We each had a different style of depression glass that we would hunt
for in the dusty corners of antique stores and search the wobbly tabletops of
flea markets and garage sales.
But something happened with all that treasure hunting.
Somewhere deep in our DNA we became wired for dishes.
But after 4 moves I had to put the kybosh on my collecting.
Loading dish pack after dish pack can do that to you.
I had every day dishes. Wedgwood china. Depression glass. Jadeite. Ironstone.
And a managerie of McCoy pottery, english teapots, and egg cups.
I love to use all my dishes at fetes and soirees and teas and baby showers.
(All 2 1/2 of them a year...such frequent use...I'm crazy like that.)
Sometimes when I have tea and scones with my backyard neighbor, Mimi,
while the kids are running amuck, we drink PG Tips with milk out of feather light china cups monogrammed with the letter "S" that my sister, Jenny, got for me 8 years ago...because she also cannot resist a pretty dish.
So all that to say, for years we sisters have been counseling each other,
"No more dishes. You don't need a single dish more."
But a few years ago,
I began noticing some dishes that were so pretty they could not be ignored.
I saw them in Country Living. And the Williams Sonoma catalogue.
I began to read about their designer, Rosanna Bowles.
And I loved all that she created.
But I resisted purchasing...because I have a lot of dishes.
And then I saw the Christmas plates.
The whimsical 12 days of Christmas plates.
They were my undoing, tsgs. Yes, they were.
And while I do not own the Christmas plates...as of yet...(hint, hint, Scott)
every year around November-ish, I begin to dream of them.
With their pink and aqua highlights. Hello, lovely partridge in a pear tree dishes.
I also have a hankering for the new the hot chocolate ensemble....
Because it's chocolate...my love language.
But you may lean more towards the red polka dots?
Or the green stemware with "vino" etched into it.
Or parisian fare? Or the haute holiday dishes that would look fantastic paired with the red polka dot dishes?
Because who wouldn't love those. So I thought in case you hadn't heard of
Rosanna and her lovely dishes that I should point the way to her pre-holiday
so that you, too, can dream of her fanciful creations.
Make sure to check out Rosanna's blog
and the winner of their annual table setting competition.
Those girls know how to get their fancy on.
I can't lie, I feel the need for a cup of tea and a pumpkin muffin coming on.
All this dish talk has me a little peckish.
Maybe I love pretty dishes so much because I love eating off of them so much.
New thoughts to ponder.
But one thing I am sure of?
There is always room for one more pretty dish in the cupboard.