Replacing ‘Something of Use’ after 29 years

In a Past Life, dievca received a set of melamine mixing bowls from Crate and Barrel as a gift.

The bowls have been through multiple moves, lived in Europe, have been dropped, washed, held salads and made cookies numerous times.  Like everything else, 29 years of weekly wear has taken a toll.  The pouring spouts are chipped, the rubber holders on the bottom are deteriorating and, yet, dievca is holding on to them.

Why?  The bowl portion itself has not cracked and Melamine is categorized under Class #7 on the list of Plastic Resin Codes. This means that it is a widely used plastic that does not fit into the more commonly used #1-6 classifications and should not be thrown in your recycling bin. Melamine cannot be melted for recycling like other plastics.

The bowls are a modern classic. Created by Danish designers – Rosti in 1954, the Margrethe bowl was produced and named after then Princess Margrethe, the current queen of Denmark. The easy-care melamine mixing bowls have ergonomic handles, pouring spouts and a non-skid ring at the bottom.

dievca looked up the bowls on the Crate and Barrel website and they are still listed for sale.  In fact, they now come with lids – that wasn’t available the first time around. The price? $39.95

The question is….can dievca throw away the still usable bowls and all the memories attached to them.

We’ll see.

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Something of Use from 30 years ago~

As dievca is pulling items out for a Christmas Dinner with friends, she realized that this
Crate & Barrel serving platter has been in her life for about 30 years. It’s a piece that has a lot of mileage on it and still looks lovely.  The bonus is that the removable dip container can be refilled without moving the whole server and it cleans up easily.

Do you use or need something similar?

dievca was curious if Crate & Barrel still offered this item — No.

she saw it on resale sites (apparently others did not find it as useful or broke the dip holder…)

The closest items she found on the Crate & Barrel website and in stores are:

Crate & Barrel Classic White Chip and Dip Server (click on photo to purchase)

Dip piece is attached….no ease of refilling. Dishwasher safe, though.

Crate & Barrel Tondo wood chip and dip server (click photo to purchase)

Close, but that dip bowl will move around as people use it.

Crate & Barrel Two-piece glass chip and dip server (click photo to purchase)

Lovely – but glass?  dievca would break something within the next 30 years.

So, it looks like dievca will stay with her old favorite! 😉


Last Picnic of Summer: Crate & Barrel

dievca bought herself a treat.
After a year of waiting – dievca was able to get a storage unit in the basement of her building.
A godsend.
she bought a picnic tote and table for sitting by the Hudson and enjoying time with Master to celebrate.
Kneeling and serving Master wine and cheese is an elegant activity.

Lovely.
Crate and Barrel outfitted-canvas-picnic-tote
Canvas carry-all Tote
Four place settings for four:
acrylic wine glasses,
red melamine plates,
blue check cotton napkins,
stainless steel and plastic knives, spoons and forks,
round wood cutting board,
plastic salt and pepper shakers.
The large tote holds all this with even more room for packaged foods and beverages.
Tote Bag $99.95
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A classic table in a bag unfolds in grey-finished mahogany to a low profile. Easy-assembly folding table comes with a charcoal canvas carrying bag. Mahogany is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)—the “gold standard” designation for wood harvested from forests that are responsibly managed, socially beneficial, environmentally appropriate and economically viable.
$69.00

And the best things?
Both items weren’t too expensive, they don’t take much room in dievca’s storage unit and that table is stable enough to be used in an interesting D/s manner.
Hurrah!