I'm not a hoarder, but I'm by no means a minimalist either. I do like having things, but they need to be carefully selected things. Over the years my husband and I have built up a nice collection of everyday objects, things that we use day in day out but that speak to us in some way.
Be they tacky or beautiful, simply styled or elaborately decorated, each of these things that we own have something delightful about them - a link to a fond travel memory, a handmade touch, thoughts of family or friends, classic design, vintage quirk or maybe just being perfectly designed to match a specific purpose.
And I think we should all celebrate and enjoy the elements of design in our day to day lives. Maybe you have a special cup for your tea each morning? Or perhaps a crochet blanket made by your Nana that you snuggle under each night? Yes, these are just 'things', but I think these small objects bring a little bit of happiness in to our lives when we use them each day.
So, with that rather long winded and somewhat high reaching introduction, welcome to the first 'everyday objects' post on Good Things*! Some of the objects I'm going to share with you have a story, some don't. These vintage cactus glasses don't, but they are possibly my most favourite glasses ever, and I feel quite privileged to have them in my cupboard.
I first spied them in Mahleewan's fabulous Etsy shop Retro Rubbish whilst I was on a rather obsessive hunt for some vintage yellow napkins. It was love at first sight, international shipping and all.
I've since learned that these glasses were given away by a chain of Arizona based gas stations in the 1950s and 1960s (read more here). And (oh dear!) that apparently there is a matching pitcher, and a juice set, and dinnerware all with a cactus theme. All of which I think I might need to track down...