This could also be titled, "One Thing Leads to Another." I like to fill spaces both indoors and out, and seem to have a number of collections. One of the phrases I hear frequently from my husband, Larry, when I bring something home from a garage sale or thrift store is, "Where are you going to put that?" I do need to be doing some sorting of things, and most of my kitchen is too messy right now to show you. I had a soup supper yesterday, and we also had our grandson. We had a couple stops after work today, too. I'm sure I have some other excuses, like blogging.
My in-laws raised 5 kids here, and we used to come over for supper with our kids and pack ourselves in this kitchen. Shortly after we moved in, we put a dining room in what used to be a bedroom, and filled the kitchen with other things. I have been saving money to have a dishwasher built in, add some built in shelving to get rid of the big silver shelf, new flooring, lighting, etc. However, I spent some of that money on my new computer, a MacBook Pro and a new camera, a Canon PowerShot SX10IS. I used the new camera to take these "lovely" photos. I need to read my instruction manual soon!
Larry and I went to a lot of antique stores looking for a cupboard for the kitchen. I loved the chippy painted ones, and he hated them. We compromised and got a Hoosier cabinet that had been refinished. I didn't know what Hoosiers were until we started this shopping spree.
I had recently learned about Ebay, and after we purchased this, I got on to compare the prices to see if we got an OK deal. I noticed there were some old ads for Hoosiers, and bought a couple.
If you are not familiar with Ebay, you can view other items a seller has on auction. I did that and found some other ads I liked, like this Martex towels one. I don't know as I had heard of Martex, but they are still around.
I loved the above ad so much, that I thought I'd check on Ebay to see if I could find the towels in the ad. I have had great fun with this! I have found most of them and more. LOL
The words around the man and woman say the same thing as the ad, "Even a Man Can Do a Good Job with Martex Dry Me Dry."
I have a table cloth like this next towel.
Of course, I didn't just collect the Martex towels. Sellers like to combine shipping, so I have found others I like, too, and occasionally one can be found at a local sale.
This is one of my favorites.
The next one is a Martex.
The dining room gets full of things, too, and some of my towels have found places to be in it. This one is a Martex.
The last two are Martex towels. Notice the "still life" photo on the left I took when our son was young, about 25 years ago. There was a napkin wadded up on the table, if my memory is correct.
I have more towels besides the ones posted, but this was getting long enough, and I'm not sure where some of them are. I have one with radishes, and others with forks, knives, and spoons that are pretty cool. Anyway, the themes of gardening, flowers, and food are carried into my house as expressions of my enjoyment of them.
Something weird just happened. I had been trying to get the print smaller, but had trouble, because I had to redo it after each photo, then it kept going into the title, and wouldn't type into the body, so I gave up. As I was deleting some of the above paragraph, the curser went to the right, and all my typing got small. If anyone can explain that to me, I'd appreciate it. (Only some of the typing got smaller, so I went back and edited this to make the rest smaller, only I think it's smaller than this. I'm not understanding this.)