11.11.2008

Martha By Mail On Display

In the December issue of Martha Stewart Living there is an "Object Lesson" on silver candlesticks. It inspired me to dig out my Martha by Mail Hotel Silver candlestick set (of three) and polish them up for display again. They were given to me by John Small, creator and founder of Savemartha.com, as a parting gift. Many of the Martha by Mail items were not available for shipment to Canada, sadly, so I cherish the MBM items I do have, many of them gifts, including a leather-bound "Good Things" journal given to me by my friend Kenn. It's probably my favourite item. Other items I have include some of the Burleigh ware, including a very nice soap dish, and the famous tin of 18 Araucana egg soaps.
They look so nice all polished up. The third one in the set (much smaller) is kept on a window sill.
I took three of the egg soaps and displayed them in an antique silver mustard dish. I miss Martha by Mail!

6 comments:

Kevin said...

What a beautiful display, Andrew!!! Those vases are stunning. I also dearly miss Martha by Mail, and cherish the pieces I have. I think my favorite are the set of small and large fishbowl vases. I never get tired of thinking of new things to fill them with! :-)

Kevin

Jim said...

I still have my cookie decorating set and cake decorating set. They sit proudly in my kitchen. It is nice to see them being reintroduced at Macy's.

Kenn said...

Awwww.. Andrew.. *sniffle*
I'm so glad the journal was a favorite! I knew you HAD to have that little MBM gem.

I miss the catalog too. I still look through them from time to time and remember the 'good 'ol days.'

louisj80 said...

all of these are so beautiful! I just love the look of freshly polished silver!

ANDREW RITCHIE said...

Kenn, I use the journal for all the good things in life: addresses of favourite people, good ideas for the blog, christmas gift ideas, etc. It's always near at hand! Thank you!

David said...

Andrew, firstly, thank you for replying to my email regarding my encounter with Martha. I too cherish all of my Martha by Mail items that I either have on display, in use or in storage. Unfortunately, I never did collect the Hotel Silver she offered, but I do have many other treasures. What I find fascinating is that her catalogs are always up for sale on ebay and they always seem to fetch a good price. Among my favorite MBM items are 8 place settings of Gilded Wedgwood Drabware, the 70 spice rack in Martha Green and the Apothecary jars (1gal, 2gal, 3gal, 4gal-- 4 of each). There are so many things that I regret not buying.

-David
P.S. I also have a set of those araucana soaps in my kitchen on display.