February 13

Every Day Ugly

Posted by lori . 7 Comments


My friend, Amy, inspired this post and this challenge. It started when she realized that she would buy herself something nice, like a piece of jewelry that she would wear occasionally, while every day she was drinking her coffee from a thermal travel mug with a Christmas graphic clouded by condensation…during the summer. This inspired her to look at the things she uses most and upgrade them to something special, functional and beautiful.

New Dishes 1

I thought this was a great idea and made a lot of sense. So, I’m on a mission to “notice” what I use the most and make sure those things are my best things. I would love to have you join me. If you have some horrible thing that you make beautiful, send me a picture or pictures and tell me about it at whatremainsnow@gmail.com. The second Wednesday of every month, I’ll tell you about something I’ve improved upon and post any pictures I receive from you.

Chipped Dishes

My first upgrade was a long time in the making. My dishes were horrible. They were an inexpensive ceramic and started to chip almost the moment I took them out of the box. We’ve used these chipped dishes for seven years. A while ago, I did a post about Friends’ Favorite Things, and Bunny’s mom, author of Tales and Tails, was my guest. She mentioned her love of Fiestaware. I loved the idea of an American-made product and all the beautiful colors.

New Dishes 2

I finally made the plunge and purchased Fiestaware. I love that you can buy individual items, the wide variety of pieces and the wonderful range of colors. It’s so nice to be eating off these lovely dishes every day.

How to be HAPPY!


Every Thursday, I participate in the How to be HAPPY! challenge hosted by Jay of The Depp Effect. This week, I mixed up my schedule because tomorrow I’m posting about Pip & Puddles’ cruising adventure, part of the Bucket World Tour. So, this week I’m posting my How to be HAPPY! response on Wednesday.

Let me tell you a little about this challenge…This is great fun because it really makes you consider the things that make life good, and often those things are small but powerful. You can participate too…Take a picture and write about one thing that makes you happy in some small way. Then, head on over to The Depp Effect and link your post.

Here’s something that makes me happy…LIP BALM.

Lip Balm Collection

I’m a lip balm girl. I have it everywhere, in a variety of forms and flavors. It’s so tempting when I see something new. As you can see, I give into temptation regularly.

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7 Responses to " Every Day Ugly"

  • Jen says:

    That’s such a neat idea! My aunt has Fiestaware, so I’m always happy to see it mentioned! She stuck with just one of the orange colors (I don’t know the shade), but I like that you’ve got a variety.

  • Ann Paws says:

    Thankfully, my dishes all seem to be in good condition still! But I could really stand to get some new bowls or something. I’ve always wanted to try that lip balm that’s shaped like a ball… is it any good?

    • lori says:

      I like it. It has a firm consistency, more like ChapStick. The container is bulky, so I don’t carry it with me, but I think it’s perfect for around the house…on the end table beside my chair in the family room, next to the computer and on the bedside table.

  • That’s a lot of lip balms for one person. I use Vaseline or Lucas pawpaw. Benetint, if I’m looking for a bit of colour.

    I love the hops you’re on. Our crockery set was something we bought shortly after we got married so it’s lasted 25 years. One or two pieces have broken, a few are chipped and one plate has a terrible crack that leaks gravy but otherwise, it’s all good 🙂

  • Oooh, lip balm!! There’s one shaped like a ball?? That’s funny! But I know what you mean … I buy lip balm and use it for a while then forget about it and buy more, so I might have as much as you if I found them all and put them all together!

    I do love the fact that you’re replacing your everyday things with something nice that you actually use. We decided to do this a few years back and replaced quite a lot of our household items with something nicer. The only time it backfired was when we invested in some gorgeous glassware … it was beautiful. Lovely, thin glass, with a thread of glass wrapped around the outside in a spiral, and supposedly dishwasher safe. Well, those darned glasses chip so easily that we very soon made a rule not to put them in the dishwasher, but they still mysteriously picked up chips and scratches and the end of spiral broke off from some of them. We’re back to using less ‘good’, unmatching glassware and we’re surprised to find that we actually like our mismatched ‘cheap’ glasses better!!

    Thanks so much for taking part in How to be Happy! Hopefully one or two other bloggers will pick up on it, too!

  • Meant to say how much I like the look of your Fiesta ware, too! LOVE the colours!

  • Veronica says:

    I’m a lip balm girl to. And I love that EOS. How could you not love lip balm that comes in such a cool container?

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