Hello to All
Have you ever had one of those days when you have plans and then things go completely awry and you accomplish nothing on your “To Do” list? Yep – that was my day. In fact, I found it ironic that I was cleaning out my email inbox and read an article by Ruth Soukup about “When Life Hands You Lemons” and what to do when your day doesn’t go as planned. After reading that, I realized that I couldn’t give up, no matter how late it was, because I still wanted to put a blog post up for folks to read. Then, when I was talking to a friend of mine and bouncing ideas around (it is always nice to have friends who will be completely honest with you when you toss out a stinker of an idea!) – my friend, Stacy, said “Why don’t you write about one of your favorite things?” And I realized she was right!
“Hello, My Name is Amy…… and I’m an addict”
(In unison, please)
In case you are wondering, that’s how a meeting of the Pyrex Addicts Support Together (or PAST for short) group starts out! LOL – or at least how it starts in my head when I wonder if I need to go to a meeting for my absolute LOVE of Pyrex bowls. I keep telling myself it isn’t really an addiction if I can use it in the kitchen. And I am sticking to that story.
I think my love affair started as a child with the bowls in my mother’s cabinet. I loved the bright colors of the mixing bowls that stacked one inside the other neatly. I love the smoothness of the white inside of the bowls. I love the bright green, the vivid red, the cheerful yellow – and I love the heaviness of how they felt in my hands. There was nothing I didn’t like about them, to be honest.
When I got married, I would go to yard sales every Saturday. Back then (all of 30 years ago! ) you could find Pyrex fairly easily at yard sales and I would buy anything I saw. I had several sets and even casserole dishes and baking pans. I used them all the time, broke them (a very bad habit I have 🙁 ), bought more and used those. Over the years, the more I found the more I bought. Then, I would feel guilty, give some away, sell some, donate some to Goodwill….. then I would miss it and buy more. It went on that way for several years.
Fast forward to today and the stacks I have in these pictures (and some that I didn’t picture in other cabinets). My husband was in the kitchen while we were making supper and I caught him looking at my baker’s rack full of Pyrex. I steeled myself, expecting him to gently reprimand me about the amount I have. Instead, he said “I love your Pyrex. It looks so nice sitting on the rack and we use it all the time. In fact, I think you need more!” After I picked my jaw up off the floor, and then gave him a huge hug and kiss (I mean, really, who couldn’t love a man who encourages you to buy something you love?!?!?), I realized he was right. Here I was, all these years, feeling guilty over buying something I used daily, several TIMES a day. In fact, if you want to spin it just right, I am saving history!! (and on that note, I am very sorry for all the pieces I have given away over the years…… sigh…… )
I have many different colors and kinds of Pyrex – and would love to have more. These pink bowls are some of my prized collectibles. It is so hard to find pink Pyrex but I scored these on a trip to Murphy, North Carolina, and a small Pyrex shop at the flea market there. I have often wanted to go back to Murphy just to visit that little shop :-D.
This casserole dish with the metal holder is another piece I really like. The pattern is not one of my favorites, but I love the condition of this piece and I have never found one with a holder like this before, which makes it very unique (and useful) for me.
The stack of 4 bowls in autumn colors on the right in this picture are some that I think are gorgeous. I had never seen a set like this before with the colors and the white edges, and found them in our local antiques mall. I honestly looked at them for about 3 weeks before I bought them. I LOVE them and have them in my hutch cabinet because I’m afraid I will break them if I use them!
This blue Cinderella style bowl is another one I really like. I do use it some, but not often because it is pretty. It sits next to a soup tureen that my friend I mentioned above, Stacy, found for me that matches my dishes. I think they look really nice together displayed where I can see them!
As I took pictures of my Pyrex, I realized that today actually turned out pretty well. We ended up buying a car, and it took ALL DAY , but I will share about it later, in another post. I will also share, in shorter posts along the way, about Pyrex, it’s history, different unusual pieces as I find them, and how I use them regularly (as well as why I think they fit in to a “Greener Way” lifestyle!).
So tell me – do you like Pyrex? Or do you have other favorites of older, antique or vintage dishes that make you smile when you find a new piece? Let me know below!