Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Grandma is better than Bed Bath & Beyond.

Not only can Grandma make a mean nutroll and dance the polka like a champ (both things I've yet to see this big box store accomplish), she also stocks cooler products.

Seriously, I had a $25.00 gift certificate for that place and thought I could at least find an indoor/outdoor rug to put in front of the back door. I was also in the market for a circular wooden tray for the coffee table, a basket thingy for the bottom shelf of our bookcase, and cute, lightweight curtains for the office nook. In a store with three levels of goods, you'd think I'd find one of these things on which to spend my hard-earned (not really) giftcard.

Two hours later, I came out of the store with several bottles of this:

I know you should never say never. But I'm saying right now that I'm never going back there.

Now, for Gram. When I was home over the holidays I found these languishing in my mom's linen closet:

AWESOME pillowcases that Gram had made for mom when she got married. Hot pink edging to match my mom's hot-pink coverlet, an idea that both enthralls and frightens me. I lived in that house for 18 years and never once saw these cases OR a hot pink coverlet. Such secrets. Anyway, mom told me to take them since she hadn't used them in 35 years.

In addition, Gram decided to give all the ladies in the family old homemade aprons for Christmas. Here's mine:

She gave these to us not because she really thought we'd love to have them, but because she derives perverse pleasure in making us dress up in odd costumes on Christmas Eve. I'm not sure at what point she began confusing Halloween for the eve of Jesus's birth, but it's become a weird, uncontested tradition. This year's theme was 'Mama's Family'. We also received hats for our trouble.

In conclusion, my Grandma's got better loot than BBB. This post feels like a hallucination.


The Nerdy Fashionista said...

your grandma ALSO has better loot than anthropologie! Seriously, the apron & pillowcases look like something you'd find there for $85... only hers is one-of-a-kind, and handmade. Your grandma is the BEST. You should post a pic of them at the wedding :)

Hannah said...

that apron is adorable! my grandmother loved making us dress up as well, although she was always the craziest. the woman would literally dress up in a huge christmas tree outfit, face painted green, and spread holiday cheer at the nearby nursing homes. I never got any hot pink pillow cases though...