Okay, the above picture has nothing to do with dishes but I think it is beautiful. It was taken standing at the end of my gravel lane and looking down the county road. I have more pictures to share next week. Most of the leaves are now on the ground...
I love hearing about your great thrift store, garage sale, and Goodwill deals. It doesn't happen often but once in awhile I get this "feeling" that I should stop by Goodwill or a thrift shop, usually I just can't get it out of my head. Sometimes I give into it and find exactly what I've been wanting, too! I think those times are usually God winks... when He wants to show us He is listening in a rather unorthodox manner.
I say usually and sometimes because to be quite honest... it's the same feeling I get when the subjects of chocolate or pizza or ice cream land in the nest of my thinking and attempt to stay there until I give into temptation. ;)
I knew a Friendly Village teapot existed so I did a search on Amazon.com and found one at a great price. (Teapots can be outrageously expensive and I don't even look at those.) I saved up Amazon credit to purchase it, thinking by having a teapot I can use the thrifted china for much more than just dinners. As some of you know, I am a huge believer in having a proper tea at home once in awhile, even if it is for one or two (these days that being hubby and moi'... or just moi' and Victoria).
I haven't seen Friendly Village at Tuesday Morning but they carry Churchill china and this time of year they have one or two of their autumnal place settings featured. As shared before, I found the bowls really cheap on their clearance racks after Thanksgiving one year.
My tastes have changed through the years, too. I cringe to think of it now but I once saw a complete set of Friendly Village at Goodwill and passed it by. At that time I was still using my wedding china for Thanksgiving and Christmas and I wasn't thinking of adding any more dish sets.
But then I began to take a second look at the brown transferware and I realized they would be great not only for Holidays but for the entire season... September through November. I have long decorated for autumn and I love the way the dishes add to the "look". This year I plan to add them to a shelf in the china cabinet as Miss M. (soon to be Mrs. Christopher) is getting these...
...as a wedding present from her future mother-in-law. Except for the teapot, which was my very first pretty teapot and a gift from Stephanie when she was in college.
|My inexpensive Christmas dishes|
|China cabinet last year|
I also have the china I inherited from my mother-in-law (which was her mother's good china). It will most likely be passed down to one of my granddaughters.
|Stephanie at a tea room two or three years ago|
|Faith and Elisabeth at the same tea room|
|The girls are growing up! At the tea room we visited in September.|
Stephanie and I have had different favorite tea rooms but we both agree the ones we love the most (as far as decorations) are those which mix and match the china (teapots and teacups). I wish I'd taken pictures at the tea room near her which we visited the first time I flew to New England.
Elisabeth was just big enough to join us (small enough for us to be a little nervous about her using the fine china cups) and each place setting and every teapot were different... so cute. Unfortunately, it went out of business before I visited again.
That same tiny girl now makes scones on a regular basis for her mother! Time goes so fast, we must make memories while we can. I love the way Stephanie has tea time with her children (if it includes a strong cup of coffee along with a sweet scone, I expect their Daddy will gladly take part, too). ;)
Now... for all those who do not share my