When I was little and I did something bad, I would put myself in timeout in the corner. I don’t know why. So today I am writing you from the corner, because I have been oh so very bad. The whole time I was doing it I kept saying to myself, my mother would DIE if she saw me right now.
I bought dishes. *hangs head in shame*
There is nothing WRONG with the purchase of dishware. Most even find it necessary at some point in life. However, we already have a full set of casual dishes in London, left service for 12 of our wedding china in my old closet at mom and dad’s and only have a 650 sq ft flat. But I love dishes. Always have, always will. When Mike and I picked out our dishes to register for, we picked out a beautiful albeit a bit different china pattern and then basic white dishes for everyday because I knew my proclivity for falling in love with random dishes and if I had everything in white I could pair them with whatever random dessert plates or bowls I had taken to that week. So far that has been perfect. But there have always been a couple of patterns that have held my heart and I knew I would purchase one day. I just didn’t know that day would be yesterday.
The American Women’s Club takes a group of women to Stoke on Trent twice a year in January and July. Stoke on Trent is a town in England that is the home of pottery. All the pottery factories are in this little town and each factory has a factory store connected to it. January and July are their sale months. There are brands that I had heard of and love and some that I have ever heard of before. We went to Portmerion, Spode, Waterford/Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Burleigh, Anysley, and one whose name I cannot recall. It was a long day and there were LOTS of dishes! At the Spode store, I bought eight dinner plates of the Spode Woodland collection. I never like stuff like this, but I have had a soft spot for this pattern for years. I only bought dinner plates but I plan on adding to it on each trip back to Stoke so that I have a full set. I think I like the idea of using in on a big table set for Thanksgiving dinner, and I also like that there are millions of accessories in that pattern!!
At Waterford/Wedgwod, I found the other set of plates that I loved. Everyone and their dog has these dishes and I found them on sale for 1.31 each dinner plate and .75 each dessert plate. (I don’t have a pound sign on my computer.) Now I have a set of 8. The reason that I have alway liked them is that when I was 10 and in my first play, Meet Me in St. Louis, we had to eat in one of the scenes. We used these dishes for props and I thought they were so beautiful. If my memory serves, they belonged to Ann and John Ron Johnson (John Ron played my father in the show) and I thought that they were the most wonderful people. I have wanted those dishes ever since. Who was I to let a little space issue deny a 10 year old girl’s dream?
I also bought a cake plate to match the Wedgwood, a fruit/serving bowl to match the Spode, a little blue peacock tray for beside my bed, a Vera Wang for Wedgwood cream jug with pink accents, and candlesticks that look like Japanese Coy fish. (The candle sticks are so beautiful and much better than they sound- picture coming soon!) And the whole day I spent less than 100 pounds. Not to shabby. I love Stoke on Trent and definitely plan on going back! Now I just have to find room in my kitchen for two more sets of dishes… as soon as I let myself out of the corner.