Friday, April 11, 2008

Show and Tell Friday

This is the first time I've participated in Show and Tell Friday hosted by Kelli at There's No Place Like Home. I've enjoyed looking at the pictures of others who regularly participate in this fun little exchange, so I decided to take the plunge. Let's see how my first humble attempt goes.

The first item is a little painted cast iron Amish couple sitting on a bench that I bought from an estate auction of my dear Aunt Louise. (Being given the middle name Louise, I was always told I was her this sweet lady has a dear spot in my heart though she's long gone from this earth.) I can remember these little people sitting on a shelf in her house and as a little girl thinking they were so cute. They are only about 3 inches tall, but they make me smile as I see them on the shelf keeping watch over us in our dining room.


This tea cup is from a china set that at one time belonged to my husband's grandmother. It comes from occupied Japan during WWII. In fact, the only thing stamped on the bottom are the words, "Made in occupied Japan".

I love the roses that decorate each dish. There is a general pattern followed, but each dish is unique in it's own way. For example, all of the tea cups have the little cluster of roses painted on one side (as is pictured above), but three of the teacups also have a single rose painted in the very bottom of the cup -- each of them turned a little differently -- to delight the drinker when he/she tips a near-empty cup.

The set was passed along to us about 10 years ago and it has been mostly hidden safely away. We have three boys and I just wasn't brave enough to put it in front of them very often. Recently, though, I've been thinking that I really ought to use these pretty things and they are now are within easy reach in my china cabinet. I display this china with other glass dishes (mostly pink and green plates) and again....I smile every time I look at it all.

A little touch of dainty in this testosterone-saturated house. Helps me feel just a little refined. ;^)


  1. Your rose dishes are wonderful, and what a great story to go along with them!

  2. What a sweet little Amish pair...
    We live in Amish country. We are headed over there tomorrow to purchase some baking items like whole wheat flour etc...

    The rose dishes are a treasure.

  3. Love your Amish couple and the tea cup and saucer. I collect tea cups too. :)

  4. I love your rose dishes~So pretty. I love Amish things too what a neat pair to have.

    Thanks for sharing

  5. The Amish couple are precious and the dishes are beautiful. Glad you joined the fun!!!

  6. Welcome! You need to invite
    (girl)friends and have a little
    tea party to use those lovely
    dishes. To pretty not to use!

  7. That is a gorgeous display and your photos are very good.

  8. The Amish couple is so sweet to have watch over you. Your dishes are beautiful and I love how you have them displayed. Having them out where you can see them is really what enjoying antiques is all about, especially when they make you smile everytime you see them.

  9. Thanks for stopping by! Yopur china is beautiful. I'm glad you decided to get it out to enjoy. I love the Amish couple. I have some of them in a box somewhere! It's great to be surrounded with memories!

  10. What beautiful dishes you have, and they are displayed so nicely. I think it's great that you are using them. I love using my pretty dishes, even when my little grandchildren are visiting. I think it makes everyone feel special.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I enjoy reading each one.

  11. Late making my rounds. Lovely show & tell. Do stop by. I'll save you a plate of my Just Peachy Cobbler. :D

    For your daily dose of vintage goodness & a bit of silliness, stop by Confessions of an Apron Queen, the home of Vintage Thingies Thursdays

  12. The little Amish couple is so sweet, what a wonderful treasure! I also love all of your pretty rose dishes too! You did a wonderful job with your first show and tell!

  13. What precious figures!
    How nice that you are able to enjoy the lovely china in your cabinet.
    Thanks for stopping by. Do come again.


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