Saturday, February 03, 2007

Damn

I have these salt and pepper shakers that belonged to mom. They’re Christmas ones – red Santa boots with poinsettia leaves on the side. Pretty, and they’ve been in my memory forever. I’m slowly getting my Christmas stuff put away because I’m going through things and trying to decide what I can keep and what will have to go. I won’t be able to take a lot of stuff to a one bedroom apartment. Before I put these away though, I decided that they needed to be cleaned. They were a little grungy, so I thought I’d clean them a little. Putting some lukewarm water and a little soap in the sink, I left them to soak for about a half an hour. Big mistake. I took them out and watched the paint slough right off of them. Yes, my pretty red and green shakers were now white all over. I was crushed, am crushed. I don’t know what to do. Keep them, I guess, until I can figure out how to get them restored.

So, on that note, what are you doing this weekend?

27 comments:

Brandy said...

Awww, sweetie. Sorry to hear that they were damaged. The memory is still there, thats what is important. But, yes, keep them. Even if you never restore them, you'll still have them.
Um, what's up with the monkey?

Bailey Stewart said...

I like the monkey. Reminded me of someone I dated once ...

Brandy said...

Hahahaha!!!

Dru said...

I'm sorry to hear that they've been damaged. Like Brandy said, you'll always have the memory of them.

Do you have a picture of them? If so, then it should be easy to restore.

Too funny about the monkey...was it roaming hands and not enough brains?

Bailey Stewart said...

More like he looked like one, and had this thing with bananas ...

Bailey Stewart said...

Oh, and no, there isn't a picture. But I kept some of the paint chips. And the poinsetta leaves are lined out so it would be pretty easy for someone to repaint them. I'm not artistically inclined that way.

Bernita said...

This weekend?
Shovelling...er...snow.

Bailey Stewart said...

I'll be at work - shoveling books. And then, of course, on Sunday I'll be at The House.

Marty said...

See if your local college/university (or even high school) has a ceramics program. They might be able to take on the challenge. I have my grandmother's pig s/p shakers--two sets. And when I moved, I disovered ancient salt and pepper inside. AchOOOO!

Bailey Stewart said...

You see, that's part of the problem, I don't want to let "unprofessional" strangers work on them. The shakers wouldn't be as important to them as they are to me. Plus, I had a "hair" disaster with beauty school students. Sorry, I'm not falling for that again. Yeah, it was the ancient salt/pepper that had me thinking about the cleanliness of the shakers. We still used them.

Although, I do have this friend ...

Glenice? Where are you Glenice?

Okay, I've got to finish getting ready for work, which will take a bit longer this morning as I have to scrape the windshield.

Toni Anderson said...

That's sad--maybe there's a message in there about starting over? Some deep and meaningfull dimension. Hope you can get them restored, better than ever.

I'm writing today--now. DH just took kids out swimming and then to a Brownie fundraiser *shudder* (sorry Meretta ;) They have orders to bring back goodies :)

beautiful day said...

Hi Bailey...dont throw them out, white is better than nothing. Went to see a Band called Sour Mash last night, i know Diane will like them...they were great x

Meretta said...

I hate it when stuff like that happens!

(((Bailey)))

I'm BICHOKing.

LOL. Toni. I shudder sometimes, too (both as a leader and a parent). Don't tell anyone! I don't want my membership revoked. ;)

Lexi said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. It's different when you decide to get rid of something instead of having it taken away (or semi-destroyed) for you.

As for me this weekend, I'm gearing up to watch the Stupid Bowl, er, Super Bowl. My team's not playing, but I love watching the big game anyway. Oh, yeah. I should do some writing too. Maybe.

catslady said...

I had a set of wine glasses that did that to me but they had no meaning for me like your shakers. It's going to be hard to get them the way you remember them I'm afraid.

I think the salt would have been ok but probably not the pepper.

Stacy Dawn said...

Oh no. Can someone repaint them for you??

I must of missed the post about your moving??

Devon Ellington said...

Sorry about that. I know how much it hurts. What are the shakers made of? Can you find the appropriate paint and repaint them, almost like a reconnection project? Or would you rather take them to a ceramics expert?

Think about it before you make any decisions.

Loreth Anne White said...

Aw (((Bailey)) sorry hon. I like Toni's idea ... a sort of metaphysical symbol of starting over, and building some new Christmas messages on those beautiful old ones. And that's how you could view a new paint job, perhaps??

I'm BICHOKING!!!! hehehehhe ...

Bailey Stewart said...

Okay Loreth, you've been warned about the BICHOK thing. *gg* And I'm sticking to my guns on it too.

I have an idea who can restore them for me ... Glenice, where are you?!

Bailey Stewart said...

And you would like Toni's idea - she knows what BICHOK means!

Loreth Anne White said...

Ahaha -- I can just imagine what that little Brit thinks!!!:) :) :)

(And I say that will all fondness in my heart, Toni, you know that :) )

Bailey Stewart said...

I mean it Loreth. "No 'splaining, me no bloggin'" *harrumph*

See, you can't stay away from me.

Loreth Anne White said...

Yeah -- it's that sticky personality of yours :) (and yes I do mean that in the nicest way:) :) )

Kay .. I 'splained. On my blog. You can come back now!!!


Sheesh ....

Michele said...

HUGS!!!

Bailey Stewart said...

Thanks City Chickie.

Lis said...

Awww *hugs* Sorry to hear about the paint. Maybe call a craft store? I know the Michaels here sells all sorts of paints. You could probably do it yourself :o)

This wknd? Watching hockey. Need to rearrange my bookshelf before it topples over. And go to the post office, I have one last Xmas pressie that needs to go (yes I know its Feb lol) and the partial.

glenice said...

Sorry! I have been sleeping!!!

Yes, we (I) can restore them for you :)

I am trying to remember them...evidently they were not fired or the paint would not have come off...