My newest blogging gal pal has turned into a real life pal! I met Kathy, from Creative Home Expressions, while visiting her blog via a party link, a few weeks back. She had mentioned in a previous post that she had recently moved to Ohio from Long Island. I, being the nosey one, wrote and welcomed her to the Buckeye State. Long story short…. I determined that she must live fairly close to me and just came out and asked where she lived. It turns out that she is only a short hop, skip, and a jump away from my house!
I asked her if she’d like to meet in person, and once she determined I wasn’t a stalker or some crazy person, she agreed. After getting to know each other over breakfast and an excursion to a local resale shop, we both agreed that we had “clicked.” She asked our server at the local Bob Evans Restaurant to take our picture together, but Kathy wasn’t real satisfied with how she looked in the photo and I thought I just looked like a fool! Anyway, she nixed using any of the shots of us. We both brought our cameras along on our most recent outing on Thursday, but guess who took absolutely NO pictures? Yup- neither one of us! So everyone will have to wait to see us together at another time. IF we can both agree that we look beautimous together in the same shot!!
Anyway, we took a trip up the highway to Tipp City to shop at a favorite vintage shop up there, Past Perfect. I wanted to show her where I usually find my goodies when I’m not traversing to all those barn sales in central Ohio! Past Perfect held its holiday open house last Friday and my favorite booth was a bit sold out of merchandise ( I have to tell the truth and say that I helped contribute to that state!), but Kathy was still able to find a few things to buy. She just posted her treasures, so pop over and see her!
After she bought her things, we meandered over to an antiques mall that I haven’t frequented for a couple of years. I wasn’t shopping for anything particular- I just wanted to let something catch my fancy. Lately, I’ve been fascinated with rolling pins. What? Rolling pins?! I don’t know what the attraction was, but there was enough of one to convince me to buy five of them!
Now, don’t ask me how I finally got that top pin to balance on top of the others. It took some doing!
I plopped my purchases into an old crock that I found at a church sale last year. It was one of two that were included in that amazing $50 purchase of my vintage goat cart. Into the mix, I included an old wooden masher that I found for $3 at the barn sale a few weeks ago.
I’m calling it a masher, for lack of anything better to call it. I’m sure that there is some technical term for it, so if any of you can tell me, I’d be happy to have your input. I recall my grandmother having something like this that she used with one of her conical strainers. She often made choke cherry jelly and she pushed the fruit through the strainer like a sieve with a wooden tool that looked similar to this.
I guess what I loved about these old utilitarian pieces was their worn patina. There are nicks and stains in and on them that could only have come from repeated use in the kitchen. I found all five of them in one booth and they were priced very reasonably. Kathy and I had seen some others in another booth, but I really didn’t want to shell out $14 for them. The one piece pin that is to the left of the green-handled one cost me only $5. The rest of them all have attached handles and were $4.
I’m betting that, at one point, this handle was bright green. It has since faded to a lovely and variegated light green color, due to use and cleaning. And as far as cleaning goes, why do some people soak their wooden tools and cutting blocks in water?
The red handle on this pin is still quite bright, which says to me that it didn’t get as much wear.
It was a fun excursion for Kathy and me. We hope to get to Columbus real soon to visit the Heritage Square Antiques Mall, where my blogging buddy, Polly, has a booth. I haven’t seen her things for a while and need to make the trip. And since the White Cottage shop is only about 40 minutes from there, maybe we can hop up to Newark and see if Cyndi has added any more eye candy to it. It’s going to be a busy shopping season!!