Blue Willow

Yesterday I shared with you my Goodwill brass SWANS.
(Why did I think they were geese? Thank you everyone! I ‘m a dork!)

And if my love of brass did not prove that I am decorating my house like your grandma’s, today’s post should set that in stone.

Growing up in a family of seven children, meal time was a big deal.

For years our “every day” china was mom’s blue willow.

Today, when we all eat at moms and dads, we still eat off of the old blue willow.

Her collection has grown as her family has grown.

Seven kids + spouses + grand kids + great grand kids + lots of guests = BIG blue willow collection.

So, it is obvious that blue willow has a special place in my heart.

My mother has gifted me throughout the years, with smaller pieces of blue willow, or an occasional place setting.

My collection has slowly grown.


Until a trip to Salvation Army the other day.

For real.

20 place settings.

Two size bowls, salad plates, dinner plates, two types of cups and saucers and serving dishes.

Over the river and through the woods to Grandmothers house we go. Or are? Or are becoming?

Either way……I now have my own big ‘ole blue willow collection.

That I have to somehow store in here.

I can’t believe I’m even showing you my china cabinet/old bedroom armoire.

I know….it’s a slovenly mess.

I gave away my Christmas china (12 place settings) and white Noritake china (I think 20 settings?) before I would bring this blue willow set in my house.

And I still have this mess.

I have more purging to do.

So, what do you think?

Grandma’s house here I come?

Do you have a favorite china that brings up childhood memories?

Did you inherit your china?

Would you dare show your china cabinet if it looked like mine?

Do you think I’m a pig?

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.




4 thoughts on “Blue Willow

  • January 24, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Love the china! I would probably show my cabinet too. I’m all about being real and transparent. I wish I had some china…maybe one day.


  • January 26, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I have a few pieces left from a child’s set that I had many, many years ago. The pieces are so cute just because they are small! Blue Willow still catches my eye whenever I see any. And blue is NOT my favorite color!! But this pattern is attractive. I hope we see a picture when your set is displayed in your china cabinet! I’m not sure if this is appropriate here, but is anyone interested in a few pieces from a child’s set?


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