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A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Friday 15 April 2016

Decorating With Plates

Spring had come once more to Green Gables....the capricious, reluctant Canadian spring, lingering along through April and May in a succession of sweet, fresh, chilly days, with pink sunsets and miracles of resurrection and growth. ~ LM Montgomery - "Anne of Green Gables"

Hello friends! Do you love china? I certainly do and I have loved it since I was a little girl. My Auntie P always set her table with Johnson Bros. Rose Chintz and I became smitten with them very early on.

Just before I was married, I started collecting favourite dishes and housewares but because we moved around so often, most of it had been given away. When my children grew up and moved out, I started to collect again. 

I have a few sets of dishes, numerous teacups and a collection of teapots. I used to do a lot of entertaining so I acquired many pretties over the years. Some were gifted to me by family and friends. Some even came to me through some of my dear blogging friends.

If you were to visit me, you would discover that the majority of my teapots are displayed above my kitchen cabinets. I actually started to collect teapots before I collected anything else. I think there is a whole lot of charm wrapped up in a teapot. 

Decorating with china brings a touch of nostalgia into one's home. I realize some of the younger folks think china is too grandmotherly but I disagree. Each piece of china, especially a vintage piece, tells a story. 

Some of my china is housed in a couple cabinets and some is displayed on shelves. I also have a few plates hanging on the wall. It is the plates that I want to feature today.

I have decorated mostly with my pink and red. These plates are above the patio doors in the dining area. 

The two on each end are made in England. They are Romantic England made by Wedgwood. The backs of the plates read that Huddington Court Worchestershire was the home of Robert Thomas and John Winter who were hanged and quartered as traitors in the Gunpowder Plot 1605. The history is rather disturbing but the scene depicted on each plate is indeed very romantic. I like the floral and berry edge around the plates.

The larger plate in the center is Memory Lane made in the USA. This plate has acorns encircling the edge.

This Masons Vista hangs on the end of one of the cabinets. 

This isn't a plate per se but rather a porcelain tray with handles. It is called Valencia. It is large enough to hold a teapot and teacup or the teapot with a creamer.

These are of course a few of my Johnson Bros. Rose Chintz saucers which decorate the wall as you walk into the living room.

And these are on the wall above the sofa. The pattern is Briar Rose trimmed with 22 carat gold. Sorry about the glare.

This plate which hangs in the office was left to my hubby by my father. It is a special edition plate. My father and my hubby both cheered/cheer for the Detroit Red Wings and of course Gordie Howe was the big star back in the day. Funny, the colour of the wall looks off white when it is really powder blue.

I have other plates too but this is enough for today. Do you like to use plates in your decor?

If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. ~ William Morris

For my treat today I have tea biscuits or scones, as some of you would call them, and strawberry jam. It is a cream tea of sorts. No Devonshire cream because Hubby doesn't like it, unfortunately, so whipped cream will have to do. 

I am using my Johnson Bros Old Britain Castles teacup and plate with one of my favourite red transferware teapots. Would you like to join me?

A cup of tea warms the soul like a good friend. ~ unknown

The plate below with the biscuit and jam on it is Cream Lace by Skye McGhie. I love the lacy edge! I always like my scones and biscuits the Devon way, with cream on the bottom and then the jam on top.

I'm so happy you could join me today! Wouldn't it be lovely if we really could get together for tea and a chat? What a wonderful time we would have. Have a beautiful weekend, my sweet friends, and I hope you will come back and join me on Monday for No Place Like Home.

I am joining these lovely parties as well~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Bernideen's TTCG Blog Party
 Tea Cup Tuesday
The Art of Home-Making Mondays
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi