I love practical things, I admit it. I especially love them when they're beautiful as well. Form follows function, right? Not so fast, maybe Frank Lloyd Wright might have said it best.
I cut up a scuzzie old towel with rust stains on it and no one knows the difference. Fly Through Our Window has a great little tutorial (it's a downloadable pdf) on how to make one (or two). I didn't follow her tutorial, but just wanted to use up some scraps. I made these to fit next to my sink when I hand wash all those big pots and pans and cutting boards. I used it the other night and couldn't stop staring at the pretty fabric. Now if that doesn't encourage a little dish washing, I don't know what will!