Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My Grandmother's Dishes

Tablescape Thursday
has me pulling out dishes and sweet lovelies
that I've had for years and enjoying them more than ever!
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These are my grandmother's dishes.
 I polished my cupboard
and washed all her dishes.

 I spread out the lace and set the places.

I added some springtime candlesticks.
 This sweet silver pedestal dish will hold something delicious.
I picked this up at an estate sale for $6.

 The kids will be over tomorrow to celebrate a special day for my husband.
It's his birthday!

bright & colorful flowers in the center

Dora
  ~My grandmother~

She's holding my sister's hand in this picture
about 42 years ago!
We lived next door
on the other side of her duplex.
She was (and still is) one of the sweetest women I know.
I spent many afternoons having tea with her.
Sometimes, I'd help her clean, 
we would polish her dining room furniture
and I would wash all her pretty dishes and tea things. 
On those days, she'd get the ice cream out and we'd have sundaes!
I was only 14 when she passed on and I was so heart broken.

When I got married, my mother gave me my grandmother's dishes.
I treasure them.

"Daisy Ann" by Royal China.
They are very old.
The Royal China Company was founded in 1934 in Sebring, Ohio

Please stop over to Susan's to see some spectacular tablescapes...


24 comments:

Sonia said...

How precious are your grandmother's dishes...so nice to bring them out and set a lovely table with them. Your tablescape is beautiful and hope you have a lovely time with your family and your hubbies birthday.

Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Patriotic Mom said...

Such pretty dishes and lovely memories. Everything is lovely for your celebration! Happy wishes to your husband!

koralee said...

Oh Maria...these are too lovely for words. How special..I have some of my Grandma's things I cherish with all my heart! xoxoxo

tales from an oc cottage said...

How lucky you are to have such treasures!

m ^..^

Julie Harward said...

OH, THIS WAS SO SWEET! I'LL BET YOU HAD A LOT OF MEMORIES GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND AS YOU WASHED THOSE DISHES. I'VE SEEN A LOT OF DISHES ON A LOT OF BLOGS, BUT THIS WAS THE SWEETEST I'VE SEEN! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR HUBBIE TOO! COME SAY HI :D

Amanda said...

Mom, I love this sweet tribute and your awesome tablescape! Makes me want to come over for some tea and cookies! =) Love you

Wanda said...

Hi Maria...Your grandmother's dishes are lovely, having them to cherish and pass on to your own children someday is a treasure.

Happy Birthday to your Husband,
he shares it with my grandson! :)

Rebecca said...

Beautiful dishes, beautiful memories, beautiful occasions. Happy birthday to your husband. (My husband's is Feb. 6th!)

Farmgirl Cyn said...

What absolutely beautiful dishes, Maria! And what a blessing to have them passed on to you. Beautiful tablescape and even better memories!

Diana said...

Beautiful Maria! Love Di

Dianne said...

Sweet, Sweet settings! I know your grandmother would be pleased.

Tell your hubby happy birthday. Today is my aunt's birthday, the 4th and I need to call her. She is one of my best friends--5 months younger than I. My mother and my grandmother were pregnant at the same time.

Have a lovely birthday dinner.

Mimi said...

Beautiful memories...beautiful dishes! Thanks for sharing.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Such a lovely story and pretty china too.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I think one of the best parts of Tablescape Thursday is the fact it does make us dig through things we haven't used in years. With all the old items come all the wonderful memories. The dishes are beautiful, but your sweet words about your grandmother are priceless.

Sue

Barb said...

How special to have your Grandmother's china! I like the idea of those fragile dishes and cups bringing back cherished memories that have also withstood the passing of time. How your Grandmother would enjoy knowing that you're still taking care of those dishes, Maria, and using them for special occasions. Happy Birthday to your Husband! PS My mother's name was Dora.

Linda said...

Anything with flowers on it just grabs my heart Maria. They are so lovely. I just love being able to hold in my hands something that my loved ones once held in theirs.
She looks so very dear. One day we will have more than just the precious memories - we will see them face to face. What a glorious promise.

Cathy said...

Such beautiful dishes.

Sarah said...

Sweet post about a sweet table! I envy you having your grandmother's china. I think that would be so very special. I have a few pieces from my mother's china, though it isn't in good condition. It has unfortunately yellowed with age. Though it is still very special to me. Thanks for sharing.

Nanna said...

what sweet memories, the dishes are beautiful

Helen

Vicki said...

Oh, my goodness, Maria, those are the sweetest dishes. How fortunate you are to have inherited them! Your grandmother was a wonderful lady I know because she has such a kind and lovely granddaughter. Please tell hubby I said "Happy Birthday"! Sending loving thoughts your way! Vicki

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Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a lovely table you've set to honor your grandmother. I love my family treasures and they only grow more precious with time. Your table and memories are both beautiful.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Beautiful story, and the china is lovely too. I had an Aunt Dora, and she was the sweetest woman.
Susan

Arija said...

What a wonderful grandmother and delicate dishes. I am so glad you have them to remember her by and to treasure her memory. A beautiful table setting and many happy returns for your husband's birthday.

Blessings, Arija.