Monday, October 26, 2009



     My relationship with pitchers, of all shapes and sizes, started when I was a little girl. 

     One of my earliest memories of pitchers was completely imaginary.  As a child we, my cousins and I, played outside most of the time, and I loved to draw houses in the dirt with a strong stick dividing my house into rooms.

     In our imagination ,we poured and poured , in our empty-handed fantasy. I was simply mimicking my mother, the most gracious hostess of all.

     The early pitchers in my adult house were used for brewed ice tea, frozen orange juice, fruity concoctions for my girls, and the occasional margarita for a teacher or two or twenty.

     My collecting of milk glass began a search for creamers , and although I have more than my share, I gravitate to the stability of a paired set- the ultimate two by two. 


     There is something hopeful about a sugar bowl and a matching creamer.  What other problems can one have in the world, if they are able to share their home and their lives serving coffee to friends and family?


     I would trade every solitary drive-thru window in the world, paper cups warning HOT, trash cans waiting at the exit, for the chance to sit in my living room serving coffee to friends.

     Everyday I enjoy the pleasure of making iced tea and serving it out of this old grocery store pitcher.


Note to daughters: this pitcher holds our history.

      I pour milk into my coffee out of this hob nail creamer, when I am not rotating it with other small pitchers I have.


     Again I say, it is not ever about stuff. That term should be reserved for drive-thrus.

     It is about simple, unique, shared pleasures.



Sandra said...

Another great post from you that makes me ever so nostalgic and melancholy but always in a good way.

Karen said...

Yes, Laura. Coffee soon! As you say, "It's time!" I'll be back from Mexico next Monday.

Theresa said...

Love your beautiful pitchers, creamers and the gorgeous plates in the background. When I was a little girl, we made our rooms by lining pinestraw to make the outlines. Funny the things from our childhood that stay with us. Sweet memories:) Have a blessed day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Laura! I love looking at your collection of pitchers. I have that same cut glass olden one from the grocery store. I've had mine for ages, my Mother gave it to me. It looks delicate but it's a trooper, don't you think?
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Deb said...

great your story...I have some milkware also...I love it....

trash talk said...

Laura, you never fail to strike just the right chord. You zero in on what's important and hold me there. I love this post. It's really not about the dishes, is it? Girl, you teach me something everytime I come over. Thank you.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have some pretty cream pitchers - really like the green one.Your post jarred my memory about the playhouses. I would make kitchens out of boards, bricks and such. Use jar lids for pans and cook pretend food such as acorns and rocks.
Great post!

Dirt Princess said...

I am the same way...pitchers, vases, etc. I have them every where. I eventually get around to using them, but I have way more than I can use!

Lee said...

I just realized one of the reasons I keep checking on your blog. My mother loves blue, bless her heart, she just didn't know how to make it look pulled together.
You're really pouring out love with those pitchers don't cha know! Yeah, you do. I am with Deb.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh I wish I could come over and have coffee with you today -- but, alas....It's off to work I go! I have your same grocery store pitcher too -- one of my favorites!

LPC said...

I love pitchers too. I have an old blue glass one from Crate and Barrel. And a really old silver one from the family. There's something about their potential.

Marigene said...

Oh, pretty pitchers, Laura...the aqua Fiestaware is such a pretty shade. I ♥ the milk glass, so classic and classy...

Carol Murdock said...

LOVE them all but the Hobnail is my favorite!!
That teal green is wonderful too! :)

June said...

Laura, these are all so beautiful. I'm a pitcher girl myself! Your collection of sugar and creamers is lovely.

Apron of the Month Club said...

Hi Laura, the clear pitcher remindes me of the ones my grandmother used to have. My grandparents were poor but always managed to have something special. It was safe guarded and treasured. Priceless photos, thanks!!

Yoli :)

Debra@CommonGround said...

Isn't it interesting how certain objects hold such tangible memories and pieces of our hearts? The little everyday objects and items that make our lives special.

Amy said...

Well said. We too have a lovely pitcher when I was growing up that my mom always filled with her yummy ice tea. Thanks for bringing back lovely memories!!

kate said...

thanks for the peek at all your great pitchers, esp love
the white hob nail milk glass!! and all your toile dishes behind

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

I love white ironstone pitchers ... for flowers, gravy, I have a huge one that holds all my kitchen utensils .... they are multipurpose.

Carole and Chewy said...

Hey Miss Laura!!

Guess what came in the mail today? Thank You!

Here they are at home: said...

What a pretty collection of pitchers and creamers. Love the hob nail set. It is so much more fun to use them in our every day lives instead of waiting for that 'special' day since every day is 'special'.

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