Lazy J Bar C

Lazy J Bar C

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tuesday Muse - 07/23/2013


I spend a LOT of time in the kitchen and figured I might as well enjoy the tools of my trade. Stainless steel, plastic and glass just don't speak to my soul so I have been slowly replacing my utilitarian bowls, casserole dishes, utensils, etc. with pieces that I find to be beautiful. I have splurged on some heavy wooden spoons and have been picking up crockery/pottery mixing bowls and casserole dishes at thrift stores and yard sales. I love finding pieces from the 60s and 70s and I use them almost daily. My sister-in-law gave me this cute set of measuring spoons for Christmas a few years ago and I have started using them too. It makes me happy to use an everyday item that I find to be beautiful as well as functional. :)

Do you prefer function or beauty in your household items, or do you try to find items that fulfill both criteria?

Linking up with Nancy for Tuesday Muse.

18 comments:

Nancy said...

For me, function trumps beauty in the kitchen -- but it's so nice to have both in one! :)

TexWisGirl said...

that's totally cool. you do spend a lot of time in your kitchen. :)

Evelyn S. said...

I should live by that saying! I have a terribly small, inadequate kitchen...with almost no storage. Certainly no counter storage...but I love pretty kitchen items. I just can't have them. Also, I don't spend much time there. ;-) This is a beautiful composition, Candy!

Patty Woodland said...

I love older pieces too - just be sure the pretty measuring spoons are accurate. I learned that lesson the hard way.

Tombstone Livestock said...

I found a large about 2 gallon size white bowl with blue stripe thought it would look great full of potato salad (LOL, just me what do I need with 2 gallons of potato salad) didn't notice until I got home that it says Bruce's Popcorn on the side. I had even turned it over to see if there were any marks on the bottom. Nice bowl if you face lettering to the wall, LOL

Robyn G said...

Candy,
I have gone through the entire house and tossed, organized, and put in boxes go give away. I don't like clutter and prefer to keep things as simple as possible.

I like function and beauty is an added bonus.

If you don't use it or don't like it toss it or give it a way!

Carolyn said...

I love my wooden spoons! And I've inherited those "old" avocado green set of mixing bowls from my mom and love them too. ONE day I'm going to donate my butt-ugly set of crummy metal measuring spoons for a set like yours; they're beautiful!!

Susan said...

I love ceramic bowls - but, I have to confess, the one bowl I use most of all is a green plastic one from the dollar store! I use wooden spoons for everything except cheesemaking. They feel so much better in my hand.

Michelle said...

I totally agree. I love using vintage piece of dishes. I did cry when I lost one of my bowls.

Maggid said...

I am glad to know I'm not the only one who prefers the feel of something . . real.

Your quote & picture is marvelous . . .
love & love,
-g-

Buttons said...

Oh I have been using my 1960 bowls to mix with a cool wooden spoon lately too. I like it it seems so much more soothing then steel bowl with steel spoon. Wood and glass yes I get it. :) Hug B

Little Homestead In Boise said...

I love both. I saw some ceramic measuring spoons today and I laughed, cute but no way accurate. I stick with my Mom's old ceramic and stainless steel mixing bowls. I love glass and old ceramic stuff. If it's plastic I'm usually gleaning it out of the kitchen. Soon I'd like to get a new set of melamine mixing bowls, in multi colors...

Sandra said...

I love the bowl!
I just always worry about them getting broke!

Tanya Breese said...

i love finding old pieces to use in the kitchen from flea markets, goodwill, etc...makes me happy when i use them. it doesn't make me happy to use new junk from walmart :(

Madge Bloom said...

I made a rule for myself years ago that if I bought a collectible it had to serve its purpose beyond decor... I love using vintage kitchen pieces, knowing some other women (wife?) used them to the pleasure of her family and herself!

edenhills said...

Function is very important to me. I look outside the mundane to find beauty. I might have to rethink that after this beautiful photo.

Deb Crecelius said...

I want both beauty and function.
Or beauty and memories.
Just not too many items though.
I'm a minimalist at heart tempered with reality.
And I love buying used.

Marie said...

Oh Candy--I am sorry I haven't been in touch much lately! My blogging has been real hit and miss these days, and this has been a very crazy summer, as you can tell by my last post! Thank you for your condolences about Russell's Dad. Love your pretty baking things! I think I have that same spoon. I love crockware bowls and have a few. We're thinking about canning some saurkraut next.