Friday, July 13, 2007

It’s Friday. The travelers will be home. While Eric and do not have the frequent flyer miles added to our week, I think we’ve had a good one. Eric even cooked one night. Wednesday night we went out for dinner. He and a date hit the ‘Harry Potter’ movie last night so I had an evening to myself – Tomato Soup and grill cheese sandwich was the menu of choice.

One night I made my cards and got them mailed for my Sunday school kids. Another night I got all 43 pieces of my next Primitive Garden block ready to appliqué. Last night, I mostly caught up on laundry and got things ready for Don and Chelsey to come home.

Here’s a photo of the last block I completed.
It was sprinkling rain when I took the picture. We’ve had gorgeous days all week, but by 4:30 pm, it clouds over and rains. I don’t really mind—Ransom does—because he doesn’t get his run in. But it is taking a toll on the garden. The weeds and I are going to battle it out this weekend.

A couple of dish pictures--- My Blue Willow dishes that hang in my Dining room.
My Mom gave me one and the other I found in a second hand shop in Escanaba. You may already know this, but there’s a neat story about the dishes. The Willow-pattern ware, originated in Staffordshire, England, c.1780. Thomas Minton, then an apprentice potter, developed and engraved the design, presumably after an old Chinese legend.
It portrays the garden of a rich mandarin whose young daughter elopes with his secretary. The lovers were overtaken on the bridge by her father and were transformed by the gods into birds and flutter beyond his reach. Being the hopeless romantic--- keeper of dishes--- this is my kind of stuff.

I also have a Currier and Ives Pieces by Royal China called the Old Grist Mill. I always thought the name of the collection was Old Grist Mill, but it’s just part of the Currier and Ives Pattern.

I better head to work, It’s Friday and Pay-day… a great combination.
Gratitudes:
Grill Cheese Sandwiches
Airplane Travel—family gets home quick
Porch Swings

27 comments:

Leigh said...

I love your china. There is something about blue and white china that is special.

Linda said...

I love your block and the way you take your photo's is so imaginative. My Nana had Blue Willow plates, so pretty. Interesting story behind them. Enjoy your weekend with all your family back together.

Libby said...

I knew you enjoyed your dishes . . . but I love that you know the stories behind them, too. Enjoy having everyone home again *s*

Fiona said...

Guess what I use for everyday china? Yep, willow pattern!

Laurie Ann said...

My dishes are the blue willow pattern. How cool to hear the story behind it! Thanks for sharing it!

Chrissie said...

I love youre dishes! And tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches are my favorite!

Nicole said...

I love that Blue Willow pattern, and never knew the story behind it!

Ila said...

This block is my favorite yet. I think that with each one you post, though. But I do really like it... honeysuckle?

My eldest sister had a large set of doll dishes, blue willow. I've lusted after them for years.

McIrish Annie said...

YOu brought back fond memories with your picture of the Currier & Ives plates. Those were the dishes my Mom had when we were kids. With five of us, I'm sure none of them survived!@!! Thanks for the push down memory lane.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Great block, I liked it when it was just the shovel :O).. now with all the other things on it its even prettier ...

Judy said...

I have that exact same Currier and Ives plate! Love it. The piece are turning out wonderful!

Jeanne said...

Love your latest block! Did you post a picture of the pattern? Thanks for the history info on the Blue Willow plates, too.

Joanne said...

Your block came out great. I really like that block, too. Have a great weekend.

Kim said...

Love your blue and white dishes!

Dawn said...

Oh I love that block and the dishes!

Tazzie said...

Hey there Mel, your block looks just lovely, I love the flowers and the birds. You and I have so many of the same tastes, I adore blue and white china, and collect it too. I just love the story behind it.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Rose said...

Thnx for the story behind the dishes....i have a set (6 piece setting) of the Real Old Willow by Booths that my grandfather gave us as an engagement present.....beautiful to look at but im too scared to use it!! lol

Dordogne Clare said...

Beautiful plates and thanks for sharing their stories. Hope you are having a lovely weekend with a reunited family.

Quilting Kim said...

I just love your block and I really like the little garden sign that it is hanging on. You have quite the "eye" for taking pictures.

Grilled cheese and tomato soup is a standard Friday night dinner here.

Carole said...

Gosh you're productive! Your block looks lovely. The weather here has been strange. It rained pretty much all week, thunderstorms. Your dishes are nice. It's neat to have the story behing your piece. Thanks for sharing!d

Linda_J said...

Bet by now the other half of your family is home and you are getting all caught up with each other. Sounds like you and Eric had some good one on one time with them gone between work and personal pursuits.

your weather pattern sounds like what we have in the SE. Afternoon tstorms or rain spells. You know all about that stuff from living down this way.

Marcie said...

Your Primitive Garden blocks are so neat! What is the pattern or designer? Love the plates and the history too.

Judy said...

The appliqued block is verrry nice. Blue Willow, another one of my favorites! Hope the family time is/was great also!

ancient one said...

I like all dishes that are blue and white. I have a few pieces of blue willow. I love your quilt block too!

atet said...

Great block, and I love the story that goes along with the blue willow pattern. I knew I liked it for some reason!

YankeeQuilter said...

I too love china and have some blue willow hanging on the wall! Thanks for sharing the story.

Patti said...

We had those blue and white Currier and Ives dishes when I was a child. Mom got them at the grocery store. Each week there was a special on one of the pieces. You also got a discount on dish purchases with the groceries you bought. We started our married life with what was left of the dishes. Eventually the last few went to Goodwill. I'd love to have a few now - even a plate or two. Or the wonderful platter and large chop plate.