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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Lady Sings the Blues, Again!

What's It Wednesday #38

The only blues that make me absolutely happy are porcelains and transferware. By the 14th century, the Chinese had become experts on this, now, universal technique. I can't get enough of all things blue and white. Last summer we displayed our collections of blue and whites in our Lady Sings the Blues Part I and Lady Sings the Blues Part II. The collection continues to grow. 

My enthusiasm for blue and white pottery, porcelains, and stoneware started when I was a little girl. My great-grandmother's dinners seemed to taste so much better on her blue and white dinnerware. This piece is my first piece of blue and white stoneware. It sat proudly in the kitchen of my college apartment.  I now display it proudly in my current kitchen.


After college I decided to expand my collection and my addiction it continues to grow.

Porcelain ginger jars are my weakness. Each piece tells a unique and special story.

Ferns really look nice in beautiful jars and vases. I will use any excuse to keep collecting blue and whites.

I figured blue and whites on and above the baker's rack in the kitchen would be a great place to display them. Ok what really happened was I got the baker's rack and then decided, "hey I need to fill it with blue and whites". 


Flowers inside blue and white vases and jars enhance the beauty of each piece.


Not only do I search for large blue and white porcelains and stoneware, I look or miniature pieces as well and use them as accent pieces. You don't want to know how many miniature cups and saucers I have hidden around the house. I think it is so cool when a guest glances and happens to eye one of these little treasures.

I absolutely fell in love with the beautiful swan. 



Plates on the wall is such a classic way to display unique blue and white plates. A current project is to place blue and white plates over my grand-mother's vanity in the master bathroom. 

Blue and white umbrella stands hold any and everything accept umbrellas in my house. My favorite items to put in the stands are flowers. 

What are some things you can't stop collecting?

Paula
xoxoxo


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Here are this week's fabulous features.


Danielle shares her  amazing antique finds at  Blessed Serendipity


Khadija shows us the art of beautiful Islamic calligraphy at Khadija's Creative Mind

Natasha in Oz shares awesome photography apps for your iPhone

Joy from A Vintage Green has an amazing eye at garage sales

Leslie gives her front porch a fabulous facelift at House on the Way


Auro shared her wonderful experience at this quaint cafe in Bandra, Mumbai at Add that Xtra in the Ordinary 

46 comments:

Dora, the Quilter said...

Yes, food absolutely tastes better on blue and white china!

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Thanks for hosting :) Love your blue and white china - one of my many weaknesses!! lol
~Pernilla

Trisha said...

Blue & white are such a beautiful color combination! You have some really lovely pieces. Thank you for letting me join in on the fun!

~Trisha

Penny said...

You have some really beautiful pieces! Thank you so much for hosting such a great party! Hugs, Penny

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Beautiful blue and white collection.
Thanks for hosting. :-) ((HUGS))
Gee

Nici - Posed Perfection said...

Thank you for hosting each week! Your blue and white collection is beautiful. Blessings, Nici

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, I love your beautiful blues!! You have some awesome pieces. Love the great features, too! Thank you so much for another great party, sweet friend. :)

June said...

What a beautiful collection of blue and white Paula! SO many lovely, lovely pieces.
hugs...

Shirley said...

Hi Paula, You have a beautiful blue and white collection. It is funny how to have a certain color that you like. Have a wonderful day. Your Missouri friend.

Mary Ellen said...

Love you blues and whites! I don't have a lot of blue but think I need to incooperate more as it is so pretty!

Thank you for the party.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

L♥ve all your blue/white..I have had a blue/white kitchen for over 40 years..it's just a timeless color combo and always will be..I pray all is well in your world my dear friend..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

jeanetteann said...

Blue and white china is a must in my home. Love it,and always have. It makes a house a home. You have a lovely collection. xx

Jody and Stan said...

Love all the features! What a beautiful blue & white collection. Thanks for hosting a great party!

Jody

Natasha In Oz said...

Many thanks for having me today and for the very sweet feature! You have just made my day!

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz

PS I just gave this post a +1 on Google +

Tracey@Breathing English Air said...

There is something very special about blue and white, pottery, porcelain and stoneware, it just looks so right somehow. I particularly like your umbrella stand, and I love ginger jars.

Sherry said...

I love blue & white! That umbrella stand is my favorite! I need to link up objects instead of food. I guess I never realized that.! Thank you for hosting!
Sherry

Cottage and Broome said...

Can't wait to see your grandmother's project done! Thanks for hosting, Laura

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

I am quite fond of blue and white urns and dishes as well. Your collection is marvelous! I do appreciate you hosting,
Kathy

Curtains in My Tree said...


I am right there with ya. I have liked blue & white dishes since I was 14 , my first set of blue & white dishes was a set my grandmother gave me she got them from using coffee premium coupons.

I have several pieces of blue & white through out my house , however I am sure you have lots more than me and nicer pieces also. I am looking fgor the unmbrella stand also

I always like looking at your treasures

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

i just love your blues and whites!! I hit pay dirt last week with blue transferware! it is in my latest post that i linked up!

Thanks so much for hosting!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Gina said...

You have a lovely collection! I had to smile when you said food tastes better on blue & white china. My aunt has blue & white china and I always thought her food tastes better on them, but that I was crazy....now I see that I'm not! lol

Vintage Street Designs said...

Thanks so much for hosting! :)

Shelia said...

Oh, what beautiful blue and white pieces. I totally agree that food tastes better on blue and white china! :)
Now, I would love it if one day you would go through your home and snap every room! I'm always trying to peep around the corners of your snaps to see more! :)
Thanks for hosting and you're always a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Julie Marie said...

So very beautiful Paula!... I love your blues... (I also love blues music)... you ladies have such an elegant touch in your decorating... and everything is just exquisite... thanks so much for sharing a glimpse into your gorgeous lives... xoxo Julie Marie Hello Patti!

Meegan Fast said...

Love your blog and your taste! I look forward to linking up often. AND gaining inspiration for you :)
Thanks for hosting!!
Meegan

Designs By Pinky said...

I have been collecting blue and white porcelains for 28 years now!!! I ADORE them!!! In the new house I plan to use them ALL OVER!!! Can you tell me where you got the plates that are in the rack???? I LOVE them! XO, Pinky

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I love all of your blue and white! Just lovely! Thank you for hosting. Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Jo said...

I'm jealous,I have always loved blue and white dishes,why I don't have some I just don't know,I need to get busy and get me some.LOVE 'em.Thanks for hosting this fun party..the features are awesome!

dvr usa said...

Ceramic wares like this are nice for dining and for beverage use. They are colorful and adds a nice art for kitchen and tableware collection.

must love junk said...

Thanks for hosting this fab party!
Susan

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Your blue and white collections are so pretty! This is a classic that will never get old! Thanks so much for hosting this great party! Glad to link up!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Blue and white...what could be better!@ What a wonderful collection, as usual! Thanks so much for hosting!
Ruht

Anne said...

What a pretty collection!
xx
Anne

FABBY'S LIVING said...

How I love blue and white china too! You have your dear grannie's sweet memories of it, which makes it so special too. Thank you for once again another terrific party!
Hugs,
FABBY

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Paula: You have some beautiful pieces of blue and white, always so lovely. Great features from last week and I want to thank you for visiting and leaving me such kind comments and for hosting again..Happy Wednesday..Judy

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Thank you for featuring my silver plate butter dish find in your features this week, a lovely surprise.

This week I added a quick peek at my booths.

Thank you for hosting, always love your photos - the blue china collection on your walls and surfaces is amazing and so beautiful.

Joy

Linda said...

I love the blue and white. It is so charming. You have quite the collection. Thanks again for hosting.

Arani @ Add that Xtra in the Ordinary said...

oh!thank you so much for featuring my post,you just made my day ladies!
Blue and white,porcelains and china are Classics which will never fade, and you guys added a different dimensions to them! Just love being here and have joined in happily in todays party.
lots of hugs
Auro.

Mrs Sarah Coller said...

I love all your pretty blues and whites! I have a couple things here and there, but nothing I'd call a "collection" of those colors. My most recent was a little egg cup that my English friend brought me from Holland when she was here visiting last month. It's white with pretty blue tulips on it...I love it!

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Mrs. Sarah Coller

Johanna said...

Hi Paula and Patti,
I am late but I am coming. LOL. I don't want to miss any of your great collection. Whow, the blue and white china really makes my heart singing. It looks fabulous, so fresh and exotic. Love how you displayed all the items. Thank you for sharing this great photos and inspirations. And thank you for hosting this event.
Best greetings, Johanna

lynn said...

just beautiful! thanks for another great party:)

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

It's been awhile...but I always love coming here for inspiration and BEAUTY. You never cease to amaze me with your gorgeous collections. I have a collection of brown Transferware that I ADORE and it's proudly displayed in my hutch. I use it whenever possible, just like my china. Every day should be "special" occasion. :)
Wishing you a beautiful weekend.
~Lisa

houseontheway.com said...

Thanks so much for featuring my wicker settee! I am honored! You've made my day!
Leslie

Sarah said...

Blue and white is always classic. I have the same pot as the one you've had since college days. I guess I've had mine since the 80s and it was one of my first pieces of blue and white. I've recently found a second one, so now I have a pair. Yipee! They are wonderful holding plants or just perfect as they are sitting their with lid on top. ;-)
Thanks for hosting! ~ Sarah

Rose, DIY Crafts said...

Thank you for linking at our linky party at http://www.fineCraftGuild.com, but please choose a DIY or craft project next time, instead of a linky party.

Have a great creative day!

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