I changed the items on the hutch in the Living Room, for the first time displaying representatives of my brown transferware collection there. They actually work quite nicely with the rest of the room.
Close up they are...
|Royal Mail and Friendly Village cups, British Castles dinner plate|
|Friendly Village cups, salad plates and teapot, Vintage Game dinner plate|
|The Brook dinner plate*|
Transferring my brown transferware dishes to the hutch made room to once again have teacups displayed on the buffet.
|Natural morning light|
|Using the flash|
I've also started returning teacups and teapots to the china cabinet. I should say once again that all the items on the buffet were purchased while thrifting and often for a dollar or so... the July birthday teacup (front and center) was a gift from my wonderful daughter on a visit to Old Sturbridge Village.
Most of my dish collection were either gifts, found at thrift stores and garage sales, or reasonably priced at places like antique malls. The hunt for such pretties is part of the fun! I view them as art just as much as anything I hang on the wall. :)
Isn't this a pretty cross tassel? It was actually a Christmas ornament purchased on clearance for a couple of dollars at Tuesday Morning after the Holidays. I took one look at it and thought it would be lovely hanging from the china cabinet.
The china in the bottom shelf has been bequeathed to Miss M. when she becomes Mrs. Christopher in May. It is the Royal Albert Lavender Rose pattern. She loves everything purple and lavender so it was not surprising she'd love those dishes when she saw them... so I gave them to her.
It isn't like I don't have enough dishes and the complete set was purchased six or seven years ago... once again... while thrifting. :)
* In the years I've been collecting brown transferware while thrifting, I have only come across two dinner plates of "The Brook" by Franciscan. It is a lovely pattern, it could inspire all sorts of fairy tales. But then again, so could all the other patterns.... sigh.
The artist of the two winter scenes and the above picture (which was last year's Christmas gift) is John Rossini. My request for Christmas has been the same for years... a gift certificate to spend at my favorite primitive-country shop Downtown.
Hubby works the last week of the semester at the bookstore on campus and purchases my gift certificate (or as in this year... gives me cash) from some of his earnings. The Rossini prints are very reasonable!