One of the joys of travelling with my husband is his willingness to wander about thrift, antique and junktique shops with me. On our holiday earlier this month I happend on this gem:
A pin pot!
I've been seeking a pin pot for a while now, although I didn't know that was precisely what I wanted. All I knew was that the little lidded cardstock box I'd been keeping my safety pins in was starting to look more than a little shabby. Also: I didn't want an enamelled metal tin with a tight-fitting lid, as I wanted to get in and out quickly. (I work on some pretty thin deadlines sometimes!)
Earlier in the day before I found this I found an absolutely precious white glass FireKing dish with peaches painted on the side. It was hard to pass up, given that I love peaches in truly all their forms, even painted on glass, apparently. Alas, it had no lid, and given my kitten's penchant for pulling pins out of every receptacle - even quilts - in which she can find them, it's imperative that my pin storage device have a lid.
I'm glad I held out, because this pin pot has a lid with a perfect feature that I hadn't even recognized until I got home and put it to use. Did you notice it's handle is squared, not rounded? It balances just right on itself at about a 35-degree angle, which combines with it's inner lip to hold just enough pins at fingertip readiness!
Honestly, grandma Martha was right - Good things do come to those who wait!