November 24, 2012
When this came in I guessed that it was from Africa. Although the odds of guessing the correct continent are pretty good (one in seven, or one in six since Antarctica isn’t know for its textile industry) its still nice to be sort of right about such things. I thought it was a north African piece but it turns out the donor is one of our volunteers and he was kind enough to tell me that it was actually from northern Nigeria.
Unfortunately he wasn’t able to tell us what cultural group made it but it is still an interesting piece. I’m sure someone who is familiar with textiles from the region would recognize it at a glance but I’ve got about 87 blog posts to knock out today so I don’t have the time to figure it out.
I do know it is wool (and scratchy too) and overall it measures 99 inches long by 58 inches wide. It is comprised of six individually woven pieces (averaging 9 1/2 inches wide) which have been sewn together to create the whole.
Before we got it this piece was used as a wall and not a floor covering so it is in excellent condition.
November 21, 2012
Hopefully it will right? With a mug like this your day will be full of rainbows and mythological beasts.
Especially if you aren’t good with housekeeping and let funky Technicolor mold grow in the bottom before adding your liquid of choice.
As it is now this mug is clean and holds about 12 ounces.
November 20, 2012
The one uniting factor of gas station coffee everywhere is its insidious taste. I had a recent experience with this phenomena in a little town northwest of here which is named after a big mountain up north.
But I drank it anyway. After all it was the only coffee I had and it reminded me of the untold gallons of coffee I had in little towns before I got all gentrified.
This promotional coffee cup could be considered fair warning to those who use it.
But at least it’d be clean, bleached clean.
It is the size of a normal, roughly 12 ounce mug.
November 20, 2012
This, for me, is the classic wool blanket: the Hudson’s Bay multistripe (or trapper) point blanket. It’s the blanket that evokes hunting camps, old picnics and cozy fall evenings by roaring fires.
This particular one is a four-point* or double/full size and it is in very good to excellent condition. It measure 71 1/2 inches by 88 inches.
*According to Harold Tichenor’s expert volume on point blankets The Collector’s Guide to Point Blankets of the Hudson’s Bay Company and Other Companies Trading in North America the number of points have always been a size indicator and not a code for the exchange rate in Beaver pelts in trading posts. Although often stated as a fact the reality is that the rates of exchange varied on the location of the post and the current state of the trapping market.
Tichenor also suggests that the label style shown on this blanket dates from the 1940′s through about 1955. Given the great condition of this blanket I’m surprised it is that old.
November 19, 2012
This unusual school desk was dropped off with a helpful note: “’50′s era student desk. From New Zealand. Made from solid Kaori wood (only grows in N. Zealand).”
We can also tell by the directions for the care of the rabbit (Things for the Rubbit*) written on the inside of lid that there was a rabbit in the vicinity and the drawings on the lid suggest someone may not have been all that interested in studious activities.
I’d guess that this is a piece that may not be one of a kind but you’ll probably never see another like it again.
24 inches wide, 33 deep and 30 inches tall. There is a hole for an inkwell, a pen groove and the writing surface lifts to expose a storage compartment.
Things for the Rubbit
Please Put food in every morning, take out old food,
Its foods is silver-Beat you will find it in the garden
Stroke it is little.
November 18, 2012
If you have been listening at all to NPR this past week, you will have noticed that many shows have changed their coverage a bit. Think Out Loud and Fresh Air have had guests talking not politics, but food! Specifically discussing how and what to prepare for the perfect Thanksgiving feast. After a year and a half of endless campaign coverage, I welcome this change of pace and focus on how best to fill my belly. I think we’ve all earned a day of gorging ourselves, watching football, parades or dog shows, whichever you prefer. Then blissfully slipping into a tryptophan induced coma for 9-13 hours. (I personally watch all of the Rocky films in sequence. I don’t know how and when this tradition started, but it makes me happy.)
For some, Thanksgiving is a time to get creative in the kitchen. Others prefer to carry on with recipes that have gone unchanged for generations. But regardless of your culinary prowess or willingness to embrace change, everyone knows there are two quintessential ingredients to a traditional Thanksgiving meal: A succulent, golden roasted turkey and mashed potatoes!
Mashed potatoes: The worlds greatest comfort food. Cheap, easy and versatile. A spud properly boiled, mashed and seasoned can warm even the chilliest of hearts. This is where the masher comes in:
For sale at the Tualatin Estate Store is a beautiful vintage potato masher with a butterscotch Bakelite handle. You want to make grandma’s signature taters? Than you’re going to need grandma’s signature tool.