Sunday, December 27, 2020
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Inspired this week by a post Cheryl wrote at Thinking About Home, I decided to make some changes in my china cabinet. For a while now I've had a pretty rose-patterned china set displayed there - china that was inherited from my husband's fraternal grandmother when she passed years ago.
In the past, I've switched out the china for our wedding dishes (which is Noritake - Pleasure pattern) on a somewhat seasonal basis, but I hadn't done this in a couple of years, I'm thinking. Anyway, Cheryl's post this week got me to thinking about a set of Currier & Ives stoneware (Old Grist Mill pattern) I brought home from my mother-in-law's this summer and I thought now would be a great time to swap out the china for these dishes.
Since my Noritake stoneware also has blue in it, I tried mixing the dishes and I found I really liked the effect. I also have some brown (and earthy-colored) Frankoma items so I added them, as well as some other old items - some I have pictured below and I will explain what they are.
It was a lot of work unpacking the Currier & Ives dishes and packing up the china, but it feels really good to have a change of scenery for the winter, and to have the Currier & Ives handy to use. I'm going to enjoy that as these are a design of dishes I grew up with, and even though these aren't my childhood dishes, a little reminiscing sounds good about now.
Changing out the china cabinet was also good for providing me a reason to sort through more items and decide to remove some of them from our home. A photo of those things will come at the end of this post, but let me first share a few unique items in my china cabinet.
My mother-in-law was a collector of invalid feeders. In fact, she belonged to a national society of invalid feeder collectors and went to invalid feeder conventions. These items ranged from plain utilitarian objects, to hand-painted works of art. The blue and white one below is perhaps one of the prettiest in her collection and I think it looks really nice amongst the blue dishes. The glass candle holder on the left is one of two that I have and those are from my childhood home where they were often used for holiday dinners.
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Monday, November 23, 2020
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Next up... Lucy at Another Day blog gets credit for this next idea. Last week Lucy mentioned that she is bagging up mini skeins and creating her own advent calendar. What a great idea! Lucy explains her motivation for making her own, but my motivation (in addition to not needing any more yarn) is that I've lost some interest along the way, and this might just be a kick start I need to more seriously dig back into my yarns and crochet threads.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
For the sake of camaraderie and maybe having something to say to help another declutterer, I thought I'd make some confessions. There are two pairs of shoes here that are brand new and didn't get worn partly because they aren't comfortable. And several other shoes I bought because they were kind of cute, but even though I gave them a go, they ended up being uncomfortable to wear too. The others... I got a good run out of them.