Why 'My Mink Betty'?

Why 'My Mink Betty'?
I'm not your common, everyday twenty-something year old and when I graduated from High School I got an equally uncommon gift. My parents found for me a beautiful 1940's mink stole at a garage sale. It had belonged to the woman's Great Aunt Betty who had married late in life to a man with money and had only allowed him to buy her this one luxury. The unusually styled stole has the name, Betty L. Jones, embroidered in the satin lining so that's what I call her. They never had children of their own and the mink was passed to Aunt Betty's niece and on to her daughter. Until it got to me, no one since Aunt Betty had worn it. Now Betty the mink and I go to the theater together on special occasions and I hope that someday I can take her to the Symphony or the Ballet. Although Betty hadn't been worn or loved for many years she was waiting for someone to love her again as are most other things I look for when thrifting.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

It's Mary Engelbreit Monday!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends.

Just before Christmas I found a very pretty Mary Engelbreit square covered butter dish (7 inches square) at Goodwill. It even matches a couple of M.E. teacups that I already own. Isn't it just the cutest butter dish ever? I'm not sure what I'm going to use it for yet, but in this house with all the people in and out I couldn't use it for butter without it getting broken. I'm thinking I'll use it to hide hair clips or something in my room. (If you look carefully, there's a little chip right on top of where a black square should be. I'm not sure how to "fix" it, but any suggestions? My mother suggested china paint might seal it.)

I got something Mary Engelbreit for Christmas, too. My sister knows that I've loved M.E. since I was a child and she found this at Macy's while she was wrapping presents with her Relay For Life team.

It's a tin of Candy Cane Cocoa with a Mary Engelbreit design on the outside. It features three Santas on twistable rings of metal such that you can mix and match hats, jackets, and boots to make several different outfits for Santa to wear. It's only 4.5 inches tall but it's just the cutest tin I think I've ever seen.

Did anyone else get a Mary Engelbreit goody or something almost as cute for Christmas?

M.E. Monday


  1. These are cute tins. Is this one tin shown with three different views? I need to look for one of these. Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

  2. I love Mary Engelbreit and that butter dish is fabulous. How about a dab of black nail polish on the chip?

  3. I'll admit to not loving all ME stuff. However that butter dish! I love it. I'd definitely go for the china paint. Craft stores often carry food safe ones, too, I believe. That way if you wanted to use it for food once in a while, you could.

  4. Awesome, Betty! What a lucky find at Goodwill. I'm always envious of the ladies that find Mary's stuff there. I'm sure the price was right.
    The Santa tins are really cute, too.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us on ME Monday.

  5. Yes, Sarah, those are three three different Santas on one tin.


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