Thursday, January 24, 2013

Friday's Favs... beautiful things used in daily life

Okay, I may have a bit of a problem.
I have this many mixing bowls in my wee little kitchen.
But, I do have a place for everything and everything is in it's place!
I just find bits and bobs of things used in ordinary life so appealing and beautiful.
Be it bowls or boxes, quilts or linens, old blue canning jars or white ironstone pitchers and plates,
they all have a homey charm that I find hard to resist.
This lovely set of mixing bowls with their pink and blue stripe was a wedding present
 given to us over 36 years ago.
I see bowls just like them in antique stores now!
These stoneware Marshall Pottery bowls came home on the plane with me on a long ago trip to Texas.
This was long before all the security and carry-on luggage regulations.
A set of matching stoneware canisters came home with me on that trip too.
I carried everything on board with me for fear they would be broken.
The canisters were given away quite some time ago, but I've hung onto these sturdy bowls.
These beautiful bowls are a set of Emile Henry mixing bowls from Williams Sonoma.
The Hubs got them for me for Christmas one year after he saw me admiring them in the store.
This set of white bowls with the red stripes were a gift from oldest daughter.
She bought them for me at Kitchen Kaboodle.
Red is my go to accent color.  Love it.
I found this heavy duty, white, Roseville, Ohio stoneware bowl at the Goodwill.
It seems to be the perfect sized bowl and the one that I probably use most often.
This wonderful old bowl used to be my mother-in-law's.
OOPS!  I forgot that here are a few more bowls on top of my kitchen cabinets.
Two Mason Cash mixing bowls and one little antique, burgundy colored bowl.

My "collections" tend to all be things used in daily life and work in days gone by.
There is something about finding beauty in the ordinary that speaks to me.
What do you collect?

It's almost FRIDAY, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a BLESSED weekend!

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  1. Love your collection. The pink and blue striped one reminds me of Susan Branch's artwork. There is indeed such delight in using pretty things on a daily basis. It seems to take away some of the dullness out of mundane tasks.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I also collect and love vintage mixing bowls! They look wonderful displayed in your kitchen! :)

  3. I collect the same kind of things too, not mixing bowl but things used in days gone by. I love the thought that each piece I have has a story. I just wish they could tell me their stories :)

  4. I love all your mixing bowls. :) I started thinking about mine...just pyrex or metal. Guess I don't have a "thing" for mixing bowls. :) I started collecting ironstone or white dishes (some milk glass) a few years ago. Seems like I am drawn to cake pedestals and compote/candy dishes too even though I haven't bought too many. Yet. ;) =D

  5. What do I collect? Well, w-a-y too much! You know some of the things I collect and I love to have things that can be used and enjoyed. I spied that yellow bowl on top of your cabinet the moment I scrolled down to see more! I have several wonderful, old bowls that are special. One of my favorites - a vintage, yellow pottery bowl - sits on the end of my counter. It's filled with fresh fruit. I tried to replace it at Christmas time with a festive bowl and my grandkids were concerned - they thought the yellow bowl that's 'always there' had broken. Or disappeared. Love your bowl collection, my friend. It's time for us to go find more!

  6. I love mixing bowls! I have two of my mom's pyrex dishes from the 40's. I'm addicted to white pitchers and creamers--lots of shapes and textures.

  7. LOVE your vintage-y bowls, Elizabeth. They do add so much warmth to a home and kitchen.
    I have a couple of different sizes like the one from your mother-in-law. Please let me know if you'd be interested in them because I would love for them to have a good home. My gift to you!
    Mary Alice

  8. You have wonderful vintage and new bowls(I like Emile Henry. There is a quiet beauty in stirring up a dish in a thick sturdy bowl. I collect ironstone, various kinds of pottery, and funeral baskets.

  9. Elizabeth, I love bowls also. I collect them and bread tins, so I have them around the house also!! Di@Cottage-wishes

  10. Hi Elizabeth. I'm not sure how I ended up here, but I'm so glad I did. I've been looking around and enjoyed your Christmas posts. I'm happy to find someone who has a somewhat rustic look, as it seems everyone does the white on white now. I'm a rustic lover and don't usually get much inspiration from the white lovers, though I certainly enjoy looking! I love your mixing bowl collection! I bet you spend a lot of time mixing wonderful concoctions!

  11. I love your mixing bowls!! I can imagine them covered with a linen towel, while the dough under it is rising!! Your pictures are so dreamy!! XXOO

  12. I have a bowl collection too. Love your collection!

  13. I have that same set of Emile Henry mixing bowls up at my cabin. Don't you just love them? I'm not really much of a collector. I do have a few pieces of ironstone though :)

  14. gorgeous everyday collection!

    visiting via jennifer rizzo and would love to have you stop by when you have a moment.

    happy weekend to you.


  15. I have that same old heavy one with the blue stipes on it. I also have a thing for old mixing bowls and have a collection that I like to look at. I have them lined up on the hearth in front of the fireplace. Many are inside of one another but I like to see them out. They were on display on the bar but move them from time to time and use them often.

  16. Your stoneware bowls are beautiful. I agree, we can all find beauty in the every day things, we all should stop and see the beauty a little more....
    Thanks for sharing.

  17. Thank goodness I'm not the only one who loves and collects mixing bowls! I have some like yours and I think my favorites are the white ones from Lillian Vernon Company that I found at a garage sale! I always get a blessing from your blog! Thank you!

  18. Hi Elizabeth, I collect old books (especially old children's books), boxes and baskets--and way too many other things! Thanks for sharing your beautiful bowls. I love your house. You have the artist's eye!

    Have a blessed weekend!

  19. Your beautiful collection bowled me over (sorry, couldn't resist)! I collect a few different things, my favorite is old mirrors and my newest is vintage ironstone.
    Happy Weekend!

  20. Such a great collection of bowls! So agree...there is just something so special about finding beauty in the ordinary! Blessings & have a great weekend! ~ jen

  21. Just beautiful...I love them all!!

  22. Wonderful collection!

    Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  23. So pretty. I grew up with one of those tan ones with the blue stripe. My mama still uses it. Takes me right back. :)

  24. I'm a bowl / stoneware lover myself. Very sweet of your hubby to get those for you ;-)

  25. What a great collection of mixing bowls you have! They are all so pretty. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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