January 4, 2008
I hear you’re back from vacation. I feel like a teenager who’s thrown a party while Mom and Dad are away, except I screwed up and blogged the party. While you were gone, I had a little contest. I did a little eBay shopping for prizes. I didn’t break anything, I promise. And I totally re-set the odometer on Dad’s car. (Wait, wrong movie.)
You would not believe how many cute recipe boxes there are on eBay. This one thrilled me because of its gently used condition (those spots are not rust, they are the golden centers of the flowers) and the fun recipes that came with it on matching recipe cards. I love the matching!
I went a little nuts when I found several of “my mom’s” recipe boxes up for sale. They are “rare”! Why are they being sold for $1.99 and up? I only bought one. But I learned that mom’s box, and practically all of the boxes that speak to me, were made by the Ohio Art Company.
Ohio Art was known for its sturdy metal boxes and sweet paint jobs. (OK, I made that up but it must be true.) The Ladies Home Journal box is from Ohio Art, which I didn’t know when I bought it. On top of the box, it says, “Never Underestimate the Power of a Greal Meal”. This is the first to arrive of my (ahem) several purchases. I have high hopes for the Family Circle box. Will it be Ohio Art? Can I stand it?
The contest is officially over. The results are being tabulated (and photoshopped). A post on Monday will reveal the winners, each of whom will receive a priceless eBay recipe box and other items to be determined. (I know there has to be yarn, or I’m a dead man.) I’ve decided I was crazy to do this contest, because how do you pick the best recipe? The best beat-up old recipe box? They’re all great.
In other news, sew-up of Oliver’s American Blanket is proceeding apace. Over the New Year holiday I conscripted Aunt Kathy to work on a strip. We will soon have a blanket to auction.
I’ve been sewing, and so has niece Maggie, who got a Janome Hello Kitty 3/4 size sewing machine for Festivus. I really like this little machine. It makes sense, and it works. And the price is right. Father Festivus found this one at Target.
Happy weekend everybody!