Monday, October 20, 2008

Another Blue Monday

Smiling Sally's Blue Monday posts are such a nice way to start the week, especially for those of us who love blue.

Before we start, has everyone had breakfast? I like blue with white, or blue with yellow. Here we have both thanks to scrambled eggs, milk, and blue glass dishes.

My fondness for glass and my collection addiction are my husband's fault. I can get away with blaming him since he doesn't read here. This little blue bull started it all way back when we were dating. There was a shop with a glass blower that would always stop me in my tracks as I watched the artist make fascinating things. Bill bought this bull to keep me company while he was away in the service.

I think he cost all of $2 way back then, but he still one of my most valuable pieces. Sentimental could be my middle name.

This is a little difficult to see well because of the angle. This sampler is smocked on yellow batiste and matted in blue. Somewhere around twenty years ago I took an evening class through community education to learn to make a smocked Christmas ornament. That led to more classes and one of the best friendships anyone could hope to find between the instructor and myself. This sampler had gone from living room to bedroom and back the living room as decor has changed over the years.

The teacup collection isn't my fault either. Really. Some where my mother-in-law's, and a few were bought specifically because they reminded me of my mom. Before we painted the house the last time around, I had dark blue paint on the wall behind the teacup rack. Not the whole wall, just that area. After painting the walls yellow again, I decided to use scrapbook paper as a back drop for the teacups. I like the idea, but next time I change it, I will use fabric.

This blue bowl was an impulse purchase a few months ago. Did I need another bowl? We won't go into that. It isn't microwave safe, but it does have a silicone ring in the base that keeps it from sliding on the counter. I bought it because it looked lonely on the clearance rack (see why I don't go near pet stores?) and I liked the color. I've been surprised how much I use it. Bill doesn't care about the bowl, but he does like what the bowl produces!


Smilingsal said...

I hope you show the smocked Christmas ornament. It must be gorgeous because this sampler sure is.

I especially liked the bottom, second from the right tea cup and saucer. I clicked on the picture, and it really shows up nicely.

Bill's no dummy. He won't complain with that blue bowl producing yummies. Thank you for sharing. Happy Blue Monday!

Patty said...

I have to go back and look at the larger version of the smocked sampler but I did see the tea cups up close and personal and they are so pretty. I love the gingham paper in the background. I'd love to have a blue bowl like yours.

Neabear said...

Thanks for visiting my blue monday post. I need something like your shelf for displaying my teacups and saucers. Lovely!

Shelia said...

Hi Knitty and it's so nice to meet you! I thank you for the delicious breakfast this morning!! lol I love all of your blueness. Those tea cups are just wonderful. Come back to see me sometimes.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

ellen b. said...

Oh my you are serving up eggs and cookies here, lovely! So many great blue items here. I love the sampler and the blue mixing bowl is fabulous. I need one of those tea cup holders in my house!!

Grandma Faith said...

I enjoyed your Blue Monday post. All your blue items are precious.

Coloradolady said...

Great post. The little bull is just as sweet as he can be, and the story makes it so special. I love all of your tea cups. Great collection.

Oh, and what time was breakfast? Sorry I missed it.

Have a great Blue Monday.

Anonymous said...

Love your dishes and placemat -- what a cheery breakfast! that sampler is absolutely gorgeous. And that teacup collection is so pretty.

Shabby Kim said...

Oh my.. I loved everything blue you showed today. Your teacup collection is beautiful and I loved your idea of using scrapbook paper to highlight the back of the shelf. I did similar thing myself with a bookshelf but used wallpaper instead.

Happy Blue Monday!!

salmagundi said...

Thanks for stopping by my Blue Monday post. Enjoyed your blue treasures!! Sally

Dawn said...

What a fabulous blue post! You had some great things to share. I love the teacups. The way you have them displayed looks terrific. I also like that blue bowl too!

I once went to see a glass blower in action. It was quite an experience.

take care,

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Hi Knitty, I have enjoyed looking at all of your blue items..I love the framed sampler...the tea cups and saucers are special too!!!

Anonymous said...

Yummy... Breakfast looks so delicious and I just love how you have the place setting arranged. All of your blue items are beautiful. I especially love the little bull and your fabulous tea cup collection. Happy Blue Monday!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

What treasures you have. The sampler and tea cups are are gorgeous !
Thank you for stopping by.

Jeanne said...

Knitty, thanks for your visit today. I too took a smocking class and made
a Christmas ornament. I never made anything else. Your smocked wall hanging is beautiful. Your tea cups with the background are so pretty. A very clever idea.

Hugs, jeanne

Ruthie said...

Loved your Blue Monday post... I have much blue in my home, too. And I have many teacups (some are mine and some were my mom's) and they are special to me.
Thanks for coming by.
Happy Blue Monday.