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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ready for Some Blue and White

Join me, as I repost this at a new linky party that the wonderful Jennifer at
is offering called the Blue and White Bash.  If you don't already follow her, you'll want to!
I know I've been MIA for a long time, but travel is done for a while, Mr. Pressed Pants is feeling better, and I'm feeling more like a member of the human race.  Between sickness and "stuff", we haven't entertained hardly at all since before Christmas.  But today I feel the urge to set a cheerful table and celebrate our good fortune.  (More later.)  Out came my favorite blue and white dishes to dance with three little pots of tete-a-tete daffodils.

I'll serve breakfast here tomorrow, but since I can't photograph that early, I set this up today.  As you can see, blue does not exactly complement my breakfast room furnishings, so it sits on the shelf most of the time. Since Mom is visiting and she's a blue and white girl, this is the time to give it a whirl.  

This little wood and wicker stand holds three terra cotta pots perfectly.  I added a ribbon of yellow and white gingham.

I further used yellow in the rick-rack edged napkin and the straw coaster.  That's enough.  Just a hint of sunshine here.  The dishes closely resemble Royal Copanhagen's Blue Fluted dinnerware, but they are much heavier and much less precious.  They are actually vintage and made by Shenago Pottery.  I've been collecting it for years. The blue flatware is so old that I can't remember where I got it.  I didn't get a good picture of the napkin rings.  They have a blue willow pattern on them.  I used a mixture of delft, blue willow, and transferware with these dishes.  They all like each other!!!!!  

Here's a close-up of the individual salt and pepper shakers taken frrom a post of a Labor Day table.  You can see it here.

The juice glasses are just a generic blue glass.  Maybe from Pier One???

I have not been able to find the matching saucers for the coffee cups, but I did find the plain blue line saucers, and they are working just fine.

Since I'm serving fruit, I am using these Delft handled fruit knives.  We won't need all six, but they look so nice in the holder that they all get to come to the party.

Don't you love them?

I'll serve milk in this sweet French reproduction milk bottle.  I found it at World Market at Christmas time and gifted myself with it!  It came in red, too, and I'm very proud of myself for not buying the red as well.  (yet)

Here's a special little treasure.  You have no doubt seen lots of old wooden boards that are carved with "bread".  There are also old wooden handled bread knives with "bread" carved into the handle.  This was designed to go with them, but for some reason, very few of them survived.  Probably because the little tiny transferware plate broke and they were thrown away.  I'm very careful with it, because I'd probably never find the right size plate to replace it.  The mother-of-pearl handled butter knife got to join us just because it has a white handle! 

Not far from us, there was a horrific tornado yesterday that did a huge amount of damage.  Some of our friends were impacted, but not physically hurt.  There was a death, and I'll hold that person's family and friends in my prayers.  Although the rest of the loss was material, I am aware that some of that "stuff" was precious and irreplaceable and I'm so sorry for anyone who has to put the pieces back together from this storm.  The flooding is now another issue and it can only add to the misery.  This awful situation has snapped me out of my inertia and reminded me that I should celebrate every day!

I'm joining:

Tabletop Tuesday

Wow Us Wednesday

Open House Thursday

Tablescape Thursday

Inspiration Friday

Feathered Nest Friday

Fridays Unfold

Seasonal Sundays

Let's Dish


  1. I'm always for blue and white and yours is gorgeous! Beautiful tablescape and the dishes make me swoon!!! I love the Delft handle with the kinives and the carved cheese dish. Lovely. How scary the tornado, glad you're safe. Now, I don't believe there's a safe place after what happened in NY with Sandy! Have a happy weekend.

  2. Glad to see you back -- and with a beautiful table! I cannot resist daffodils -- I have to buy them whenever I see them. Your look so cheery with the pretty blue and white dishes. So sorry about the storm damage in your area! My parents' house was hit by a tornado about four years ago, and it was just a nightmare cleaning up afterward.

  3. I've missed you and am glad you're back this week! What a wonderfully cheerful table to share with your mother. Enjoy your time together.

  4. Welcome back! Your blue & white looks wonderful in your dining area. I long ago decided that I would not be limited by my room's color palate, so I think that you made a great choice. The pops of yellow are wonderful. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  5. Missed reading your lovely posts. Glad you're back and feeling better!

  6. Well, it's about time, Missy!!!!!!! It was as if you just evaporated into thin air! I'm glad to see you back with a sunshiny disposition AND table!!! How nice of you to set the table with dishes you know your Mom will enjoy! You're a good daughter! I'm like Cherry Kay in that I don't really care what colors are in the room anymore. I just put on the table what thrills me and let people deal with it as they will! :-) (I had to get super real about that issue when I decided to make orange a major decorating color in our dining room!!!) The plates are beautiful! They remind me of the Jonson Brothers "Blue Denmark" pattern. Amazing how so many patterns resemble one another. It's a good thing, though, because you can mix and match as you did! That knife block is TOO COOL!!! I have never seen one like that! So much prettier than a big ol' hunk o' wood! :-) Great milk bottle, too! Go on back and get that red KNOW you want to! :-) I heard about all the death and destruction in your part of the country due to the tornadoes. I am just in shock that tornadoes are forming this early in the year!!! I guess our last couple of years of weird weather patterns just keep going! It does make you reevaluate what's important in this life, though, and make you DARN happy you are blessed with those things you have. Have a great Super Bowl weekend, Linda!!! Glad you're back!!

  7. Hi Linda,
    Glad your back. I love reading about collections and your blue and white pieces are wonderful. I especially love the salt and pepper shaker as well as the precious butter dish/board. I think the saucers look great and that no one would ever realize they aren't the ones to match. Those dishes really do look like the handpainted, Danish (?) version.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. The dishes do resemble DELFT .. love them and I too am always ready for blue and white. I've got a collection too.. so I'm loving this post. Your table is gorgeous! Well done:)

    Have a great weekend!


  9. I adore those Delft handled fruit knives. I have the Blue Denmark bowls that look similar to yours, and love them. Did you see he Feb. 2013 issue of Bon Appetit? Since you like blue and white, take a peek at the cover. You will never eat pasta on a white plate again.

  10. I'm so sorry to hear of the destruction so near you, but thrilled to see you up and going. LOVE those delft fruit knives!

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper


  11. We had a same thinking this time as i did a blue and white scape too.All your blues looks very pretty specially the fruit knives...thank you:):)

  12. I always love blue and yellow together! I especially love the pot holder and fruit knives! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Love all of your beautiful blue and white and the touch of yellow is so cheerful. Beautiful tablescape. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  14. This is an absolutely beautiful table.

    The white, blue & yellow combo is perfect. I can see that this will be the color of my table setting soon, too.

    I am drooling to your delft handled fruit knives. Hard to find like them nowadays.

    Happy TTT,
    /CC girl

  15. Beautiful! Love yellow and blue ... one of my favorite color combinations! I appreciate your list of links, too ... been away from blogging for a few months and I need some new "haunts"! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Glad you are feeling better. The blue and white with touches of yellow is lovely. I am glad you are sharing this since it's a favorite of your Mother's. The different extra treasures on your tablescape are perfect for breakfast. Lovely view!


  17. I do so love the yellow with the blue and white. Your eating area looks so wonderfully cozy. Great windows too. Daffodils are so pretty and really just make me smile. Sorry about the tornado damage, they make such a mess. Prayers for all. xo marlis

  18. Such a happy table...I almost did a blue and yellow table this week. Love the napkin rings. Enjoy breakfast with your mother!

  19. Yes, I love your Delft knife set. Love all your blues and the pop of yellow. I'm sorry about your friends.

  20. This is all so pretty!! I'm so happy you linked up -- thank you!! Jennifer

  21. Just me nothing is as pretty as as table set in blue and white:)

  22. You have an amazing collection of pieces. I absolutely love the reproduction French milk bottle - such an unusual piece.

  23. must comment on your lovely table..the french milk bottle, I want it.


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