my coffee cup, lol!)

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  22. What a great idea. I had never heard of lipstick towels..will have to make some.
    Love your Cupid quilt. It is adorable

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  23. Love your little towels and thank you for a wonderful opportunity. Judy C

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  24. These are just SO precious! Happy Valentine's day! ♥♥♥

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  25. LOL makes me want to wear lipstick! smack

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  26. Very cute quilt! Love the little birds on the lipstick towel!

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  27. I love history lessons! And what lovely towels!

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  28. What cuties. Happy Valentine's day.

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  29. how cute, it would motivate me to put on lipstick in the morning!

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  30. Wow great idea I'm forever using pieces of tissue. This is a great idea for saving those pieces of tissue

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  31. What a nice story and cute towel. Always "new" ways to go green. Thanks.

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  32. Kissing Towel is new to me. I wonder if my grandmothers used one?????? One grandmother for sure wore lipstick everyday.

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  33. I never would have thought about a homemade lipstick blotter. I don't blot lips that much since I don't use much lipstick, but this is a great idea!

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  34. Hi Linda....thank you for taking the time to share a bit of history with us. The lipstick towels are new to me....but I do remember the cloth hankie...my Dad always had one in his pocket. Hope your Valentine's Day is wonderful!!!

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  35. what a great idea linda! thanks for sharing

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  36. Cute story! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  37. The cupid quilt is so cute. I had lots of ideas for valentines' day but didn't finish as many as I wanted. But they can be ready for next year. Love the lipstick towel idea.

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  38. I grew up with my Mom as the queen of green. I can't believe I have never heard of the lipstick towel. So cute, thanks.

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  39. Thank you for the nice post. The cupid quilt is gorgeous.

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  40. cute! Momma used to do that too! always on a man's old hankie!

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  41. What a sweet and *clever* idea! This is very appealing to me -- thanks for sharing and Happy Valentine's Day! :)

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  42. Love all types of "green" things. Would love to win these. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy Valentine's Day.

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  43. What a great idea. And I love "going green". Yep, what is old is new again. We can learn so much from our "elders".

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  44. I love this idea Linda! I'm working at a mission right now and we're very into recycling and preserving the environment. I can't wait to share this idea with them. :) blessings, marlene

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  45. If I wore lipstick of any kind I would totally do that!

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  46. Cute lipstick towel. My grandmom kept a towel too. :-)

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  47. I loves the Cupid! Lovely and sweet!
    Happy Valentine!

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  48. I love, love, love the Cupid quilt. Thanks for the tutorials for Valentine's Day.

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  49. I learn something every day from reading blogs!

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  50. We use little towels for many things in our household, but they are not nearly this cute!
    www.cariboogals.blogspot.com

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  51. What a cute idea. I'll have to tell my daughter she was ahead of her time. She's been getting makeup all over her towels for years. She keeps a separate one just for that.

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  52. Thanks, Linda, for the sweet story you told. And thanks for the giveaway!

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  53. Such a great story! Thanks for sharing!

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  54. I have never heard of such a thing, but I love the idea and want to make some!! Thanks so much for such a great story!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  55. What a cool idea. I just started seeing your blog, and love it.

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  56. What a cute idea! I have never heard of this before. Thank you for this tutorial.

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  57. What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway!

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