Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Everything is Coming Up Roses at the Lace and Ivy Cottage

I love Thursdays. Not only is it nearing the end of a busy week, but its time for Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch and Thrifty Thursday hosted by Leigh @ Tales From Bloggeritaville. Today my table is set with our everyday dinnerware, just spiffed up a bit.

These vintage dishes were made in the 1940's and were a fabulous find at the ever trusty GW. I purchased a set of 15 dinner plates and 10 bread plates for a whopping $5.99! Then, a couple of months later while antiquing at a favorite antiques mall, I found even more dishes with cups, saucers, bowls, and a completer set for $28.00. How lucky is that?

I love vintage things, don't you? They have such character, history, and a story to tell. I can just imagine these dishes having been used by another family in the 1940's. Now in 2009, they're still being used, and probably even more appreciated, by me. In these days of wastefulness, where almost everything is disposable, it's nice to see things and use things that have survived for decades. I bet these dishes stayed with the same family before they were finally donated or sold at an estate sale. I almost feel like I'm carrying on a tradition.

Remember that amazing home and garden tour I went to last weekend? You can read about it here. Well, I promised you that I'd share with you my souvenir. It's this vintage pink, floral tablecloth. I just loved the design and it goes so well with my dishes.

Not many things are made in the USA anymore.

This soup tureen was purchased at a yard sale for 50 cents.

I wonder how many times this bowl served mashed potatoes over the years.

I love the shape of this covered dish. It's hard to see in the picture, but it's not round, but square with rounded corners.

Thanks for dropping by. I love hearing from you, so please take a moment to say hello!

Till next time,


Allidink said...

What a nice tablecloth! It does match your dishes! I love vintage things too and thinking about their history :)

All the best,

Chandy said...

Great table today! That is one gorgeous pink table, Lorna. And I'm in love with those dishes! I'm so picky when it comes to dinnerware with roses, but your is just wow!

Happy Thursday!

Carrie said...

Very pretty table. I love your tureen. I have my eyes open for one of those---we eat a lot of soup.

Crystal said...

Hi Lorna,
What a great set of vintage dinnerware. I also collect vintage linens, they just seem to carry nostalgia with them. The table cloth does go well with your dishes.
Thanks for sharing!

marty39 said...

Your wonderful vintage dishes are stunning. I love the rose pattern and the tablecloth is perfect with them. What a wonderful find. I love to shop at GW and sometimes you do find the most amazing things. What a real treat. I just love everything. Hugs, Marty

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Wow, you got some really great buys on those wonderful vintage dishes. I love pieces with a history. Lovely!

Susie Q said...

This is such a beautiful table! Isn't vintage the best? And knowing that each piece has a rich history just makes it that much more special.

I just added my first tablescape Thursday! I cheated a bit by using photos I took from a recent flower show but next time I will add my own!


Martha said...

Love your rose table! From dishes to tablecloth!

xinex said...

Lorna, the tablecloth is perfect with your dishes. What a lucky find! And those dishes....OMG! they are pretty and what a deal! Your table is classically beautifully vintage looking, my favorite! You are right about vintage things. Love 'em too!...Christine

Kirby3131 said...

I couldn't agree more with you about antique dishes. In this disposable society, it is nice to have something permanent & with a history. Your table setting is GORGEOUS! I'm normally not a flower gal, but I would have adored to be at that table.

jennifer said...

Stunning tablescape! The rose pattern is so gorgeous. You got a bargain for your dishes too.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...


Your tablescape is divine! So southern and charming! I just love it, I love the vintage plates-beautiful. I love how you used them for inspiration with the tablecloth and flowers. Charming!

Patty said...

What beautiful dishes! How lucky to find them at such a great deal. The tablecloth is also beautiful and the whole setting looks so nice together. Truly gorgeous!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh my goodness, my mother HAD those dishes! I have no idea what happened to them, but I suspect that with 4 kids, most of them didn't survive and she finally gave up on them and gave them away. :-)

So fun to see them again ... and how amazing that you got a complete set by finding them in different locales. How lucky!
Great table!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Very pretty! The pink tablecloth is perfect with the china!


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What great buys you got on all of that china! The tablecloth looks like it was made to go with those dishes! Everything looks so pretty. laurie

Blondie's Journal said...

I really like your tablescape! How lucky you are to find all the dishes and they are so pretty! I also like how you layered the tablecloths for texture.

Hope to see you again next week!


Mary said...

Oh yes, I love vintage and antique things! I guess maybe because my mother loved them, they just make me feel comfortable and "at home." Your dishes and tablecloth are beautiful!!!

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

The floral tablecloth is so pretty - but I'm really drawn to the lace underneath! Everytime I see a lace tablecloth, I think of my great-grandmother, who used to crochet beautiful lace tablecloths! Great-looking table. Your dishes are lovely!

Zoey said...

I love your rose dishes.

I am like you and often wonder about my dishes previous lives. I like to think that the former owners would be very happy to see the loving care I give their treasures.
What a great find with the tablecloth. It is a nice match. I bet you were delighted to find it!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Lorna...that is just the sweetest china! I know exactly how you feel about it...I have the exact same thought when I used or enjoy older they china or furniture or whatever. I just feel a connection with those who loved it before me. :-) This is a beautiful table and you are sooo lucky to have found this wonderful china for such an awesome deal...and so many pieces at that! It was meant to come home with you! :-) Thanks for a great TT! Susan

Christina said...

Your china is very feminine and pretty. My daughter would love the roses. I love the soup tureen.

Kathleen Ellis said...

Lorna, these dishes are beautiful! and the table cloth you found couldn't be more perfect!!! You must have been thrilled!

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