Saturday, February 11, 2012

*In the Pink* for Valentines Day

Valentines Day is just around the corner and I am thinking Pink...  
I love the cranberry reds and pinks for Valentines Day.  
I love how soft and romantic they are, subtle and old fashioned.  
Today, I would like to show off share with you my
pink transfer ware and a few other Valentine-y collectibles.  
I can thank my sister in law, Joan, for getting me started on the pink/red transfer ware search.  
She has a great eye and a wonderful collection and I started out looking for pieces for her 
and sadly, sorry Joan, I started keeping them for myself...
I was already collecting cranberry glass and, well, 
the pink transfer ware just went so nicely with that... 
You collectors will understand.  I hope Joan does!

Let's set the stage-
the table is set for a Valentines Day luncheon with a few girlfriends. 
The idea for this little luncheon came when I dropped some items off at our local resale shop, 
and of course, I had to look around as long as I was there... 
I spotted the pink opalescent champagne glasses and I knew I had to rescue them.  
I always say I like to collect things that I can actually use, so there you go.  
Time for a little pink party.

See the sweet little champagne glasses?  
And cranberry salt and pepper shakers, pink depression glass candle holders 
and the pink transfer ware in the background?
 I  mixed my Grandma Evie's Rose Chintz china with the champagne glasses 
and I love how it all works together.

In the dining room, a peek at the walnut buffet/server I bought when I was still in college - 
my very first antique, and I think still my favorite.

The doors and drawers have beautiful book matched burl veneers 
and the marble top is still in great shape.
I sure hope brass comes back in style...  I think the pendulum is swinging that way.

I love these little cranberry glass salt and pepper shakers...

The lids are embossed sterling silver and the pepper shaker lid is pierced with pretty little stars...

So romantic.
Whenever I think maybe I am a little too obsessed with design and details, 
I think about things like this lid, that someone, 
so long ago, cared enough about to make it as pretty as possible, 
and then I think, I have company, at least...  
The ancient Greeks and Romans were into design, too.  
Nothing new about it.

 Here are a few pieces of the pink transfer ware:
Note the cottage theme...  Have I mentioned today that I love cottages?

I guess a castle is a cottage for some people....

Three little pitchers, each featuring cottages...

This scene looks pretty romantic to me...

A tiny little compote, with a cottage!

My favorite plate featuring a cottage that looks so much like our house,
minus the livestock...

A small tureen with an English Estate style "cottage".
Downton Abbey, maybe?
Anyone else addicted to that show?

What could be sweeter? 

Happy Valentines Day!

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  1. Enjoyed seeing the dishes so much with the ole fashioned scenes on them - actually, I think I'll dish out some raspberry yogurt in keeping with the "pink" theme..... yummm

  2. Hi Erin, I hopped over from Seasonal Sunday and boy am I glad I did! I too collect red glassware. I also pick up assorted vintage pink. My home has quite a bit of red, but I love pulling out the pinks for Valentines and Spring. I only have a couple of red/pink transferware. I am so tempted to start picking up more. I love it. Your collection is amazing! I also love your granny's rose chintz china. One lucky girl your are. I'm sure your friends enjoyed themselves immensely. I am now a new follower.

  3. Hi Erin...thanks for sharing with my newbie party. I love your pics and those dishes are super too.

  4. Hi Erin,

    Oh my goodness -- your home is beautiful!! I love your antique buffet and really love all your red/pink transfer ware. I love the soup tureen; and it does look like Downton Abbey. Yep, I'm addicted as well. :) We're just now watching the first season, so I have to play catch-up.

    Thanks so much for your visit and for your kind comments. I appreciate you following on my blog; I'm now following yours, too. Happy Seasonal Sunday!


  5. One can never be too obsessed with design and details! You have a lovely home and I really like the burled buffet. My favorite china photo is the last one with the sheep. It's so French looking. Visiting from Debbie Doo's and I'm now following you. If you get a chance maybe you can visit me and follow me back! Hugs, Kim

  6. Erin were right our post were similar. It is funny I have the square plates in the strawberry fair but not the rose chintz, we could have a great mix and match luncheon together. Love the salt and pepper shakers. Thanks for stopping by, I'm following, Laura

  7. I love all of the little touches. Just beautiful. I'm so happy that you decided to join Seasonal Sundays. Hope you'll be here next week too!

    - The Tablescaper

  8. Hey Erin, love the dishes! I especially love the grandmother's's so sweet.

    Stopping by from the newbie party and I'm your newest follower, in fact I'm number 100! Congrats on 100 followers!!!! I'd love to have you stop by and visit my (newbie) blog too, and follow back if you are so inclined.

    Have a wonderful night,

  9. Gorgeous transferware! I love hearing the stories behind the things we treasure. And, it helps when they make the table look beautiful too.


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