|Ice Cream: No forks allowed.|
The spoon collection was one of her prized possessions. The spoons hung on her wall on wooden spoon racks that were decorated with small paintings of birds and flowers. The spoons were not used for eating but were strictly for decorative purposes, as they were collector spoons. All of the spoons were from different places that either my grandma or her friends and relatives had traveled to.
|Seattle, Italy, Puerto Vallarta, Australia|
When my grandma aged, as grandmas do, she started asking family members what we all wanted of her collectables when she was no longer with us. The only thing I really wanted (besides for my grandma not to die) was the spoon collection. When she did pass on, true to her word, I inherited the spoons.
The spoon collection has hung in all three of the kitchens I have called my own. Whenever we move, something doesn’t feel right until the spoons are up. They complete my kitchen and add the right touch of vintage décor that I love.
I like looking at all the places my grandma and family have visited. I compare where I have been to the spoons and sometimes where I would like to go. There is a very nice Paris spoon with the Eiffel Tower on top that I am rather fond of, being that Paris is my ultimate travel destination. Of note are a few spoons from Solvang California, a small Danish themed town. These spoons remind me most of my grandma because she always bragged that she was 100% Danish. This is a fact that I try to keep on the down low here in the very Dutch town of Ripon. There are more spoons than there are racks, because I am unable to find another spoon rack that coordinates with the three that I already have.
|Even the backside of the Paris Spoon is pretty|
|The only gold spoon in the collection: Paris|
Many of the spoons are still in their original boxes. There are a few repeats, a few cheesy ones, and some are tarnished. Many are silver plated, others are made out of inexpensive metal, but to me they are as precious as gold. My spoons are much more than utensils used to eat chicken noodle soup. For me they are far off travels, sweet memories, and an essential part of my home.
|The Happiest Place on Earth Spoon|
|Notice that it is from the "Dutch American Import Co?!"|
|Some of the more playful spoons|