Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday wonders - K

K is for Kitsch...

I don't know the dictionary definition of kitsch - and I'm not looking it up in case it contradicts me - but I do like the word. And I love what I think it means: whimsical, not-quite-art, tacky and inexpensive. Usually, but not necessarily, all four values in one. And I love that it all makes me smile.

We have a house full of kitsch. Some stuff is just more important in its smile factor than others. The very best pieces hold memories.



We have it in the garden. A birdbath that my son gave me for Christmas a few years ago...



We found this teapot at a garage sale and I just had to have it. It isn't actually used...



We buy it because it amuses us and ends up amusing the grandkids. So, the village not only stays but it grows. Kind of a farm theme going on there right now...



This bowl belonged to Anne's mom and I always enjoyed seeing it on her table. It reminded me of one those jello and ice cream layered desserts. When she downsized, I was crossing my fingers that we could bring it home. Isn't the color pretty?



These salt and pepper shakers came home for Easter and haven't left yet...



This green glass bowl started my love affair with kitsch. This set was always in my mother's china cupboard and I always thought it was the most beautiful object ever. I remember Mom only used it for special dinners and she always served ice cream and strawberries. I love the color, the shape, the little gold feet and the way the six little dishes (exact miniatures) nestle inside the large bowl. My kids are so not fighting over it.



And some is just flat out sentimental as well as goofy. Frogs feature big because we once collected them. We have long since purged the collection but they still lurk here and there. Anyone with a collecting habit knows that others love to enable it. And, a collection answers the gift question so handily. These guys - all gifts - watch over me at the computer. How could I ever take myself seriously with them supervising?

4 comments:

Joanna said...

Oh everything is kitsch and so wonderful. I especially like the lemon jello bowl and the teapot.

Rudee said...

Yes, it's all the very definition of kitsch. I love it all. That big lemon bowl is hilarious and beautiful all at the same time. I'm smitten with green and love the green bowl too. Yesterday while walking through town, I went into a kitschy little store and swooned over the flamingo teapot. I'm going back to get it before it's too late. It'll warm my heart in the dead of winter.

fabricfan said...

Great blog, I never get all of your photos, but I do enjoy what I do see.

debra said...

I'm here via rudee :-) I have stuff from my mom and grandmother: a set of copper canisters from the 50's or 60's, an amazingly ugly green glass vase that weighs a ton an a half. It was always in my grandmother's cabinet. These all come with memories which makes them even more special.

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