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dailyish photo: my mixing bowls

nested mixing bowls, yellow, oranges and blue

My mixing bowls, from the outside in:

The big yellow bowl was purchased during the summer I worked in the costume shop of the Santa Fe Opera during college. My roommate and I bought this on a trip to Target when we realized we needed popcorn, booze and warm blankets to make it through the summer. The dry air and cold nights there resulted in me getting strep throat for the first time in my life. We didn’t have a television in our apartment and I couldn’t afford a computer so my roommate bought me one of those black and white flocked posters that come with markers for you to fill in, you can still find them in drug stores. It was a stained glass window, or something. I was so bored I spent hours trying to figure out how to fill it in so that none of the colors would be next to one another. I also read The Mists of Avalon. Twice.

The two largest orange bowls were purchased the second year that Scott and I lived in Seattle, when we rented a house in Ballard. It is a short walk away from where Delancey opened up after we moved away, how I wish we still lived there. It was a three-bowl set from Williams-Sonoma and buying them was one of those “I’m finally a grown up!” moments for me. After only a few weeks I broke the smallest bowl in the set, my favorite one, when I dropped it while doing dishes. It cracked right in half. Which make me feel not so much a grown up. The rubber feet on these bowls are light blue, a detail which I adore.

The medium orange bowl was purchased earlier this year at a Ross that opened in my neighborhood. The Ross was clean but shockingly sparse, more like mostly empty Goodwill. It was incredibly depressing and a bit disorienting. Suddenly there was this shiny orange melamine bowl looking like it was waiting just for me. Then I found a second shiny orange bowl a little further down on the shelf. They are just about the size of the bowl I broke, so I bought both.

The smallest four (orange, green, yellow, blue) were a birthday present from Scott last year and they make for very happy prep. The blue one is so cute and petite, it’s smaller than a teacup, that I find myself just holding it because I find it so pleasing. Scott bought them at the Moma store while he was in New York with Kirby Krackle. He also visited Mood during that trip simply so that he could snap a picture for me. I wasn’t jealous at all.

· comments [14] · 06-30-2011 · categories:dailyphoto ·

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 pixelhazard // Jun 30, 2011 at 7:00 am

    we love pretty and functional

  • 2 megan // Jun 30, 2011 at 7:10 am

    I think I like the look of the mixed set more than just the original three :)

  • 3 Shannon // Jun 30, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who has a thing for bowls. :)

  • 4 megan // Jun 30, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Shannon – This is only one set of mine :)

  • 5 AikoVenus // Jun 30, 2011 at 8:00 am

    They’re so pretty! They look a bit like a flower when they’re put together. :)

  • 6 Rachel // Jun 30, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Love them. Also, Mists of Avalon .. ahhh, loved that book.

  • 7 Kate S. // Jun 30, 2011 at 9:40 am

    This is a lovely post. Somehow, very touching, despite being about mixing bowls.

  • 8 wintor // Jun 30, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I love the handles and pour spouts – what a happy little set!

  • 9 Seanna Lea // Jun 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Very nice. I have a lot of metal mixing bowls acquired over the years. There are many days when I wish they were more colorful (and had rubber feet).

  • 10 Di // Jun 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    My mum got Margarethe bowls for a wedding present in 1964 and still had them in 2004 – I think the jug and one of the bowls have broken since then – but I managed to buy her a new jug when I was in Copenhagen. I know too have my own margarethe bowls and look forward to them last as long – mine are mint green, pale blue and lemon yellow!

  • 11 Di // Jun 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Meant to say – the same as your MOMA ones.

  • 12 Anna // Jun 30, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I’ve been reading your site for year – you’re even on my bookmarks bar, and I think this is my favorite post you’ve ever written.

  • 13 Laira // Jul 1, 2011 at 7:33 am

    An ode to bowls, I love it. Some could say I have a “problem” with bowls, I prefer to call it a love affair. Thank you.

  • 14 Jennifer // Jul 5, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Ah. My favorite giant Corningware bowl–in my mother’s gold pattern–I found thrifting for $3. Three dollars! I loved it so much for two years. And then one day last month it slid off the counter and shattered into a thousand pieces. I’m only a little ashamed at bursting into tears over it. I’m still finding bits of it under the stove when I sweep. Sigh.

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