Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I have a story....




Before I tell this story, I need to set the table for you. My friends and followers know how much I love dishes and "stuff" and how I have tried to replace some of the items my grandmother and mother had. I also wanted transferware but just couldn't decide what color I wanted. 

Red Cliff Soup Tureen

I found the candlesticks in Arcadia, FL which has an Old West feel with lots of antique shops. The candlesticks were made by Fostoria and the pattern is Queen Ann which later became Colonial. And in the back of the store on a bottom shelf were the dishes. Transferware! Yup and it had all the colors  so I didn't have to choose. There were luncheon plates, cups and saucers, fruit bowls, bread plates and one serving bowl. The dishes are Woods Ware and the pattern is English Countryside. I follow Nancy Daily Dish. Nancy is the queen of transferware so I quickly checked her Etsy shop and she had some of this pattern. She had dinner plates, soup or salad bowls and an oval platter. She doesn't have them any more....




I found the sherbets covered with dust in another shop. They are needle etched. I love the green base. I will look for some goblets to add just a little more green to this setting which I know I will uses again. The glass plate underneath is American by Fostoria as are the water goblets.



The wine goblets are Kent York by Val St. Lambert and although not terribly old are a nice match for the table setting.


While we were waiting for one of the stores to open, we went into another store. I like to look through the silverplate flatware and look for some of the patterns that I remember and that my gram had. There was a chest with a service for 8 in a lovely pattern. It was very reasonable and shortly thereafter was mine. I came home and went through my book and there it was. Replacements.com was my stop and listed all the pieces made in this pattern. I had them all but the cake and pie server. The name of the pattern is Fortune.




I love the fact that the design is on the back as well. 

I keep my silver in plastic bags and store it on a shelf in my dish closet. I thought I would just check and see if I had a pie server that would look nice with my new pattern. I certainly did. My grandmother had the matching pie server. I was thrilled. I happily set the table with my new dishes and silver. I used pieces that had belonged to my grandmother as well.




23 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love your new dishes Carol! The colors are just beautiful and they'll look great with so many accent colors-enjoy:@)

Zondra Art said...

Wonderful collection, I really like this, is a real treasure!
Kisses.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, what fun to find so many pieces you love and that work so well together! I'm glad you had such a good go of shopping, Carol. Love what you found, and how marvelous that your grandmother's pie server matched that flatware set! Serendipity!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Pamela Gordon said...

How fortunate that you found all those dishes and silverware just like you wanted! And those green candle sticks are gorgeous too! Great table! Pamela

podso said...

You searched and you found! The dishes are beautiful and so colorful, and I love the green candlesticks! Good on the cutlery as well. What a wonderful post!

Claudia said...

That was meant to be! Amazing that your grandmother's piece matched! It's all quite lovely, Carol. What a gorgeous table setting.

xo
Claudia

Vee said...

Carol, it looks as if you got the problems with pictures worked out. It's always fun to see the treasures you've found. You are an official dishaholic and should have the button to prove it! :D Your blog is looking really nice!

Kathleen said...

Love all your finds! Those candlesticks are wonderful!

Red Couch Recipes said...

Out here in the west, we don't have antique shops like in the east. I too have wanted and bought, fed on my Nancy's blog, some transferware. I love the water glass and the new green candlesticks as well as the silver plate! Joni

Shirley said...

Hi Carol, I like your new dishes. I still like some of the older glassware over the new that is coming out. I guess I am still old fashion at heart. I like the way that your blog is looking. Have a great day. Your Missouri Friend.

KnitOne, PearlOnion said...

What a delightful post! I collect chintz...another type of transfer ware. Joann

Pondside said...

You really are all about serendipity! This is such a happy post - loved it.

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Such lovely treasures, Carol. Thank you for sharing them with us...loved setting the table :D Enjoy using them all Spring long. Hope your blog is better...looks great!

Jackie said...

That sounds a great place to shop and you were lucky in what you bought and to have the cake slice to match with the cutlery (flatware. You look like you went home very happy but a lot poorer!! Pleased that your blog is ok now and that you picture for your blog button on my blog is sorted now by photobucket.

Have a good day, Jackie in Surrey, UK.

bj said...

O, such beautiful dishes and flatware. I am so thrilled that you found the dishes you love. They are just stunning.

I got the instructions for backing up your blog from Funky Junk Interiors and I've backed mine once..about to do it again. I hope it all works correctly. Also, have you thought about making a book out of your blog? I sure am thinking about it. How fun would that be!!

Olive Cooper said...

Carol, the transfer ware is simply wonderful and the green glasses are very pretty. I know you had much fun shopping! hugs♥O

Rettabug said...

Oh my goodness....CAROL!!!!!!!! This is just breathtaking!!! I love all your precious collectables & the fact that you are recreating the table & memories of your Grandmother make it all the more special.

I have similar green goblets & never used them for St. Pat's this year. I think I'll get them out for Easter!

VERY VERY pretty table!!

I am coveting that Red Cliff tureen, BIG TIME!!! I WANT ONE!!!!!

Hugs,
Rett

Bill said...

Hi Carol,

Congratulations on all your wonderful finds! The transferware is beautiful -- love the rich, vibrant colors! Those candlesticks are showstoppers and (I think) my favorites of your new acquisitions.

That must have made your heart smile when you confirmed that your grandmother's pie server matched your new set of silverware. I'm so pleased for you!

Warmest regards,
Bill

Leann said...

What fun - this reminds me of my Gram's table! Love your finds!

Thanks for stopping by The Old Parsonage.

Leann

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What a lovely collection you have.

Maggie said...

We all love the search for things to treasure, how wonderful for you to find pieces that fit with the cherished heirloom pieces that came down to you through the family.

xinex said...

I love all of these, such pretty treasures, Carol. The transferware and the silverware are gorgeous and so are the candlesticks. I should visit Arcadia when I go to FL...Christine

SavannahGranny said...

Carol, What a beautiful story. I have found myself going back to my youth and gathering things that I once had, once desired, or family once had. My husband doesn't understand but it makes me feel good.
Thank for your visit and kind comments.
I am your newest follower. Ginger

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