Patience pays off.

I have been wanting a new set of dishes for a while. Some long-time readers may remember the vintage cherry blossom set I used to have…unfortunately, it did not fare well on the trip to Pensacola and I lost a lot of plates. So many that I went ahead and gave the remaining dishes away to an appreciative young woman and went with a standard blue Ikea set instead. But then we broke one of those plates and it became increasingly frustrating for the the sixth person at dinner to be subject to a contrasting plate in addition to the indignity of sitting in a lawn chair. (I would love to buy two more chairs, but I simply have no idea where to put them when they’re not in use.)

Anyhow, the thrift stores around here are pretty pathetic when it comes to dishware. So after weeks of looking, I finally made up my mind to buy an inexpensive set of eight white plates at Target before our next dinner party. But then, the very day that I was going to make my purchase, husband and I visited my new favorite antique store and I found these beauties in a dusty corner in the back. 8 plates, 7 bowls, and 2 serving platters…all for $25.

New vintage dishes.

My camera’s white balance was a little off so it’s hard to see what a perfect shade of robin’s egg blue these are.

You might be able to tell, though, that each is slightly different, thanks to little bubbles and “imperfections.” I don’t know if they’re seconds or what, but I just love the way that each plate is unique.

I also love they way that they make sense of the rest of my random collection of dishware. I have a few plates with this tree and flower pattern and am always scouting for more.

I also picked up six of these little plates not long ago. A few of them have chips, but that has never bothered me.

Dishes + Ikea tray.

The blue also matches the two elephant platters I bought at Ikea a year ago.

Oh, these are the matching bowls…aren’t they nice? The wide rim helps to stop soup from spilling everywhere.

Ikea glasses.

Some Ikea cups…

Dishes + Orla Kiely mugs.

…and my beloved Orla Kiely for Target mugs.

Orla Kiely square bowls.

And bowls.

I don’t know if you can tell (hah hah!), but a natural blue/chartreuse/orangey red/brown theme has been developing in my kitchen. I really like it when a color scheme happens organically instead of me imposing it on the space. The same process has been brewing in the baby’s room, which I promise to show soon since it looks so different now than it used to. Oh, and the living room. After weeks (months?) of indecision I finally settled on some colors and ordered fabric for new throw pillow covers. I *might* be looking on Craigslist for a new sofa as well, but until someone posts a blue leather Chesterfield for $50, new pillows will have to do.

Of course, given my recent bout of luck I should probably check all the local antique stores…you never know what’s going to turn up!

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As a random end note, have any other Nikon D40 owners had problems with the kit lens? My autofocus has been periodically seizing up for months and is really unreliable at the moment. I don’t mind shooting on manual but it’s hard to see when things are crisp and I have a lot of blurry pics as a result. Suggestions??

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5 thoughts on “Patience pays off.

  1. My Nikon eventually stopped auto-focusing, and I ordered a set off of Amazon, they work fine. I didn’t get another Nikon lens, though, I got a Sigma but they were cheaper and I also got two lenses for the price of one Nikon lens… and I’ve had that for over a year now and it’s worked great.

  2. Wow,love the patterns and color you put together. Something about it all reminded me of my mom’s style. I think you would have loved the house I grew up in.

  3. I love the turquoise, honey–it’s beautiful, and of course, the universal color. Didn’t you get some turquoise striped dishes here last summer or further back? AT the Goodwill, I think, somewhere…they were glass, though. Do you have a nice tablecloth to go with them? I’ll keep my eye open (teehee)…

  4. First, I am so sorry about the camera…just reading about it made my breath catch :-)
    Second, I love your dishes! I have around fifty mix and match plates in my cabinet right now. Even with a family of seven that’s a bit much but I just love setting different tables. Believe it or not I find some good ones at the Dollar Tree occasionally. Not as cute as yours though…must find time to thrift/antique store browse.

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