About a year ago, I was wandering around the thrift store looking for stuff to list in my Etsy shop (of course, that's just my excuse for indulging my thrift obsession when I should be doing other stuff instead) when I happened to look down at this gem. At first I didn't know what it was, but then I turned it around and saw 'CAKE' emblazoned across the front.
I didn't really like it.
The colors were too boring and the font on the front was so stolid. It was missing the hint of whimsy that usually catches my eye when I'm thrifting.
But I thought somebody else might like it, so I sat there debating whether it was worth the bother for $5. Eventually, reluctantly, I lugged it up to the register and bought it.
It sat on my kitchen table for weeks, and I glanced at it every time I passed. Little by little it started to grow on me.
I imagined baking cakes in it: colorful, fluffy, round cheerful cakes.
The box itself: simple, serious, square, utilitarian.
There's just something intriguing about the juxtaposition of those two very different things.
Now it lives on my cookbook shelf with a few other vintage goodies:
And here it is in a bit better lighting (with a cameo by my new 1979 Taylor & Ng Animates mug :)
So, I fell in love with it. It's my very favorite thing in my kitchen. It even sometimes get to come to work with me, holding cupcakes. But mostly I just enjoy looking at it and daydreaming about what I'll bake next ;)