Sunday, May 5, 2013

Welcoming Spring with blue and white

Our dining area has been used mostly for spreading out papers and looking over house designs lately.
I don't do well when the house is upside down, even one room, so I am glad to have the room back in order again.
First things first, change up the cupboard and give it a new look for awhile.
I love blue and white china as much as I love white ironstone so I gathered up all the blue and white to fill the step-back cupboard. As you can see I don't have a lot but I am still on the hunt to add to this collection. Yes, I have been purging household items but that doesn't mean I can tame my dishaholic...ism.

This delft tea-cup is my latest treasure.

Did you know that Paul McCartney's first wife, Linda collected blue and white china? I think she had a love of yellow, also. She was a vegetarian and I have one of her cookbooks from many years ago. The cover tells you a lot of her love for blue and white dishes. I love looking at each piece so lovingly placed on her huge wooden cupboard. I find it so homey, so inviting.

Here is a cookie that goes great with tea in any colour of cup.

I hope you can read my writing. If not, let me know and I will type it out for you.

Lily is soaking up the sun this morning in the yard. Hope you are having a great day, too.
I'm joining Sandi at Tea-cup Tuesday, Make it Pretty Monday at and Friends Sharing Tea at
hugs, Deb


  1. Good Morning Deb, We are kindred spirits because I love blue and white as well. Your blue Delft mug is lovely.
    I am not a vegetarian but I have a Linda McCartney cookery book as well and I use the recipes over and over again.
    Lilly has the right idea, sitting in the sunshine and relaxing.... such a lovely way to spend Sunday.
    Enjoy your Sunday.
    Best Wishes

  2. Love the blues ... my comfort zone is blues/yellows

  3. Precious Lily. Love to see your cupboard and your blue and white (and my favorite teapot!). The recipe looks yummy.


  4. I love your blue and white and the hunt for more is always fun! Sweet Lily!


  5. Your cupboard looks great Deb! I see you have a thing for blue and white china as well. At home blue and white are the colours for me too. In the garden it's pastels and colours. Your collection looks beautiful! I enjoyed having a peek :-)

    Happy new week!

    Madelief x

  6. Love the dishes in blue and white for Spring!
    And it is so nice to see Sweet Lily, Lovely Lily outside in some sunshine. Blessings upon her and all the family.
    Lily, WA, USA

  7. Beautiful transferware and ironstone! I only have two blue pieces; one teacup and saucer, and a plate I just found on Friday! My other transferware is brown and green... I love your blue collection!

  8. We've had a rainy weekend, so we are jealous of the sunshine.

  9. Sweet Lily!

    I love your blue and white dishes. So many pretty pieces. And they truly are so homey and comforting. I especially like the teapot on the right on the bottom shelf. Such a pretty shape!

    Thank you for sharing your pretty dishes!

  10. Just spent some time catching up on your posts. I have been MIA in the blog world lately due to serious illness of my husband. But am trying to get back in touch with all my favorite blogs, slowly but surely.
    Blue and white, of course are my favorite collectibles of all. I would love a step-back cupboard like yours. How delightful to have a place like that to "play" with!
    Very moved by your post about Cali. Such a sweet dear kitty.
    Always a pleasure to read about your cat clients, those tuxes are amazing!! Looking forward to hearing more about your house building plans~!

  11. Lily is beautiful. These cookies look delicious. I love your blue and white dishes and Linda's cookbook is a treasure to have. Hope you have a nice week.

  12. You always have the loveliest things to look at Deb. Especially kitty of course. :)
    xo Catherine

  13. Your blue and white collection is adorable especially the little teapot♥
    I only have a beautiful plate with coaching scenes from Johnson Bros it was a present for my mother from a pupil of hers when she was a teacher.
    I love the detail of your hand-written recipe...keep on sharing them with us...I have a notebook that belonged to my dear grandma with recipes and it´s a treasure to me ♥
    I´m so happy that Lily is enjoying the warmer days and the beautiful blossom flowers around
    Hugs Valeria

  14. Lily looks very warm and content there.

    Your blue and white china is gorgeous. I am so envious of that lovely Delft tea cup.

    I had a Linda McCartney cook book, I cooked loads of her recipes. I might have a look around our local charity shops to see if I can find it again.

    Linda xx

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  17. Oh my....., Sweet Lily reminds me of my Penelope.....♥
    Thank You for stopping by with your condolences for Penelope, it is much appreciated~ This was just so unexpected, I'm still reeling....

    Your Blue & White chine is very pretty ;), it's always fun to hunt & find new pieces.
    Funny the picture on the front of the cookbook of Linda McCartney, looks very much like Princess Diana to me .....

    Well, Thanks for stopping by, Kittiez & I greatly appreciate it.
    Sunny, Gabriel, Larry, Lolly, Ana & mom Angel

  18. Linda was a lovely lady but I didn't know about her love of blue and white china.
    I enjoyed peeking in your hutch to see your collections.

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  22. I love blue & white dishes, it is hard for me to resist them in thrift and antique shops. I like your idea of changing your cupboard every so often. Your cupboard always looks just right, no matter how you change it up!( of course anyone preferring blue & white dishes shows very good taste, don't you think?)

    I find that very interesting about Linda McCartney... and did not know she had a cookbook out. Look at all the good things I learn from reading blogs. :)

  23. Beautiful blue and white collection!...Christine

  24. Beautiful. I love blue and white china. It's so refreshing.

    Jocelyn @

  25. Hello Deb,
    I didn't know Linda collected blue and white china but it is lovely. Yours is too, by the way! You have some beautiful pieces. Those cookies look delish and thanks for sharing the recipe. Lily is adorable curled up in the sun. We have had outstanding temps the past two days and you can really see the green coming out on the trees and scrubbery. I LOVE this time of year. Thank you for sharing and coming to tea.


  26. Love that cupboard full of blue and white! Great recipe you are sharing! So glad you linked to Friends Sharing Tea!

  27. Hi Deb, this tea cup Tuesday just isn't fair because I'm on a diet and this is the third fantastic recipe I've come across! Oh well, have to copy it down and save it for after the last 10lbs. :) Love the blue and white display. My daughter collects blue and white but no sets of anything. She loves her mix and match collection. I think I'll send her the link to your post so she can see your lovely display. Have a lovely week.

  28. I love blue and white dishes. Your china on display is just beautiful. So pretty!

    Gracious Hospitality

  29. It is quite beautiful! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  30. It's been awhile since I've had applesauce oatmeal cookies. They're very good.