Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bar Keepers Friend Gift Basket

Well friends I was lucky enough to be the winner of the Bar Keepers Friend gift basket; you can see my post about it here. Today my package arrived and it was a very exciting day indeed.


What is it with kids and packages or presents? Immediately after the mail carrier rang our doorbell and I brought in the box she attacked.


Here's what was inside: both kinds of BKF in liquid and powder; a new foam spray cleaner, an apron, a tote bag, and a non-slip mat hat has Bar Keepers Friend poked out in holes (hope that makes sense).


Here's the foam spray. Apparently it is new. We have super hard water here and sometimes the Pyrex I get is in sorry shape as a result. Often I have had to soak lids and dishes in CLR. I will be curious to see how this product works.

Thanks to Erin, our PCIII blog owner, and Bar Keepers Friend for a fun experience!

Happy hunting!

Jacquelyn

Thursday, August 14, 2014

First Time Poster

After years of drooling over the finds that everyone else posts about, I decided it was finally time to join the collective myself. It came at a good time too, because I just hit the World's Longest Yard Sale last weekend. While some of the vendors were a little on the expensive side, i.e. $18 for a single divided dish missing its lid, I did pick up a few good things.

This little creamer was only 50 cents, and it's the one pattern that I actively collect. I'll probably never use it as an actual creamer, but I'm sure I can find some use for it! The only other one I have is currently holding a wax melt and sitting on a candle warmer.

There were a bunch of vendors set up outside and around a barn, and they all had outrageous prices on everything. I don't know about you, but I don't want to pay $12 for a pair of used and dirty shoes. A vendor inside had this little piece of opal Pyrex priced at $2. It's the size of a pie plate, but it's got a much cooler lid. Oddly enough, he had higher prices on the Glasbake and Fire King pieces he had.

I have a roommate who thankfully loves yard sales and thrift stores too, and he is understanding of my Pyrex addiction. He wasn't understanding of these bowls, which he referred to as the "ugly bowls" when I pointed them out. The seller had two sets priced at $15 each but came down to $12. I actually kind of like the pattern myself.

Those are the only Pyrex pieces I came home with, but I came home with a ton of other stuff. Check out my blog here to see my other finds. I can't wait to see what everyone else found recently!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Recent Finds and a Frankenset

It's been a bit since I've done a finds post, so without further ado...some finds. The last thirty-six hours yielded some good stuff.

I was at the dentist, having my routine twice-yearly cleaning, learning I have two cavities (yes, I floss, and yes, I brush twice a day, often more, my dentist says some people just have bad teeth genetics) and it would cost me just south of $500 to have them filled in two weeks when this text came in.


Husband was on the far side of the city at a Goodwill we rarely get to. He had a meeting out there and like a good Pyrex collector made some stops on the way home. He said he "saw something good peeking out of the bins they just wheeled out so I looked and saw the Bertha and grabbed it really quick while the Goodwill employee laughed." He was pretty excited and said he clutched it to his side as he made his rounds through the store. This is the first time either of us has seen a Big Bertha. It's not my favorite pattern (I'd prefer BFG, SB, or SFG) but it has a lid and truthfully I am just happy to finally have a Big Bertha. And we had just bought a ham at Costco this past weekend and now we have a new vessel in which to cook it. Husband says he is just worried his Le Creuset (what he also collects) will be jealous.


So I came home from the dentist visit of doom and took a picture of it sitting on the divided dishes I had found the day before....both at yet another Goodwill. And yet again it was a Goodwill we don't get to often. First, it rarely has anything good. Second, I know another person who goes there a lot, so I think of it as this person's Goodwill. But, this person happens to be out of town for two weeks and I was in the area running some errands so I stopped in. I am glad I did. I have been wanting the Dandelion Duet for forever! And little miss loves the scroll print, she was pretty excited about as well. 


Then later this same day we went out for lunch downtown and stopped by, you guessed it, another Goodwill. I was thinking we would leave empty-handed when I saw an end cap of all green items, and hiding in the very back corner this Green Wheat. I said aloud, "Oh, hello!" which elicited some funny looks from other patrons. This is the second Green Wheat I have thrifted in less than a year and this is my husband looking handsome, holding it.

So yes, the dental visit of doom felt a bit better after this whirlwind of activity. 

Other finds over the past two weeks include an opal Friendship 475 lid (I was thrilled, I had the clear printed version on my 475 and much prefer the opal); Snowflake Garland 473; Golden Acorn 548; a 475 lid (no lid left behind); an older 503 lid (again, no good lid left behind); and a Butterprint 475....so it was extremely convenient to have found the 475 lid a couple days prior.

Whew. 

And now I will close with a Frankenset. I have been wanting to do an all orange refrigerator set and I finally put one together after a Pyrex friend sent me the 502, which has been eluding me for a good long while.


Happy hunting!

Jacquelyn

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Congratulations Jacquelyn!
















Thank you Jacquelyn for the wonderful Pyrex pics and the haiku. Jacquelyn, you've probably heard this a lot in your life, but you're a winner! (Jacquelyn, Please email me your mailing address at monkeyintherocket@yahoo.ca and I'll forward it to the BKF people, who will mail your gift basket to you.) You can see her post below this one, but here's her swell poem:

Up at five thirty-two
Bowl I am coming for you
Today I got blue

We still have two Bar Keepers Friend gift baskets to hand out for PCI and PCII. I'm going to extend the contest until next Friday the 15th. If there are still no entries, we'll open up the contest again to PCIII. 

Thanks again to Bar Keepers Friend for their generous gifts. If you know of any BKF posts I can tell them about, please let me know via email. This company is jazzed about Pyrex. 

Thanks,
Canadian Erin

Thursday, August 7, 2014

BKF Contest: A Grubby Desert Dawn 232 & a Haiku

This is what happens when you bake a nectarine blueberry cobbler one day, eat half of it, and just reheat in the same pan in the oven the next day. It's a whole lot of ack.


Before


After (using a combination of Barkeeper's Friend and dish soap)

And now for a haiku about my favorite Pyrex score: a turquoise 024 with lid for $4.

Up at five thirty-two
Bowl I am coming for you
Today I got blue

Happy hunting!
Jacquelyn

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Let the Contest Begin!

Alright pretty Pyrex people.
We had a few great contest ideas. Here's what we want:

1. A photo of your most baked on, caked on Pyrex that has stubborn oven stains, etc.

2. A Haiku about your favourite Pyrex score. Being a teacher, I like the language tie-in. Here's a reminder about Haiku. It's poem with three lines. Traditionally, the first line has five syllables, the second has seven, and the third has five.

Please title your post something with the word 'Contest' in it, so I don't miss it. This Friday I'll take the names of everyone who entered from each Pyrex Collective site. Names will be cut up and put in a Pyrex bowl. I'll get my son to pick the winner.

* If I only get one response from a PC site, they will win. I will email the lucky winners to get mailing info which I will forward to the good people at Bar Keepers Friend.

Please use one of their products to clean your grubby Pyrex and post an 'after' photo. Thanks to Sir Thrift-a-lot for being such a proper contest idea generator!

Have fun and rock on!
Erin

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bar Keepers Friend


Hello my Pyrex Buddies,

Over the years people have written about the proper way to clean vintage Pyrex. Bar Keepers Friend is a name that has popped up frequently as a cleaning agent that works for removing some stains from vintage Pyrex. 

I was approached in good spirit by a representative from Bar Keepers Friend to do some publicity for the product. They have generously offered the gift basket you see pictured for each of the three Pyrex Collectives. 

Do you have an idea for a contest? 

Please email me with ideas. I will take submissions by the end of the weekend and hope to launch the contest next Monday. 

Sincerely,
Canadian Erin

monkeyintherocket@yahoo.ca