Trash Talk

I am always on the hunt for cool containers I know will photograph well with food in them.  I just spotted this Hobnail Opalescent 4 footed sugar bowl from 1886 recently on ebay ($9.99).  It was missing it’s lid, but in perfect condition.  I love the color, texture and the fact that it is antique yet very modern.  I’m sure you will see it soon in a photograph near you.  For now it is a sweet vase in my home.  Like the blue hobnail, I am a HUGE fan of white.  I picked up this white sugar bowl (again missing the lid) in Herman, Missouri when I was junking with my mom and dad ($2.50).  I used it in a beautiful and simple photograph for Paula Deen’s cheese straws on pauladeen.com.  Also, in her cousin Johnnie Gabriel’s cookbook, Cooking in the South.  Finally, I am in love with globes.  I guess because I have traveled so much for work on boats, but I think it is based in my past since I was always dreaming of exotic places to go when I was a little girl in Missouri.  I spotted this 1970’s era schoolroom globe at Habersham Antique’s Market in Savannah and love how it looks as a centerpiece on our dining room table.

1886 Hobnail Dark Blue Opalescent Glass sugar bowl from LaBelle Glass Company

1886 Hobnail Dark Blue Opalescent Glass sugar bowl from LaBelle Glass Company

It's a vase

It's a vase

Paula Deen Cheese Straws seen on pauladeen.com

Paula Deen Cheese Straws seen on pauladeen.com

Same dish used in the cookbook "Cooking in the South" by Johnnie Gabriel.  Grits with Pancetta

Same dish used in the cookbook "Cooking in the South" by Johnnie Gabriel. Grits with Pancetta

Globe Trotter spin with the globe

Globe Trotter spin with the globe

Globe as a centerpiece

Globe as a centerpiece

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3 Responses to “Trash Talk”


  1. 1 Lisa June 8, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Libbie, I need you to go shopping with me for my new place! Austin and I got an older country home (ok, 30 years old, but still) out in Guyton. The kitchen is gorgeous wood. We’re doing all the actual hard work of fixing walls, ripping up carpet, lighting, plumbing, etc. I can’t wait to get to start decorating. The problem is, I can never find magazines that have any sort of photos of things we like. We’re simple kids really. We don’t like the modern graphics and shapes or overbearing colors. Where are you finding these great little pieces?

  2. 2 starwoodgal June 10, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Great finds!

    I was lucky enough to receive many lovely dishes, china, glassware from my great aunts and grandmother. People ask me “do you use those?” Ummm, absolutely. Can’t enjoy them if you don’t use them. Right? 🙂

    • 3 libbiesummers June 10, 2009 at 5:15 pm

      Exactly! We use my husband’s grandmother’s china for our daily china. I occasionally use my grandmother’s china in the mix as well. Makes me smile to see it every day and of course, I throw it in the dish washer! I’m glad the china and glassware from the family went to you and is lovingly used.


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