For my mom’s birthday present this year, I had my 4-year old help design some kitchen towels. I don’t recall where I first saw this idea, but I always knew my mom would love it. I had my son draw his favorite foods and share a story about how they were made. I gave him some guidance to choose his favorite meal, favorite treat, and favorite fruit/vegetable. While he was drawing I asked him questions about how the foods were made. My son is pretty chatty, so before long he was narrating a whole story. I wrote down exactly what he was saying.
To transfer the drawings and stories to the towels, I first scanned the pictures into the computer. I cleaned up the images and typed out the stories exactly as he told them. I mirrored the image (flipped it backward) and then printed it on iron-on transfer paper. Following the transfer paper directions, I ironed each design onto a well-ironed flour sack dish towel.
The towels turned out so great, we made a second set for my mother in-law, who also recently had a birthday. If I do these again, I would probably design a cute frame to go around the pictures and text. The white areas between the colors on the image are translucent, but still noticeable if you look close. Having a frame around everything would make it less noticeable, than how I tried to cut closely around the text.
For my mom’s birthday gift we packed the towels up with some other kitchen accessories. We picked out some fun color utensils. We also found this great blue ceramic cookie jar with plastic lid at HomeGoods. My mom had been looking for a new cookie jar for a while. When she opened her gift, she commented she really liked the color and the snap on lid. I found this beautiful gift bag at Target. I love a gift bag that coordinates with the gift inside. It’s like foreshadowing of the goodness inside. This one had all the right colors.
My mom called today to tell me she plans to frame the towels for her kitchen. She found the stories so hilarious, she thought they deserved to be turned into art. I will leave you with my son’s take on apples, pizza, and cupcakes. If you have a young child, you can appreciate how sweet and silly they are.
They grow from a tree. You pull them off, then they put it in an apple truck and bring it to the store. Your break the apple with the apple cutter. It cuts the apple into little pieces, like a triangle piece. Then you eat it.
First you roll the dough. Next you spray the sauce. Then make the cheese. Put the pepperoni on, then the mushrooms. Mushrooms grow on trees. You can’t use the ground ones, because they are yucky from bugs. Then put it in the oven for like two minutes.
First you find the dough. You put it into the mixer, then it will mix it up and crush it. Then you put it in the overn and it will turn into a cupcake. Then you get the sprinkles and sprinkle your cupcake. I like a glass of milk with my cupcake.