I donated three big bags of clothing to the kids' school fundraiser last week. I suppose that's why I felt entitled to visit the thrift store one day even in the midst of January de-cluttering. I try to be picky about what I bring home, but I felt myself drawn to all sorts of blue plates that were clustered together on a shelf.
As I wrote in this September post about plates, I like to collect small, round plates for food photography. For my weekly What I Ate Wednesday posts I tend to go with a white plate or bowl, but for my recipe posts I like to shake things up a bit.
I gotta say, as much as I try to be positive when faced with the gift of a shiny, brand new year, I pretty much think January sucks. At least when you live in a virtually sun-free winter climate. Perhaps finding all these lovely blue dishes alleviates some of the winter doldrums, allowing me to wallow just a bit in the "blues."
In any case, my selection process is simple. I buy what I like. I don't care about the pedigree so long as the plate is pretty. The cream-coloured plate with blue and green circling the rim (above, bottom left) is Joshua Maxwell Studio Madison Blue (made in China). Next to that plate, the white plate with the blue and yellow tall, slim flowers simply says "Made in China" on the bottom. But isn't she pretty? The largest plate (top) with blue flowers around the outside is Cooks Club Englishtown.
This heart-rimmed plate will be perfect for serving yummy treats on Valentine's Day. It is Oxford, made in Brazil.
This lovely plate with the colourful flowers was handmade in Hungary and is meant to be hung on the wall.
How is January treating you? Are you indulging in any shopping expeditions?
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