The great crash

Last week I came home from a particularly tough day at work to learn that I no longer owned any plates, bowls or glasses.

devastation in the kitchen


devastation in the kitchen


devastation in the kitchen
My shelf in the kitchen just crumbled right out of my plaster wall. I clearly can no longer be trusted to pick out appropriately sized wall anchors. My confidence as a capable girl is shot.

65 comments:

  1. oh no! so heartbreaking. on the up side, it gives you an excuse to buy more plates, glasses and bowls??

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  2. Oh my goodness!! I bet you had a lot of pretty things on there too!

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  3. Broken crockery is not a nice thing to come home to :( I'm sure it wasn't your choice of wall anchors which was at fault - they were probably faulty, or their could have been an earthquake or even a poltergeist! See, lots of logical explanations which allow you to retain your confidence.

    On the plus side, it does now mean you cuold make an amazing mosaic out of said broken crockery :)

    I love reading your blog every day and would be very very happy and smiley if you could take a peek at mine.

    http://humblemagnifcent.blogspot.com/

    Merci beaucoup to you!
    x

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  4. That is just so sad! Some of those glasses look really old - but think of it as an opportunity to go out & search for more beautiful china & glassware at your favourite secret sources...

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  5. The only upside is you take amazing pictures. Truly you are very capable.

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  6. oh dear, the plaster let you down. how about a leaning shelf and some shopping at brooklyn flea?

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  7. Tragic! Like somebody said above, maybe you could make a mosaic out of the pieces - to sort of commemorate the great crash.

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  8. ohhhh nooooooooooo!!! this was the saddest thing to see this morning! when did it happen? the little baby goose necks broke my heart.

    maybe a little retail therapy could help? i'm sure the silver lining is around the corner, it always is.

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  9. Oh dear !!!
    I know this feeling ..... the same thing happened to me ;-(
    I lost several waterford crystal wine glasses.
    It is only stuff , you'll collect again .

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  10. Oh no - so horrible. The little swan / goose is the saddest part! I would be devastated!

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  11. O, that's awful, Amy! Plaster is really, really tricky, though; I had it in my old apartment and could never get up the nerve to hang anything heavier than a picture frame.

    Fishs Eddy has great new dishware--and some amazing deadstock!--if you still have stuff to replace.

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  12. ...Oh I am so sorry this happened and what a beautiful collection you had too! :o/ Well, all is not lost, you can use the shards for placing in a pan under potted flowers or make a pretty mosaic on a second hand garden table or whatever your imagination conjures up! Aaand, this just gives you a reason to go shopping for more vintage finds! See? There's a good side... ;o)

    ...Such is life...*sigh*

    ...Blessin's... :o)

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  13. How awful! I'm sorry that happened to you. I love china, and I would be heartbroken if I came home to find it all broken. The only upside is now you HAVE to go shopping for new stuff!

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  14. Not the goose measuring spoons! I love those :(

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  15. That is heartbreaking! My mom would use those ceramic pieces in stepping stones in her garden. It's fun seeing broken plates from my childhood pressed into cement circles when I go out to pick tomatoes!

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  16. Oh no! All the plates, bowls, and glasses?! All of them? How horrible!

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  17. Awww! I second (fourth, fifth?) the idea for a mosaic project.

    This happened to me once - some floating shelves in my bedroom crashed down to the floor in the middle of the night - sadly they housed my shell collection and not many of the pieces survived.

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  18. Somehow change that happens suddenly can be much harder to accept than change that happens gradually. Take time to mourn, accept, adjust, rethink, and move forward.

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  19. oh no! that poor little goose! now you get to start a whole new collection of glasses at least?

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  20. yuk! for some reason that little goose head is the saddest of all. at least my kids break things one at a time instead of one fatal crash.

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  21. Oh no! That is heartbreaking.

    You should at least keep the little goose head, since even broken it's still adorable. It's the sort of thing that, at my house, would be a family joke - migrating to all sort of odd hiding places, and when you find it you find another fun place to put it. For some reason I imagine it propped up in a flower pot.

    I love Allyson's suggestion for making little stepping stones!

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  22. That's devastating! I solemly swear never to laugh at my father again when he insists on tapping the wall to find the studs and hanging things right there--which said place is always the ugliest, most inconvenient place on the whole wall. I suppose it is better than a great crash, though! :(

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  23. I think the severed goose head is the saddest of all.

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  24. I feel so bad for you. Did you just sit down and have a good cry? The saddest part is your little broken goose. It looks like it might have been part of a measuring cup set. I'm so sorry!

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  25. That is horrible. I'm checking my shelves when I get home

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  26. Oh, how sad. What a horrible thing to come home to.

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  27. Oh no! How sad. I would be devastated. But then I'd probably soon find some glee in getting to buy new ones. :) Hope it turns for the better soon!

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  28. I would have started crying if I walked into that mess...

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  29. What a horrible thing! Hopefully no one was hurt.

    I would be very sad if it happened to me.

    Better find a good issue.... Less plates, bowls or glasses to wash, and a visit to the flea market.

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  30. Amy! that's terrible. i feel sad for the geese as well. I have so many bowls, plates & glasses - let me send you something. you can email me your address. do.

    this happened to me once - well a wall released a bookshelf onto my sleeping 13 year old self - i thought the world was ending.

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  31. I literally gasped outloud as I read this! My sister came home last night to find that my mother had gotten rid of an expensive vintage dress of hers by accident, and she sobbed for hours; and I was thinking "Jesus, calm down, it's just a dress!" But as I read this today, I realized if my plates and glasses all commited suicide like yours, I would be a veritable wreck, like my sister. I'm so so sorry! But as other have pointed out, it IS always fun to buy some more...?!

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  32. That is so sad! If that happened in my house, the first culprits I'd blame would be the cats.

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  33. Oh no! So sad :( Don't worry, you're still capable. Did it at least hold for a while?

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  34. Oh no! And your things were so pretty too!

    At least you get ot start all over now :)

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  35. well, hey, at least you aren't picking the fragments out of the ashes. been there, done that.
    and now, move over, Gaudi....here comes Emerson!

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  36. I have often thought what the aftermath would like - actually every time I add that extra glass to my overloaded shelves - thanks for sharing!!!

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  37. It makes one wonder what the straw that broke the camel's back was after two years. A butterfly flapping its wings on the other side of the world?
    So sorry. What a mess to return to. It must have been so jarring! Robbery? Explosion? Transcontinental earthquake? So sorry.

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  38. Good lord; seeing those photos makes me sick!

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  39. oh goodness! :( I think that would have sent me right to tears!

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  40. i thought about this again tonight. my mom sent me a package with some beautiful old wine glasses and some wedgewood tea cups in a package... and they were all shattered upon arrival.

    i was so sad. and i can't even imagine how much worse it would have felt to come home to that sight. i agree with caitlin... sick to my stomach.

    i'm sorry miss merrick.

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  41. You are capable. You are! YOU ARE!
    How many young ladies would be so capable as to think they could make a shelf, actually do it, by herself, have it endure 2 years of constant use.

    You are capable and you learned that if you did it once, you can do it again and even adjust the supports to the weight.

    Besides if you who are so capable can have an oops.. it makes us feel better about our own OOPS!

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  42. Reminds me of the time my sister gave her pet monkey LSD and it went nuts and torn every thing out of the kitchen cabinets. Crash! Boom! Bang! Only it was my father who was having an important business meeting at the house that found the mess and the monkey. It bit my mother to the bone before ending up as gift to the local zoo.

    Now, that's what I would call not being capable!Poor monkey... poor broken duck.

    Make a new shelf. You can do it!!!!

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  43. Yep, this sure qualifies as sad.
    Did you ever have a moment while holding or washing one of those dishes where you said, one day, I'm gonna check out ________ dish pattern?
    I catch myself doing something of that sort all the time.
    Maybe you can try and let the new dish/glass hunt be a cathartic one, of sorts :)

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  44. oh dear ... that's not a nice greeting at all ... hrrumph big time ...
    i have kept some of our broken dishes over the years and some day ... some day i am going to make a mosaic of them ... maybe an idea for some of your cherished pieces?
    take good care,
    prairiegirl

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  45. Sigh. That box makes me wanna cry.

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  46. Time to refresh the decor.
    Annoying more than sad, just like everything in life. Just when you think things are going well then it all comes crashing down around you.

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  47. Oh My! That's so sad. Well, at least you know what not to use to hang your shelf next time.

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  48. oh nooooo...i'm so sorry! i know that must be heartbreaking - i'm very much attached to my plates and cups and such. well, at least, this provides a good excuse to hunt for more treasures. :)

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  49. How terribly tragic! That little duck in there looks so sad, maybe some of it can be glued back together again

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  50. Oh my, be careful while handling them. very interesting pictures, even the broken glasses have some beauty to 'em

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  51. Your photos are extraordinary. I will be following your blog now! :)

    (I found a link to your site on Oh,Mishka)

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  52. Wow thats horrible. Maybe you can find something fun to do with all the broken pieces..

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  53. Hey-just catching up on your blog. This looks like quite a crash! I loved the story of the "water ice". Also love the photo of the colored pencils. It made me want to get mine out and color-I have a bit of a fettish for them and have loads stashed all over the place!

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  54. The little goose head gets me most. Chin up! I think season change is a time of crash and burn for many.

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  55. Right about season change...

    Seasonal Affective disorder, here we come!
    Let there be light!

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  56. Oh no!!!
    Well, I'm sure you already knew this, but I have found wonderfully eclectic plates at thrift stores--and for very good prices. Heheh.

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  57. Proves that everything has it's own "shelf life".

    sniff!

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  58. Oh no! This happened to us in a rental.
    Most of our engagement presents were of a shelf that fell down. We were renting and luckily our real estate agents reimbursed us, but it was still heart breaking. Are you able claim this on your insurance?

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  59. Everything has it's own "SHELF LIFE"!

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