Thursday, November 19, 2020

When It Rains, It Pours.....

 Ain't that the truth??

But that kind of rain is not what I'm talking about.  I'm actually not even talking about any kind of rain.  I'm talking about salt.  Specifically, "Morton's Salt."
(Yes, I'm bored now that Spooking Season is over.  😞)

Many, many blog seasons ago, I started a series of posts about my collections. 
I forget where exactly I left off, but I know I never finished...because I have many collections.  My philosophy:  If one of something is good, MANY more of them would be better.  But I know I never did "this" collection, because it isn't much of a collection...and it was one of my later-acquired habits.  So here we go:  Collections - Part ????

Anyways...who doesn't know the Morton Salt Girl??? The iconic little girl with the big umbrella holding a package of trailing salt.  But, (here comes your history lesson LOL), she isn't as popular as I thought she would be amongst collectors.

Morton Salt traces its roots back to 1848 (I won't bore you with those details) but "back in the day," people had to deal with salt that clumped together in damp or humid weather.  In 1911, Morton's came up with a genius solution:  Add an anti-caking agent to the salt.... i.e., magnesium carbonate.  (Now most salt has calcium silicate added instead).  The result:  free flowing salt, and the dawn of a new era for cooks and diners alike. The company soon adopted the slogan "When it rains, it pours."

The iconic little girl was not actually added as the company "mascot" until 1914.


There have been seven versions of the Morton Salt Girl since her debut.  The 8-year old (bet you didn't know her age, did ya???) has had curly hair, then straight, then curly again.  She's had pigtails and a bob, and been a blonde as well as a brunette.  Her yellow dress, however, wasn't added until 1941.

No, I don't have all 7 versions, but I do have popcorn salt....does that count???

Oh....and some tenderizer....

Boring I know...but the non-boring stuff in my world these days are things I rather not breathe more life into by putting into words.  And, yes...I am still putting away Halloween.

As for stitching, I want to thank everyone who ventured an opinion on my flower floss.  Whether you're a stitcher or not, each and every input was appreciated and considered.

I felt like Goldilocks and the Three Bears....I kept trying floss, and one would be too dark, one too orange, one too red....but then, I think I found one that was just right (at least I think so).

In the top vine the lightest flower floss (on the right) is the original called-for DMC 436.  To the left of it is one I really liked (DMC 310) but, after studying it a bit, decided it was a bit too "shocking" for the muted, "moody" (thank you Marly...that's the perfect descriptive) colors of the rest of the piece.
So, I ended up with DMC 435 (that's what is on the bottom vine flowers).  Thank you Color Queen for your patience with me in my venture into this unknown and new color-changing world.

As for hooking....There's nothing to discuss.  Sorry Mummy Dearest.

There's so much ugliness in the world right now, I will leave you with this photo of my neglected little plant in my laundry window.  I went to the lake for an extended "unplugging" and came home to these beautiful blooms.

Always remember, there are unexpected and undeserved miracles in this world. I believe in them, but not in coincidences.


oldgreymareprimitives said...

There are also blessings and you are one <3

acorn hollow said...

I did not know all that info about Morton Salt and yes it was interesting.
I like the color you chose. What a gift to come home from the lake and find flowers. Yes the world is ugly but you are making your corner of it just a little bit better.

Farmhouse prims said...

Love your morton's salt collection. Thank you for the information on salt, I didn't know that. Your cross stitching is just lovely. Love the beautiful flowers. Lecia

Denise said...

Back in the '80s, my mother cross stitched
a Morton Salt girl. I'm not sure what
date is on it, but it's the blue box. I'm sure
it's not the one in the yellow dress. Now you
have me wanting to know. I'll get it out and
see. I enjoyed your information on these iconic
little girls.

Saundra said...

Had no idea about the history of Morton Salt and the different hair styles of the little girl, thanks for the info, it was an interesting read. What an interesting plant; Appears to be a succulent of some sort but have never seen one like that before ~ another interesting topic on your blog.

Jennie in GA said...

Hmmmm... I‘be never seen a succulent bloom like that. Pretty nice of it to bloom for you. The xstitch looks good. Thank goodness for expert advice, right. I enjoyed the Morton salt history. Will look for those girls in a totally different light now. Have a good weekend!!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Whodda thunk you had a Morton Salt collection? Thanks for all the info.
That plant is very cool. Any idea what it is?
I am so envious when you go to the lake house to "unplug" or whatever. Lucky you. Is that where you have been stitching that lovely piece?

marly said...

Never knew the salty story and always love to learn from you. It will never come up in a conversation for me to show off my new found knowledge, but I know I'm smarter. If I can remember all this. Popcorn salt? I have a container for pouring on slugs but doubt if that would get its own label. And I do feel badly when the little slimeballs melt.

Glad you found your color, looks great.

Prims By The Water said...

What a fine collection you have and enjoyed reading the history of Morton salt. Wish Ihad time to sit down and do some stitching or hooking...maybe soon I can pick up some kind of needle. Love your newest cross stitch piece. Janice

WoolenSails said...

That is a fun collection, I love vintage advertising.


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Farm Girl said...

Good Morning!
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I love your Morton Salt and the history. I read this once. I bet you know it. "When it rains it pours, it does and it did and you're cute." It was on a Morton Salt package I saw when I was a kid.
I do enjoy seeing what you collect.
Today should be a good day. I believe the Kracken will be going live today. Our friend, Q is wishing us a Merry Christmas. :)

yaya said...

I loved the history of the Morton Salt girl! How cool to have that as one of your collections. I think all your stitching is lovely. I just don't have that talent so I have to have the talent to enjoy others works! Your lake house is 1/4 of a mile from my brother's house...not a coincidence but truly a little miracle!