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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Salt of the Earth

What's It Wednesday #90
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” 
(King James Version, Matthew 5:13).

To be called “salt of the earth” is to be of great worth and reliability. A worker who is “worth his salt”, is a precious commodity.

Long before it sat in pretty shakers on our dinner tables salt or sodium chloride was recognized as an essential element in the diet of humans, animals, and even some plants.

Salt was in general use long before recorded history in religious ceremonies, as a method of trade, and as currency.

It is no wonder that like sugar and tea, it has so many forms and uniquely designed containers.

My favorite are these old cut crystal shakers with silver tops. Look at the one with the lovely mother of pearl, love it! I like grouping the different varieties that I find.

This pretty swan individual salt cellar has its own serving spoon. I top my individual cellars with broaches to make ring holders.

Oh well, “back to the salt mines!”
Hugs,
Patti

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98 comments:

jean@kwe.net said...

The salts are just lovely! The bejeweled ones at the bottom, especially so!

Cathy said...

I love your idea of displaying brooches on your salt cellars - that is so unique... the features are lovely as usual - thank you for hosting....

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I love all kinds of salt shakers, but especially the cut crystal ones! So pretty displayed together. Thanks a bunch for hosting!

Suzan Sweatman said...

You have the most amazing collections of EVERYTHING Patti!!!
Gorgeous features and thanks so much for hosting!
Hugs,
Suzan

The Porcelain Rose said...

Patti,
Yeah! What a surprise! Thank you for the feature!
I LOVE the salt shakers and the brooches on the salt cellars. Beautiful!
I have a small collection of crystal salt shakers (mismatched) on an antique silver tray in my kitchen. I use old salt shakers and sugar shakers in my crafts studio to hold glitter. I glitter everything!
Wonderful party! Thanks for hosting!
Luv, Luv,
Elizabeth

Jana@Transformations From the Heart said...

Great collection of salt shakers. I have a small collection of antique silver ones, love them.
Thanks so much for the invite to your link party. Decided I'd share my Candied Jalapeno recipe.
Have a wonderful rest of the week!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Your salt shakers are beautiful, so elegant and romantic... I too love these! Dear Paula you never seize to surprise me with your wonderful and always unique collections!
Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful party and for having me again this week. Have a lovely September.
FABBY

xinex said...

I am always amazed at your wonderful collection of everything, Patty. These S & P shakers are just perfect examples....Christine

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh, and the features are wonderful and even yummy!
Hugs,
FABBY

Julie Marie said...

Ohhhh Patti... once again, I am totally smitten with your beautiful collections... we would be in sooo much trouble if we ever went antiquing together!... (I'm up for it, how about you?)... I could just sit and sigh over these photos all night long... love love love your gorgeous crystal shakers... and you have displayed them so elegantly... and oh my goodness... then to see I am featured on this post... Merci sweet lady!... you are much more than "worth your salt"!... lots of love to you... xoxo Julie Marie Hello Paula!

JP said...

Patti,
You have chosen some gorgeous features and I must go check them out. I am sharing an older post from when I started out, a little over a year ago....I think you'll like it!
JP

Barbara F. said...

I used to have those sweet swan salt holders. Don't remember what happened to them. But I am happy to join your party this week. Thanks so much for hosting. xo

Nails Beautiqued said...

I love how you paired brooches on top of salt cellars! I must give it a try I have a few salt cellars :)

Audrey Frelx said...

Hi, Patty, my friend! Boy, haven't I missed seeing your beautiful treasures!!! These salt treasures of yours are just amazing! Love how you group your collections.

Hugs!

tablescapesbybev said...

Love, love, love this post! I am a collector, so anything about salt and pepper shakers is next to my heart. I have many posts about salt and pepper. http://tablescapesbybev.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/pass-the-salt/

Thanks for this great post!

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

Cute salt shakers. I have a few that I picked up at yard sales. I put glitter in them. Alot easier to use my glitter this way. Ana

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Lovely collection of salt containers ~ all so intricate pretty!

Sarah said...

Beautiful! I always enjoy your varied collections and the tidbits of information you share. You have such lovely things! Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting.

Jann Olson said...

So beautiful! You have so many amazing collections. I love the one with m. of peal and the swan! Thanks for hosting.
hugs,
Jann

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I love the swan!!! And the one with the Mother of pearl. Great collection, Patti. Thanks for hosting.

Makeiteasycrafts.blogspot.com said...

Thank you for hosting! ;-)

June said...

Your salt cellar and shakers are lovely Patti! I am always taken with ones that have the little sterling lids like yours do.

Junkchiccottage said...

Thanks Paula and Patti for hosting another fun party. I love your salt shakers with their jewels!!! Very pretty.
Kris

Junkchiccottage said...

Thanks Paula and Patti for hosting another fun party. I love your salt shakers with their jewels!!! Very pretty.
Kris

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello Dear Patti
What a stunning collection of glass and crystal salt shakers with their beautiful silver and silver plated lids and, whatsmore, you have displayed them so beautifully.
You are certainly surrounded by so much beauty in your home! Enjoy!
xSuzy

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Wow, another divine collection - so cute!! Love how you displayed them. Thanks for hosting. Have a happy week :) Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

You always share the prettiest things! Thank you for the party!

Jeanette
Creating a Life

AshTreeCottage said...

This was a particularly lovely post Patti, filled with history and beautiful images. I always learn from you!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

Your salt shakers are just beautiful. You have such an eye for elegance. And I love that verse. :)

XOXO,
Meredith

Boxwood Cottage said...

Oh Patti your salt shakers are too pretty! Love that first photo especially and from the features that paper wreath in the last photo very inspirational. Thank you for your invitation and I'm happily playing along again today with a very long post and 40 picture phew!
Sending you happy late Summer wishes
Carola xoxo~

Martinel said...

Patti, all your things are so wanderful!I'm absolutely proud and happy you featured me, thank you so much:)That mean lot for me and for my handmade things..Thanks for hosting!Hugs, Marinela

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

Oh they are all so lovely. I do love your ones topped with brooches. Beautiful sparkly crystals and rhinestones together. I have always had a thing for shakers and salts. How beautiful yours are and perfect for your lovely post. Hugs, Beverly

Muscetta said...

Thank you for the party and for showing such beautiful salt shakers. Tina

Tracey Steele@Breathing English Air said...

These are all beautiful, but that swan is exquisite.

Jemma said...

Gorgeous salt shakers-each one is so detailed and special!
Happy Hugs,
Jemma

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

What a Great Party! Thank you for hosting such a fun event where we can share our creations and faaabulous treasures. You collection of salt cellars and shakers are lovely. The swan is extra special! And your idea of brooches for lids on your salt cellars is genius!!

Blessings, Edie Marie

Shannon said...

Love how you incorporate scripture to showcase shakers. Great way to get the message out.

Shannon @ bohemianjunktion.com

Jill Harrison said...

so much more elegant than my old wooden ones!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

You have the most beautiful things! I recently won a pair of vintage silver fish shakers at auction. And presented them to my husband as a little gift. He loves to fish and we live on a lake. :)

must love junk said...

What a beautiful collection of salt shakers! Thanks for hosting :)
Susan

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Such pretty shakers. Thank you for hosting and sharing. Have a pretty week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Linda said...

First off, thanks for the party invitation. Your salt shakers are gorgeous! Enjoy the last weeks of summer. Linda @Wetcreek Museum Blog

Curtains in My Tree said...

I want every one of those salt shakers !!! beautiful my kind of stuff girl

I would love to come to your house and see all your hidden treasures

sweetvintageofmine said...

I truly enjoy your collections! That swan salt holder is gorgeous and the jewel idea.....love it!! You have a such beautiful talent and displays...Of course...the scripture says it all as a christian! Blessings~~~Roxie

Jody and Stan said...

What a gorgeous collection of shakers. Just love how you displayed them! The features are wonderful! Thanks for hosting a fun party!

Hugs,
Jody

Linda Primmer said...

Always a fun party. I finally feel better to join. I love the swan salt container and you adding the broaches is lovely. xo Linda

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Thank you for hosting, Patti. I have always loved salt shakers. They have such an elegant look about them..Happy Wednesday..Judy

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Patti,
Oh, your salt shaker collection is marvelous! How pretty and unique each one is and I love the scripture you used at the beginning of your post. Thanks so much for hosting and also for joining me for Tea Time.

Blessings,
Sandi

Karen said...

Your collections are always gorgeous.Thanks so much for featuring my wreath, I'm flattered and honored.

Susan Clayton said...

So many fabulous posts! I'll be busy here all week! Thanks you for hosting! Angels to you!

Alessandra said...

Hi! Your salt shakers are amazing and very lovely. My favourite? The swan...very romantic!
Kisses
Alessandra

Petite Michelle Louise said...

i adore cut crystal salt shakers and have a collection of my own. yours are lovely! happy Grey Dey Thursdey!!! ;)

Createology said...

Your salt containers are lovely. I love to display them with glitter which also allows me to use my supplies without searching through boxes of stuff. Salt is a precious commodity...

chateau chic said...

Patti,
You have the most unusual and beautiful collections!!
These salt shakers are lovely and I adore the ones with the added broaches for rings and things. I always enjoy the interesting history about your collections.
Thank you so much for hosting each week!
Mary Alice

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Your salt containers are absolutely lovely. YOU are truly salt of the earth, too!

You truly have amazing collections.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Week after week your posts are not only beautiful as you share such beauty, but they're also so interesting! Thank you for hosting and for sharing yet another lovely post! ~Zuni

Lana Kim White Austin said...

You know I'm a longtime follower and love your site....I just need to actually comment more often...and I need to join your party!!!

I LOVE the salt pieces.....and the Bible verse......truly gorgeous collection and heart behind it, too.

Love/hugs/blessings,
Lana

Arani @ Add that Xtra in the Ordinary said...

Oh,I'm fascinated by your each and every collection.I can well imagine how beautiful they all must be looking grouped together.
Thanks a ton for hosting .
Hugs
Auro

Jo-Ann said...

Patti, Your collection of salt shakers are just beautiful. Amazing!!! Thank you so much for featuring my Pumpkin Nut Roll, and also for hosting. Blessings

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG Patti as usual you have the best collection, yes I love the cut crystal and the swan, I have never seen that. Now I am a little confused you put a brooch on your salt cellar to display rings?? Where does the ring go under the cellar like a cloche? I would love to hang out at your house!

Carol

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

WOW!!!! I love this post, and I love how the teacher comes out in you, Patti...truly lovely!

That little shaker with the mother of pearl is *to die for* It is so precious!

I love the swan salt cellar, too....wow.

The broaches are too sweet, and I love your creativity! Thanks for hosting such a neat party, and I appreciate your support of My Happy List. Have a great rest of the week!

xo,
RJ

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

They're gorgeous Patti. The swan is so unusual and I love the idea of topping off the salt cellars with beautiful brooches.

Bente said...

Beautiful salt shakers. The swan is gorgeous.

Have a great weekend

Hugs from here

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Oh how I love your salt shakers!! I have a small collection displayed in my dining room but am always on the hunt for more! That little short one is divine!

Paola T. said...

Oh Patty, the collection of salt is superb! I am in love with the one shaped like a Swan! A hug from Italy. Paola from http://ilpaeseincantato.blogspot.it

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Patti, I need to buy a salt cellar. Is that what those little individual containers are called for salt? My hubby likes salt on his celery and one of those would be perfect! How did you come up with your blog name? Especially the Elephants part? Nancy

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

You have collected an elegant group of salt vessels. Thanks for hosting this weekly event.

Debra

Lezlie@Lovilee ReDesign said...

Thank you so much for the feature this week! It was definitely a treat! Thanks again for hosting!!

Lezlie

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Beautiful Patti! I love the introduction with the scripture. And as a preservative, a carrier of moisture for life, so many uses that this gift has for us to live.

And those shakers, OH MY! LOVE! I have an old set that I put glitter in to shake out on my projects! So many fun ways to use these treasures!

SO YOU ARE LOVING YOUR CLASS THIS YEAR? I am now teaching only French at the 8th grade and 12th grade levels and I'm loving it, but the only thing is getting familiar with the technology! I pray that I can learn quickly....I don't like feeling unsure about things!

Big hugs and warm wishes for a super FRIDAY at school! Anita

Sandra said...

How special is your post on Salt of the Earth. Beautiful picture!!! Thanks for hosting

GranTurismo Driver said...

Nice post, great blog, following :)

Good Luck :)

racheld said...

It was so lovely to have you visit at Lawn Tea, and I'm so glad you joined us!

I just come here and look my eyes full of your lovely things and arrangements, and the wonderful dainties I remember from childhood. All the old perfume bottles and salt cellars (how I LONGED for just one of the little cut-glass ones with the doll-sized silver spoon---there were a set of six in my Aunt Lo's china cabinet, and she'd let me "set" her coffee table with them when we'd visit).

And all the windows you open, with your hosting the "days" and "themes" are just a great extra---I just get lost wending my way through, and almost have to have a string to guide me back from all the lovely places.

rachel

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've been so influenced by you!I'm always looking for small bottles that look beautiful. I have 2 perfume bottles on my desk to embellish right now! Happy weekend!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Hi Patti
I just love your beautiful collection of shakers.. Thank you so much for sharing them. Great post!

Also would like to give my warmest thanks for your visit and most kind words about Matilda.. She is on her way to her new home.. I will miss her. I grew very attached.
blessings,
Penny

Tammy Henderson said...

Patti... All these pieces are just beautiful! Thank you for sharing at One More Time Events! Just linked up to your great party. Have a great weekend...xo Tammy

Victorian1885 said...

I love your silver salt & peppers! Beautifully displayed on the silver tray.... have a great weekend!

Chatty Crone said...

Those are very pretty salt containers - it has been around a long time. So I wonder when they first decided it made things taste better! sandie

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Your shakers look like little works of art, all grouped together like that! Fun post!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Oh, I love this post - the use of the verse with these gorgeous salt shakers and cellars - exquisite - I am delighted to join your party - I do appreciate you hosting,
kathy

Amber Lyon Ferguson said...

Oh this is a gorgeous post! I've actually been snatching up lids at the flea market and started collecting them for projects.
Thanks for hosting a lovely party!
Amber

Denise said...

Patti, this is just beautiful and so appropriate for a Sunday post! These are some of the most beautiful crystal salt shakers I've seen, and I love the way you've displayed them! I also LOVE the swan-shaped individual salt cellar. I have two of the Lenox swan salt cellars, and I'm hoping to find two more for a reasonable price. :)

Visiting from Seasonal Sundays; have a lovely day!

Denise at Forest Manor

Anita said...

What a wonderful post and some gorgeous salt shakers!! Thanks so much for stopping by...hopefully I can get here in time for the party next time!

Shelia said...

Hi Patti! Thank you so much for popping in to see my little dolls. I pray you've had a wonderful and blessed Sunday!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Louise-Arden said...

Your collection is beautiful!!
Love the verse you posted too

Danice said...

Another beautiful collection. I joined the Linky, but for some reason my thumbnail image did not upload.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Patti, So enjoyed this post and the gorgeous shakers and salt cellars. I just love the swan and anything cut crystal. Thank you for the info too. I know many "salt of the earth" people.

Thank you for stopping by, your comment and new following. It is so nice to meet you.
Have a great week.
Hugs! Celestina Marie Design

Kelly said...

I remember reading somewhere that salt used to be very expensive because it was hard to get. Hard to believe that now, huh? It's so plentiful and now our doctors want us to use less of it! LOL! I love the idea of using the little salt cellars to hold rings.

Red Rose Alley said...

Patti,
The crystal shakers are so pretty. "Salt of the Earth" - I haven't heard that saying in such a long time. They are beautiful words, and I loved hearing them again. I have always thought that my parents were "salt of the earth" people. Thank you for this sincere and special post, and reminding me that there are still "salt of the earth" people around.

Love,
~Sheri

Pura Vida said...

I have that swan from my parents wedding! and I've always thought salt shakers would be great for scented body powder!

Laura said...

Your salt shakers are so beautiful! I never would have thought to place the broaches on top like you did- lovely and creative!!!

Marlene said...

Hi Patti, loving your collection of vintage salt shakers. I have the little swan and the wings open up a little. I had no idea what it was used for. TFS. Missed the party but, thanks for hosting.
xxx
Marlene

Victoria said...

Your salt shakers are gorgeous! The swan salt cellar is my favorite though, what a treasure!!!

Diann said...

I definitely have my own salt shaker/salt cellar crush! And that swan salt cellar is stunning!! thank you for sharing at TTF!

lynn cockrell said...

Beautiful post ladies! So sorry I have not been able to visit much lately. I finally caught you in time to join the party. Thanks so much for hosting!!!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Patti, love your gorgeous collection - I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

I love those salt shakers too! Thank you for joining HSH!
Sherry

Palomasea said...

These are so beautiful!! They are not easy to find around here...I may have to go online...
Thank you for the inspiration, dearest Patti!!

A beautiful week to you and warm hugs,
- Irina

Jann Olson said...

What an amazing collection! I adore each and every one. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

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