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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Yesterday Was a Very Good Day!

The title pretty much sums it up, so I'll get straight to the good stuff! Lesley from Wool and Company sent me a gift as a Thank You for doing Mystery Stole and look at what she sent:

Its a beautiful sterling bracelet that says EAT SLEEP KNIT! She also sent the tiny sheep which was the subject of a brief scuffle between myself, Mickael, and Caleb. I won (HA HA!) Thank you so much Lesley, I love it!

Earlier yesterday I had run out to pick up a couple of things at the Hallmark store and I found something I have been looking for for almost four years. When Mickael and I got married, we had some Tupperware canisters. They weren't ugly but they weren't pretty either. They got the job done of holding my staples* and keeping them fresh, but they didn't look like much sitting out on the countertop. I had looked for some new canisters when we moved up here but couldn't really find any that I liked, that would be perfect for our kitchen, so I just kept using the Tupperware. Yesterday, I replaced the Tupperware canisters! We have a few Chicken and Rooster things in our Kitchen (including the ever popular Chocolate Chicken: a cookie jar we keep filled with chocolate) and when I saw these, I knew they were perfect.


Aren't they cute? I love how the knobs on the lids are painted to match the chickens on the side of each canister. You can't see it in this picture, but the lids are red, which is the main color I'm using in the Kitchen right now. I knew there were the perfect canisters out there somewhere!

*An interesting little tidbit we learned from Judith MacKenzie McCuin in the spinning class at MDS&W was why "staples" are called "staples." In feudal times you would get your flour, sugar, salt (staples) from the lord of the manor. Everyone was under the feudal system (OK, not everyone, but English speaking everyone), so it worked out pretty well. With the rise of the merchant class and trade guilds in the Renaissance, many people moved into the cities and could no longer get these items from a feudal lord. The Stapler's Guild were the men who sorted the wool locks by staple length. This was important to do before it was combed for spinning because combing separates the shorter locks from the longer. If you don't sort out the locks ahead of time, you lose a lot of wool. Anyway, the Stapler's Guild bought these basic items in bulk, so if you lived in the city and had no feudal lord, you could get them from the guild. This is why we refer to flour, sugar, and salt as Staples. I thought that was pretty interesting.


Blogger anita said...

What a great day for you! Did you get the awesome "staple holders" at hallmark? I need to know so I can replicate them in my kitchen! I live in iowa so know one will see we're the same...grin altho I'll tell everyone it was your idea. these would finish the rooster/chicken theme in my kitchen also. and I promise to tell everyone it was your idea!

8:14 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Yes, the canisters came from our Hallmark store! Who knew they had such cute things?

8:19 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

I may have to look at Hallmark myself for a set of those! I have a "slight" chicken/rooster theme in my kitchen too (just a soap dispenser, spoon rest, and cookie jar), and am using cobalt blue as an accent color. I've been needing some nice canisters since we got married too (I've got the plastic ones in the pantry now!). These would be perfect.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Gammy aka Peggy said...

Thanks, I love finding out the history behind our common everyday expressions. And really cool it has something to do with wool!~!!! I love the canisters. I too collect chicken/rooster stuff.

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Ria said...

I love little historical asides like that! That one was really interesting.

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melanie, those are pefect for your ktichen!! Mindy

9:33 AM  
Blogger Rositta said...

What great cannisters, wow...I have a chicken theme going on at the cottage but finding stuff like that here in "backwater' Toronto is just about impossible..(tongue planted firmly in cheek), Toronto is really not that bad, we just don't get everything like you do....ciao

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a British Lit teacher, Anglophile, Word Person, I thank you for the tidbit about "staples." I lovelovelove stuff like that!

AND it's an added bonus that the term comes from my second favorite thing in the world -- sticks and string!

Looking forward to Clue #5 tomorrow -- although I'll be on the road and will need to find a color printer. Wish me luck!

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What lovely gifts! And the canisters are so cute, great you finally found some to match your kitchen decor. And thanks for the information on *staples* that was really quite interesting. I just love historical tid bits like that. Look up how and why bandaids were invented, that's kinda a cute story. :)

9:45 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Very neat aside about staples! And it's so cool that it's fiber related, too.

(BTW - thanks again for the MS3! I'm really enjoying it even if I am behind the main part of the group.)

10:22 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

So glad you had a good day. Isn't it nice when one of those "perfect" days comes along? I like your rooster jars, too!

10:39 AM  
Blogger Melly said...

I would like to know what kind of Vera Bradly thing you picked up? :)

11:50 AM  
Blogger Arianwen said...

I love your bracelet and the little sheep what a lovely gift!

5:47 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Absolutely the cutest canisters ever!! I think I'm actually jealous :~)

7:33 AM  
Blogger Channon said...

My Hallmark doesn't have them!! I collect roosters and have two rooster cansiter sets, but hubby keeps bringing blue into the kitchen...

They're lovely. Wow. I'm a bit jealous...

2:38 PM  
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11:41 AM  
Blogger Smith Keely said...

Hi, I love the canisters. I, too, have a cobalt color going on in my kitchen. Could you look and see what name is stamped on the underside? I tried 2 Hallmark stores here in Florida. Evidently the stores are all independent. Thank-you very much.

11:10 AM  

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