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My Sour Cream Glasses

Martha Stewart is ruining eBay for me. Every weekend, I take a moment to relax and execute two searches: 1) Sour Cream Glass and 2) Sour Cream Glasses. (For some strange reason, these searches don’t yield the same results.) These glasses are generally vintage glasses that sour cream manufacturers used to package their sour cream in as a freebie gift, like jelly jars. They come in pint and half-pint sizes; I’m definitely partial to the half-pint glasses. Over the years, I’ve found some great buys on these gorgeous little glasses that we use in our home everyday. They’re perfect for wine, juice, or a quick glass of water. I never worried about breaking these glasses because they were so ubiquitous. Sometimes, I even found the glasses at thrift stores priced at $.50 or $1.00. I fear this will never again be the case. My Sour Cream Glasses

Martha Stewart’s magazine recently featured sour cream glasses in its, “Our Finds,” section. (PS they have a new section of the same name on their website.) Martha Stewart's Sour Cream GlassesSuffice it to say, the prices for sour cream glasses are skyrocketing on eBay. I’m thinking maybe I should start selling my collection, but I’m too in love with all the patterns. Oh well, maybe this trend will die down soon, and I can go back to scoring them for a reasonable price (or at least less than $10.00 per glass)!

Mr. Owl

I have a “thing” for owls. They’re solitary, nocturnal hunters; they’re associated with the Greek goddess Athena and therefor now symbolize wisdom. The mournful and/or screeching call of an owl is also associated with death & misfortune. At any rate, I like to keep them on my side, symbolically & otherwise.

At the 2007 North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day festival, there was a vendor selling lovely wood-carved things. I bought Mr. Owl.

The Vendor
The Vendor

Mr. Owl
Mr. Owl

Mr. Owl & his friends
Mr. Owl and his friends

To contact the vendor to get your very own cool handcarved item: Joel & Irene Deguzman, Easley, Sc, irenenjoel @ msn.com

Thrifted Chair

My New Chair

The town of Calabash, NC is locally famous for two things: Calabash Seafood & Great Thrift Stores. On a recent sojourn to the area, I came across this great new chair. (I got it for a steal–only $28!)

It’s very 80’s, very brown, & very cool. I bought a great new brown/gold/orange rug to help coordinate the 80s chair with the 70’s brown/gold/orange couch that I already had. I used to hate brown, but I’m definitely loving it these days.

Embroidered Landscape

Embroidered Landscape

This weekend, I was finally able to finish an embroidery I’ve been working on forever!

Over a year ago, I bought a barely started cottage embroidery scene at the bi-monthly Lutheran Sale at the church near my house. I was thinking about starting a new embroidery that I bought at another flea market, and then realized the cottage was still incomplete. I was able to practice a lots of lazy daisies and french knots.

I think it came out pretty well; it’s a perfect addition to my tacky landscape collection.

Tacky Landscapes

I have begun the somewhat laborious process of cataloging my infamous collection of Tacky Landscapes. This not-quite-world-renowned collection surrounds me in my bedroom; almost every square inch of wall is taken up by them.

Taken individually, they may seem quite ugly, but when viewed as a whole, they offer windows to different (highly-saturated) places and times. Additionally, each acquisition has its own story. Not a one cost more that $10 at a flea market except for the 2 Wallace Nutting hand-tinted mini photographs that I have. I got the piece above at a flea market in Conway, SC that no longer exists. I was visiting my parents during Spring Break while in my third year of grad school. My ex-boyfriend, Matt, was with me when I scored this amazing jig-sawed landscape. It’s really beautiful; the colors are great.

There are more still to come!