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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Blue and White Memories


As far back as I can remember this is the set of dishes that was on our table in my parents home. When Mom passed away last August I was going to give the whole set to the Goodwill Store or a consignment store in Walnut Creek. Something said "NO"..., so I boxed the set up and brought it home with me.
Well, sometimes you need to listen to your instincts and wait before you give something away that has so many memories. When I got the box home, I decided to use the set as my everyday dishes and I lovingly washed them and filled my cupboard with this wonderful set of memories. I cannot tell you what a good feeling it is to use these dishes and take care of them.

I think, of all the pieces in this set, the little pitcher is the sweetest. I can remember Mom serving milk for our cereal in it and, even more wonderful, a small bouquet of flowers on a tray when we were sick. I can see this pitcher on our dining table on Sunday morning with warm syrup in it for our pancakes.. We never had the store bottles on the table or "tubs" of margarine. Always butter and always the pitcher. How could such a small piece of china have so many good memories tucked inside? I'm so glad I didn't leave the set at the thrift store. The money I would have made at the consignment store would never compare to having the set here in my home.

A few weeks back a good friend came to visit. She had a very belated birthday present for me. ( My birthday was in Dec. and we had not been able to get together until now.) It was this beautiful vintage cookie tin with the same pattern as Mom's set of dishes. What a wonderful gift. It must have originally held cookies because the lid edge has what looks like tape marks all the way around the tin as if it had been sealed at one time. The design is by Liz Floding 1984. It's so perfect. I will use it often. What a sweet gift Janet. Thank you.
Please remember to check all the vintage loving blogs at Colorado Lady's site. She is the host for Vintage Thingies Thursday and if you love Antiques and Vintage things you will be in 7th heaven here.
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26 comments:

jojo said...

I just love a sweet story like this. I'm so glad you followed your heart and kept the dishes, they are a lovely reminder of your mom and will help you get through some difficult days. take care..;p

Karen Deborah said...

I love that set. Debbie uses it too. I think it is worth some money. Keeping it for your everyday set is a GREAT idea. I would do exactly the same thing. I use my Grandma's Franciscan Apple dishes for my everyday. They are not my favorite dishes; they are my favorite memories.

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Cheerful, wholesome and homey are what this pattern means to me too.
I have a few precious pieces myself, Connie. Including a butter dish my husband bought me while we were dating.
xx

Ann Creek said...

I relly like your blue dishes. I think its great you are using them. The tin goes with them so nicely.

Tatersmama said...

What a beautiful set! I'm so glad that you decided to bring them home with you, because you can always buy new things, but you can never buy old memories.

LV said...

Love the dishes and the story behind them. You would probably been sorry down the road if you had given them away. They are a beautiful treasure and memory.

Linda said...

I'm soooo happy to hear that you kept these beautiful FAMILY dishes!

Blessings,
Linda

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Your mother's dishes are beautiful. I'm glad you kept them and are enjoying them now. Receiving the matching gift from your friend is so sweet.
Best wishes.

Coloradolady said...

Well...we are on the same page this week, but your dishes far exceed the ones I found. I love the pattern and the memories that go with the dishes for you!! I am glad too you decided to keep them, I never have the problem, I want to keep everything and buy it all!!!! Happy VTT!

Postcardy said...

It's a good thing you didn't get rid of the dishes. You were really lucky to get the tin too.

concretenprimroses said...

I'm so glad you kept your mom's dishes! I'm impressed that they lasted all these years.
Kathy

Kerry O'Gorman said...

I remember when my mom gave me her silverware set that we only used on special occaisions and for holiday dinners. I decided right then and there I would use it for everyday. I still use it and although some pieces are a bit beat up, I always think of the old days with it...your memory of the little pitcher and how your mom put flowers in it is so sweet...what a mom!

Wendy said...

Your post was so sweet and touched my heart. What wonderful memories of your mom, I am so glad you shared them with us. The blue and white china is beautiful...so glad you keep it :)
Wendy

mallorymurray said...

Those dishes are beautiful!

Deann said...

Those are lovely dishes, but the memories attached to them make them even lovelier! So glad you kept them!

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

I adore those blue dishes... thank goodness you didn't give them away! Cleaning our your mother's home is so overwhelming. I know I got rid of a few things that I now wish I'd kept but at the time there was just so much stuff.

You commented that you might try my chocolate pie recipe. I just realized that I omitted the 1 cup of milk so I've corrected the recipe. Just wanted to be sure you knew!

ClassyChassy said...

Glad you kept the dishes! A very nice set!

Madeline's Album said...

Oh I am so glad you decided to keep your mothers set of dishes and that you are using them. May they always bring you good thoughts of your mother and your childhood. Have a blessed day. Madeline

thasnifty said...

oh thank god those dishes did not end up in the hands of strangers. they are beautiful and although someone would have appreciated how pretty they are, they would not have had the collection of memories that go with them. thanks for sharing.

-brightest blessings-
karina

thasnifty.blogspot.com

Elizabeth said...

These plates are so happy, and the wonderful memories just make them more special.

Heidi Ann said...

Those are beautiful dishes. And so special. I enjoyed reading your memories.

The Homemaker In High Heels said...

Lovely story! I'm so glad you didn't part with them...although I wouldn't mind finding them if someone DID manage to part with theirs:)

Linda said...

I just happened upon you blog and had to say that I LOVE those blue and white dishes!

Linda said...

I just happened upon you blog and had to say that I LOVE those blue and white dishes!

Angela said...

What a beautiful post..and I just adore those plates..

houndini said...

I bet it was your Mum who said no to you that day. She wanted you to bring these home to use every day as a reminder of her and your childhood.

I know we don't need material things to remember someone dear - but somehow in someway it's a real comfort.

xx