Sunday, February 8, 2009

BLUE MONDAY:

Hi everybody! Today is Blue Monday hosted by Sally at Smiling Sally. Please visit her blog to see the names of all that are participating in Blue Monday and then pay them a visit to see a vast array of all things blue!
We made a quick trip to the lake this weekend to deliver some things to Resident Carpenter (good news: renovations may be completed by March 1st as planned) :-)) While there I took some pictures of the bits and pieces of blue & white china I have been picking up at antique stores in and around Michigan and Indiana. Since my china here at home is a pattern with lots of pink, I wanted to try some blue at the cottage. So far I haven't decided whether to add anything more to these pieces as I'm not sure yet if I'd like a whole set. I still haven't checked out prices or anything, but in the spirit of Blue Monday, here are a few I snapped.
Above is a piece from the Spode Blue Room Collection called Botanical. I think it is the prettiest of the group because it is a lighter shade of blue and I love florals. I also love the scalloped edge.

Here is the back of the next piece of china (I mistakenly loaded these pictures reversed :-( oh well, you'll get it I'm sure). I have a lot from this set, 12 dinner and salad plates and 6 or seven soup bowls.

This is the front of the china. I seem to see this particular pattern everywhere and some are simply stamped Japan on the back. If anyone has any information on this pattern, please let me know before I add to it. I am happy to find from visiting Tablescape Tuesday that it is perfectly acceptable to mix blue and white but I'm not sure if I really like the pattern. Not wishing to offend anyone who does, it's just my personal feeling; from a distance the birds remind me of flying pelicans which always freak me out (think flying dinosaurs)!


Lastly I have Mr. Turkey and I really do love this piece and bought it just to use as a serving plate on Thanksgiving. This is from the Festival collection by Spode. Once again I like the lighter shade of blue, the flowers and the floral baskets. I didn't get the rim in the picture very well but it is quite detailed and the edge is scalloped.
So here we have it for Blue Monday. I have another partial set of blue and white which is really pretty and I have looked on Replacements.com. to add and haven't yet for lack of a china cabinet or hutch (someday?). And I have another partial collection of Blue Willow at the lake that I will save for another date. Surprisingly, we almost always use paper plates there!
Happy Blue Monday! :-)
xoxo
Janie




27 comments:

Bo said...

You have accumulated a very nice collection of china...there is something so light & fresh about blue & white...pretty! ;-) Bo

Paula said...

I love your turkey platter. I would snatch that up in a heart beat if I saw it in an antique shop. Blue at the lake seems fitting. How fabulous that your renovations will be complete by March 1.

Debra said...

Just lovely pieces you have there! Enjoyed the blues! Happy Blue Monday to you!

April said...

Hi Janie~
Love all your pretty blue china pieces. Just perfect for Blue Monday! Have a good one!

Smilingsal said...

I do like Spode with the gentle colors. I think because there's a background of blue makes a difference. Your pieces are lovely. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

Lynda said...

They are all so pretty! I don't know which I like best.

JudyBug said...

Beautiful china. I'm so envious of your turkey plate. I would love to add some turkey pieces like that. I love replacements.com!

Susan said...

Love blue/white dishes..so of couse I love your pictures!

Happy Blue Monday!

Susan

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie, I'm coming over for dinner! I love blue and white, and these are so pretty. That first one is one of my favorites, too. And that turkey plate is the bee's knees! Love it all!

Glad to hear that progress is being made with the carpenter. Your lake house is precious.

Sending much love your way and wishing you a...

Happy Blue Monday!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Sweetie said...

I love your blue and white collection. I have never seen the turkey design. It's really unique. Happy Blue Monday!
Sweetie

Rose Haven said...

Oh my, such beautiful BLUEness!!!

I hope you visit again, cuz later today, begins another blog make-over and Saturday, starts another TeaCup Give-Away!!

;-) Jan

Deb said...

Love your blue and white collection of china. I collect it too :-) Your turkey serving plate is my favourite!

mbkatc230 said...

You have a beautiful collection, but I really love the spode botanical pattern. Just beautiful. Can't wait to see the lake house renovations, great news that they are on schedule! Hugs, Kathy

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Happy Blue Monday, I love your blue and white plates..I would have snatched these beauties up as well. Thanks for swinging by yesterday.. we had a great day..and now today back to the real world.. hugs ~lynne~

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Happy Blue Monday, I love your blue and white plates..I would have snatched these beauties up as well. Thanks for swinging by yesterday.. we had a great day..and now today back to the real world.. hugs ~lynne~

Ms. Tee said...

I'm a big fan of blue and white, too - so pretty! I love your plates :)

Shirl said...

Hello and thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. I love your blue china, looks like quite a collection your building there. How nice to have a lake house, I'll have to try and find it on your blog.
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Happy Blue Monday!.. and I love your post about this Spode china.. My mom adore this blue & white china so much.. and yours are beautiful.. wish you a great day ahead! and thank you for visiting me..
xo
fitty

Rhondi said...

I'm a lover of blue plates too. I have blue willow as our everyday china. We've had it for at least 25years and I still love it!
Hugs, Rhondi

Dana and Daisy said...

hi Blondie! Nice collection of Blue Willow! I have a friend who uses it for every day ware. Can you imagine? She has had it since she was married long ago.

thank you for leaving your cheery note while were roughing it at the cabin over the weekend.

Love, Dana and Daisy

p.s. there wasn't too much rough about the trip!

KarenHarveyCox said...

I love blue and white china. When I lived in Hong Kong I had so much fun visiting the shops there and because it was an English Colony at the time, there were British shops too. Your china is beautiful.
Karen

Bo said...

Thanks so much for your visit and the info on Bessie Pease Gutman...I looked in the lower right hand corner of my picture & it is signed Pears, exactly like the Pears Soaps signature but without the word soap...hmmm... It's probably not worth anything but I do love it... ;-) Bo

Shelia said...

Hi! I just love your blue transferware and Blue Willow is one of my favorites! Thanks for the visit! You must be a little stinker! I just love little stinkers. :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Cottage Rose said...

I love your blue and white plates, the Turkey platter is so gorgeous.

Hugs;
Alaura

Ms. Tee said...

I just came by to tell you happy valentine's day - hope you have a wonderful one! :)

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I llooovvve blue and white Spode! I think your turkey plate is my favorite...When I was little, I "made the connection" between the turkey and the food that was on my plate (it was Thanksgiving) and I've never eaten meat since! So the turkey holds a special place in my heart. :-)

Carrie said...

Your dishes are lovely.
I also love and collect blue and white china. I have the Spode Botanical pattern in my Blue and White teacup Collection. Also several patterns of Blue Willow.