Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Loss (Depreciation) and a Gain (Unplanned): Easter Surprises

It's Easter. I had hoped the Easter Bunny would bring me some Pyrex. In a weird way he did and he did not. This holiday weekend has me experiencing a Pyrex loss and a gain.

Let's start with the loss. It's not a total loss, so perhaps we should call it a depreciation.

I have a Musical Staff. Well, I should say my husband has a Musical Staff. I am not such a huge fan but I love space savers so yay, we both were happy. Then someone offered me a Friendship Penn Dutch for my Musical Staff. I talked it over with husband, pulled the Musical Staff down from the shelf and took some detailed pictures then put the piece back on the shelf, sent the pictures to my potential trade partner, and the trade was arranged. Yay! I pulled the Musical Staff back down and set it on the kitchen table, on top of a Martha Stewart Living, to pack the next day. The next day being Easter (today) we all sat down to eat some waffles and I idly glanced at the dish.

Looks pretty, right?

Then I took a closer look because something just seemed off. I pulled it closer to me and saw this:

Photo taken with a super fancy camera and lens

What the what? How did that chip get there????? It was not there the night before. Nor was it present in any of the detailed pictures I took. The dish was just sitting on the table all night, all by itself. Upon closer examination it looks like there is a small black stone in the chip. At first I thought it was paint but nope, it's a small stone. Then it all clicked. There has been a rash of broken pieces pictured in one of my Facebook groups, and all were traced back to a stone in the glass. The breaks were all clean or sheared, just like mine. Some breaks were on a larger scale than mine, but still, all because of a stone.

So that means I must now write about my gain. Well, we went to an estate sale the day before and I picked up a pretty trashed Verde 502. The lid was pristine and for $2 I was wiling to just get the lid. Husband was convinced he could clean up the dish. I was skeptical, it was pretty dirty and had some white stuff on it. We brought it home and he got to work. It came out like new.

Okay, so I don't like Verde so I told him I wanted to trade it, He said, well, don't you have a Verde 501? I said yes. Then I realized I had two Verde 501s, one of which was in the refrigerator holding diced onions. Then husband pointed out I have a Square Flowers bottom in my 503 stack, and wasn't that a special Verde 503 bottom that was sometimes used instead of the solid green 503? He put it all together and voila! instant set.

He was pretty happy, as you can see, so much so he took a selfie and posted it in a Facebook group. We agreed to keep the 502 and now I have a full set.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pyrex on the Brain!

Wow!  Pyrex is consuming my life lately, more than ever!  I wrote in my last post how I'm trying to downsize my collection and doing some trading to find those missing pieces.  Well, today I almost posted a piece for trade and then had second thoughts. It's not a spectacular piece, but it is special. Here it is.

This is JAJ's version of blue wheat, but instead of an 023 size, it's an 024.  I took this picture and thought "this really is a pretty dish".  And then my mind wandered to the fact that US patterned 024s are highly desirable and harder to get and here I have this JAJ version, it stacks nicely with US 024s--maybe I should keep it!  Whew!  I have decided to keep it and glad I didn't trade it!

I decided since I would write this post, I'd go out and snap a picture from my garden.

Hubby saw this yesterday and came in with 50 questions, he couldn't fathom why I would stick a piece of Pyrex out in the dirt in the garden!!!!  Well, it was slated for donation, one of the handles is half broken off and I have extras of these type lids.  I decided to make it an ornament in my vegetable garden.  Is that sacrilegious?

Lastly, I made a new banner for my blog yesterday.  I took this picture to use in it.  This is what I see every morning now when I walk into my kitchen!  Needless to say--I love it!!!

Here is a link to my blog if you want to see my new banner with the other elements I pieced together.  I can't keep myself from playing around with the photo software application!  You can click here for a looksie!

(Hopelessly addicted),


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Golden Leaf Completed!

Feels like I haven't posted in a long time with all those weekly posts I was doing since last fall.  Like some of our other Pyrex bloggers here at the Collective, I have amassed quite a bit of Pyrex and have come to that point where I'm thinking about how much Pyrex I really want. I've made some decisions on what patterns I'll work to complete and which I'm giving up. In an effort to focus on getting what I NEED, I have been selling and trading as well as buying.  As I get things I need I'm also slowly reducing my inventory.  It's fun and a lot of work!!!

I've picked up a handful of things I can use from the thrifts.  A lot of lids!  I found a perfect space saver lid for 45 cents (I find one of these per month!), fridgie lids, very nice 045 and yesterday I found the lid for my Golden Leaf promotional!  I have to admit, I'm tired of looking through those lid bins and very happy I finally completed this set!

I can't wait until next week when a flood of Pyrex will be coming to my house.  I'm sure to have to post as I am so excited about all the goodies that are on the way!

Friday, April 11, 2014


I have no new acquisitions of note this week. The only item I have found is a Lime 231. So I thought I'd share some pictures of my fridges. I love refrigerator dishes, they are so functional and are easy to store. I have "working" and "display" fridges. I've also recently decided to get every 501 and 503 outside from the complete sets I am collecting, at least to the best of my abilities.

My "working" fridges. I will eventually move the Spring Blossom to the "extra" collection stack once I find another 503. In the meantime it is put to work. I'm sure there are a few hanging out in the actual refrigerator that are not pictured here; looking at this I know there is at least a Butterprint and Verde 501 being utilized.

This is my stack of "extra" or collection 501s and 503s. These are all duplicates or a set I am not completing, as is the case of the Verde and the Homestead. My goal is to have one of each color/pattern is these sizes. It might take me many years but that's alright. I also use these when I need fridges and all my everyday or "working' fridges are otherwise in use. I have a bunch of extra lids so they don't go topless should they become gainfully employed. 

My complete sets displayed out in the main living area. The Turquoise 503 is not in the best condition (but also not the worst) and it will do until I can find another. I actually found the entire Pink set in the wild at a flea market over the course of about a year.

Yes, that is a Friendship refrigerator set on my dresser. The dresser was my great great grandmother's; my husband restored it just before our little miss was born. Lighting in this room is terrible, my apologies for the not-so-great picture.

Of course my little miss has a set since she is collecting Gooseberry. These are in her bedroom on what we refer to as the dust collector, or a recessed shelf so high up no one can possibly be bothered to dust.

Happy hunting!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Vignette

Come on over to and check out Spring!

Dot bowl finds!

I was so excited when I walked in to a shop and saw these on the shelf. Of course, I walked faster as I approached them! There they were. Waiting for me to...Check the price. My heart skipped a beat when I saw that the price was fair.

The set is incomplete because it is missing the blue bowl and the yellow has lost it shine. But the green 404 and the orange are in great shape with little signs of wear. I already have a complete set but seeing all the dot bowls together is Pyrex bliss lol.

I'm thinking about putting these in my Etsy shop but might be open to offers or trades. I have had some luck hitting sales check out my latest finds at