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« Reply #120 on: January 22, 2008 05:09:01 PM »

Hot Pot Rest of collected corks and plumbing hardware.

Oh!!! That is what I should do with all the wine corks around here! Cheesy Love it.

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« Reply #121 on: January 22, 2008 05:17:20 PM »

It's a fun and easy craft that I did probably a decade ago.  At the time the hardware part was probably less than a buck and of course, the wine corks come FREE with the wine.   Wink

« Reply #122 on: January 23, 2008 11:05:03 AM »

I'm falling behind on replying to things I've loved that you all have posted.  That bark is just lovely.  Reminds me of the texture of buildings in Mexico (something I also photographed compulsively when I lived there) that have been painted and painted endlessly.

I am yet another container fetishist...love canning jars, jars with corks, glass-topped metal canisters.  Sigh.

Oh, nudey toothbrush holder!  Both beautiful and so cute in the bathroom.  Your bathroom must be amazing, MistressT.

I'm also a big fan of the milk chute story.  Where in the midwest did you grow up, Camelama?  I've never seen a milk chute!  Laundry shoots, yes...milk chutes, no.  I have seen old slide-out fire escapes on schoolhouses, though.  Or maybe just read about them...

« Reply #123 on: January 23, 2008 12:38:06 PM »

i'm looking for beautiful + useful things like crazy... and i can't!
i start thinking "is this really useful???"

help me!!!!  Grin

Isn't beauty in itself of at least some use?  Seems like anything that doesn't have to be aesthetically pleasing to do it's job (and it's job is not too esoteric), but is beautiful would qualify.

And also, I finally got the wist thing situated (not on my toolbar, alas). 

sure it is.
but i've always seen this swap's theme as beautiful utilitarian (does this word exists?) objects.
and, of course i can find beautiful and useful objects around here, i just don't have the time nor the proper light to photograph them  Grin

i think i'll post some links later.

« Reply #124 on: January 23, 2008 12:51:14 PM »

Well, we called it a "chute" but it was really just a horizontal hole in the wall of the house, with a little door on the outside and a door on the inside.  Typically in houses built before 1960.

I grew up near Ann Arbor MI, but spent a lot of time in da UP eh, and in Minnesota.  

Some milk chute stories:


and wow, only found one photo on google images!  Well, this one and one of a chute removed and bricked in.

It's down a few images.  Just a little door in the brick wall.

We got to crawl through that thing an embarassing number of times.  Mom was always forgetting her keys, but she had 4 kids of her own to keep track of, plus we were THE house in the neighborhood to play at, so she typically had about 20 kids in the house/yard.  Smiley  So we cut her some slack.

You'll also find them in old apartment buildings, say, from 1930's and earlier, where they were not only milk chutes but it was where the ice delivery man would leave your block of ice - so the chute was insulated and the doors sealed.  And each apartment had one.  I *loved* an apartment I had in college that had one of those, made it really easy for the mailman to leave packages, and for me to leave things for my friends or them for me - I could lock the inside door so no one could get through (that chute was *big*, the milk-only-chutes could only fit a very small child through).  

I miss things like that, that we lose due to our other inventions.  The milk chute and the ice chute were perfect for other needs, it's too bad we don't have them any longer.  

One thing I realized I *ADORE* and don't have are some really beautiful bowls.  I do like my plastic OXO mixing bowls, but I envy people who have kitchens where they can store/display and use those beautiful colorful pottery etc bowls for mixing etc.   I want enough counter space to display a stack of multi-coloured bowls!  How cheerful and beautiful and useful!   Anyone have pictures of something like that?   I read through the Crate&Barrel catalog every time it's delivered, simply to drool over the bowls.  Smiley

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« Reply #125 on: January 23, 2008 01:18:26 PM »

I used to rent a house from a friend, and he said we could make any changes we wanted to (it was a really crappy house, so anything was an improvement!), so I took all the cabinet doors off in the kitchen.  I really love the look of that, when you can see all the stuff.  I kept all my dishes, and pantry food that had beautiful boxes in those cabinets, and it all sorta looked like a display shelf.  I wish I could do it in my house now, but I don't think the effect would be right.  Glass doors would be good though...when I win the lottery....

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« Reply #126 on: January 23, 2008 02:01:04 PM »

I love beautiful bowls!  Here's a shot of some of my vintage fiestaware mixing bowls....

I inherited a ridiculous amount of vintage fiestaware from my late grandma....we knew she collected it, but she literally stashed it in so many cupboards in her house it was bizarre but funny..( hmmm kinda like my yarn stash Roll Eyes)  It don't like to eat on it  ( rumours of lead and wierd radioactive stuff in the glazes!) but it sure is pretty to look at.  I am redoing my kitchen using fiesta colors.

Superhooker, I look the look of cabinets with no doors too.  That was the first thing I did in our new house.  The kitchen has these sterile looking mass produced cabinet doors, so off they came!  Now you can see all the cups and bowls and canning jars full of grains and beans and spices!

« Reply #127 on: January 23, 2008 06:00:35 PM »

Oh I love those bowls! They must make mixing things uber fun! I have these cool handmade pottery bowls shaped like hearts with wavey colors.  They are in storage now and I miss them terribly. They have matching soup bowls with handles (or they could be GIANT latte mugs).  I can't mix in them due to the heart shape.

We had cabinets with no doors in our old apartment, not only was it awesome for displaying our glassware, pottery, dishes, mugs, and tea cups, it was also so incredibly functional! Whenever you need something you grab it with no door in the way.  On the other hand, I like the look of glass kitchen doors as well.  Like the craftsman style wooden doors or Ikea has some nice white doors with little square windows.  Glass doors or no doors, adding some shelf illuminating lighting is also a plus!  

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« Reply #128 on: January 23, 2008 06:08:09 PM »

I love the idea of taking the doors off of the cabinets but I've gotta ask:  doesn't everything get dusty??  And do you leave some cabinets on (like on the lower ones) to have a place to hide things that aren't as fabulous-looking?  Like the wide-mouth plastic top for the Kitchen-Aid bowl, for instance:  useful, but not beautiful. 
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« Reply #129 on: January 23, 2008 06:50:02 PM »

Regardless of the beauty of some of my useful kitchen things, there's no way I could maintain tidy enough kitchen cabinets to go doorless!  Dusting is my least favorite household chore, too.  So, for me anyway, cabinet doors are beauseful!  Wink  I do admire the photos I see of open concept cabinetry in designer magazines, owned by people who are tidier than I!

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