Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Smell the Roses, Not the Smoke!

When visiting my dear mother-in-law, I would often admire the charming little sterling silver vessels that she filled with miniature roses.
They were sometimes grouped in mass on the dining room table, as a type of centerpiece.
Or, they might be spaced throughout her lovely home on top of coffee tables, side tables and other surfaces.

Little did I realize their original purpose!

Evidently, in a different society from ours today, a gracious hostess would fill these little vessels with cigarettes for the ease and comfort of her guests!
Cigarette urns or cups were likely to be found on the dining room table, as well as the living room coffee table.
My mother-in-law was a very gracious hostess.  I inherited at least a dozen or so cute little urns!

I believe my mother-in-law's repurposing efforts are a much better idea!

I also discovered they are perfect holders for the many cotton swabs I currently need on a daily basis to clean and medicate my eyes.
A favorite thing that brings memories of a special lady, and adds a little smile and style to my recovery!


Kate said...

What a great idea....I love those things that God blesses us with. It's like a hug from Him to you. Sweet.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Jan:
The little silver vases are wonderful! I never knew their original purpose, so I learned something new today, too! Thank you, my friend. I hope you're healing well.

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