Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I tried, I really did!!!

I admire all the wonderful "winter white" scapes my fellow bloggers have posted, and wanted to do one myself......I really, really, really, tried......not gonna happen, just not in me!!!  It started off okay with the white runner and large platter, then I lost it!!!  I am a blue, red, purple, pink, brown scaper!!!  Gotta have the color.....

Someone had a party for collections, now can't find it so thought I would showcase some of my collections for you to see.......featured here is part of my spatter, spongeware collection.  This is the Virginia pattern made by numerous factories in the 1800's to 1900's.  I have not collected dinner sets, too difficult to find matching pieces, but have collected interesting pieces from a variety of sets.

I like this type of ceramic because it is hand painted and sponged with a stamp in certain places to form the design.  Usually done by women and children working in factories while the men were at war or working in mines or agriculture.  Not very sophisticated, but naive, honest and done by untrained "artists" who were pretty much self taught, and I love the simplicity.....



Couldn't get really good pics, no sun or light available today!!!

This little set is from France, I think it is a covered creamer and sugar bowl, love the lid....marked Opaque De Sarreguemines.


Love this little bird made of felt!!!

This plate is German, Villeroy & Boch..

Cup and sucer from Holland.....Maastricht.






Casserole with lid and Pitcher are German from V & B.  Love the detail on the handles of the base, don't know if you can see that.....the tiny circular flowers are done with a "stamp" made from a sponge that is very hard like a cork.....made by various factories in Europe......hence the name "spongeware".

7 comments:

Gina said...

This is beautiful, Cleo. I think you did a great job. You have the perfect mix of winter white & color. Sometimes, you just gotta have color, especially with our gray winters!

Tricia said...

I am color girl, too -- just can't do neutrals! Thanks for showing us the your pretty spongeware collection. I had never heard that term before, and it's interesting that the same pattern was produced in various places at different times!

Mary said...

I think everything looks very pretty..but I do understand. I love all the white post, it looks so elegant. When I try it I find I'm always going back to my reds and blues...

Joselyn @ The DIY Spot said...

Hi Cleo. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a supportive comment. Decorating is all about expressing who we are. You just can't force something you're not. Well done!

Sjabbig men chic said...

Love Villeroy & Boch!

Lisa

Sharing Shadymont said...

Your tablescape is lovely. Love your dishware.

Christy said...

I struggle with all white too - you did a wonderful job bringing in the color!