Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Loving what you have - part 3!

I haven't been blogging much lately as I'm a woman on mission! I've been building my business for so long I haven't had time for anything else and I have so many things that need doing or sorting in the house that I've finally decided to make a huge list and I'm setting myself a date goal to get things done by, pretty ambitious huh?

So please bear with me during the summer it's going to worthwhile, well for me anyway!

So this weekend we did something very boring but necessary, we painted our garden fences, boring huh? But boy it looks much better out there.

Today I went through my kitchen cupboards having a big old sort out getting rid of things we never use, and sorting through and photographing my dinner services of which there are 2 almost full sets. I LOVE them and wish I had somewhere to display them so I could see them more but back in the kitchen cupboards they have gone, well for now anyway! I'm sure I will discover all sorts over the coming weeks so I'll make sure I photograph as I go along!

First up is my Alfred Meakin Midnight Star Dinner Service, I can't believe I have so much of this, yet there is more to get, I got most of it cheap and in one go, I know, lucky me!

I LOVE the shape of the soup bowls!

Here's a close up of the teapot, love love love the star pattern!

Next up is my Alfred Meakin Stag Dinner service, it's in the rarer blue colour, you don't see this around as much as the red, so it's been hard to get additional items for it. We actually bought this as a whole set years ago at an antique centre.

Here's a close up of the design, again I love it!

Next up is a lovely desert set again from Alfred Meakin, can you see a theme here? Yes I love Meakin, sometimes I don't even know what I'm picking up is Alfred Meakin yet I look underneath and there is it. My mum even has a dinner service from the 50's which is not really my kind of thing but I've always kinda liked it, only last year did I look underneath so see who made it, you guessed it good old Alfred Meakin!!

Anyway we're not huge desert eaters so this doesn't often see the light of day but recently it's been english strawberry season, I sincerely believe English strawberries are the best in the world! Anyway strawberries and cream eaten out of this set just makes it extra special!

This is absolutely one of my favourite designs, here's a close up of a plate I have, it's the only plate I have of this design apart from the desert set above. I love the colours and the design!

The design is also called Bill and Ben, this makes me giggle, which will only make sense to British people of a certain age!

Next up, not Alfred Meakin - well I dunno it doesn't have a mark on the bottom but I don't think it is - are a set of 4 plates which I just can't bear to part with, I don't know why I keep them apart from that I love them!

Next up is something I had in my 'for sale on ebay box', I have no idea why, it's very cute!

And also came in VERY handy after painting the fences in the hot sun on Saturday, once we'd showered the muck off, drunk loads of water, we filled it up with Pimms, Lemonade and loads of fruit and ice, YUM!

How good did this taste after an exhausting day of hard work?! Yep you guessed it DAMNED GOOD!


1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

I have Moms wedding china, not a fancy mid-century print style, but I love it!

Alas, it stays hidden at the top of my cabinet, because I have no more room. =(

Love the pitcher with the cherries!

Jennie@Wedgwood Tulsa said...

Aw, I especially love the Stag dinnerware. So cute!

Welcome to DeluxeVille said...

Wow I love seeing the patterns of china you have over there versus what we have here in the States. Your midnight star set is devine!


In The Heyday said...

Jealous! I love that midnight star set too. Well done on all your jobs. I have to make deadlines too and it can be amazing how much you can actually get done!

Dolly Cool Clare said...

Wow - not one, but 3 dinner sets and more cool bits! I just have bits! My house is a refuge for lonely old dinnerware - I always managed to just see one vinatge glass, plate or dish - maybe 2 if I'm lucky, so I have lots of mismatch! Love the bamboo plates :)

La Dama said...

ooh very nice collection.. love the midnite star set.

Zootsuitmama said...

I have never seen those patterns, but LOVE 'em! Especially the star pattern, but the ones with the Mexican theme would go in my kitchen! Cute. Zootsuitmama

Straight Talking Mama! said...

Thanks ladies! I'm always looking for new stuff and forget about the lovely stuff I already have, which is why I've been doing this series on my blog, it helps me appreciate my own stuff too!

Helen Highwater said...

Oh, that's definitely the set that my star plate came from! How funny!

I found a bowl at my dad's and guess what - Meakin ware. It's not mid-century though, I think it could've been an early 70s wedding present.

I would love a Meakin Parisian plate but they go for silly money so I shall subsist with the bamboo I got (partly from yourself) and a Meakin poodles!

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