Monday, February 23, 2009

BLUE MONDAY: BOWLS, CHIPS, BERRIES & TRIPS

Today is the ever so wonderful Blue Monday hosted by Smiling Sally. This is a great way to start the week and to do so, please stop by Sally's to see a list of all the gals that are participating, then pay a visit, see some blue and rave a little! It's fun!

Today I am showing off a set of blue bowls I bought last year. Until I started to participate in Blue Monday, not only did I find that I had more blue things than I had thought, but I also have some collections of sort, or perhaps better called obsessions. I got on a bowl kick about two years ago. (Before that it was a platter kick). For some reason I couldn't pass a set of bowls without wanting them. The usual excuses: "I don't have any bowls in fuchsia", or "I want something for Groundhogs Day", that sort of thing. Anyway I have enough bowls to host a Pillsbury Bake~off. Some are serving bowls, some are mixing bowls and some are just pretty containers for potpourri or candy, popcorn or baubles. They are useful and fun. Have I justified my collection, er... obsession??

The above bowls are from Gooseberry Patch. You HAVE to visit them if you haven't already. They have really darling things if you are in the mood for whimsical and they have a lot of bowl sets. These blue and white bowls are very spring-like and look pretty just by themselves on the counter around springtime. If you are feeling creative, you can even put something in them. I guess I have awhile for the idea's to start germinating, ha ha...

Below are close ups of the cute details:





Can you see the cute little chippy table they are sitting on? I bought this for $10.00 at the little antique shop I mentioned last week that just opened a few blocks away. As I said then, I like to fool around with inexpensive pieces like this, painting, distressing or whatever strikes me. Since I love rustic, shabby chic sort of things, you can see there won't be much fooling around here... However if anyone has any fun ideas, let me know. It is very light weight but sturdy. I thought it might look cute on a patio or balcony with a few plants (or maybe in the garage to hold a few cans of motor oil). Should I leave it all chippy or should I paint it? Should it be fun and whimsical or simple and pretty?
Below is a view showing the legs. They sort of remind me of the Jenny Lind furniture from way back when, they made baby furniture that really wasn't the best quality but affordable. I had a diaper changing table (oh, those sweet memories!!!). Maybe I can put a plastic tub on it to bathe Milo & Layla.
If you are starting to think my Blue Mondays are looking quite alike, I probably should mention that I pretty much stage everything in front of my quilt rack in my bedroom. The true confession is that I have so little available wall space in my wee little old house and I have too much furniture for said wee old house. So this is my perfect backdrop. That or the stove. Besides, I want to show off that antique tablecloth I'm so dying to use in my as of yet to be Tablescape Thursday. Note: Tablecloth on quilt rack . Obviously no room for linen armoire in wee little old house either.


Below is a close up of the top.





When I was foraging through the cabinets for the blue bowls I happened to notice this little page I tore from a magazine and taped inside the door. I open these cabinets a few times a day but sometimes you just don't notice things you've had forever. I looked closer and I saw that it was from Country Living, 1996, the year we renovated the kitchen. I have to laugh thinking that at the time I thought it was so Martha Stewart of me to have a place setting guide in my plate cabinet. As if I would forget how to set a place! Ha Ha. Well er...yeah, I do sometimes. Minor things I will say, like if the knife is turned in or out and where you put the butter knife. And, I have a question. If you are serving berries, perhaps for a brunch, where would you put the berry bowls? I lose sleep over that one. This little portion of my post has no relevancy to Blue Monday but I'm throwing it in, along with that burning question about berry bowls.





Finally, a picture I came across during an organizing frenzy. It is a picture of me in front of a blue shingled store in Martha's Vineyard 7 years ago. The husband and I went there for one of his milestone birthdays. We had one of the best trips ever, so simple and laid back. I will be having the same milestone birthday next year and this is where I want to go. In fact, we probably would have returned by now but it was such a special time it's best to save it for milestones. Now, Paris is a place you would want to go to every couple of months just to get away, blend in with everyone, catch up on your reading...


Happy Blue Monday to all. If you haven't wasted the last few hours reading all this, try to visit Sally to see all of your fellow bloggers that are participating and share the blues!!!
xoxo
Janie







22 comments:

Bo said...

I enjoyed my visit with you this morning, Janie...;-) Bo

xinex said...

Hi Janie, beautifl pic at Martha's Vineyard! I also love the gorgeous bowls and that table they're sitting on....Christine

Shelia said...

Morning, Janie! I love those bowls and I too love Gooseberry Patch. I love the bowl with the goodmorning Rooster! Just precious! Now that little table is so cute. I have two of these given to me by my Mother. She said when she and my Daddy married way back there, these little half moon tables were used as end tables on either side of the sofa! The ones she's given me have been redone and are nice and mahoghany! I want to mess them up and paint 'em another color. One of these days I will! Cute pix of you!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;0

JudyBug said...

Janie, you just crack me up! I almost snorted my coffee when you gave your excuses to buy bowls. Oh dear, we sound too much alike.

Gorgeous bowls. Of course you had to have them.

Thanks for your sweet comments about our Boo. He is a comfort and a joy to us!
JudyBug

April said...

Morning, Janie!
I love everything you shared with us today, especially your bowls! I would love to have something like that! Hmmm...might be time for a little shopping trip...AGAIN! :)

Hope you have a wonderful Blue Monday, my friend!♥

Smilingsal said...

You'll have to phone Martha to find out about those berry bowls. I have no idea. Your table is one like my mother had; hers was a beautiful wood, polished to a high gloss. I loved it. I like your blue bowls. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie, those blue bowls are wonderful! I would buy them by the carload, too! :-) And I like your little table. My grandmother had a similar little demilune table that she used next to the sofa, and it held the phone in her bedroom. She always had a sofa in her bedroom. She liked to visit in there. LOL! She was a chatterer, too. ;-)

As to the berry bowls, this is going to sound like a long answer, but here's what I might do. If room is an issue (which it can be on tables depending where you are set up), you could have a tiny bowl (like a little custard dish) that you could actually put on your buffet plate if you are serving egg dishes, pancakes, or other foods with it.

If it is a more formal meal, then the berries could be served as a separate course. I have cute antique berry bowls that I rarely use unless I'm serving something like a fruit cobbler, and I place the bowl on a plate when I'm using them.

Hope that helps! I'm no expert, but that's what I would do. Those little white custard cups you can find online, and you might even have some. I know you're a wonderful cook. :-)

XO,

Sheila

Knitty said...

Uh-oh...are you my long lost sibling? I have similar, ever changing obsessions and I love Gooseberry Patch too!

Thanks for a fun post!

Sherri S said...

The bowls are very pretty. Love them. The table is a fantastic find! I love it as is!

ellen b. said...

Hi Janie,
Those blue bowls are great and the little whitewash table is fun. Happy Blue Monday to you...

Cynthia said...

Those bowls are a Wow, and cute pic of you. Nice Post! Cindy

Susan said...

Happy Blue Monday Janie!

I love your blue bowls!

Susan

Olive Rue said...

Oh Happy Blue Monday. I love the bowls. Those are gorgeous. I did design my own blog. I like to be in control of what size images I post and with the pre-designed templates you can't control the size. You have to use what they have.

If you need my help e-mail me at OliveRue@yahoo.com and I will send you my info.

Mary said...

Those are really pretty bowls. I got away from blue some time ago but as you know am now loving French grey-blue or blue-grey!!! Funny how one's choices can change over the years.

Your little table is adorable and such a great bargain.

Have a lovely week Blondie - and yes, I like your attitude and hope you do get to Provence one of these days.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

YOur bowls are so pretty. And love the table!

I'm going to have to visit the Gooseberry Patch.

Shirl said...

Hello, Happy Blue Monday! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment! I love your blue bowls and Gooseberry Patch is one of my favorite places to shop. Your chippy table is adorable too! I have one like that, I'm in the process of painting it now, then I'm going to chip it up! LOL. Milo is so cute in your prevoius post on your kitchen table. My Newf has done that too, I'm glad she stopped since she's 165 lbs. now.
When I wash my needlework I take it out of the frame and soak it in a bowl of warm water and Dawn. If it's stained really bad I will use a small amout of Tide disolved in water. Depending on the materials Tide can bleach it out some so be careful. You can sometimes get age rust spots out with a paste made of sea salt and creme of tater. Put that on the spot then put it out in the sun for a few hours. Sometimes it will come out. If the threads are not colorfast they can run so you have to be careful. They sell a special soap for vintage linens but I've not had any luck with it getting out stains.
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Ms. Tee said...

Hi Janie :) The bowls are so cute - I didn't know about Gooseberry Patch. I really like whimsical stuff, so I'm definitely going to go check them out. You're so funny about using your quilt or the stove - that made me laugh! Also, the berry bowl dilemna. Now I won't sleep tonight! ;) Hope you have a great week. {{hugs}}}

prof en retraite said...

Hi Janie! I love those blue bowls! And the table is just perfect! Thanks so much for dropping by and for your sweet comment! I have only recently started moving things around. I am telling you posting on RMS was a defining moment for me! Yikes! I hang my plates with plate hangers. They have them at Michaels and lots of antique shops carry them, too. You just buy the size for your plates. they come with a little hanger usually. They work really well...haven't lost a plate yet!! Have a great week...Debbie

Elaine said...

Your bowls are so nice....I just love Gooseberry Patch too. I don't know exactly where to put them, but I love the idea of berry bowls on the table. :)
Elaine

Miss Janice said...

I will try to answer your question about the berry bowls...If you are setting a formal table, the berries would be served in a formal berry dish on a liner plate, on top of a charger plate. If you are setting an informal table, there are several ways you might serve them...in a little bowl on top of your luncheon or dinner plate with your entree, in a seperate bowl on a liner plate (served as a seperate course), or in a bowl just above and maybe to the left of your luncheon or dinner plate. I hope that I have not confused you:-)

Trudi said...

Your bowls are gorgeous!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I covet thy bowls. :-) Especially that one with the circle of flowers in the center. Swwwwooonnn...