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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Lady Sings the Blues Part I

Billie Holiday ~ Lady Sings the Blues
Patti and I not only love great jazz and blues artists such as our favorite Billie Holiday, but we have a passion, an obsession if you will, for blue and white porcelains and pottery. Wedgwood, Spode, Delft, Royal Doulton, Tarjay (Target), you name it we love it. 

This little Delft blue basket from the Netherlands sits atop my mother's jewelry box she received when she was in junior high school. Don't you just love windmills?

Speaking of windmills, there are so many wonderful Delft blue windmills out there. They are so much fun to collect.

This Delft blue piece reminds me of my dad who always had mortars and pestles around the house. In fact, he still collects them. 

This Italian tea for one is one of my favorites. It has the cutest butterfly perched right on the top of the lid.

One of my blue and white weaknesses is for Chinese porcelains. This vase sits on top of my dresser and adds such great color to the room and enhances the floral arrangement that is right beside it behind the clock.

In the window of the girl's bathroom, (ok my bathroom), is this porcelain piece with a very feminine shape. Do you remember that jewelry birdcage from Feeling Cagey Part I? If you missed it click here.

This miniature porcelain set sits below the jewelry birdcage

One of our favorite antique dealers was cleaning out her home and well let's just say this piece didn't make it in the store from her car. 

Two things my husband loves this time of year. Mangoes and Bocce ball. These delicious mangoes came from my Dad's house and the decorative balls came from Home Goods. Hopefully hubby won't take them out to play with. 

Since we are in the kitchen, let me just say blue and whites are every where. They grace the top of my cabinets, and counter tops.

These lovely mangoes came from Patti's house. She has a beautiful mango tree growing in her yard. When I was a little girl, I would stare at that Aunt Jemima napkin holder for the longest time. She just always looked so happy sitting in my grandmother's kitchen. Now she sits happily in mine keeping my pot holder handy for me. 

This Wedgwood bread platter is also one of my favorite pieces. First of all because I got it for little of nothing on eBay and for some reason my garlic bread just taste so much better when I serve from it.

I was reading one of my Nell Hill's decorating books and I saw two beautiful candle holders with a decorative ball on top of each one and well you know what happened next. Voila!!!

Blue and white porcelains enhance any arrangement. In my living room they sit amongst pieces from Africa and South America. I placed this miniature Delft blue saucer in front of Bobo the Elephant from Thomas Blackshear's Ellie and Bobo of the Jamboree collection, you know in case he gets thirsty.

I absolutely love history. Having this Pullman Porter's cap is an absolutely honor, therefore it sits atop a beautiful Italian porcelain cake stand.

Well I hoped you enjoyed a taste of my blue and white collection. Tell us about your favorite piece of blue and white in your or a friend's collection?

Stay tuned for Lady Sings the Blues Part II.

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lvroftiques said...

Well I love listening to the blues but I really LOVE those blues!! You can't go wrong with classic blue and white! Beautiful collection you two!
I have a spode planter that's one of my favorite things because it was a birthday gift from a good friend that I know had to really sacrifice to give to me. I will never part with it...or her friendship *winks* Vanna

beachcomber said...

gorgeous blue and white collection there! i always love blue and white.
cheryl x

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Gorgeous Blues. I, too have an obsession with blue and it's timeless feel. Loved your post. hugs ~lynne~

Scribbler said...

Hi Paula, nice to meet you! I found you at Seasonal Sundays on The Tablescaper's blog. I, too, love blue and white, and you have some really interesting things -- thanks for sharing.
I loved seeing the Pullman Porter's hat -- I remember train travel from when I was very young, and these gentlemen always made the trips so seamless and perfect.

Pondside said...

I love your blues. I think that my favorite blue would be a blue heart that hangs on my dining room wall.

CIELO said...

Hi Paula! Lovely name... and blog! thanks for visiting the house in the rose... nice meeting you!


The Tablescaper said...

Oh how I love blue and white!!!

Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

The Charm of Home said...

Your blue and whites are very nice. I love them also. I don't care which pattern or how you mix them, they're all good. Thanks for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

Unknown said...

I have a tiny pair of blue delft windmill S & P shakers that my inlaws brought back from Holland to me on a tour they took. LOVE them!! I love blue and white as well. Your things are so pretty. Thanks for visiting!!!

lesapeamusings.blogspot said...

Hello Paula,
Thank you for visiting, I am your newest follower as well. I love Billie Holiday, mangoes and blue and white anything. I see we are going to friends for a long time.
Lisa xx

Sarah, Three Boys said...

Oh my goodness! Your collection is AMAZING! Where did you find all of these?

Rhonda @ The Yellow Brick Road said...

First, thank you for the sweet email and also for following my blog! I do appreciate it!
Second, oh my....I love blue and white also...and the Italian tea for sweet. I am also loving the mortar and pestle....I have a pharmacy background and am looking to start collecting a few for my display....I have my eye out for one made of carerra marble. The hunt is half the fun, you know!
I'll be reading......
Blessings Abundant!

very merry vintage style said...

You have an amazing collection of blue and white treasures! Those bocce balls are great--haven't seen them in my Home Goods. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

Maggie said...

Love all of your blue and white, what a wonderful collection you have.
I'll have to try the balls on candlesticks idea, I think that is inspired!

Natasha in Oz said...

Wow, I could have written this post! I love all the same things, including the gorgeous Billie Holiday! You sure do have a brilliant collection of blues and whites. I don't have any delft...I will have to fix that pronto!

Best wishes and happy weekend,
Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

Savannah Granny said...

Great post! ove your extensive collection. The pullman porter had is a fantastic treasure. Ginger :)

Savannah Granny said...

OOPS! I meant HAT! Ginger:)

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