You know you’re in trouble when the box reeks

I don’t fall for online shopping very often anymore. You get burned one too many times and swear you’ll never do it again. But you do anyhow. You read the description over and over, check the feedback, pore over the pictures, bid carefully, and somehow think that THIS TIME will be different.

This time I knew I was in trouble even before I opened the box. The mail carrier dropped it off first thing in the morning. Get it out of the truck! It reeked of smoke covered with perfume-y laundry stuff.

I’d bought this “quilt” that looked so fantastic in the pictures. It’s tied with yarn, not quilted, so technically it’s a comforter:

vintage star quilt

Oh, you’re so lovely in a picture.

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It’s old, it’s cast iron, it’s green, it’s . . . what is it?

I just found a kitchen tool that was so caked in dirt that it was hard to tell what it was.

But I could tell that it was cast iron, that it was green, and that it was certainly old.

It took me twenty minutes of careful scrubbing to get the gunk off the cast iron without also removing what remained of that wonderful green paint. Sorry that I don’t have a “before” picture.

Here are the clean parts:

First, a crank with a silky polished wooden knob. I love that little wooden flange that keeps your fingertips from rubbing against the crank. A very thoughtful design detail!

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She said these cookies were “no damn good”

My grandmother disliked this recipe so much she took a fountain pen and made sure she’d never make the same mistake twice.

these cookies are no damn good

I’ve always been amused by this one-and-only note in a cookbook I inherited from her. Is it really all THAT bad? I mean, this is a published cookbook and all…

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I went overboard on old school

I just went overboard on buying old school metal bookends. One is good, many is fabulous!

instant vintage bookend collection

I couldn’t decide which ones I liked best. So I bought them all.

I fell for the color, of course. Color always comes first.

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I wish this cocktail shaker could talk

Last week I bought a vintage cocktail shaker with an unexpected bonus.

vintage cocktail shaker

It had a stack of black-and-white photos inside.

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