Sunday, May 6, 2012

Pretty dishes and a give-away winner

I spent part of Saturday evening going through some of my mom's pretty dishes. Of course she's on my mind a lot these days as Mother's Day fast approaches.
There are memories of her all around my home but mostly in my dining-room.

My mother always used the same dishes when she entertained at home but deep inside her buffet and china cabinet were many little treasures.  

There were pieces of china & crystal that she may have picked up on her travels, tea-cups passed down to her and tiny spoons that she loved to collect.

Some of her dishes had been tucked away and not looked at in years.
 I would often open the doors to the cabinet and just 'play awhile'. She always laughed about that and reminded me of how I loved playing with dishes as a child.

She loved plates, mostly.

 She had many beautiful 'singles'. I find that I do now, too. This one was always my favorite.

I ended up cleaning the cabinets and re-arranging until Trouble entered the room. The slightest sound of dishes has her running full tilt to see what is going on. She plunked herself right in the middle of everything and seemed to be in her glory. I seriously think that Audrey is a dishaholic.

"Did I hear you say I was getting a subscription to 'Tea Time'?
"No Audrey, you'd just eat the magazine."

So, we do have a winner of the tea-cup giveaway. The names were placed in a hat and the retired guy picked So, Congratulations, Beverly. I hope you enjoy the little tea-cup and if you have a kitty, let me know. I'll wait to receive your mailing address. Drop over to visit Beverly and be prepared to get hungry. :-)

I'm linking up with for Show off your cottage Monday &. for Seasonal Sunday.

Thanks everyone for your comments and enjoy the rest of this glorious day. Please pop over to God's Little People for an auction going on to help the homeless cats in Greece. Thanks.

hugs, Deb


  1. Deb I love how dishes can hold so many memories of loved ones. I do believe your right..Audrey is a dishaholic! I KNEW I liked that girl! Congrats to the winner of your teacup giveaway! Hugs, Linda

  2. Hi Deb! Oh, what pretty dishes and things from your mother. That's a very pretty 'lady' dish. Now Audrey looks like she is laughing! I think she's got your number! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Hi Deb: Congratulations to Beverly and you have a very beautiful collection of your mom's dishes. I don't have a whole lot that was my mother's but what I do have is so special..Happy Sunday..Judy

  4. Your post yesterday about your piece of family land was so touching. The land and it's out buildings have history and the home will be of your own design. Seems to be pretty darn perfect. I am so excited for you.
    Congrats to the contest winner. It's great tea cup!
    Audrey? Trouble? That sweet little girl?

  5. I know I say this a lot, but I ADORE that Audrey! She has the sweetest expressions. What a little character she is. Those dishes are truly treasures!

  6. Those are some beautiful dishes. Congratulations to Beverly.

    Truffle and Brulee

  7. Congratulations to Beverly! Oh Deb what wonderful plates and other treasures your Mom had tucked away. I love the one with the hand painted lady on it. Such wonderful memories of your Mom. When I get time tomorrow I will check out those blogs/websites you mentioned. Have a wonderful week! (Love that little Audrey)
    Maura :)

  8. What beautiful dishes! I'm so excited to be the winner of the beautiful tea cup. Thank you so much I will use it everyday and think of you.

  9. Hi Deb, I'm sending my address on your comment section because I couldn't get it to go by e-mail. I'm so excited to have won. I don't have a kitty of my own but I take care of Miss Kitty when her mom and dad are away. My address follows.

    Beverly Swetnam
    2575 Mantews Lane
    Lexington, Kentucky 40511

    Thank you so much! You made my day.

  10. such beautiful photos, lovely cups, congratulations Beverly!!!!!

  11. Congrats to Beverly! She is getting a real treat!
    I have lots of stuff that belonged to my mom. I lost her when she was only 59 years young - bad heart. My husband (another retired-guy) thinks I need to get rid of everything belonging to her except ONE special item. I enjoy her stuff and laugh when I think of her so there is no way I can discard her treasures. I have them all! Thanks for the blog, I enjoy it each and every day and love your sweet kitties. I don't know what I would do without my 9.

  12. Congrats, Beverley =) It's a very pretty teacup !
    Audrey, would you really eat a magazine?? =)

  13. You are an angel and have impeccable taste too... Your love and altruism towards cats is wonderful. I am looking and researching ideas for my kitty cat blog and came upon yours. I admire the business you developed babysitting for people and their cats.

    All the very best to you.