Sep 092013
 

towels

June is a month when you may find yourself searching for the perfect gift for one of numerous occasions that mark the start of a new chapter in someone’s life. Whether you have a relative who is graduating and living on his own for the first time, a dear friend who is getting married or someone who is buying their first home, a towel cake is a great way to turn a gift of necessities into a chic, creative masterpiece that other guest will envy and the recipient will surely appreciate.

Towel cakes can be a variety of sizes and can be made to fit any theme, taste or budget. To begin, you will need to organize your ingredients. The following description is for a moderately sized three layer “cake.” However, the “recipe” can be tweaked to make other variations.

2 large bath towels
3 hand towels
3 wash cloths
Large Safety pins
Long straight pins (decorative pins, those with pearls or colorful balls for heads are ideal.)
Ribbon – Satin or organza work well
Decorative items and finishing touches that only you can add

1. For the base layer, you will use the large bath towels. Each one needs to be folded in half lengthwise twice. Pin the ends together then roll it into a tight coil, using pins to anchor it. Then repeat with the other towel.

2. For the second layer, use the hand towels and the wash cloths will serve as the top layer. For each layer repeat the folding, rolling and pinning.

3. Place each coiled layer on top of the larger layer and pin it to the previous one, to add stability. Be sure you are using a tray or cake stand so it can be easily transported. The tray or stand can be another gift for the recipient.

4. With the foundation complete, add ribbon around each layer for aesthetics and add any other decorative items that will complete your theme.

5. In addition to towels, you can add kitchen utensils, decorative soaps, scented candles, toiletries, tools, office supplies, or any other items that strike your fancy and may be useful to the receiver. There are no rules about what can or cannot be added, have fun with it and use your imagination to make it a one of a kind gift that is both attractive and practical and not likely to be found anywhere else.

Sep 052013
 

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It doesn’t matter how old your kids get, there is nothing like wrapping your arms around them with a nice soft towel when they get out of the pool. My little 8-year-old son is always ready to snuggle, but especially when he gets out of the cold water! Somehow, crawling up on Mom or Dad’s lawn chair in the sun is way more fun than staying in the pool and playing water games. I think these moments will stay with me forever, even as he and my daughter grow up.

For my daughter, the idea of a warm towel in the sun is something a little more like growing up. She wraps herself up like a little lady and walks around like she’s queen of the pool. As she continues to grow each day, I love seeing these little flashes of her future life as a woman and knowing I was there to enjoy every second along the way.

So what’s a great towel got to do with all of this? For some reason, the cheap versions you find in dollar stores and other discounted places don’t give you that same level of comfort. Thick, soft towels are more than just an investment–it’s a feeling of love and security you wrap your loved ones in every time you use them. These are memories you’re making and not just times when they need to dry off.

If you’re able to spend some time looking for just the right towels, they will be around for a long time and you won’t have to make another purchase again for a while. This is why shopping for towels is not something you should do on a without checking out your options. See what’s available, what fits in your budget and then go with the best you can afford. You’ll love the feeling they give you and your family alike!

Apr 292013
 

Mudanya_13Legend has it that towels were invented in the Turkish city of Bursa, and, although this may or may not be true, beautiful Bursa is most certainly worth a visit.

Bursa – the jewel of Northwestern Turkey – is home to just under two million people, and, every year, more and more tourists are discovering this city’s fascinating mix of history and natural wonders. From bubbling hot springs to marvelously informational museums and from vibrant shopping centers to magnificent marble palaces, Bursa has it all, and there can be nothing better than lounging around on soft and fluffy monogrammed towels at the gorgeously appointed Celik Palas thermal bath.

Towels and other bathroom accessories – including bath mats and bathrobes – have many uses in today’s society, and, for instance, there’s most definitely no shortage of bath mat-like prayer rugs to be seen in Bursa’s main attraction: the Ulu Camii mosque. Also known as the Bursa Grand Mosque, Ulu Camii is a brilliant example of early Ottoman architecture and sports twin minarets as well as no less than 20 decorated domes. The mosque is, however, best known for housing the largest collection of incidental Islamic calligraphy in the world, and every tourist who visits this divine building simply has no choice but to gape at the wonderful writings on its walls.

Bursa is also located close to several of the nicest beaches found on Turkey’s northwestern coast, including Kursunlu, Armutlu and magnificent Mudanya, which lies on the Marmara Sea’s stunning Gulf of Gemlik. Robes and swimsuits are the costume de rigueur for all Bursa beaches, and the town’s proximity to so many attractive bathing venues – and the resulting need for so many people to get dry – could possibly just have something to do with why the town is credited for inventing towels.

Turkey is known for many things – including tasty Turkish Delight and steamy Turkish baths – but towels are generally not the first things that spring to mind when the prospective tourist thinks about visiting this fascinating country. Given Bursa’s unique history, however, perhaps they should be.

Mar 152012
 

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You’ve heard of Egyptian cotton or Turkish cotton, but how about Supima. If you’re a lover of good quality cotton, Supima cotton products are products you should check out.

Supima is actually a licensed trademark owned by Supima. It is an abbreviation for Superior Pima. It is products made of 100 percent American Pima cotton.

Supima cotton has extra-long staple or ELS and it’s grown in the Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas as well as in other locations such as Australia. In the United States, if the cotton is at least an inch and 3/8 or longer, it’s ELS or American Pima.

Good quality cotton lasts longer after washing, gets softer with increased use and feels great against the skin. It also is void of harmful chemicals. So it is good for the skin. To buy Supima towels, all you have to do is look for 100% American Superior Pima Cotton. Look for it in stores, but one of the best places to find it are high quality towel sites.

Also, look for towel sets, such as 3-piece towel sets that include one bath, one hand, and one washcloth. Consider monogramming and also be sure to coordinate the color of your towels with the look of your bathroom.

 

Feb 212012
 

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When most people hear the word “towels”, they bring to mind the soft rectangular squares of fabric used for drying off after a bath or shower. For those with creative minds, however, bath towels and hand towels can provide a rich crafting ground for fun and gift-worthy projects. As an added bonus, most towel craft projects can be unwound or unwoven to serve their more familiar purpose after the owner is done displaying them.

Towel Origami

An art form that’s gained popularity on cruise ships worldwide, delighted patrons have embraced this unusual craft on dry land as well. In addition to photo-filled books for sale that instruct novices how to make swans, turtles and more out of their towels, video sharing social sites also offer free videos for the curious. Towel origami is a great way for those interested in the traditional paper style of origami to get some experience without risking papercuts.

Boo Boo Bunnies

This super-easy craft project only requires a washcloth, rubber band, and some adhesive details like googly eyes and a pom pom. Simply roll the washcloth into a long tube, curve into a U, fold the U in half lengthwise and secure at this second fold with the rubber band. The result will be a small O shape at the bottom, a head-like bump at the front, and two tails that resemble ears above the head. Glue the eyes and nose at the appropriate places and you have a boo boo bunny! If a child is injured, an ice cube can be placed in the center of the O to enable easy handling and application to the injured area.

Bleach Art

This project works best with darker colored towels or mats and a large stencil of your desired shape. Using a clean, dry towel, place flat on an area that won’t be affected by discoloring, such as a driveway or front lawn. Fill a cheap spray bottle with laundry bleach (be sure to mark the bottle as poison for safety’s sake). Placing the stencil on the towel or mat and either securing with painter’s tape or a gloved hand, gently spray the bleach at the void area from a distance of about a foot. This will discolor the towel into a lighter hue in the shape of the stencil. For added style, spray around the edges of the stencil to make a unique frame effect. Let the towel dry completely, then wash alone to “set” the design.

Jan 202012
 

Quality Towel Sets

You’re the owner of a new home. You’ve worked hard and saved to buy your American dream, and now all that working and saving has paid off. Congratulations!

However, you know that owning a new house is just the beginning. Now it’s time for the fun part – furnishing and decorating.

Let’s take a look at the bathroom. One of the things you’ll need are towels. Everyone uses them: to dry off the body, to dry hair or to dry hands after washing. But what is the best way to buy towels?

Consider quality 3-piece towel sets. They are a good way to make sure you have all the towels you’ll need for your new bathroom. A 3-piece towel set includes a washcloth, a hand towel and a bath towel.

Where should I buy 3-piece towel sets?

Look online. You will find that purchasing 3-piece towel sets online will give you the widest selection at the best prices. Some sites even offer free shipping when your order totals a specified amount.

How many 3-piece towel sets do I need?

Look at your household count. Are you moving into the house alone? One 3-piece towel set is fine. However, if you’d like to have two sets, consider buying a 6-piece towel set. That way, while one washcloth, hand towel and bath towel are in the laundry, you’ll have another set handy. If it’s you and a spouse in the new home, go for one or two 6-piece towel sets. Also, some towel sets include the bath mat. This is an excellent way to get a matching bath mat to go along with your towels. When the mat matches the towels, it gives your bathroom a put-together look.

How much should I spend on a 3-piece towel set?

Although funds may be tight now that you’ve spent it on a new home, skimping on bath towels is not always a smart idea. Sure you’ll spend less money initially, but cheap towels are less absorbent, are thin, are not as soft as quality towels, and they deteriorate faster. In the end, you’ll have to buy new towels faster than if you’d bought quality towels from the start.

Look for Egyptian or Supima towels for supreme softness. Other good towels to look for are Bamboo or Organic. These towels are eco-friendly, don’t contain lots of chemicals and are good for the body.

What color 3-piece towel sets should I choose?

What is the color scheme of your bathroom? To really pull the look together, choose towels to match the dominate color. Towels and bath mats that don’t match the color of the bathroom ruin the overall appearance of the room.

Jan 062012
 

Towels

My favorite set of towels ever was the cheesy, thin, scratchy bath towels I bought when I was about thirteen years old. There was a reason for their popularity, though, as they had painted on them in cheap and gaudy colors pictures of my favorite superheroes.

I grew up a lonely child whose close friends included Wonder Woman, Spiderwoman and Super Girl. From them I learned truth, justice and, if not the American Way as I was living in Africa at the time, that it was better to align oneself with the light than the dark. The day the superhero carnival came to my tiny town, I saw through the illusion cast by the sweaty and uncomfortable actors in their ill-fitting costumes, but I was entranced by the memorabilia I could buy, and thus did the superhero-embossed the towels come into my life.

I’ve kept those towels for over thirty years now, and, each time I look at them, I’m instantly transported back to a time when everything was so much simpler because the world could be divided into solid colors and solid concepts: Black and white; good and bad. It isn’t, however, the towels themselves that are important – with their slightly out-of-proportion fantastical figures they actually seem rather ridiculous now – it’s the idea behind the towels. It’s the understanding that the towels are souvenirs of a time that no longer exists.

People tend to keep things that mean a lot to them for many years, and, those who are looking to give their loved ones gifts that last should learn The Lesson of the Towels. Towels – including monogrammed towels – are not the only gifts that can be given, however, and, if we continue the bathroom trend, bathrobes and bath mats should also feature on the gift menu. Robes would, in fact, be more personal gifts than towels, and, it also stands to reason that monogrammed robes top the list of desirable bathroom-wear.

The moral of the tale is fairly simple: Memories do last but they sometimes need a little help from something solid…like superhero towels.

 

Aug 062011
 

Beach Towel

I think you’ll agree that no one has come up with a satisfactory replacement for the traditional and comforting fluffy beach towel. Even with the ever-increasing popularity of beach lounge chairs and beach tents with canvas, plastic or rubberized flooring, beach towels in various sizes and colors are still in demand. For, they are still lightweight and easy to transport, even by bike or scooter. And if you live or are visiting at a location nearby a beach area, it’s easy enough to walk to the beach carrying a rolled-up towel under your arm or draped over your shoulder.

Or, just wear your favorite designer towel around your neck like an athlete, and you’re sure to be right in style. Then, of course, once you reach the warm, inviting expanses of white sand, you can spread out your towel and take a snooze under your beach umbrella. Later on, when the gang is ready for lunch, you can relax on your soft, comfy beach towels while you picnic and party. And if you’re at a seaside resort with the family on vacation, the kids always love having their own distinctive beach towel designs—from cartoon characters to turtles, sea dragons and giant starfish. And since attractive, durable beach towels come in a variety of sizes, you can easily find towels suitable for each and every member of the family, from babies to teens to young adults and grandparents.

Even with the added comfort of today’s lightweight, well-designed beach chairs with soft cushions and reclining backs, beach towels prevail. Somehow, there is nothing more relaxing and refreshing than stretching out on a luxurious, thick expanse of soft terry cloth. From the luxury of your treasured beach lounging spot, you can enjoy the warm coastal breezes as you take in the sunlit seascape around you. The design and colors of your beach towel—bright and bold, or subdued and subtle, depending on your taste—will complement and enhance the overall cheerful beach décor. And, after that last refreshing dip in the ocean, you can drift off to dreamland on your soft, comfy cotton towel for a few more minutes of bliss before heading back to home, hotel or seashore guest house.

Jun 122011
 

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It is easy to save money in the kitchen through following the examples of our ancestors. Before paper towels were invented, people would use cotton hand towels to clean messy spills in their homes. In 1931, Scott Paper Company created the first roll of paper towels for use in the kitchen; however, people successfully cleaned spills in their kitchens with bath towels, or soft pieces of terry towels, long before this date.

In 1931, when the first paper towels were introduced, the public scoffed at these frivolous fineries that would create ongoing unnecessary expenses in the home. The act of buying expensive paper sheets to throw away instantly was a luxury that most homes could not afford while their sturdy Egyptian cotton household towels would last for many years. The general public did not embrace the use of paper towels until after World War II.

Modern housewives are misunderstanding the term: kitchen rag. When World War II drew to a close, women were working in war-oriented establishments. As the men came home and retrieved their jobs, females remained employed outside of the home. Many believed that there was little time to hand-wash their messy cloth kitchen rags; however, most people do not hand-wash their bathrobes, bath mats or towels today.

Historically, women did not use rags in their kitchens. Most women took pride in the appearance of their homes and used brand new eco-friendly cotton towels to mop away household spills. Thrifty housewives would purchase one large bathroom towel, tub mat, or absorbent waffle bathrobe and cut these items into sizes that worked for their cleaning needs. Luxurious Turkish bathrobes/towels or kids robes became the new cleaning rags.

Women would keep their soiled kitchen rags in a covered bucket or jar of soapy water that was kept under the kitchen sink. The strong soapy water allowed the towel to refresh between small kitchen uses. Today, many households spend $5.00 each week on rolls of paper towels that are not necessary. Organic cotton spa towels, bathroom towels or hand towels can be used to replace a paper towel habit for hundreds of dollars in savings.

 

Jun 012011
 

Towel Exercises

Want to take your workouts up a notch? Consider adding a towel. No, not the kind of towel you carry around with you to wipe off the sweat; use towels in creative, simple ways that don’t even require you to leave the living room. Here are three towel exercises you can do at home with a regular bath towel.

1. The Standing Twist

Twists are a good way to build the strength of your core muscles. Add a towel for even better results. Begin by holding the towel in front of you, a little wider than your shoulders. Pull on the ends of the towel and twist slowly from right to left as you do so. Pulling on the towel works your upper body, keeps your posture upright, and puts your shoulders into alignment as you do the exercise.

2. Tricep Extensions

Start this exercise by putting one hand in the small of your back, grasping your towel with your palm facing out. With your other hand, grab the other end of the towel and bring your elbow up, pointed at about a ninety-degree angle at the level of your ear. The towel is behind your back, as if you were going to dry your back off after a shower. Now, simply pull with both hands; you are using the towel as your resistance or weight.

3. Towel Squats

Squats are one of the most classic quad exercises of all. As with your standing twist, you grip the towel at either end, a little wider than your shoulders. Hold the towel in front of you as you squat down to workout your legs. The towel will make your posture correct and strengthen your upper back muscles as you tone your quads.

All three of these exercises are simple ones that you can do at work or at home to keep your body moving and start working out your muscles.

May 212011
 

Organic Towel

Good quality white towels are the standard at top hotels. However, white towels are not only for hotel guests. You can incorporate the look into your own life. Towels of this color brighten up a room and look fresh and clean. Here are a few tips:

By the Tub

Is your bathroom an oasis? Have you outfitted it with a sunken tub, complete with whirlpool? Chances are your tub is the perfect place for you to escape after a hard days’ work. Keep a small pile of white towels by your tub. Three is always a good number. Folded and neatly stacked, they will give you the feeling that you’re being pampered, just like at a spa. If there is no place on your tub, put them in an attractive wicker basket.

Black and White

Black and white towels look great together. Consider incorporating black and white touches to a white bathroom or black if you have one. For an extra touch, consider monogramming your white and black towels. Use black thread on the white and white thread on the black.

Health Club

Instead of bringing your worst towels to the health club to wipe the sweat off your brow, bring good quality white hand towels. They will feel good against your skin and look good next to your attractive workout suit.

Stay Looking Nicer Longer Than Colored

Often white towels stay looking fresher longer than colored towels which often lose their original color over time. You don’t have to use bleach on your white towels, which is harmful to the environment. Try adding vinegar to the wash instead.

 

May 182011
 

Bamboo Towels

If you’re interested in luxury bath linens, you’ve probably heard about bamboo towels, and you wonder what all the fuss is about. You see that articles and ads of bamboo bath and kitchen products popping up all over. Why are bamboo towels becoming more and more popular?

When we finish with our shower or bath, we want a soft towel. Bamboo towels and bathrobes are naturally soft, and therefore, feel great on the skin. In addition, bamboo towels and robes are absorbent, even more so than cotton. And each time you use them, they get even more absorbent.

One fundamental reason for their popularity is because bamboo towels were advertised as naturally antibacterial due to their fibers. These ads were especially for newborn babies or people with sensitive skin or medical conditions, such as ringworm or athletes foot.

According to some sellers, due to the fact that bamboo towels are antibacterial and sustainable, they are also eco-friendly. Most people are interested in protecting and saving the environment, so many people thought that buying bamboo towels is one way to do that.

A bamboo plant can grow several feet in one day during its season. Therefore, they are easy to restore. The downside to using bamboo is that it is imported, and there are chemicals needed to make bamboo into towels. Bamboo fibers are hard by nature and they need to be processed with chemicals to make soft bamboo rayon from them. When bamboo becomes bamboo rayon, it is not antibacterial any more. Experts agree that when it comes to environmentally friendly options, the use of bamboo rayon as a textile fiber does not qualify.

Although they don’t qualify as antibacterial or eco-friendly, they absorb more water and they are softer than cotton towels. Quality continues to be one of the best ways to get the most out of your money. Bamboo towels are towels of quality. Yes, they cost more, but their construction is better and they last for a long time. Therefore, it is money well spent.  However, make sure you buy your bamboo towels from a company you can trust. Imitations exist in a variety of ways, and the same can happen to bamboo towels.

May 052011
 

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The best bath towels are towels that are soft. They add to the pleasure of a bath or shower. However, not all towels feel good against the body and nice to the touch. What are 5 ways to get soft towels?

1. Wash your towels before the first use. If you choose material that is of the highest quality, this step may not be necessary.

2. Avoid fabric softeners. They leave a waxy residue which interferes with the quality and softness of the material.

3. Place your towels in the dryer after each wash. Hanging towels on the line typically does not create a soft result.

4. Choose top quality cotton, such as Egyptian or Supima. Avoid synthetic material, because this type of material is not as soft as good quality cotton. You will also find that towels, such as Egyptian cotton towels, get softer with each wash.

5. Choose heavier towels for softer towels. Once again, this is where quality matters.

 

Apr 222011
 

hand towels

Do you use hand towels? Chances are the answer is “no”. It seems, more and more, that people reach for bath towels and sometimes washcloths, but rarely hand towels. However, hand towels serve more than one purpose.

Here are three reasons why hand towels are still important:

Better for your face

After you wash your face, you want it to be clean. Taking the bath towel that you just used on your body and putting it to your face may not be the best idea, especially if you want blemish free skin. Air drying your wet face is the best way. Otherwise, use a clean hand towel.

Choose hand towels over washcloths to save money

When it comes to towels, you want to buy quality. As a result, your budget may only include enough for the bath towels and the washcloths. Ask yourself how often you use washcloths. Are you really a loofah person, or do you just use your hands? A good quality, clean hand towel is a good choice for patting your face dry.

Great for guests

Hand towels are excellent for guest bathrooms. Instead of taking bath towels, which are large in size, and hanging them for your guests, choose hand towels. They are the traditional size for guest bathrooms and are easy for your guests to manage.