Life in Blue and White
and some of my
Vintage and Antique Finds
I am a magpie, a collector of old, antique and vintage bric-a-brac…….I haunt the local Brocantes in France and love browsing through Charity shops and car boot sales in the UK…….I collect cake stands, meat ovals, blue and white plates, cups, saucers, spoons, egg cups, toast racks, cast iron cookware…….oh yes, and teapots!
I don’t care if they are cracked or chipped, I love to see the age reflected in the things I collect………I use all my treasures for food styling and photography, as well as on my tea time table……some of my rarer finds are well over hundred years old and one of my meat ovals is late 18th century and I still use it for the festive bird on the Christmas table.
I always think of myself as the foster parent of any new items that come into the house ~ I will nurture and love what I have until it’s time to pass them on to the next parent or guardian…….I use them all, cakes and biscuits have graced many a Willow patterned plate and sticks of pale green celery have relaxed on a vibrant blue plate with a pat of butter and a twist of salt…….
Pies have reclined seductively on Oriental dishes whilst winking at the Colman’s Mustard…..large crumbly wedges of cheese have hidden beneath cheese domes, whilst Christmas puddings have flamed in glory on Minton compote stands……
Salads have luxuriated in dressing whilst lounging in large French faience bowls set on wooden tables with crystal glasses glinting in the late winter sunshine……..
Teapots and teacups, saucers and coffee pots……..they all live happily next to each other on old buffets and dressers….
I love my blue and white bits and bobs, and more importantly, I use them……for high days, feast days and holidays or just for daily tea and toast by the fireside, they are all aired and used regularly.
Jugs for flowers, jugs for cream and custard, they all have a place on my dresser…….jelly bowls and plates for cakes, salt cellars and two wee Dutch lovers…….these are just a few of my eclectic mix of old, antique and vintage bric-a-brac……
Ringtons, Maling, Minton, Ridgway, Wedgwood, Booths and Royal Doulton………wonderful old British potteries…….and so many more names we all grew up with, they all have a place in my home……these are just a few of my favourite things.
See you later.