Thursday, 30 July 2009

Vintage Thingies 35 - More Old Arabia

Last Sunday we had our traditional summer party (this was the second time!), Mr. Kotkarankki's side of the family was gathered to meet for lunch at our house. Their sister comes every summer from Germany for a vacation here, so summer is perfect for the party. I was too busy to photograph, but before I put everything back in place, I took some pictures.


This is where I served a salad of fresh potatoes, cucumber, cheese, green olives and fresh green peas. When I was little, butter was packed in it and covered with cold water to keep is fresh. It was not keept in the refrigerator but in a cupboard with dry foodstuffs, so it was not too hard for the bread. Beautiful butter "shavings" were taken with a wooden spoon and arranged on a small plate. This tub was manufactured by Arabia in many sizes, all with blue flowers. Many people collect them and pay high prices.





This other Arabia dish is much smaller. It is the right size when you make macaroni and cheese for one, or a bread and jam pudding for two.



And yes, that is my big white Iris damask linen tablecloth still on the table. We didn't use the napkins this time, they didn't look nice with the paper plates ;-)


Let's see who else is playing VTT with Coloradolady.
Next week I'll be on vacation, but I hope to see you in two weeks with new vintage thingies.

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful butter crock. I see butter crocks now with a place for water/ice in the bottom to keep the butter from spoiling and the butter is smashed up into a resevoir in the lid.

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  2. I love both of these, but especially the butter crock.

    I would have LOVED to have seen a picture of your yummy potato salad AND the beautiful tablecloth.

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  3. Must have been a beautiful table setting with that tablecloth and those lovely Arabia serving dishes...paperplates(a must at big family gatherings in my opinion) notwithstanding. I especially love the butter crock!

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  4. Your summer party sounds lovely, Ulla! I love the blue and white crock - when I was a child we kept butter in the cupboard as well and not refrigerated - nowadays we wouldn't think of doing that! I hope your vacation is lots of fun and relaxation!
    Cheers!

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  5. Well I never! I'd happily get my butter out of the fridge right now if I had such a beautiful place to put it in!

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  6. Stopped by for a peek. Love the butter crock! Enjoy your vacation.

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  7. That tub is just gorgeous, and I wish you had a picture of that salad with the potatoes and olives, or included the recipe! It sounds so wonderful for summer dining! Yum!

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  8. These are great especially the butter crock. I love this type of pottery, it gives a great feel to a room.

    Have a great VTT!

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  9. great dishes!..i love that little butter crock!..butter curls take me back :)

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  10. What interesting pieces you posted today - very nice indeed!

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  11. I have always loved Arabia's dishes -- so lovely. I remember my sister-in-law getting LOTS of Arabia when she got married; I was envious!

    Lovely dishes -- especially that butter crock, how charming. Thanks for sharing!
    Cass

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  12. I love the butter keeper. Very pretty.

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  13. I hadn't heard of the butter pot design before. Here the butter was patted into shape sometimes wih an embossed design on the top to finish it, and put into a butter dish which was like a plate with a crockery lid. The butter was then kept in the cool pantry.

    The design is so pretty and classic on the butter pot.

    Sorry I'm catching up late- Demon messed up our download speed so I couldn't see any blogs or upload to mine.

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  14. Pretty design on the butter crock, I like it very much. Your party sounds wonderful and it is so nice to be able to visit with family and friends.

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  15. Ohh, I love that butter crock..it's wonderful, and the little crock is just so cute. Happy VTT..and have great fun on your vacation.

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  16. What a terrific butter crock! Love
    the blue design!

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