Life, Friends, Collecting, Tea Towels


Post by Portia


Hi there Beautiful APJers,

Friday is my birthday so I thought we should do something special and only mildly fragrant.

My life is pretty blessed, without going into great detail I feel pretty lucky and have been given an enormous amount of advantages and every now & then good fortune has shone down too. The friends that have shared my life are amazing, fun, self sufficient, supporting, driven, caring, whole hearted and thoughtful (as in Full Of Thought) people with whom I share the big & small triumphs and tragedies, time and sometimes cyberspace. My work is fulfilling and suitable, homelife is sunny & comfortable and I get to travel regularly.

Something that is quite obvious is how much I love to collect things, each piece in the house has a memory attached (or several) and even my wardrobe is filled with happy memories and momentoes, wearable pieces of my personal history and a joyful life shared around the world. There is art collected from nearly 30 years of world travel, my parents 6 seater Royal Doulton mid 1960s wedding-gift starter set is now a nearly full 20 seat set with all add ons. Books have been culled by 50% need another 30% to fit into this apartment and you know how crazy my fragrance collection is.

In that same way I started collecting Tea-Towels. Tea-Towels are the ubiquitous collection for travelers because they are light, transportable, reasonably priced, useful and beautiful. Every time I grab one from the drawer I can instantly see where I bought it or who gave it to me (yes, once people know you collect they feed your collection on their holidays too). I try to use them all in rotation but it is becoming less possible to see any one towel even once a year, which is starting to make me a little sad, which in turn is diminishing my enjoyment. There is also a question of space in the new apartment.

Tea Towels 2015

Time to cull. The Tea-Towels have all been washed. The ones that I grab and can be bothered to iron (yes, I know but I find ironing Tea-Towels zen) will get to stay and the rest will be making journeys around the world to grace your kitchens.

So here’s the deal, I know some of you also have Tea-Towel collections and many of you use them only as things to wipe dishes and tidy messes. It doesn’t matter how you use them, or if you’ve never used one before in your life. Here is a chance to be sent a little bunch of Tea-Towels that have my and my friends love, travels, home and away happy memories. What you will be getting is a little package of joy that can be used every day, just throw them in the washing machine after use and they come back to life ready to be used and loved again.

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Tea Towels 2015a


This week we will have 5 winners who will receive:
Tea-Towels (some will be Aussie or International)
4 x Samples of Fragrance from my collection (Vintish/Vintage Beauties)
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me (portia underscore turbo @ yahoo dot com dot au) so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

Please leave in the comments below your country and your fragrance today.


Entries Close Thursday 24th September 2015 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winner will be chosen by
The winner will have till Sunday 27th September 2015 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

45 thoughts on “Life, Friends, Collecting, Tea Towels

  1. I LOVE tea towels! I I actually collect magnets as my light, go-to travel souvenir but this tea towel idea is brilliant. The ones I have, I use. And I delight in them every day. I currently live in Australia and today I am wearing Chanel 1932.


  2. Happy Birthday Portia!!!!

    May your day be filled with joy and love. I already know that you will smell amazing.

    I follow by e-mail, live in the U.S., and will wear Puredistance Antonia today.


  3. What a cool giveaway. Giving other people gifts on your almost birthday is almost a hobbit habit 🙂

    As a Canadian, I enjoy following you be email and hearing about the never-cold weather you have there. 🙂

    Today,I am wearing By Killian’s Back to Black because I mixed some last night with Jalaine’s vanilla oil and huffed myself silly all night.

    Thank you for the chance



  4. Hi Portia, I know what you mean about collecting stuff – my penchant is for cat related items…. am coming down with them… lol.
    Anyhow my country is UK and today i am wearing Tokyo Milk Dark – ‘Chance # 18 – tea/fig/musky and comforting.
    I follow by email and blog…. thanks x


  5. Happy birthday for tomorrow Portia! May you have as many happy returns as teatowels! Country: Australia, fragrance, Testa Maura Capo di Feno from yourself. (I liked the Aqua Vitae sample that came with it – very summery, used it all up). 🙂


  6. Australia. One of my faves from the early 1980s, long since sadly relegated to the rag bag, was from the Madura Tea Estates near Murwillumbah NSW. It showed a giant tea cup inside which a small sailboat battled heaving seas. Yes, its title:”Storm in a Tea Cup”. I eagerly follow you via email. Today Melbourne revisited winter and I warmed up with Cabochard.


  7. Hi Portia. I love tea towels too (though I despise ironing). I especially love calendar tea towels, as they remind me of my greatly-missed mum. She used to hang them in the kitchen via a piece of dowel top and bottom, then pin reminders and tickets and such to them. Thanks for bring back such lovely memories. ❤

    I follow via FB and WordPress. xox


  8. I love buying sweets and gum from the various countries I pass through – to be consumed at a later time in Sydney and the happy memories of their country of origin will come flooding back.

    Frag du jour is Molecule 01. Look forward to seeing your lovely fragrant self this Friday! xx


  9. Happy birthday, I hope among your gifts there will be some exciting perfume surprises!
    I adore tea towels, thank you.
    Best from Paris – wearing Le Couvent Des Minimes Eau Aimable this morning.
    I follow via email


  10. Happy birthday to you! Mine is tomorrow and I get to eat cake. Or probably kale salad.
    Today I wore Chanel Jersey to class, tough luck if they didn’t like it. Have you ever compared it with Caron Pour Homme, it is softer, but in a similar lavender vanilla vein.
    I am in Australia and follow by email.


  11. happy birthday for friday!! i love collecting stuff too: )i am in australia and follow by email.i am wearing wild bluebell by jo malone today.


  12. Happy birthday! I live in the US and follow by email. I love tea towels. I’m a weaver (although lately I have been doing jewelry instead) and that is one of my favorite things to weave. Today I’m wearing Armani Prive Vetiver Babylone.


  13. Hi Portia,
    Happy, happy b’day to YOU and be on lookout for the little package.
    We are also collectors around here. Brad and I both collect china, porcelain and numerous other things including seashells, shoes, rocks and minerals… We don’t consciously “collect” tea towels but never manage throw any away. B uses them all over the place all of the time.
    We live in the USA and follow by e-mail and bloglovin. Today I am wearing a combination of Elizabeth Taylor Black Pearls and Andy Tauer Incense Flash 🙂
    Azar xx


  14. I, too, am a collector, especially of illustrated children’s books, little small decorative boxes,assorted art work, and of course, fragrance. I do so understand the sense of looking at certain things and remembering where you got them and what was happening in your life at the time. What a lovely idea to share that through your giveaway. I must think about doing that myself. Thank you for a wonderful idea.


  15. What fun!
    I follow APJ on email, and I’m in the USA.
    Happy Birthday a day early, I think, unless it’s already your birthday in Oz.

    Love you. I’m so happy we have had a chance to meet in real life. ❤


  16. Thank you Portia, what a delightfully different giveaway! I follow by email, live in the USA. And today I’m wearing A la Rose by Francis Kurkdjian.

    Happy happy birthday, Portia. May the year ahead bring joy and fabulous new adventures.

    With warm aloha,


  17. Happy Birthday Portia!!!
    woo-hoo! Meeting you through FFF has been one of the great joys of 2014. Now that Fall is in full swing, I am heading towards the amber scents, and the one that I won from you, the Ramon Monegal, is one of my favorites. So thank you, YOU are the gift to all of us! One day we’re gonna’ get down there! xoxo Oh…..follow by email.


  18. Happy Birthday my friend! Collecting things – don’t get me started- perfumes, porcelain, crystal, silver. You name it! Tea towels bring joy into the kitchen on a daily basis. And I completely agree with you that ironing them is zen. So much better than shirts. I live in Austria and follow by email. Sandra xoxo


  19. Happy Birthday! What a fabulous idea! Having just finished this damn kitchen remodel I’m totally in on a chance to win something special for it.
    I’m in the US. My scent earlier was Tuberose Gardenia but that’s long gone and now after a bit of playtime with the pooches my scent is puppy spit from getting covered in kisses. I didn’t need that makeup I was wearing right?


  20. Happy (upcoming?) Birthday, dear Portia! What a nice giveaway 🙂 DNEM (I’m not into towels) but I hope that those towels that you’re parting with will travel to interesting places.

    I’m wearing Annick Goutal’s Nuit Etoilee today.


  21. A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! I hope you have fun and enjoy not only your birthday but every day! Sending a big warm hug!

    You are so kind to host a giveaway for your birthday!

    I do not wish to be included in the draw. I just wanted to send my wishes to you!

    Thank you! Wish you all the best!


  22. Happy Birthday dear Portia!! We just moved to a new place and I’ve have been trying to cull stuff too. This is such a sweet, personal giveaway and since I do use towels to wipe my dishes and hands I am totally game for this draw (what else do you use yours for?). I love the old-fashioned penpal-ness of it. Also the thought of bits of your memories traveling all over the world. Though I have never ironed them – I think my towels probably would benefit from ironing. but I can’t convince myself to do it. Must. iron. tea towels (or hand towels as my mom and I call them).

    I follow by email (and also wordpress i think)

    Also, I was trying to find your email id on your website but couldn’t. What’s the best way to contact you- fb message or email?
    Never mind – your email is in the post..:)

    And forgot to mention – I’m in the U.S and wearing OJ Tolu even though it hasn’t cooled down yet over here.
    Lavanya recently posted…Music and Perfume


  23. Happiest of wishes to you, Portia, on your birthday and in the coming year. Your generous spirit is an inspiration.

    I have been thinning out the contents of my closets and cupboards over the past months. Now that there are fewer things confronting me when I open a door or drawer, I feel like I have more room to breathe and live and think. The things that remain with me feel more useful, more loved, more important somehow. And it opens up space in my life for whatever comes next.

    I follow via my gmail address. APJ is my one and only feed via e-mail. 🙂


  24. I spy a Sicilian tea towel in the pile dear Portia, haha I have a couple of those too. I usually collect rulers and fridge magnets from wherever I travel to.
    Wishing you a very happy birthday Portia, you are our gift! Thank you for being so wonderful ?
    Today wearing wish by chopard off to work now xo


  25. I do use tea towels, since I have no room for a dishwasher. I enjoy having nice ones, like some in a linen/cotton mix. So this giveaway is perfect!

    I am in Norway and today was fairly sunny, so I used the edt Week-End by de Nicolaï. But it is time for a perfume rotation, I have already used some warmer scents with more amber and spices.

    I follow by email and really enjoy this blog.I am sending birthday greetings across the seas and hope you will have a wonderful birthday.


  26. Happy Birthday, Portia. I wish you all the best in the upcoming year, especially you provide all the best to us on your blog.

    I don’t travel much so what I have collected are books. They take me many, many places. And though I don’t write the purchase date and location in them, I can usually remember where I got them and why they attracted me at the time.

    I think tea towels make a lovely gift — the only dishwasher at my place is me!

    Didn’t wear any perfume today as I was doing day-long training of leaders for a chronic pain program. But I’m sure going to make for that this evening by wearing my recent thrift store discovery of Le Feu D’Issey! Definitely not a “safe for all occasions scent.”

    I am still continuing to follow by email from Canada.


  27. My cousin’s British now-wife brought my aunt and mother tea towels from Harrod’s years ago, but I didn’t realize they were popular souvenirs. They are certainly easier to transport (and more practical) than snow globes. This is a lovely giveaway, and I am rooting for odbayar in Mongolia to be one of the winners. I myself am in the US, and wearing what is perhaps the opposite of Opus VII, the cheap and easy Yves Rocher Noix de Coco.

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday, and many happy returns! xxx


  28. Happy birthday, Portia. May the coming year be filled with love, laughter and happiness.

    I’m a big tea towel fan, too. For my niece and some of my friends’ kids I’ve managed to find some gorgeous ones that I’ve then framed (nothing fancy like a professional framer, as it’s easy enough to DIY it, even if your talents, like mine, don’t particularly lie in that area), which look fab up on the wall.

    Today I’m wearing Rive Gauche, as I’m trying to encourage spring to arrive properly here in Melbourne (top temp today: 14 degrees (but I shouldn’t complain; at least it’s sunny)), and I follow by email.

    Thank you, and all the best for your special day 🙂


  29. Hi Portia,

    I wish you a happy, exciting and fragranted Birthday in a couple of hours!!!
    I’ll wear some Bombay Bling in your honour today, it somehow reminds me of your joie de vivre. And I’ll raise a glass of Australian wine to you tonight.

    A big virtual hug


  30. Chuckle – I have to be very firm w/ my mom to hand over tea towels she no longer wants due to tiny holes appearing…the towels were wedding gifts to her or from her! mom`s house – and my mom is 85!! Now we just need to find a blog/site /book to remind yt how to daisy stitch around those holes! 🙂 🙂 Thank u so much for sharing your love!! We follow a la blog, FB, and e-mail


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