06 July 2011

Dear Betsy...

as written stitched in Thomas Jefferson’s hand

Thomas Jefferson is the father of the University of
Virginia, and designed the campus himself.

Mr. Jefferson was given a 1,235-pound hunk of cheese, giving us the term... “the big cheese

Jefferson was the first president to shake
hands instead of bow to people.

He took a cold foot bath every morning for 60 years!

Thomas Jefferson was one of the two presidents who signed The Declaration of Independence. 

And now he has signed your bath towel...sort of!

So Betsy, while at UVA...

eats lots of cheese,

shake hands with everyone,

and remember to wash your feet with
Thomas Jefferson’s signature towel!

Thomas Jefferson also had a penchant for
monograms and silver!

Silver expert extraordinaire, Nancy of Silver Magpies has a Jefferson monogrammed silver cup challenge for you.

I’ll bet you a Jefferson silver nickel that you’ll
enjoy a visit to SilverMagpies!

Tell Nan I sent you!

it's just embroidery, have fun with it!


jeanette from everton terrace said...

Well now that was quite interesting. Right now with this heat I could use a cold foot bath pretty much all the time :)

The Buzz Blog said...

Heavens to Betsy - I never knew TJ was the original big cheese and I certainly would relish a cold foot bath these days!

Alexis said...

Love it! but i tell everyone around my house that I am the big cheese.

pretty pink tulips said...

Loved the trivia about our nation's 3rd president!!! A cold foot bath, huh? Sounds refreshing....and in a dorm it might just be necessary! Good luck, Betsy!!!

xo Elizabeth

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Oh, loved this! I am from Charlottesville, VA-- I grew up all around TJ history and never heard the cheese story. Love UVA- Betsy is going to have a wonderful time there! Take care, Caroline

Ridgely's Radar said...

My niece will be a freshman this year.. So I will share this with her! Great history, and advice! Thanks Cathy.

Susan T said...

Betsy is one lucky girl. However your towel is so lovely it seems a shame to dry feet on it.

quintessence said...

Loved all those Jeffersonian tidbits!! And of course love Nan- will have to hop over to take up the challenge!!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... cold foot bath? I always thinking of soaking feet in warm water because of pedicures! xo

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Cathy..now that was a whole lot of Thomas Jefferson facts that I am now aware of! Georgeous sewing per usual...have a great weekend..worthy of a Jefferson or two..lol.