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?

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Happy Monday, Everyone. I hope you are doing well. I am working frantically to meet one of two deadlines! So, I had to dig in my archives for my Blue Monday post this week that goes with the Christmas season:

The moral of the story is: Don’t be afraid to use blues in your Christmas decorations! :)

I feel like I am existing in some kind of bubble where I am experiencing a jet-lag-liked sensation. As a freelancer, I work on projects suited for seasons at least four months out for magazines. For instance, I was working on Christmas projects way back in May, and now I am working on late spring/summer projects. It’s really weird. Weirdness aside, I do want to thank you for stopping by. Please accept my best wishes for your new 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.

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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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#2:

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#3:

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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?


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 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 Dish-aholic’s Blue Monday

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HELLO EVERYONE!  I hope you had a great weekend, and have already had a good start to your new week.  Dusting this cupboard is on my list of things to do this week.  It’s always fun for me because I get to say hello to all the different pieces.  I am always delighted by some sort of details on the pieces that I might have missed before – I think that’s part of the fun in collecting transferware.  The details are just amazing on most transferware.

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[From Spode’s Website] Josiah Spode perfected many pioneering techniques during his lifetime, including in 1784, the process for blue underglaze printing on earthenware, from hand engraved copper plates.
… The Blue Italian Pattern has been in continuous production since 1816. The central scene is thought to be of ruins in Italy and is framed by an Imari border inspired by Chinese porcelain.

I never get tired of the Blue Italian pieces – full of details, yet never ostentatious, but ever inviting!   I am setting the table with my Blue Italian dishes, care to join me for lunch?

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Thank you again for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Setting the table for simple pleasures

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Setting the table is one of my most enjoyed simple pleasures of life:

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On a particular afternoon, I started setting the table for the company of my family — another simple pleasure:

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I used my “Simple Pleasures” quilt to dress up the table:

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Nothing too fancy, I just used my Spode Blue Italian, mixed in with a bit of Johnson Brothers Heritage White:

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We were having Chinese-style stuffed buns. So I included the teapot for green tea at the table:

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A great time was had by all! Thank you for stopping by – I hope you enjoy your Thursday – may your day be blessed with many simply pleasures!

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Quilting makes the Quilt

It’s always challenging for me to capture the actual quilting I do on quilts due to the limitations of my camera — the lighting has to be just right, the stars have to line up, the barometric pressure has to be exact…

I stumbled upon the moment this past weekend where everything was just right for me to take pictures of the quilting I had done on Roslynn:

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I have done all the quilting on my quilts using my home machine so far — it is possible! I want to encourage all quilters out there who do not have a longarm to not ever give up the possibility of using your home machine to free-motion quilt!

Happy Monday, Everyone!

The Quilter 20th Anniversary Issue (March 2009)

My first quilt published in “The Quilter” was in their 19th Anniversary issue:

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I feel honored to have another quilt featured in their 20th Anniversary issue (HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a fabulous quilt magazine!). This time, it’s Roslynn. Remember this?

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The quilt in its entirety used to decorate a tabletop:

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Additional shots (I just love that burgundy fabric from Benartex’s Noble Familie):

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We are experiencing a snow storm right now, won’t you join me for a hot cup of coffee and some petits four? I learned something new while making sure of the spelling — petit four is a small cake generally eaten at the end of a meal or served as part of a large buffet. The name is from the French petit four, meaning “small oven” (from Wikipedia):

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Stay warm, everyone!

Blue Transferware and Traditional Christmas

When it comes to Christmas, my colors are definitely the traditional green and red, mixed in with just the right amount of gold.

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But I am also very much a blue and white type of gal, and would not even contemplate shelving my blue and white dishes for Christmas.

So, here is my compromise — mix in the red and green in the midst of the blue and white, and I still get to maintain a traditional Christmas look. The following pictures were taken from past Christmases.

1. I filled empty serving dishes with green and red Christmas balls, and added other accents like a Christmas-related book and a holly garland. The book was a gift from a friend years ago, and the reindeer ornament was a handpainted ornament from one of my first American friends when I came to the States 14 years ago.

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2. I filled unused teacups with some blown glass ornaments to create more of a focal point. Christmas sprays also come in handy in adding a little something. That Snoopy ornament always gets an honored place because it is from my husband’s childhood.

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3. It’s the little things that count. Those red/gold stripe balls are probably my favorite-st. They are only about 1″ in diameter, and are perfect to go with my tiny salt dish.

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4. I also like to use natural things to add to the festivity. Shown is a heavenly bamboo berry sprig.

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5. I also placed Christmas figurines that have red next to the blue transferware pieces to force a bit of red in the color scheme. The figurines are by Swedish artist Carl Larsson.

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So, with its “Christmas outfit”, my china cabinet that holds most of the blue and white dishes looks like this…

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Thank you for visiting my show-and-tell. I hope you have a terrific weekend! I will see you again on Monday!

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.

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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!!

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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”.