Which would you pick?

These are three teacup and saucer sets done in the three colorways of RJR‘s A is for Anabelle fabric collection.  Which would you pick?  I am not normally a green person, but the green colorway is causing my heart to flutter…

Teacups and saucers have popped up at sundry times at Ivory Spring… because we are somewhat serious about teacups and such over here.

[Spode Delamere in a blue/brown autumn setting]

[Spode antique gilded unknown pattern amidst Benartex’s Silk Road fabrics]

[ Lomonosov Guipure among Russian-y things]

[Spode Sheffield in an English bookish setting]

[Mottahedeh Mandarin Blue in a traditional setting]

[Johnson Brothers Heritage White in a spring afternoon Chinese tea setting]

[Spode Blue Italian and Blue Geranium peeking from the china hutch]

[Royal Albert Lady Carlyle in a cottage setting]

Which would you pick out of this lot?

More fabrics!

Happy Monday, Everyone.  I hope all is well with you!   I worked a little over the weekend on my Autumn into Winter project (I have some sneak peeks for you tomorrow).  But for now, I thought I would show you some gorgeous fabrics I received over the weekend.  This is the blue colorway for the Americana Collection by Benartex.

You know I love blue and white dishes, but I actually haven’t made an all blue quilt.  So, I know I will have lots of fun working with these cold world floral  beauties:

Baby has been most excited to point out the flowers to me, and then “smelling” the flowers on the fabric:

These pineapples are just perfect to go with the Americana theme, don’t you think?

You may click here to read more about my Mandarin Bouquet collection:

That’s all for now, folks.  It’s going to be a super busy week for me.  Thank you for all your comments and emails you have kindly left for me last week — my email mailbox practically exploded!  I am working slowly but surely in responding to you.  Please forgive the delay.  Meanwhile, I hope you have a wonderful week!

Not hiding the blue!

You all know that I am of the persuasion of not hiding the blue for Christmas.  Here is another shot of blue and Christmas for you:

We had a full Christmas meeting up with family out of town.  I am in the process of easing back into my routine…. but I have quite a few errands to run before the routine and I are one.  And after that, I am looking at a busy year ahead – that’s another story for another time! I do want to take this time to thank you for leaving comments on my Christmas posts — I am a bit slow, but I promise I will get back to you!

I hope you are doing well!  Have a lovely week.

Blue & Brown Mix & Match

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Inspired by my blue and brown quilt, I set out to play with my blue and brown dishes all together at one time.


I am usually a dish collection kind of gal when it comes to dishes, but I have to say that experimenting with mixing the colors together was very fun! The following are some of the combinations I tried:

#1 (you can tell I was a bit reserved in the beginning!)

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blue brown2


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#4 (then ever so slowly, I started to loosen up):

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#5 (I started to be a bit more adventurous):

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#6 (By now, dishes were starting to pile up on the floor, waiting to be auditioned):

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#7 (I am bringing in more blues):

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#8 (now comes the desserts):

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Now, how about retreating to the drawing room to take some tea with me?

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What do you think, my bloggy friends – should I, or should I not use my blues with my browns this year for Thanksgiving?

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!

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:



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:


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


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:





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


Dishaholic Part 3: All things historic

Working on my grouse-y quilt made me all warm and fuzzy about all things historic. So for my show-and-tell today, I thought I would show you some dishes that have historic connections:

The pattern is called “Mandarin Bouquet”, a Winterthur adaptation made by Mottahedeh. The Fitzhugh border, named after an English family, was selected by George Washington for his dinner service at Mount Vernon. Spode has had a Fitzhugh line of china service in the past. The bouquet motif is from a Chinese Export porcelain punch bowl (circa 1800). I love the vibrant colors of the bouquet – I would love to interpret it for an applique quilt some day:

It all started with the lobed dish that is in front of the oval platter (in the first picture). I had received it a few years ago as a graduation gift. Over time, my husband has added the pieces occasionally as Christmas and anniversary gifts. It is not a collection that I have ferociously added myself because I think it makes it more special when my husband adds to the collection for me.

I thought I would show you some George Washington related items around the house while we are on the subject of all things historic…

A lovely coffee table book of Mount Vernon that showcases the Washington estate in various seasons:

A framed menu from the Mount Vernon Inn:

My favorite book on Washington, written by George Washington Custis, his adopted son (who happened to be the original owner of the Arlington):

The favorite Washington print in our family:

A couple of small prints issued by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association:

And finally, a few scenes of Mount Vernon:

I hope you have enjoyed my “historic” show and tell. Have yourself a very merry weekend!

Pieceful Garden Scrap Project: Part 2: My not so “scrappy” pillow

I underestimated the time I would need to complete my scrappy projects from the Pieceful Garden kit scraps. But I did get one of the scrap projects done last night. It turned to be a not-so-scrappy looking 24″ pillow:

The pride and joy of my pillow is the fabric yoyo! I have never made a yoyo before. But I was really inspired by what Arlette has done with her yoyo’s. So, I decided to give it a try. I thought it turned out pretty good and added a little something to the overall look:

Many of my whimsical friends wanted to get in the photo shoot for the pillow. They also wanted me to drag out some of the fineries in life as props. I think some of them just wanted to play with my breakables — you think French Loppie there got a bit carried away as he practically immersed himself in the teacup??!!!:

Click here for tutorial on how to make the center block with the Pieceful Garden kit scraps.


Thank you for coming to my show-and-tell today. I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed weekend. I will be back on Monday! See you then!!


Disclaimer – you will ONLY have the scraps left from Double-Nine-Patch blocks trimming the blocks for the scrap project. Anything extras you see in my scrap projects require extra fabric(s). You may choose to purchase more fabrics, or mix-and-match with other fabrics. The reason I used coordinating fabrics is because I had extra fabrics left from making the sample quilt for “The Quilter”.