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 paternal 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.