It was gorgeous this past weekend here in middle Tennessee–perfect to get outside and visit the Tennessee Craft Fair. Charlie and I went out to see our friend David Howard at the Treasures in Earthen Vessels booth. I’ve talked about David’s pottery plenty of times here and I’m a big fan of his work. You know, you can’t buy something from every vendor out there–the budget is just not there or at least it isn’t for me. But when it comes to nice, handmade products, I’d rather have one or two that really mean something to me than a slew of stuff for the sake of…well stuff! When it comes to culinary items, I’ve found that it’s better to build your dream kitchen slowly, with quality pieces, rather than stocking your kitchen all at once with everything you think you might need. We’ve all bought those 100 piece plus sets of whatever that we ended up replacing because while the price was good, the quality was not. The real bonus of buying individual pieces one at a time is that you can add items that speak to you and give your kitchen the aesthetic and originality you want, as well as the functionality. For instance the two things I bought at the craft fair weren’t necessarily inexpensive as they are handmade, but the joy in using them will be greater and I will take better care of them because they mean something to me.
One was David’s French butter tub in my favorite color of his–blue. This is a way that you can keep your butter out on the counter so that it stays soft and fresh too! Charlie eats toast everyday without fail. Butter has to be really soft to spread onto a piece of toast because you know what happens if you try to spread ice cold butter on toast-it tears up the bread and doesn’t allow for even spreading. And it’s a darn shame if every bite of toast doesn’t have butter on it!! But the butter tub solves the problem. All you have to do is put cool water in the bottom of the bowl, add your softened butter to the top half of the bowl and when you put them together, the water will form a seal and help keep the butter fresh without refrigeration.
The best thing since sliced bread…uh, toast. So the blue theme is strong in the kitchen now– the blue Paula Deen kettle, the David Howard pottery spoon crock and now the blue butter tub. Plus, we will never be without soft butter again!
Tennessee treasure #2–a new cutting board. Yahoo! I’ve been needing a really big one for cutting a lot of veggies and this is a perfect size. We came across Mo Whitson’s booth from Clinton, TN and wow, look at the colors on this cutting board! I can’t remember all the woods used here, but I know there’s maple, purpleheart and poplar. How great would this look in any kitchen, no matter what your color scheme is? Plus, I will enjoy using it for a long time. Now, I can cut up plenty of things all at once and not worry about running out of space. Mo also makes gorgeous table tops, cheese boards and wine racks, as well.
Strolling in the park, drinking real lemonade and stopping to visit with every dog we could was a great Sunday in the south….a great Sunday in Tennessee. Next time there’s a craft fair in your town, stop by and see what inspires you and support your local craftsmen and women by picking up a great one of a kind addition for your home!