Monday, December 19, 2011

Blue Willow Christmas

The memories I hold dear, from Christmas as a child, were the times spent sharing wonderful dinners enjoyed on a table set with my grandmother's Blue Willow Dishes. Vintage now, but still beautiful, these gorgeous pieces went to my mother and then on to me after my beloved grandmother passed away.

When I was a little girl, they were only used for special occasions. Now I use them everyday along with other English designs that I have collected to go along with them.

Displayed and stored inside my vintage hutch for Christmas, these precious pieces share space with a touch of Christmas using vintage cobalt blue ornaments and glittered white trees. Positioned among vintage books, my grandpa's pocket watch, french gloves and handmade doilies created by my grandmother. It makes a gorgeous display and carries so many memories for me and the special times so long ago.

Behind the tassel doors, lets take a peek inside~






The above gorgeous teacup pin cushion was a purchase from the talented Tammy of The Stitching Coop. It looks amazing with these vintage pieces in shades of blue and white.





Tangled in his snow ski's is this darling handmade snowman created by my talented friend Randi from Norway 16 years ago. He brings a touch of whimsy to my display.


I hope your Christmas is special~

11 comments:

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Merry Christmas sweetie and have a blessed New Year!

Big hugs to you & Larry, Sherry

Lilybets said...

..my last beautiful shopping was ones of our blue collection.I prefer pink roses but also blue is attractive!

New End Studio said...

So very pretty, even your books are shades of blue. Beautiful tassels on the doors, too. The dish sets I mostly use are Blue Willow and another in the same color scheme, too but without all the serving pieces I'm afraid. TFS!

Susan said...

Celestina , your sense of taste and style simply amazes me. I so love Blue willow dishes for the simple fact it reminds me of less stressful and simple times.
Blue willow to me makes the statement of I am home.
How wonderful it is you have your Grandmothers Blue Willow dishes. She will always be with you. I bet you can remember eating meals that were on these dishes. Merry Christmas my sweet friend!

Melissa said...

I love how those whom we love, live on in what they pass on to us not only in words, but it the items their hands have touched.

Ingeborg said...

Oh Celestina Marie! We seem to have some special connection with our decorations. First those crochet snowflakes and now this beautiful story around the beautiful dishes. We had exactly the same dishes at home!! Only thing different was the color. Ours was with red instead of the blue in yours! And the fun thing is we only used it at Christmas and Easter and I remember it was so special. Isn't it amazing how things like this hold our dearest memories. I just love it!
Hugs and blessings,
Ingeborg ;-)

Coopy said...

Thank you so much for highlighting a piece of my work. I have long enjoyed the work I've purchased from you over the years and happy to see share your kindness with me & others.

I've said it before, I'm not a huge fan of blue but you make it look so beautiful it's hard not to like it. I love the dishes. I love looking at a "thing" & seeing the story of it in it's design. In case I don't make further rounds this week, have a MERRY CHRISTmas MsC and to your family as well. Be safe & happy holidays to all.
Hugs
Tammy

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,

You convey the true Christmas spirit here in this post... We celebrate the most important day of the year and that happened over 2,000 years ago. From childhood on we have celebrated this special day in the midst of our loved ones at home. That warm nest feeling stems from our parents and grandparents and it is a memory that will stay with us till our last breath. So your blue willow china and other memories in that hutch are living history of love.
Enjoy this pre-Christmas week and wishing you a Merry Christmas, once more amidst the love of your family!

Love to you,

Mariette

Julie Marie said...

Hi Celeste... your Blue Willow looks just beautiful, and I can just see all of the precious memories it holds, dinners at your grandma's house with all of your family... love that you placed your grandpa's pocket watch and doilies from your grandma with it... these are the things that are closest to our hearts this time of year... Merry Christmas my friend... xoxo Julie Marie

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Such beautiful pictures of your lovely blue collection, I just adore blue. The memories are the best of some our things, I can just imagine what our own things will be for our children, when they think of us looking at some pretty items, as we will be their grands one day soon, lol! Your grandpa's pocket watch and grandma's doilys together it's just lovely, so dear to you, I just love all my heirlooms. Wishing you my dear the merriest of Christmas. FABBY

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

My dear friend, your Blue Willow is just beautiful and the blue ornies just set it off to perfection! How very pretty your post is. Thank you for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Blessings and hugs,
Sandi

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..