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Monday, 11 May 2009

Blue Monday

Blue Monday is here again and I just want to say, "Thank you, Sally" for hosting this fun event.

I didn't realize how much blue I had in my home until I started participating in this every week! At one time I had blue all through my home but since my boys all moved out, I've taken to pink/red decorating.
Seems, I still have lots of blue around though.
This is my blue toile ceramic umbrella stand in our den and since we only have one umbrella in the house, I use it instead to hold florals. Much too pretty for umbrellas anyway, I think! The walls in the den are also blue.
My father used to collect plates and had quite a collection. These two plates, he left to me when he passed away in 1995. They are distributed by the Bradford Exchange and as you can see, there is lots of blue in them!
The first plate is called, "Patience" and is the first issue in the Hearts and Flowers from Sandra Kuck collection. On the back of the plate, it tells a little story: "Friendships can grow before a fish bites, as these two youngsters will discover during a summer's day fishing amid the flowers." Sorry it is not a clearer picture.
The second plate is called "A Time to Love," also by Sandra Kuck. This plate was issued in the March of Dimes: Our Children, Our Future plate collection commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.
On the back it says, "Every child's first instinct is to love - imagine a world where every adult cherished and nurtured that instinct."
Both plates are made of fine china and trimmed in 24 kt. gold.

I am so thankful I have these plates and the fact that my father left them to me makes them all the more special!

Finally, there is the plate that Daddy left to my hubby. Both my father and my hubby were/are Detroit Red Wings fans and of course, Gordie Howe, their hero. The background is blue so I guess I'm safe in showing this, and there is some blue on the white and green uniform he is wearing. It is written on the back, "Mr. Hockey" Gordie Howe and the number 9. It is his signature edition. Anyone who knows anything about hockey has heard of the great Gordie Howe so I won't go into any detail about him.
Hubby is very happy to have this plate!

Well, those are my blues for another week. Hope you enjoyed your visit and I hope you will go visit Sally and all the other Blue Monday posts. Please click here or on the Blue Monday button on my sidebar. Have a great day everyone!


  1. Everything is lovely but I'm especially taken with the blue umbrella stand. Have a good blue Monday.

  2. Your umbrella stand is so pretty with that soft, soft blue on the walls. I admire your dad's plates too. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

  3. Hi Sandi, I love your umbrella pretty!

    Happy Blue Monday.


  4. I was smiling at your pretty plates and then I saw GORDIE!! I live near Detroit and am a "wing nut"!
    For those who don't understand that term, Red Wing hockey fans are sometimes called wing nuts the way Green Bay Packers are sometimes called "cheeseheads". :)

    Happy Blue Monday and GO WINGS! :)

  5. Happy blue around the house for sure.


  6. Hello Sandi, your umbrella stand is gorgeous. I too have some Bradford Exchange plates. Yours left by your dad are so sweet. Your hubby's plate is a great treasure too. I know he must love having it from your dad too.

    Have a fun and happy day.


  7. Happy Blue Monday
    Thank you for sharing the lovely plates from your father...that is so very special.
    The umbrella urn is lovely...beautiful colour.
    have a lovely day

  8. The pictures on those plates are precious!

  9. What fun blue you found around your home Sandi! Love that umbrella stand!

  10. you have some beautiful blue pieces! I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day! Happy Blue Monday ~ Susan

  11. Wow, love that umbrella stand! Happy Blue Monday! :)

  12. Hi Sandi,
    I just love the pale blue color on your den walls. I am thinking of changing the color in my bedroom to a soft blue. The umbrella stand/vase is are your Dad's plates!


  13. I love the March of Dimes plate and the saying also. Happy blue Monday.

  14. I also enjoy collector's plates. Yours are especially nice since they are gifts from your father.

  15. Oh my you have beautiful blues in your home.
    Thank you for sharing your precious plates from your father.
    Happy Blue Monday.
    have a wonderful week.

  16. Your "Blues" are lovely...Until I saw your plates, I forgot about mine, I have some packed away...I need to go check them out...I'm sure I have some with a lot of blue on them (smile) Thank you for visiting my blog...

  17. I think it is so sweet that your father collected these lovely plates. There is a lot of blue in them!

    Kathy b

  18. Happy Blue Monday... thanks for stopping by my blog... love your umbrella vase... beautiful!!

  19. Mary @Boogieboard CottageMonday, 11 May 2009 at 22:23:00 GMT-3

    I really like your vase and plate collection, very nice! :O)

  20. what beautiful plates! I love blue too!

  21. i love your umbrella stand.. so lovely and victorian.. happy blue monday!

  22. Hi Sandi, Thanks for you sweet comment. I've enjoyed my visit!

  23. Pretty umbrella stand. My oh my, those sweet plates that your daddy left for you ~ they are adorable.

    Angelic Accents

  24. An umbrella stand to hold flowers, that's creative thinking !

    Have a nice day !

  25. I love your umbrella stand and the plates are just beautiful. I use to collect plates and I don't remember what I have done with them. Packed away somewhere, I guess.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and for the nice comments.

    Boo-Bah aka Iris

  26. I love the blue you shared for Blue Monday, and I love your blog*! Glad I found you*!

  27. Thanks for stopping by The Leaking Window! I look forward to getting to know you better. I try not to have "blue mondays"... but you make them beautiful...

  28. I'm a little late commenting too. All of your blues are just beautiful. I especially love your umbrella stand. Every thing is lovely. I guess I should say happy Tuesday instead of blue Monday :>)

  29. Just stopped in to say "bonjour"! The blues are lovely, especially the 'brolly holder! xJ

  30. I don't think I have much blue either, but maybe I should stop and look and I might change my mind! Your blue is so pretty as well as your home. xo rachel


I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY! ~ Sandi

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