Stacks of teacups

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Hello Everyone.  I hope you have enjoyed your weekend, and Labor Day Weekend (for those who are in the US).  I am joining Blue Monday a little late, but better late than never… :)

It’s rare that I get to start my day with a nice cup of tea or coffee. Normally, I just hit the ground RUNNING (well, more like huffing and puffing!). I was able to do that this morning. I liked being able to go to the cabinet and pick out my teacup and saucer this morning. This is the view that greeted me:

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I had re-done my display a few days ago, and am liking the stacked look! I thought I would share with you a little insignificant thing that brought a smile to my face…

I do hope that your week will be stacked with many blessings!  Till tomorrow, my dear bloggy friends!

Confession of a dishaholic (part 4)

If you let a dish-aholic start collecting a set of blue and white dishes,

Confession #1: She will have to have other blue and white dishes to go with those she started out, and sink her love deeper and deeper and yet even deeper in the blue and white pile of dishes there are out there…

Confession #2: Then, she will think she needs to start collections of other dishes to balance out the blue/white monopoly in her cupboards…

Confession #3: Then, she will want to collect pieces for her silverware chest, piece by piece…

Confession #4: Then, she will have to have serving pieces to go with her silver ware…

platters (what a surprise, she would have blue/white transferware platters!)

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gravy boats

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— pitchers and other tea-related thingamagigs!

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— chargers

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— bowls (big bowls, small bowls, shaped bowls, leaf bowls!)

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— and of course, pyrex and pie-PALS!

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— and this!

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If you are inflicted with the same weakness as I am, I would love to know what serving pieces in your stash you use the most!

Thank you for stopping by and humoring me while I confess. I hope you have a fun-filled day!

Confession of a dishaholic (part 3)

If you let a dish-aholic start collecting a set of blue and white dishes,

Confession #1: She will have to have other blue and white dishes to go with those she started out, and sink her love deeper and deeper and yet even deeper in the blue and white pile of dishes there are out there…

Confession #2: Then, she will think she needs to start collections of other dishes to balance out the blue/white monopoly in her cupboards…

Confession #3: Then, she will want to collect pieces for her silverware chest, piece by piece…

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The Kings pattern was designed by John and Henry Lias for George III. The King eventually had another coordinating pattern “Queens” made for his wife, Queen Charlotte.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope a beautiful day awaits you!!

Confession of a dishaholic (part 2)

If you let a dish-aholic start collecting a set of blue and white dishes,

Confession #1: She will have to have other blue and white dishes to go with those she started out, and sink her love deeper and deeper and yet even deeper in the blue and white pile of dishes there are out there…

Confession #2: Then, she will think she needs to start collections of  other dishes to balance out the blue/white monopoly in her cupboards…

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(to suit the different seasons, don’t you know?) :)

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Thank you for visiting.  I would love to hear from you if you are suffering from the aforementioned symptoms! :)  Have a great Friday, everyone.  I will see you next week!

Tablecapes of Christmases past

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Hello everyone, can you believe it’s Thursday,  and that July is already almost over? That means Christmas is swiftly approaching, and that goose had better be getting fat. :) I am showing for this week’s Tablescapes some Christmas tablesettings I have done in the past.

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My Christmas pieces are still quite limited. I only started my Spode Christmas Rose collection a few years ago, and have been rather slow in adding to my collection. But it is still very fun to try to come up with different ways to set the table with my limited number of pieces.  Though there are a lot of color choices out there for Christmas nowadays, mine doesn’t ever veer too far from the traditional red and green:

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Here you see that my Christmas ornaments are limited to just the tree:

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Of course, a nice placecard holder with placecard always makes my guests feel special:

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Last year, I added chocolate bars as a tablescape favor for my guests:

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Centerpieces I have used on the table:

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A Christmas Tea and Punch:

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I hope you have enjoyed my Christmas snippets today!  Thank you for stopping by.  I always enjoyed your visit.  Please be sure to leave a comment so that I can visit or write you back.  BLESSINGS!

Confession of a dish-aholic (part 1)

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If you let a dish-aholic start collecting a set of blue and white dishes,

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She will have to have other blue and white dishes to go with those she started out, and sink her love deeper and deeper and yet even deeper in the blue and white pile of dishes there are out there…

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Hello everyone, I hope you all had a blessed weekend! I thought today’s “Blue Monday” post is the perfect post for me to kick off my “confession” series because I did “cut my teeth” with the Spode Blue Italian in becoming a dishaholic. Happy Monday, you all!

Setting a tea table when I am half asleep…

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I always have a little celebration when I fulfill a harsh quilt deadline before I jump right into the next deadline looming in the horizon, just to break the monotony of things. This time, I would like to celebrate the completion of one of my magazine quilts with my kind bloggy friends with a simple tea. But you must forgive me, as I am walking around half-asleep after several almost all-nighters. I did manage to get some wild roses to put in my Westerwald crock for a table centerpiece. The blossoms smell simply heavenly:

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Oh, thanks for reminding me… some of you don’t drink tea and would prefer coffee. Let me get that coffeepot out just for you, and coffee mugs too:

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Now, won’t you make yourself at home while I retrieve the napkins from the cabinet? I am sorry I didn’t get everything ready ahead of time…

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I am glad to see that you are chatting with each other trading stories how you stumbled upon Ivory Spring. I am going back to the cabinet one more time to get some plates for our cookies.

Here is to bloggy friendships!

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Thank you for popping by to visit. I am glad you spent some time with me as I relax for a little before tackling my next big challenge.

A dishaholic’s dress-up party!

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My tablescape this week is a “pretend” one using pieces that are normally eye candies and aren’t used at the table.  But that certainly does not mean these pieces can’t appear on the table for a “dress-up” party, does it?  So, here it is, with the trinket trays doubling as individual salad bowl, and bread plate respectively.  You will also notice that a framed picture is used as a charger for the place setting:

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The bouquet motif is based on an 18th century Chinese export bowl.  There are over thirty colors in the motif.  Think of the different metal oxides used to produce the exuberant colors:

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The border is the famous Fitzhugh border, which also appeared in the Order of the Cincinnati, service of Martha and George Washington:

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Among those who are invited to the “dress-up party for dishes” are – some crystal stemware, an antique cobalt/silver salt cellar, a pair of Italian brass birds, and an Italian brass candelabra:

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Thank you for popping by my “dress-up party for dishes”!  I hope you have enjoyed my pretend tablesetting.  Have a lovely day!

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From Holland with Love

Hello Everyone, I am joining in “Blue Monday” a little late today.  I am still in the process of getting back into the groove of things after visiting with family.

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This Delft Blue plate from Holland was given to me by a Dutch friend, one of the sweetest girls I have ever known:

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She remembered me being a dish-aholic after visiting me.  Upon returning to her home country, she bought me this plate.  She had packed it in regular envelope and wrapped the plate with minimal bubble wrap.  I was thoroughly surprised the plate made it without a scratch from Holland, and that’s after the postman just tossed it in the mailbox.  So, whenever I look at the plate, I am mindful of the treacherous yet safe journey it has made in order to get to my home:

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Today, Delft is synonymous with Dutch pottery.  But you might be interested to know that the Delft pottery was not original to Dutch or Delft.  The pottery recipe was developed to imitate the Chinese imports in the 15-16th centuries by Dutch potters.  They were so good at it that their products stood and continue to stand in a class of their own, with scenes unique to Holland:

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Happy Monday to you all!  I will catch up with you later!  I will get to your emails, and comments you have left for me last week!

Porcelain meets lace in…

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… Lomonosov’s Guipure!

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Many of you commented about my cup and saucer in my Blue Monday post from two weeks ago. I decided to tell you a little about the pattern (Guipure) on the cup and saucer for this week’s Blue Monday post:

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The classic blue and white color combination in porcelain has many variations among the different patterns and manufacturers. While I love the different shades of blue (often in a more subdued tone) used in the English transferware, I also cannot resist the more vibrant and regal blue used by the Russian manufacturer, Lomonosov:

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Guipure is a name applied to needlepoint and pillow laces made with gimp of fine wires whipped round with silk and cotton threads, in which the ground is made of ties or brides, rather a net. And Russia definitely has a long-standing lace-making history (since the 13th century). Can you spot the little Guipure lacy patterns:

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I love to add things with historical meaning in my collection, and my Guipure pieces are definitely some of my prized treasures. Thanks for stopping by. Would you care to join me for a bit of coffee and some blueberry pie in these lovely Guipure pretties before you leave?

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Liberty BLUE!

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Happy Independence Week, Everyone! May we always cherish the heritage secured for us by great men before us, and may true freedom always ring!

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Independence Hall Plate from Staffordshire Liberty Blue Collection

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~ Benjamin Franklin (1775)

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From the Diplomatic Collection by Mottahedeh

“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” ~ George Washington (1st inaugural address 1789)

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American Bicentennial Plate by Royal Copenhagen

“We have spent the prime of our lives in procuring [young men] the precious blessing of liberty. Let them spend theirs in shewing that it is the great parent of science and of virtue; and that a nation will be great in both always in proportion as it is free.” ~ Thomas Jefferson (1789)

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Thanks for stopping by. I always appreciate your visits! Happy Blue Monday and Happy Week to you!!

Cream Soup for One Tablescape

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I set a cream soup tray for one since I was dining by myself:

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I absolutely loved the shape of the cream soup bowl.  The handles make me want to sit up a little straighter and mind my table manners a little better.  Here, the cream soup bowl is sitting on a cream soup stand, which in turn sits on a salad plate, which in turn sits on a silverplate filigree tea tray for a layered effect:

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Of course, with a pattern like Lady Carlyle that exudes the beauty of an English garden, we have to have some kind of rose accent!  I am sorry I only have blossoms from my one and only Jude rose bush to impress myself and you.  It would have been nice to have a St. Cecelia, or Queen of Sweded to match that cupped rose in the center of the soup bowl.  But for now, my Jude would have to do:

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Some accessories to go with the tablescape – a Florentine glass goblet, Lady Carlyle salt and pepper shakers, and Lady Carlyle napkin.  I had bought the Lady Carlyle fabric in my pre-quilting days.  Now, I wish I had bought more of the fabric to make a quilt:

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Of course, when I eat alone, I have to have something to read… in this rosy setting, what can be more apt than the David Austin rose catalog?

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Just to set the record straight, I rarely set the table when I eat alone (or Vicki would surely prohibit me from ever joining her Craft Week, hehe.  I am just giving Vicki a hard time).  But once in a blue moon when the mood strikes…. I do indulge and make myself feel extra-special by setting the table just for ME!

Thank you for stopping by.  I wish you a wonderful day!