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Monday, September 15, 2008


A silly little picture of my smallest granddaughter,
DEEDS and myself.
silly, yes...
We had such a good time the day I took her to have Pizza and play time at
and we had this photo made of us....
THAT'S why I dearly love this little, silly picture.

It is held on to my fridge with a cute little heart magnet made by
my sweetest friend, LUCY BLOOM
if you've not been over to see her delightful blog,
please take time out and venture over. She has some lovely things!
(and, don't you just adore her name?)

I not only love all my different BLUE dishes but I use them often....
almost every day.
All foods just seem to taste better when they are on a pretty plate.
I am not one to "save" things, either....
I believe in using everything that I love.
I've seen people hold on to a pretty candle, never enjoying the flame from it...
or pretty pillowcases stored and end up yellowed and tattered from lack of use.
Please USE your pretties....that is just what they were made for!!
My mom used to tell me that all things pretty were made to enjoy and that
"you needed to USE them so that they would know that you loved them !"
I JUST LOVE THAT and I think of it often.
but, lately, I have been dreaming of
RED AND WHITE, too....
the start of a new collection, you ask....
could be.....could be !!
Quick Facts About Transferware:

- Transfer printing as a decorative technique was developed in England in the mid-1750s, particularly in the Staffordshire region.
- The transferware process began when a flat copper plate was engraved with a desired pattern in much the same way that plates used to make paper engravings were produced.
- Most transferware patterns sought by collectors today are two-tone in color. Blue and white, red and white and brown and white are the most common colors.
(i saw that statement you made about transferware, NIKKI..and now you know a little more about it. heehee)

All of my grandkids call me MEMAW and on a recent trip, one set of the kids
brought this cute, little, blue stoneware cup back to me.

Don't you just love it? I sure do......
but I'll tell ya what I REALLY love...

I love that they thought of ME while on a fun trip...
I love that THEY love ME.
I do love this little cup !
My thanks to sweet SMILING SALLY
for hosting this fun,
please sneak over and take a look at all the other pretty BLUES !

love, bj
and please don't forget to count your blessings!
continue to pray for our sisters and brothers on the Gulf Coast...they are having such a terrible time right now.
no electricity, no water, no ice...little food


Kathleen Grace said...

BJ, I could not agree with you more. Our beautiful things can bring us no joy if we dont use them! I use my vintage pillowcases and dishes regularly. Yes, some of them eventually fall apart or get broken, but I see no use in these thigs being boxed and passed down forever, never being loved. And speaking of love, your family clearly loves you:>) How precious to have such sweet grandchildren!

Smilingsal said...

Beautiful Blue dishes being used = happy times. The special cup...ahhh.
Happy Blue Monday!

Brown-Eyes said...

Hi BJ...Just making my morning "rounds"...Your story today reminded me of my dear grandmother who lived to be 95...she was DIRT POOR...the outhouse, only cold running water indooors, an old tin tub for bathing, an outdoor black washpot with lye soap for laundry, and stitched together flour sacks for sheets...that kind of POOR. Anyway, when she passed away, the family found all the nice gifts they had given her stashed neatly away under her beds...for use "someday"... ;-) Bo

A Romantic Porch said...

BJ thank you for visiting my porch. I did enjoy it so! Your blog is so cute! xorachel

Patty said...

Your dishes are so pretty!

Beverly said...

I see you are up and about early this morning. I'm glad you picked up your Javablu Award and Million Dollar Friend Award I had on my post for you today. I really do love your blog.

I have a few of those Chuck E Cheese pictures, too. I love going with my grandson.

Lucy Bloom said...

I'm certainly not blue after reading your lovely post. Thanks so much for the mention, you are a sweetie!
Lucy x

Susan Hickam said...

BJ i so agree with you but using things if possible! That is what they were made for. I love your "silly little picture" as you call it and your wonderful dishes. Happy Blue Monday

Becky said...

Hi BJ,
Your comment to my blog just made my day. I giggled when you asked what Lures thought of all the pink. Your comment is exactly what he thinks. And I also think it is that phrase, If momma ain't happy ain't nobody happy. Well He makes me happy everyday.
I agree. We must use up our pretty things. I love eating off of pretty china.
Loved your post.

Anonymous said...

Boy that song on your blog brings back great memories. Your dishes are so beautiful! I expecially love the picture of you and your granddaughter. Grandchildren are just the best!

ellen b said...

Hi Bj! I really love all your blue dishes. I'm partial to blue and you have some beauties. Love your Memaw mug!!

Sweetie said...

Hi BJ - I love your blues - especially your transferware. Thanks for sharing the transfer ware process. Also, the cup given to you by your grandchild is very special. My grandmother was also a strong advocate of using your "pretties." Your grandchildren are precious.

Charlotte said...

Love all of your treasures. Blue is a great color. It can only be beat by one - pink of course. Although - that certainly is a matter of opinion. If you took a survey or a poll, I'm sure blue would be on top.
I passed an award on to you today. You can stop by any time to pick it up.

beddow said...

I have always felt that way, I use all my special things and have them out where I can see them.
I can see why the mug would be so special.
Have a great day!


splummer said...

Your Blue is beautiful!!!! And I have to agree with you. Using all your pretties. Thanks for sharing! Take Care!!!


Karen said...

I used to be one to keep good things for special occasions or would think when the kids are gone we'll use them more often. Then 12 years ago my husband left me. I decided then to use the good stuff all the time as what I had been waiting for wasn't going to happen. Now married to a wonderful man we use the good stuff, the antiques, etc. every day. Karen

Rhondi said...

Your blue dishes are beautiful. I'm with you when it comes to using the things you have. Better to break a beautiful plate and having enjoyed it while you had it then having it hidden away in a closet.
Hugs, Rhondi

Virginia said...

I love your post today.How true. Looked at what happened when disaters comes our way, sometimes we can lose all our possessions at the wink of a eye.
I also enjoy all your blue things.
Blessings, Virginia

Julie said...

Just wanted to stop by and tell you thank you for all of your prayers for us and all the nice comments you made on my blog. Yeah - Ike is gone! Now we just have to clean up after him!

Linda's Blue Gate said...

That picture is not silly is so sweet..... Love all your blue.... I didn't know about the party but I did a blue post also.... how funny....Thanks for the transfer ware lesson.... I have wonder about that...

salmagundi said...

I love the bi-centennial blue dishes. I have one place setting I picked up somewhere, and really need more, don't you think? When I post tonight I'm going to link to you about the transferware process. Take care, Sally

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Hi BJ, Another "blue Monday" and you have some special treasures..I don't believe in holding anything back for a rainy day... use them today!!

Susie said...

Hi BJ,
What a sweet sweet picture! I also believe in using my "pretties" every day. Life's for enjoying!
Love your MeMaw mug. That's what my Dad used to call his Grandma..

Grandma Faith said...

Thank you for sharing your pretty blue things and your stories. Happy Blue Monday!

Barb said...

Hi BJ,

The picture of you and your granddaughter is priceless. Love all the blue's.

I use everything now. I used to "save" for special occasions but not now. Life is a special occasion.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful Blue Monday post, BJ. We use things too. I think that's a good idea.

Can't wait to see if you collect red and white! Should be fun!

Dawn said...

Your dishes are quite lovely. How much better they look with the food you have on them. :)

I like what your mom said. What a smart woman!

Happy Blue Monday.

take care,

Peggy said...

Hi, BJ. I read your Blue Monday and decided to join in the fun, and gave your blog a mention! My blue stuff doesn't even begin to compare with yours, but I DO have some blue transferware like yours!

And, aren't grandchildren wonderful?

nikkicrumpet said...

Heck BJGG...before I met you I didn't know crap about dishes...and I never would have thought to hang the dang things on the wall. Sheeesh if I keep hanging out with you I'm gonna end up with a MATCHING set of plates and I'll even know how to set a pretty table. I've already taken the giant "cloche" step! You all are turning me into a "proper lady" lol. Love ya woman...have a great day!

jeanne said...

Hello BJ, I am late visiting today. I had my first outing to the grocery store with my dh. I came home and went to bed. I am not as strong as I thought.

I love all of your blue dishes and the darling photo of you and your sweet granddaughter. I agree that we should use our pretty things everyday. I think your mom was wise to tell you to use your things. We love them and some day someone else will love them so don't wait. Our family will remember that we loved to set a pretty table. I know I have memories of my mom using her dishes and we sisters talk about it often.
Whew, that was long winded. LOL

BJ you have asked me if I received your card and I haven't. We live in a place where mail delivery is slow. Small town USA. I will let you know when it arrives and I thank you for your thoughtfufness.

Love and hugs, Jeanne

Midlife Mom said...

Love all your Blue Monday things. I agree, we should use all of our pretty things. When my grandmother passed away there were all of the pretty nightgowns, robes, undies, dusting powder and other things that we had bought for her over the years that she was 'saving' for something special. We need to use those things in the NOW! You are one rocking Memaw to go to Chuck E Cheese!! That's not one of my favorite places but my grand kids LOVE it so I go!!

Barbara H. said...

I so agree -- it does out hearts such good to use those pretty things in everyday life. Love those blue dishes, especially the ones in the top picture. And that Memaw cup is just precious.

Elizabeth said...

You have so many great blue items! I love transferware, too!

Jackie said...

BJ, I love your blue transfer wear. Just gorgeous! Now blue, I just might find in my house.

God bless.

Melissa's Cozy Teacup said...

Love your pinks (I'm catching up on Sat.) and blues. I especially love your new header.

Cottage Rose said...

Hello there BJ; I agree with you 100%
I love to use all my pretties, and to show them off. Thank you for the lesson on transfer ware. Now I know more about it. I used to collect Blue Willow then I ran out of room. lol
Have a great week.


nikkicrumpet said...

Hey's so easy. Just go to google or yahoo and do a search for vintage bathing beauties...but make sure to click to the "image" tag first. There are a bunch of them that you can print out. It was so easy and I'm pretty dang pleased with how they turned out!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Oh I love that blue transferware! That's not something that I have yet, but would love to start collecting it someday.

The picture is so sweet and so it is that mug!


Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

i wish you would show us a pic of that first plate without the luscious pastry covering up the pattern . Oh shoot just pass it to me and I will eat it!