When I was a little girl at the age of 8 I told my Non Non I loved her pretty blue dishes and asked when I grew up could I have them. ( I told you how I inherited my love for dishes from her in an earlier post. ) Now bear in mind that these were her everyday dishes that we were eating off at that time. She packed them away that day and and gave them to me as a wedding gift! I cannot tell you how much they mean to me. All the more shocking is that they are still my taste! (I wouldn't want to use a lot of the things I loved as a child!) But these dishes sparked a passion for collecting in me. I get a warm fuzzy looking at them remembering meals eaten from them at my Grandmothers table. She was an awesome cook! They are blue and white Staffordshire transfer ware by Clarice Cliff. I added to the original set over the years but know the ones that came from Non Non's house. I planned the whole dinning room with them being the star! Choosing the color for the walls and cupboard to compliment them. When I asked Mike to build the big cupboard, he asked this big? I would reply " bigger!" Until he built it as big as would fit. His brother saw it and teased us calling it the "great wall of china!!"
Good storage for other antique china!
The corner cupboard is the oldest antique we own circa 1790 and houses another problem, I mean collection!