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Monday, November 8, 2010

Plate Addict Lives Here. . .

I'll be joining Tam @ 'The Gypsy's Corner for my first ever  'Three or More - Tuesday' with my faddish about plates! Please join us and see what the ladies have to share from their collections of three or more.

Oh, yes! I confess. . .I have a faddish about plates! Curvy plates oh~h! Elegant plates oh~h~h! Monochromatic plates. . .oh~h~h~h! Painted plates, seasonal plates, whimsical plates, woodland plates. . . I confess, I'm addicted! (Does it go in my favor that I'm a good cook?) I didn't think so!

A new family tradition began when our son moved away from home after his college graduation. We divided the holidays.  Even numbered years, our son has Thanksgiving at his house, odd numbered years we host Thanksgiving On Crooked Creek. Shortly after arriving to our new home, "Mr. Ed" and I discussed the need for some new dishware. Having raised two very active sons (and their host of friends) life had taken it's toll on our set. (Notice that is a singular term?)

That being stated, we were off together on a hunt for new dishware. I wanted something more neutral than the grayish~blue with pink painted flowers that had set on our table for the past fifteen years! Oh, dear ones, you'd think purchasing neutral~toned dishware would be easy. . .not for us! I wanted something elegant, but simply stated. "Mr. Ed" wanted vibrant, heavy and manly! Guess who won?

The pattern I choose for us. . .

Coventry. . .Fine Porcelain. Service for 8 with  matching 5 piece accessories! All for $78.00. The place settings consist of dinner plate, salad/dessert plate, soup/cereal bowl, cup and saucer ~ each is varied slightly to give an interchangeable look.

The accessory set consist of a serving platter,
 bowl, creamer and sugar.

Dinner plate is fluted with beading on the rim and small embossed leaves near the center. Saucers have a large leaf embossed rim with beading towards the center.

Bowls have fluting with beading at the rim and smaller embossed leaf pattern at the base. Cups are similar to the bowls and have an embossed leaf on the handle.

Saucers are similar to the salad plate with the exception of a convex center cluster of leaves that resemble a snowflake!

Then . . .

Our neighborhood hosted a three block participation garage sale during our city wide event! My newest neighbor, just across the cul~de~sac, had these lovely sage green plates for sale for $1.00 each!
                                                                                                    . . .   SOLD!

Can you imagine my surprise when I went for the Wichita Eagle the next morning and found a brown paper bag with salad/dessert plates, soup/cereal bowls and footed mugs on my front porch? AND. . . when I went to pay him for the extra pieces . . . he said I had already paid! No "extra" charge!

Is it any wonder that these have become my favorite 'everyday' dishes? Sage green scalloped with a fluer~de~lis look! They make all my kitchen creations look so inviting and delicious!

The set of sixteen makes a four piece setting for four. Exactly what we need when our son and daughter~in~law come to visit for dinner.

As many of you have already read, I work part~time in retail sales at a local antique, home decor, gift shop.
So~o~o~o. . .

when these dishes arrived at the shop. . .I was swooning, head~over~hills, had ~to~have . . .addicted!

These are oversized dinner plates, measuring 11 3/4 inches in diameter, which makes them an easy choice for substitute chargers! Their warm, golden glow with brown rim give them such a pleasing backdrop for our French Country theme On Crooked Creek.

Salad plates are patterned chili peppers! The colors are true to French Country although these might be more Salsa flavored! We adore their warm colors.

What truly sold me on this set for four were these whismicial bowls with their little side handles! Purchased in Summer, I couldn't break the habit of eating French Vanilla Ice Cream in them. NOT a good habit to induldge in! Now we find cereal, chili, oatmeal, and soup are better choices.

Aren't those little handles darling?

Looking for new coffee mugs brought about this purchase from Artland. Mine were chipping, scratched and becoming a 'health hazard'! Now, how could I purchase four mugs and not take the rest home?

Elegant, simply stated!


Vibrant, heavy, manly!

Although my faddish with plates continues, I have reformed~somewhat. I truly am trying NOT to purchase more dishes. Curvy plates. . .oh~h! Elegant plates. . .oh~h~h! Whimsical plates. . .oh~h~h~h! Seasonal plates. . .I already have these!

"Mr. Ed" doesn't raise too much of a fuss when I purchase dishes. . . he does like my cooking!
But. . .
when I brought these heavy dishes home he voiced his opinion,
" What are you going to do when the cabinets come crashing down from the weight of all those dishes?"

On Crooked Creek. . .

the solution was simple enough to me. . .
purchase new cabinets!

Until next time. . . 


Sue said...

I love your dishes--especially the sage green set. They are just beautiful.


Martha said...

You have some lovely dishes!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love your dishes, and it seems I'm of the mindset... you can never have enough-enjoy:@)

Cindy said...

A hilariously wonderful post! I like your style of writing, and I completely understand your love for dishes. I would have a hundred sets if I had cupboards for them. So now you need new cupboards, eh? I do adore your new dishes, they are all lovely and those little handles on the bowls are just too sweet.
Hugs, Cindy

Rebecca said...

Pat...thank you so much for visiting my blog today. I guess we never know when we leave a comment for someone just who is going to read it and where it will lead.

I love Barb and I can only imagine what she is facing. I truly pray peace over her and the entire situation her and her honey are going through.

I've been blogging for not quite two years and I've seen a lot. Many kind souls who bless and encourage whenever they can. And then...there are score-keepers who immediately stop following or commenting because you've missed a few return visits. In the end we do only the best we can and trust God to work everything else out.

Now...this post of yours was WONDERFUL! I love your dishes and I digress...I have as many packed in boxes (just in case I need them) as I do in my cabinets. Shame on me! :) I LOVE THEM ALL (and yours, too!).

Thank you for visiting today and blessing me with your thoughts.

Love, Rebecca

Sarah said...

Pat, I'm a dish addict too! Can't help myself. ~ ;-)

Janean said...

hi pat. i'm janean. (hi, janean) i'm also a dish-plate-dinnerware-bowl-platter addict. lol.

hey, like it all, but adore the white!!!!!!!!!!