My passion, after my family of course, is Treasure Hunting. The simple beauty of things from by-gone eras have always spoken to me. Whether these treasures are found at a flea market, fine antique store, estate sale, thrift shop, or in the family attic, surprises abound.
As an interior designer, I believe it is vital to balance your decor by including found and family treasures. Surrounding yourself with things you love should always be the goal, from there you will find your true style.
As I shop, I may have a client in mind or I may want to resell at our french flea market or in my shop. I am lucky to have several outlets for my treasures including my own home! I plan to share my searching, hunting, travels, and treasures with you and encourage you to enjoy adding your treasures to your home.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Silver Muffineer of Many Uses

Today, in our homes we have dozens of utilitarian items that we use on a daily basis that are, well let's just say ugly or plain or uninspired. One way to live a more inspired life is to surround yourself with beautiful things. Remember, beautiful does not necessarily mean expensive, it is the small touches that can turn your routine into a treat.
Fine silver muffineers can still be found at reasonable prices and are a wise investment as a muffineer can serve you in so many ways. Your options are vast.
Traditionally, a muffineer was presented with tea service to hold powdered sugar to top tea cakes & scones. Even today, a muffineer on your table for tea or brunch can still hold powdered sugar to compliment your meal.
A muffineer can serve a more savory roll when used to hold grated parmesan cheese as a compliment to artichokes, corn on the cob, pizzas & salads.
When used in the bar, the muffineer can serve as a sugar or cocoa shaker to compliment hot or cold drinks. Even for brunch, a muffineer can hold a celery salt mixture as part of a bloody mary cocktail.
(Always remove any salt from silver before storing).
One of my favorite uses for antique muffineers is in the dressing room. Filled with fine powder, it is a lovely, easy shaker. Also, when filled with lavender buds the pierced dome top allows for the fresh scent fill the room.
What ever your style, a muffineer can add a little something special to almost any room in your home.
Just another example of form and function that spans the centuries.

A little more information...
What is a muffineer?
The word “muffineer” started to be used in the early 1800s to describe a shaker used to hold powdered sugar which could be sprinkled upon muffins, scones, and other breakfast goods. 19th century society had a predilection for coming up with a kitchen tool for almost any occasion, and for a time, the muffineer was a distinct and specialized kitchen utensil. Today, vintage muffineers are often sold as “antique salt shakers” or “sugar sprinklers” to collectors, and they are rarely used for their original purpose.
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1 comment:

  1. Just found your charming blog through French Essence and am so glad I did. Have subscribed so that I can see further treasures.

    Got to get me a muffineer as I sprinkle powdered sugar on French Toast and tea biscuits regularly.


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