Monday, April 12, 2010

Got the Blues...

With the arrival of spring comes spring cleaning and a little redecorating.
For quite some time now I have collected the crown derby style dishes with their cobalt blue and rusty colors.
Most of my collection has come from thrift shops...
and generally show signs of wear with chips and cracks here and there.
These pieces by Wedgewood belonged to my great-grandmother.
Occasionally I find these blue and rust treasures at bargain prices in antique stores...
like this sugar bowl...
and creamer.
There is something about the deep blue and rust colors that seems so regal.Playful cherubs hold up this plate with cobalt trim and pink flowers.
A blue and gold plate sparkles against antique lace.
Of course, all of the china shines a bit brighter when garnished with a bit of lace.
Below the china cabinet are a collection of favorite books, antique writing lap desk, and vintage curtain tie-backs.
The Victorians had a way of making even the simplest object, like a writing lap desk, beautiful.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing the 'blues' with me today:).

15 comments:

Paula said...

Dear Kim,
Your photos are beautiful! Thank you for sharing your wonderful collection of china. It is gorgeous and so Victorian! I especially love the pieces with the pink roses!
Love, Paula

Debby said...

So many beautiful things, love visiting your blog, it always inspires me.
Hugs,
Debby

Deanna said...

Gorgeous...gorgeous...gorgeous!!!!

Fete et Fleur said...

Lovely! The dark blue highlighted with gold is like sinking into a starry night. Regal is the perfect word.

Nancy

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Kim,

Love all your pretty china and I agree the combination of cobalt blue and rust is wonderful.
Love it that you got some of your collection from your Grandmother.

happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

Paula said...

Hello, Kim. As always, everything is lovely! I adore your collection of china. I, too, have some antique patterns, many of which are hidden behind closed doors of china cabinets or built-in corner cabinets in our dining room. I would love more space to display them. We're considering turning an old, unused pass-through (doorway) to another room, enclosing it, and making shelves. I dream of all the china I would be able to display! (sigh). One project at a time! hahaha. Love visiting you! Hope you're doing well!

Paula

crochet lady said...

Now that is good kind of blues!

Bonnie said...

Hi Kim, AARrrgh - spring cleaning! Can we just skip that and head straight into summer? Love your collection, thanks for sharing.

Have a great week, Bonnie

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Oh my... at first I thought you were in the dumo blues... so glad it was your collection... Blessings...

The Blackwood Cottage said...

Beautiful dishes and fabulous blog. Absolutely beautiful.
Machelle

Romeo said...

Meowllo Kim,

"she" would like those dishes...if "she" were here now...but she's gone away for a few days. And I'm out trolling for babes....can Kramer come with me? I promise we'll be good boys....really....I'll share my snacks and catnip mousie with him....

Purrs.

Romeo

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Kim,
OMG!! Some truly gorgeous china you have there!! I loved all of it!
Debbie

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Just beautiful, Kim! Love your wonderful china! Happy week!...Debbie

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Eastlake Victorian said...

Kim-

I've never heard of crown derby, and it's very regal-looking indeed. I love the way you display your collections. You've given me some new ideas! :)

-Pam