Entries from November 2011 ↓

How to Store Wine Glass Collections

Do you know what I really like? Special occasion glasses. I have a set of wine glasses that I use for “everyday use”, but what I’m really proud of is my collection of special occasion glasses. I usually keep these glasses safe in storage, because it’s important to keep them clean and dust free, but when the time is right, I love to use them. I have a set of Christmas themed glasses that have trees and snow painted on them. I have a set of birthday glasses that have cakes and confetti etched into them. I have a set of Independence Day glasses that have fireworks painted onto them. I have a set of Valentine’s Day champagne flutes that have a ruby heart implanted into the bottom of the glass. I have a set of Halloween glasses that have tiny, jet-black bats spiraling around the goblet. I have a set of Arbor Day glasses where the stems look like redwood tree trunks. I have a set of glasses that you can use at Passover Seders, where each glass has one of the ‘four questions’ etched around the base. I have a set of glasses that I bought near Uluru rock during a summer solstice; they have a series of Aboriginal petroglyphs painted on them. I have a set of glasses from the Beijing Olympics, and they have the five mascots etched into them: Beibei is the Fish, Jingjing is the Panda, Huanhuan is the Olympic Flame, Yingying is the Tibetan Antelope and Nini is the Swallow. I have a set of glasses from the Twilight franchise, and they have Bella and Edward’s wedding date inscribed on them, and they are rimmed in red paint. I have a set of glasses commemorating the centennial birthday of Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. I store them in the Wine Goblet Storage Chest, each one has its own canvas chest which keeps them safe from any cracks or scratches. There’s a see-through window on the front, which lets me see my fine collections. I stack them up in my cabinet, where they sit, waiting for the day when I have company.

“Pining” for the Holidays!

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This is the time of the year when I’m always reminded of the Hans Christian Anderson story, “The Pine Tree”. Do you know that story? I’ll give you a quick breakdown:
In the forest a little pine tree was growing. All he can think about is growing up and is thoroughly embarrassed when a bunny hops over him, because it makes him feel even smaller and less important. The village kids call him the “baby of the forest” and again he is embarrassed and frustrated. A stork tells him of seeing older trees chopped down and used as ship masts, and the little tree envies them. In the fall, nearby trees are felled and the sparrows tell the little pine tree of seeing them decorated in houses.
One day, before he is able to grow larger, he is cut down. He is bought, carried into a house, decorated, and, on on Christmas Eve, he glows with candles, colored apples, toys, and baskets of candy. A gold star tops the tree. The children enter and plunder the tree of its candy and gifts then listen to a little fat man tell the story of “Humpty Dumpty”.
The next day, the pine tree expects the festivities to be renewed, and that every day he gets to celebrate with his new family, but servants take the tree down and carry him into the attic. The tree is lonely and disappointed but the mice gather to hear the tree recite the tale of “Humpty Dumpty”. Rats arrive, and, when they belittle the simple tale, the mice leave and do not return. In the spring, the pine tree – now withered and discolored – is carried into the yard. A boy takes the star from its topmost branch. The pine tree is then cut into pieces and burned.
You know what this classic story always reminds of? This 44 Bottle Wooden Wine Rack, made of unfinished pine. It’s over three feet tall, and looks great in any home. Since it’s unfinished, you can paint it however you like. Which will be fun.