January 16, 2018

Set the Table - Buying and Collecting Dishes


I am sometimes asked by women or couples just starting out about buying dishes.

They want to know what they should buy.

https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca



This is what I am telling people.  It is something that nobody told me when I bought my first set of dishes.



https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


Start with white dishes and buy what you can afford.

Buy a minimum of eight place settings.  If you are entertaining a large family or a lot of friends then you will need more.

Some dish patterns are open stock which means they will be available for you to purchase individual pieces and place settings for a few years.  

Be careful, though,  because when the manufacturer ceases to make the pattern they are no longer going to be available.

Not everyone can afford the finest bone china.  I couldn't. 

Over the years I decided that I wouldn't be able to buy the best so I settled on what I could afford.  

Often, it would be porcelain dishes that would prove to be best for me.  As time went by, I was able to purchase some bone china too.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


I know that buying white dishes sounds boring, but, you will have many options with white dishes.

Buy dishes with pretty borders to add interest and texture.

Dress them up with tablecloths and napkins and other accessories like napkin rings, chargers, placemats, and candles.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


Later, you can add to your collection by including some colour and pattern.

Blue and white dishes look especially good when they are paired with white dishes.

Bringing in another pattern and mixing them with the white dishes you already have is also a good way to increase the number of place settings you own.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


Sometimes a manufacturer will offer a second salad plate in a different colour. 

Or, the salad plate will be offered either square or round.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


Adding solid coloured plates is another option.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca



Experiment with various combinations to find a pleasing look.


You may find that putting together different styles or patterns will produce an unexpected, but pleasing combination.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


If you are lucky, you may find a great set of dishes in a thrift store.

You may also inherit a set of dishes.

They can all be incorporated into your collection.  They may not all mix and match, but you will have choices of colour themes and seasonal themes.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca



A word about English china.

Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, and Johnson Bros. were traditionally
manufactured in England.


This is no longer the case.

In 1968 Wedgwood purchased a number of English potteries including Johnson Brothers.

Wedgwood merged with Waterford and became Waterford Wedgewood in 1987.

Later, Royal Doulton was brought into the group and became WWRD Holdings Ltd.  

In 2015  Fiskars Corp. acquired WWRD.

Some of these traditional patterned dishes are manufactured in Indonesia.

It is my understanding that Wedgewood still makes a couple of their high-end patterns in England.

Johnson Brothers are manufactured in China now.

With Johnson Brothers, the clue as to where it is manufactured is in the back stamp.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


If the stamp says 'Made in England', then it was made in England.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca

If, however,  the back stamp says 'England' or 'England 1883', it is made in China.

If you are a purest and want only the dishes made in England, you can still find some patterns at places like Replacements.com, consignment shops, antique stores, etc.

I once found a set of unused bone china, 6-piece place setting for four, including soup bowls in a consignment shop for $125.00.  The lady who they belonged to saved them "for good" and never got to use them.

Don't save your dishes "for good" even if they are bone china.  Bone china is surprisingly durable.

I like to rotate my dishes according to seasons or holidays.  That way they are all used and nothing is kept just for company.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


When it comes to serving pieces I try to collect white rather than coloured pieces.

I find white serving pieces will go with almost any table setting.


If you are considering Transferware - It all goes together.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


That is to say that all brown and white transferware go together with each other no matter the pattern.

The same is true for blue and white, or green and white, or red and white.  

No matter what patterns you mix, they just all seem to go together if they are all in the same colour.

https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca





https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


Very old dishes were made prior to dishwashers.  Keep in mind that these dishes will have to be hand washed because their finishes will not withstand the detergents used in dishwashers.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca



https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca



https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca

In Summary

- Buy what you can afford.
- Start with a set of white dishes.
- Try to find dishes with textured or scalloped borders to add interest.
- Buy Open Stock, but be aware that they can be discontinued after a few years.
- Use tablecloths, placemats, napkins and other tabletop accessories to add interest.
- Add patterned and solid-coloured dishes over time and as the budget allows.
- Mix and match to come up with some surprising combinations.
- Check back stamps.
- Look for affordable dishes in consignment shops, thrift shops, antique shops.
- Hand wash very old dishes.
- Buy white serving pieces.
- Use all your dishes.  Don't just store them for someone else to use.
- The most important of all is this - HAVE FUN!!! - Have fun collecting and chasing down and finding patterns.  Have fun finding or making tabletop accessories.  Have fun using your dishes.


Some of the Dish Patterns Used

Richmond, Devon Cottage, Old Britain Castles - Johnson Brothers
Antique Scroll, Spice Road, Sunflowers - Pier 1 Imports
Pheasants - The Victorian English Pottery
Denver Plaid - Pottery Barn




Thank you for stopping by.


This is an original Fair Meadow Place 'Set the Table - Buying and Collecting Dishes' Publication.



The best way to see our posts is by email subscription. SUBSCRIBE HERE 

You can find us on PINTERESTFACEBOOKGOOGLE+

It really makes our day when we hear from you so please leave comments below. 

You can also use the Contact Form to contact us by email. Messages sent by email are private messages that will not be posted on the Blog.

January 11, 2018

Set the Table - Snowball Fight; My House

Come on in. It's cold outside.

I have been hoarding a bunch of snowballs.  They are all ready and waiting for you to join us.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca



We won't need coats, hats, scarves, or gloves.

https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca




We are inside for a snowball lunch and hot chocolate.

https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca



The inspiration came from these white pom-pom napkins.

They remind me of tiny snowballs.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca



The foundation for the table setting is a faux fur table runner.

https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca



The plate stack starts with a white charger, a white dinner plate and salad plate topped with a brown and white transferware plate.

https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca



The little brown cones come from the Casuarina tree.

https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca



Each place setting includes any number of handmade snowballs.

The snowballs were made by winding yarn around different sized foam balls and held together with a dab of hot glue here and there.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca




https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca



https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca





https:/fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca







https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca



A closer look at the plate stack.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca



For the centrepiece, a silver bowl stands on a glass pedestal and holds a faux birch bark candle, a bit of greenery and yarn snowballs.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca





https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


Thank you for stopping by.



Some of the Elements Used on the Table

Faux fur table runner - Home Sense a couple of years ago
White Chargers - Walmart 2017
Dinner Plates - Richmond by Johnson Bros.
Salad Plates - Coastline
Brown & White Transferware plates - Royal Mail by Myott
Flatware - Bombay Co.
Silver Bowl - Thrift store
Glass pedestal - My grandmother's candy dish
Candle - Gluckstein Home, The Bay
Napkins - Bowring 2017
Faux snow



This is an original Fair Meadow Place 'Set the Table - Snowball Fight; My House' Publication.




You May Also Like...


Set The Table - Warm Winter Whites


The best way to see our posts is by email subscription. SUBSCRIBE HERE 

You can find us on PINTERESTFACEBOOKGOOGLE+ 

It really makes our day when we hear from you so please leave comments below. You can also use the Contact Form to contact us by email. 

Messages sent by email are private messages that will not be posted on the Blog.

January 04, 2018

Make a Winter Wreath From A Scarf


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


I like quick and easy projects and this is one of them.

Scarves and sweaters add an element of warmth to winter decorating.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


Once you have everything ready, it goes together quickly.



https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


Materials

A white scarf - mine happened to be an infinity scarf that was fringed on both sides, but, a regular scarf will do.

A 10" wreath form

Some snowflake ornaments from the dollar store

White yarn

Ribbon

https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


Place the wreath form on the scarf and pull the scarf through the centre of the wreath.  Adjust the folds and gathers so they are evenly spaced.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


Flip the wreath over and pull the other side of the scarf through the centre.
Adjust the gathers so that they are spaced evenly.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


Using a fairly long piece of yarn (I didn't measure, but approximately 4 feet) tie one end onto the wreath and tie leaving a 4" piece of yarn dangling.

Wrap the entire wreath spacing the yarn until you reach the place you started.  Tie off to the 4" piece of yarn.

Reverse direction and wrap the wreath again so that the yarn crosses over the first wrap.

Tie off again to the 4" piece of yarn.

Adjust the fringe so that it peeks out all the way around.


https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


 Decorate the wreath with snowflakes by tying various lengths of yarn from the top portion of the wreath.

You can tie the snowflakes onto the pieces of yarn or hot glue them to the pieces of yarn.


Once all the snowflakes are attached, gather the pieces of yarn attached to the snowflakes and tie a ribbon around all of them.  Knot the ribbon and then tie into a bow. 
I used a little hot glue at the back to keep the ribbon from sliding down.



https://fairmeadowplace.blogspot.ca


Hang the wreath either inside our outside.


Thank you for stopping by.





This is an original Fair Meadow Place 'Make a Winter Wreath From a Scarf' Publication.





The best way to see our posts is by email subscription. SUBSCRIBE HERE 


You can find us on PINTERESTFACEBOOKGOOGLE+ 


It really makes our day when we hear from you so please leave comments below.


You can also use the Contact Form to contact us by email. Messages sent by email are private messages that will not be posted on the Blog.

January 01, 2018

Don't Throw Away Your Fresh Christmas Wreath


Happy New Year!!!

Here is an idea for you to Up-cycle your Christmas wreath.  

With a few easy changes, it will last all Winter and look great too.


Click on the Link for Instructions.




Thank you for stopping by.




This is an Original Fair Meadow Place 'Don't Throw Away Your Fresh Christmas Wreath' Publication.




The best way to see our posts is by email subscription. SUBSCRIBE HERE 

You can find us on PINTERESTFACEBOOKGOOGLE+

It really makes our day when we hear from you so please leave comments below. 

You can also use the Contact Form to contact us by email. Messages sent by email are private messages that will not be posted on the Blog.