What are you saving for a rainy day?
I took photos last Saturday in the last of the daylight. It was really a bit too dim, but I kept going anyway. I was so interested in what I was doing, and of course the light changing was gradual and my eyes could easily adjust, so it didn’t seem too dim – and then suddenly I realized I was peering in the darkness.
I saved the pictures to post on a rainy day, when I didn’t have good lighting for fresh pictures. And as it turns out they are murky anyway. Sometimes the learning curve is steep, isn’t it?
I thrifted this book. I almost left it behind, as I thought it was probably too outdated. Funny how our language changes. The title is American Country. Now, we would say Vintage, Cottage, Farmhouse, Shabby, Primitive, etc. But it was only a quarter, so I picked it up again, and looked more closely at the pictures and saw how appealing they were. There is no publication date in it. It is a TIME-Life book.
I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely irrational about my love for old cookbooks. I want to make everything in them, even if they would be strange to contemporary tastes. This picture shows how appealing the artwork is. I think I have the book in the upper left: All About Home Baking. Remind me and I’ll share sometime. Really, half the charm is in the wording of the text. The language has a cheery, quaint quality that is terribly endearing. Do you collect vintage kitchen tools? I do, and I have the gray enamelware dish/plate/pie tin you see in the picture below. Check out the bread-slicing guide! That would be handy in my house. Slicing bread straight really is an acquired skill, and I’ve become pretty good at it. (But I must say that the rest of the crowd around here could use more practice!)I love the prim look of shelf edging. I have made some crocheted edgings, but never put them up on any shelf edges. What am I waiting for? I have never seen newspaper edging, but I so love the thrifty creativity of the humble American housewife that it proclaims, don’t you? I’m dying to try it. I loooove to cut paper shapes. I still cut strings of paper dolls in all kinds of costumes, you know the kind? When you’re done, and unfold them, you have a series of identical dolls holding hands? I’ve made gingerbread boys, ragdolls, Boy Scouts (guess why), snowmen, clowns and schoolgirls. This is how I pass time at family gatherings when the kids need to settle down from the frenetic running around the house. Yeah, I do better at the kids’ table.Have you ever used one of the early electric toasters? I have once. I was visiting my great grandmother for the day, and she made me tea and toast. With homemade bread, and homemade strawberry jam. No, really. And I’m not kidding when I tell you that she also showed me how to cut and press wool strips, and braid a chair mat that I still have to this day. (I really need to take a picture and share that.)I recently inherited the toaster cut off in the pic below from my grandmother’s basement. For all I know, it was the toaster from Great Grammie’s house.The strawberry-painted glasses are a recent GW find. They are in good condition, but some of the paint is a little cloudy from dishwasher exposure. (If you have painted glasses, never put them in the dishwasher, the detergent is too harsh; same for colored Pyrex casseroles and mixing bowls!) There was a matching pitcher on ebay, which I should have bought. Wouldn’t it be a charming lemonade or sweet tea set? (Speaking of ebay, I’ve taken the plunge, and made my first listings, wish me luck!)
I love the old canning jars with the glass lids and the wire bail. I created this little grouping the other day when I was doing my “Back-to-School” mantel display.Speaking of canning, I am working up to learning more about canning, (not that I have a garden, and a bountiful harvest to preserve), along with learning more about pressure cooking.
I’ll leave that as a tease, hinting for future posts. I have recently bought 2 vintage Presto pressure cookers (4 qt.), for only a quarter apiece. And a vintage pressure cooker cookbook. So, if you want me, I’ll be in the kitchen.