Corner View: Favorite Plate

























I thought all day about a favorite plate. I was thinking of dish patterns and chuckled to myself of how "dish" referred to a great looking girl in several Happy Day's episodes. Time ran me over and it is no longer Wednesday, but at midnight, as I warmed up the leftover chicken soup I made Tuesday afternoon, there it was... Royal China Blue Heaven! The set has the optimistic turquoise of my own Grandmo's kitchen. How many stories are contained in each piece? If only they could tell me, the decades, the tables, the people.  I discovered the set when I found a single plate at a thrift store. It made me happy, I filled my head with promises inspired by Blue Heaven. I decided I wanted my future table to be a complete set of Royal China Blue Heaven.

The future is here and I didn't notice?

The coffee cups are tiny and dainty compared to mugs I see in most homes. Someone had to keep getting up to fill a cup, just like a 78 record on a Victrola, someone had to keep the music going. It seems one song on a 78 is about the time it would take to drink a cup of coffee in my Royal China Blue Heaven. On your toes, or perhaps just a treat, one cup, one tune to break up the day.

The dinner plates are large and beautiful, the dessert bowl, onescoopofsherbert sized. Priorities.

I completed this set of dishes long ago but it is only since April of 2014 that I actually utilize them. Everyday use. Mr Gage always said,"...you see, if you have to use it everyday it needs to be pretty".
This set fits my life right now and I enjoy washing them by hand and placing them in their neat, little stacks of four in the cupboard. All except for the bowls, they sit in a stack of three because August broke one reaching for grapes one afternoon. This created the hunt for a fourth bowl and another reason to frequent estate sales, flea markets, thrift stores... Who knows what else I'll find along the way, because I once saw a plate at an antique store in Pennsylvania that had me swooning enough to snap this photo and covet this set. One day. Maybe.


8 Comments:

Blogger Menthe Blanche said...

Wow, you have a beautiful vintage dishes collection! "Hunting" on flea markets, I love it!

Thursday, January 15, 2015  
Blogger likeschocolate said...

Makes me happy to hear that you are using these every day. Love the retro set above!

Thursday, January 15, 2015  
Blogger jgy said...

Beautiful story of your Blue Heaven set, reads like a ballad! And I love how the song has no end...keep on finding those beauiful pieces as your set and life grows!! ♡

Thursday, January 15, 2015  
Blogger Francesca said...

i agree with Mr Gage! "pretty" all too often means too pretty to use, why?

Saturday, January 17, 2015  
Blogger Kari said...

Oh girl after my own heart!! I love thrift shops, yards sales - the lot. But lately I've had to rein it in a little cause I started to accumulate too much 'stuff'!!.
I like your blue set!!

Saturday, January 17, 2015  
Blogger ♥ tinyWOOLF ♥ said...

lovely to find mr. gage here. and only you can muse upon thrifted beauty like you do. your observations, and your awareness... to die for. and have a last meal first? ;))) n♥
oh, and you'll find more than you bargain for, when hunting. soon, (or already?) august will help you doing that...

Sunday, January 18, 2015  
Anonymous Kristin said...

Lovely dishes collections.Especially the last one.

Sunday, January 18, 2015  
Blogger lolvalstein said...

I loved reading this. There's a novel waiting to be born among your beautiful and breathful prose.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015  

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