Concord isn't very far away but somehow I seldom find time to make it out there to visit. Recently, though, I was talking to a friend about buttons and before long we had a little shopping trip planned. I wanted to visit the kitchen shop for some small pans my sister-in-law has had trouble finding. As expected the kitchen shop had quite a variety. I surprised my mother-in-law by calling to ask her advice on which bitsy cake pan to buy. The 4-inch looked just a bit too small, the 5-inch looked nice and the 6-inch looked maybe a bit large. She agreed so the 5-inch cake pan came home with me along with a couple very inexpensive 5-inch pie tins.
The Magnolia stellata was really lovely, not quite the same as the stately grandiflora I grew up with in the South but still a beautiful harbinger of spring. My little friend was quite taken with the "person lamp" and was a bit disappointed that we didn't go into that shop to look around. Right next door was our next destination. I'd been in the antique shop a few years ago and fallen in love with the wonderful (and inexpensive) antique buttons. It was discussion of button purchases that instigated our little jaunt and we both made some purchases here. I had packages of red and white buttons from my previous visit so I was looking to add a wider variety of colors. I brought home a package of mother-of-pearl buttons, some yellow/orange buttons, a package of bone buttons and some unusual metal buttons.
Also on my todo list for the day was an experiment in making hand cream. I melted together shea butter and cocoa butter and then folded in various types of oil. The mixture didn't really solidify, even after some hours of cooling. It's grainy and opaque and is the consistency of icing. Once this is used up I'll try again and add a little beeswax.