I Bought A Trusty Thermos… Or Two… And a Freaky Butter Dish Also.

January 12th, 2011

Over Christmas, I crept away from the the crowds of my husband’s family gathered in western Kansas and drove to downtown Hays for a little shopping.  There are a few fabulous stores in Hays that I always love to explore whenever I am in the area.  I was also a little extra panicky because I was thinking about giving up shopping for my New Year’s resolution which meant that I had just a few days left before I would be rendered useless in most shopping scenarios.

Ultimately, I decided not to give up shopping for a year, and instead I gave up meat, but I didn’t know I was going to give up meat at the time.  Giving up meat had yet to cross my mind!  It’s very complicated to be Rechelle.

But the shopping manifesto that I was considering adopting for 2011 would have allowed me to purchase second hand goods.  And get this… everything I purchased in Hays was a second hand good.  So I managed to adhere to the shopping manifesto which I decided not to adhere to anyways.  All of my panicking was for naught.  Which is usually what all my panicking is for.  (See entire rest of blog).

Aside from the two fabulous trusty plaid thermoses pictured above (a tall one for family outings and a short one for singular outings), I also bought a few other things.

I bought a butter dish that looks like an alien space craft.

The orb opens to insert the butter. Much too clever to resist.

A cute little creamer because I loved the bright colors and that little green bird.

And then I bought this English village plate.

I am a little fixated on English villages.

Do you think that it looks more ‘Early American village?”

Well, you are wrong.

The back of the plate says…

English Village.

And then under that it says


And nobody knows the English village better than the Japanese!

Except for me!

Me and the Japanese!

We know our English villages!

So here is the loot from my unnecessary panic no shopping manifesto buying binge.

I regret not a single purchase.


  • From what I understand, English village themed weddings are very popular with the Japanese. So are Scottish-themed weddings. For some reason, the thought of a Japanese man in a kilt makes me giggle!

    I like your butter orb and that creamer pitcher is too cute. Reminds me of a tea set my great grandmother had.

  • DirtyKSmama - Nikki:

    Oh my, I LOVE the space craft butter orb!

  • Kait:

    What a lovely little collection you put together. Loving the alien butter keeper. Is it a butter keeper? Is there room for cool water under the glass insert? That would be so much neater than my huge-shopping-centre-plain-old-white-butter keeper.

  • Oooo! I love the spaceship butter dish! I guess I’m going to have to check out my favorite antique shop & see if I can find something similar. My husband broke my butter bell…

  • Jennifer:

    The covered dish reminds me of the sugar cube holders they had in some cafe’s in Paris. I loved tipping the lid to get my sugar.

  • Fluffycat:

    The butter-dish reminds me of the sort of chafing dishes you find at some more high-end buffets.

  • sara:

    Very Cute!!! I have the same little thermos :)

  • Martha in Kansas:

    My mother kept one of those red thermoses for years. The glass liner broke and she haunted stores looking for a new liner she was sure she’d find. It took years to admit it would be cheaper to buy another.

    The village is of course British. Thatch. Oddly, recently I’ve wondered who I could get to thatch my roof, but it’s just not done here.

    The decoration on the pitcher is lovely. And the butter planet is too.

  • Kay in KCMO:

    Hmmm….will the butter orb be used in an upcoming Pie Near Woman tableau? Do please work it in! Pretty please!!!

  • Oh Great! NOW I hear Steve Martin singing “I’m picking out a Thermos for you…” (from the Jerk)

    • theresa:

      Me too! I was going to write the same thing!!

  • susan:

    love love LOVE the butter dish! looks very English to me.

  • another Jill:

    we had one of those silver dishes growing up, ours was indeed a sugar cube holder and came with little silver tongs. Oddly enough I remember the box it was in when she bought it. My mother also used it for nasty Christmas ribbon candy. I’ve seen lots of them in use but never for butter though certainly it could hold butter. or butter mints. or jelly. or what ever your little heart desires.

    • Ohhhh…I love ribbon candy….

      I’ve asked my friend who owns an antique store to keep an eye out for one of those “orbs” for me. I’d love it for butter – It’d keep the kitties from licking it!