Dumpster Diving Find

I’m not afraid of a little dirt if it means I can find something vintage and amazing I can clean up and use in my home. Lately I’ve had a couple of awesome dumpster finds:

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This antique Dubl Handi washboard was made by the Columbus Washboard Co., an Ohio-based company that has been manufacturing washboards since 1895. My guess is that this particular washboard was made around the early to mid 1940’s. It looks great in my kitchen now, and will look even better when we redo our kitchen to have more of a rustic-industrial look.

This awesome Nordic Ware bundt cake pan was found intact, in the original box, with the original paper liner complete with recipes. It seems to be from the late 1960’s or early 1970’s, and looks like it’s only been used once or twice.

I gave it a try by baking my favorite vanilla pound cake in it (recipe by King Arthur Flour). The pan still works like a charm, and the cake was delicious topped with Aldi’s blackberry jam and whipped cream!

What are your favorite dumpster diving finds? Do you have any favorite bundt cake recipes?

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River Rock Mason Jar

On our trip to Madison, Virginia a few weeks ago, my kids loved playing in the gorgeous stream behind our cabin. The area where the stream was located was so peaceful and tranquil, and every few minutes a butterfly or two would drift along with the water. While the kids played, my mom and dad and I roamed up and down the banks looking for interesting pieces of wood (for my dad, the woodworker) and interesting rocks (for me, for craft projects). Many of the rocks in the stream bed were the prettiest blue color, and I gathered a bunch, along with some stray pieces of birch bark.

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On our visit to Feed Store Antiques in downtown Madison, I came across the perfect container for my river rocks:  an antique Mason jar with a zinc lid in a beautiful blue shade.

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I washed the rocks, washed out the Mason jar and lid and let everything dry well, then I carefully filled the jar with the river rocks, put the lid on and voila – a gorgeous window decoration with rustic charm that brings back memories of the peaceful stream we discovered on our trip!

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