Making Use of Keepsakes

Our first set of dishes originally belonged to my Grandma.

My family had moved my grandma into an assisted living facility when I was in college, and she no longer had any use for her kitchenware or dishes or serving items. Instead of throwing everything away or searching for someone to go through and sell it, my family simply boxed it all up and stored it for me! When my hubby and I got married (just before my grandma passed away), I hardly registered for any kitchen items since I already had almost everything we needed! It was kinda neat! (SUPER neat when I would pull down a dish, flip it over and see her name written on the bottom in blue Sharpie pen with a smiley face included!) All the keepsakes made it seem like she was right there in my kitchen with me.

When we were gearing up to move to our current home, I realized that everything I had from her wouldn’t match my new kitchen. Not only that, but everything I had from her was at least 50 years old, and the wear and tear on her dishes, especially, was starting to show. I knew it was time for me to get a newer set of dishes. I did that, and then checked with the family to see if anyone wanted what I had of Grandma’s. After sharing most of the keepsakes with other family members, I had a few left over that I wanted to keep in use around my home. Three of those pieces were simple saucers – gray with a light blue pinstripe running their edges.

And I had an idea!

I picked up a couple of cute little jars from Michael’s…


…and broke out my trusty Gorilla Glue!

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How to Care for Your Tableware! – A Guest Post!

I learned a valuable lesson when I was very young: if you put mom’s fine china into the microwave, it would start a fire.

No need to ask me HOW I know that, I just know. We’ll leave it at that. (Hint: it has something to do with the real gold rim around the edges of the dishes)

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Especially since I now have all of that china in my own possession, I have remembered to NOT place it in the microwave. After it’s used, I wash it. It’s stored in my china cabinet. And that’s about it as far as care is concerned.

So when Tate from Keen & Co. contacted me about doing a post and sharing an info-graphic on how to care for your tableware, I was a bit confused at first. HOW to CARE for tableware? I mean, how many ways are there to care for tableware?

Turns out, there are a LOT. And now is the perfect time to learn about them, right before all the Christmas dinner parties begin! So, without further ado, let’s let Tate school us all!

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A Trip to HomeGoods

It’s Day #2 of the Back to School Blog Hop! Today it’s Dana’s turn to share over at Prudent Wisdom! Check out her post on Back to School Lunch Ideas HERE! Yummy!!!

Now, I must tell you that I LOVE HomeGoods! But I don’t get to go as often as I used to, because, since we moved, the closest one is now about 45 minutes away. (And when Hobby Lobby is just 15 minutes away…well, you can see where I spend more time!) However, we were in the neighborhood over the weekend, so here’s what caught my eye:

I have been LOVING white dishes lately.


Maybe it’s just that they look so crisp and clean and elegant, or because they’re neutral…I’m not really sure. But I DO enjoy them!

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Irreplacable! Or is it?

Growing up, I always loved my Grandma’s regular dishes. They were a very light gray with pretty blue patterns on them, and they reminded me of Holland, where she hailed from. I have fond memories of the small plates she would put cottage cheese and fruit on, and the bowls she would put vanilla ice cream in, covered with fresh strawberries. I even dropped a dinner plate or two, and they were so heavy-duty that nothing broke – whew!

When my family moved Grandma out of her home and into her room at the assisted living facility, I happened to be home from college on break, so I jumped in and assisted with the moving process. She had no need for the dishes anymore, and no one else requested them, so my mom packed them up for me, and they were placed in the attic for my future use. When I got married, I broke out the boxes and brought out all the dishes – they’ve been in my kitchen ever since.

Along the same lines, when my mom first got married, she chose a beautiful new china pattern that my grandma loved so much, SHE went out and bought a set just like it! She gave it to my mom when she moved into the assisted living facility, which meant my mom had two sets of this beautiful china – one to give to me and one to give to my sister.

So right now, I have all of these dishes at my house – even my sister’s set of china. (She promises to come get them when she marries a rich man and has room to display them!) And they’re wonderful and beautiful and I love them…there’s only one problem.

I can’t just run up to a department store and grab new pieces. And up until recently, I couldn’t even find a place where I could get more of the china! (Right now there are a few chipped tea cups that need replacing – things happen, right?) And I could definitely use some more plates to add to the regular dish set.

Anyone else have this problem? If you can’t find what you’re looking for in stores and you don’t know where to get replacements for your regular dishes or your fine china, no worries! I have a solution! It’s called Replacements!

Replacements is a fantastic website where you can enter in the name or the number listed on your dishes and TONS of matches will pull up! You can literally order replacements for whatever you may need! Their inventory is AMAZING!

Here’s how it works:

Listed on the bottom of my china is its name and number.


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