My mother was trained as a pediatric nurse, but after she married my father and start having children, she become a stay at home mom. It’s been 20 years since she passed, at the early age of 64, and I still miss her. Recently I pulled out her recipe for Christmas cookies, handwritten on a piece of notepaper. Just looking at her familiar script made me smile. So this year I made a family recipe tea towel gift for my siblings, in remembrance of her.
Handwritten Family Recipe Tea Towel Gift
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You see my mom was very creative and loved to cook and entertain. In fact, so much of what I share with all of you on this blog comes from her. She helped me with my first few houseplants as a kid, and when I was first married, she showed me how to plant annuals and veggies. She also helped me with sewing. I remember taking a quilting class with her, where each one of us ended up with a pretty table runner. Mine was Christmas themed, and I still pull this imperfect, but special, project out every year.
Anyway, when I saw this cookie recipe and looked at her handwriting, I thought of some of the t-shirt transfer paper I had from a previous project, and came up with the idea of making tea towels with her recipe on them.
To make one for yourself, or for your family, scan the recipe into your computer as an image. You could even just take a picture from your phone, and send it to yourself via email.
Next, you have to reverse the image, so when you iron the paper on to the tea towel the letters will be in the correct direction. I added a festive boarder to mine. If you like it, there is a template below. All you have to do is insert your recipe.
Be careful with the iron. On my first attempt I kept the iron on too long, resulting in these burned areas.
Make sure you follow the directions, and the image should transfer well. The color of the paper is a slightly darker shade of white but I still think it came out great.
As the middle child of five, I know that even if they never make the cookies, my brothers and sisters will love seeing mom’s handwriting, and remember how blessed we were to have her as our mother.
PS: It’s a great recipe too!