Shakers Galore

#Haiku – Shakers Galore

Curiosity roused
Colors delighting a guest
A still micro world

Greetings! I never thought that the first time I hold a hand grenade is when teaching a friend how to make summer rolls in her kitchen. Believe it or not, these are real grenades that have been re-purposed as salt and pepper shakers! Talk about an explosive pair!

I guess salt (sodium chloride) IS a combination of a poisonous gas and explosive metal. Pepper is a compound of hydrogen, carbon, and nitrogen. An ultimate power couple! (Bob, I’m pleased to announce that the chemical soap opera continues! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

A few days ago, I had a quaint adventure as I visited a friend. Her precious dogs yelped at me with genuine enthusiasm when I arrived. Boy, was I in for a surprise when I encountered her mom’s cool salt and pepper shaker collection! Over the years, she has received many types of shakers from family members and friends around the world.

My friend’s father built these sturdy shelves for his wife’s collection. What a sweet gesture! It’s all out in the open where everyone can see them instead of gathering dust in a storage box somewhere. All these shakers don’t look forlorn as they each seem to belong to a family, though I’m not sure where the grenade shakers go.

This exhibit fascinates me with the same sort of appeal a museum does. I took a moment to take in all the colors, shapes, and sizes. I learned that the first shakers came out in 1920’s and 30’s. It sure has evolved since then!

In response to:

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  • FOWC with Fandango: forlorn

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41 Comments Add yours

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Carl! Glad you enjoyed it! I enjoyed your photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Sadje says:

    What a a colorful selection.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, it was enjoyable to take it all in!

      1. Sadje says:

        I would have loved to buy heaps of them, just to regret later.

        1. theresaly520 says:

          I understand the feeling! For me I think the novelty will wear off, and it will feel like too much.

          1. Sadje says:

            Exactly right. Anyway my aim nowadays is to reduce the clutter and avoid buying stuff.

  2. Lwbut says:

    Lol! Well done on ‘spicing’ up the romance in the elemental drama! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    What a great collection that is. Did i spy a Bambi shaker amongst them??

    Funny you should mention Soap Opera… my Daily Funny is on just that theme!

    Hope you’re having a wonderful day (night?) ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Now it’s night time!๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I see it! What fun! I remember those I Spy books, and I think these photographs will be a nice addition.๐Ÿ˜†

  3. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Thatโ€™s quite a collection! I guess people have a knack for shakers too.. never thought of them as collectibles..

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Neither did I until I saw this collection! I wonder if she’ll one day donate it to the shaker museum but I think she enjoys it a lot! It makes her happy

      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        I like collecting old bottles and stuff like that. I guess itโ€™s no different.

  4. What a beautiful and eclectic collection!๐Ÿ˜Š โค๏ธ

    1. theresaly520 says:

      She told me she loved the stories that come with each piece. I think it brought warm happy memories for her! Gifts from the heart by her friends. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’

      1. That definitely makes sense!๐Ÿ˜Š I think too for individuals that collect things there’s always a special story be each item that is a treasure beyond the physical element of the item itself. โค๏ธ

  5. Lwbut says:

    Oh, by the bye… i’m curious. Just how many syllables there are in curiosity ? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. theresaly520 says:

      LOL. four surprisingly! I stuck it in a syllable counter. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Lwbut says:

        Wow! A syllable counter is a thing now??? ๐Ÿ™‚ (Why am i not surprised that YOU would find and use one??) ๐Ÿ˜‰

        There is a song by an ex-Aussie group called The Little River Band by the name of ‘Curiosity Killed The Cat’ (You-tube clip: ) – the word curiosity covers 5 separate notes in the tune?

        1. theresaly520 says:

          Any word can be stretched out to many notes when it comes to music. Like the Maria in the Christmas song or Alleluia during a mass hymn. I thought curiosity was five syllables too, but after my haibun on moving, I’d figure I would check!๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

        2. theresaly520 says:

          What a cool song!!!๐Ÿคฉ

          1. Lwbut says:

            VERY 70’s! – but it brings back happy memories of my teens. ๐Ÿ™‚ ( Yes – i admit to wearing platform soles back in the day – did you see the lead singer’s?) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. theresaly520 says:

      My thoughts exactly!๐Ÿคฉ

  6. Joey Blue says:

    Can I say “Wow!” again?

    1. theresaly520 says:

      You’re certainly allowed to! ๐Ÿ˜† it is an amazing collection. Definitely a conversation starter!

  7. Alphe says:

    Holy moly macaroni… That collection is i-n-s-a-n-e! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    1. theresaly520 says:

      I know right? Some people’s collections astound me. I have a friend who has a similar fascination with unicorns!

      1. Alphe says:

        I’d love to see that!

  8. iScriblr says:

    Wow, this looks like my favorite place!โค๏ธโค๏ธ

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    I donโ€™t plan to do it like hard core promotion, I will just inform you when itโ€™s available and when there is some huge fluctuation in price (sale etc.), as on WordPress reader posts get lost in stampede.

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Hey! That is neat! My email is and I’ll be on the lookout!๐Ÿ˜„

  10. Amazing collection! I knew a woman who collected salt and pepper shakers, but her collection was a footprint compared to this one.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! I’ll let my friend’s mother know that you stopped by to appreciate her collection!๐Ÿ™‚

  11. MNL says:

    Wow! They are cute and you can tell they expand quite a number of years.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Yes, it’s definitely not grown overnight! It’s interesting to see how your hobby grows over a period of time.

      1. MNL says:

        I think especially if it’s a small thing like shakers so it’s easy for friends and family to give as a gift. It becomes a community project in a way as they start contributing pieces on birthday and Christmas gifting times.

        1. theresaly520 says:

          I appreciate the fact that I don’t have to guess too hard to figure out what to give! In my friend’s case, her community was quite international.

  12. Debbie says:

    Thank you so much for posting Mom’s collection on your blog. She just read all the comments and thanks everyone for their kind words. Remember your always welcome in our home.

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