Monday, February 1, 2010

Day 145: Swan Cellars

Don't you just love these little salt cellars?  When I was living in Vancouver, a roomate and I loved looking for interesting objects that hearkened back to a quieter, more sophisticated, genteel time.  One day, we saw a wackload of just the thing at, of all places, one particular Salvation Army shop that often carried interesting, classy things.  J spotted these salt cellars.  I loved them!  But so did she, and she DID spot them first.  I found some sweet little teacups and things, so I was still happy.

Fast forward about five years.  I received an unexpected package in the mail.  Guess what was inside?

The swans! Turns out J was downsizing, and instead of just sending them back to Sally Anne's, she found my address and shipped them off to their new home. I love that they remind me of those companionable, happy times with J--beautiful beads throughout what would have otherwise been a really difficult time between my marriage and moving to the US to be with my husband. She made that time bearable--being someone who was easy to be around, kind, and also going through a bit of transition. We learned to lean on each other, cross-stitching and chatting the evenings away to keep busy while we waited for that period of our lives to be over. It would have been almost impossible without her, and I was extremely blessed that our paths crossed at just the time we needed each other the most.

I know they're not real antiques.  I later saw them in a catalogue somewhere.  But that doesn't matter.  They are probably my favorite little table accessories when we have company.  I love watching people use them for the first time.  Opening up their little wings and using the little silver spoon to scoop out the salt (pshaw on high blood pressure) is just, well--fun.  And it makes you feel like you should lift up your pinky finger and say something terribly refined.


Ocean Girl said...

Little things that mean a lot. But the swans are not little, they momentous!

Anonymous said...

I've never heard of a salt swan...but oh, so pretty. And what a wonderful gesture that she passed them on to you!

Kristen @ Motherese said...

What lovely swans! Seeing these salt cellars reminds me of the first time I encountered one and, thinking it was filled with sugar, I ended up sprinkling salt in my coffee. Oops!

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

Those are super cool!

Allegria said...

Ocean girl: Truly! It was such a surprise to receive them. I think of Jane every time I look at them.

Suzicate: Salt cellars are so fun. I have another set that I found prior to these at Restoration Hardware. They're just little glass bowls with teensy tinsy spoons.

Kristen: Whoops!!! Yuck.

Lisa: I know. I love them! Wish I could use them all the time, but with a three year old, you can just guess what would happen. :oD

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

I'd never heard of them either. Really pretty!

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Swan and tiger... my "totems" ;) Lovely post.