Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Lost Plates

I mentioned in a previous post that I had some Christmas plates and that I had misplaced them.  I found them in a cabinet in the basement last summer (when I was complaining how hot it was, if only...).  After I wrote the post, I decided to go looking for them.  And they weren't there.  It was obvious that I had brought them upstairs, but for the life of me I couldn't remember where I stashed them.

Of course, something is always in the last place you would think to look which is why I found them in the bar cabinet under the cheese plates.  No idea why or when I did that.  Anyway, here is a pic:
The plates are from Lillian Vernon .  They are labelled Carrigaline Pottery, County Cork, Ireland.  As I recall (go ahead, laugh), I received a free plate after purchasing so many dollars in merchandise.  I will not even attempt to remember what I purchased from her.  I do remember receiving their catalog - long before I had a website to peruse.  And I am guessing that since they are dated 1978 and I put them away in 1980, I must have used them at least twice.

I enjoy having dated items.  My Christmas tree has a dated ornament for every year back to sometime in the 1970's.  I always say I am going to photograph them but then there are so many thing to do that it just doesn't happen.  I did take a few pics this year:

 1983, the influence of children in decorating
Perfect for the family cook
One of several glass ball ornaments that were issued each year.  This one is dated 1994 on the back.  I have seven of these for different years.

These are two from the same year, 1979.  I must have really been in the Christmas spirit.  Son Mark was 2 1/2 and Jason was 1.
Some years I could not find a dated ornament I really liked which is why this little mushroom house says 1978 on the bottom.  And then I have the complete dated Hallmark collection of the rocking horses - all 16 of them plus the special issue in 2013 for 40 years of memories.  Charlie loves rearranging these on the table as I obviously am not doing it right.  More pics when I have the time - lol.
And, I also figured out why the colors on my photos were always 'off'.  It seems that I inadvertently changed the setting a long ways back.  Sometimes I could correct in the editing program, other times I just gave up.  Here is a pic of my front arrangement that is more true to life:

So, Christmas is one week away?  Are you ready?  I always say if something doesn't get done, no one is likely to notice but you.  Then again, my kids asked if I was making my lemon snowball cookies and I said no.  Guess who is baking more cookies later this week.

10 comments:

  1. I have a few dated pieces, but nothing like yours. Sears used to (maybe still do) give out Christmas soft toys, small ones, which are dated but you had to purchase something at Christmas time. I have 3 of them. Maybe I should take pix of them. As for lost plates, I know a thing or two about losing stuff LOL. Your front arrangement is beautiful.

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    1. One of these days I am going to do a 'lost and found' post.

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  2. I have a couple of dated Hallmark ornaments from the early 1990's and some CVS (drugstore chain) dated ornaments, also from the 1990's. But, art from that, my ornaments are dated mostly through my memories.

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    1. I have several that I wrote the date upon. CVS carries some nice things. I have several autumn decorations from them. Not sure about Christmas.

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  3. Glad you found the plates! We don't have too many dated ornaments; we have a few that are specific to grandson or grand daughter purchased for our kids when they were a bit younger. Have a few with their individual names on it in addition to our names. That was a big hit for the step grand daughter decorating our tree this year. Something she had never seen before, so naturally I had to order ornaments with her and her brother's names on them in the theme we are doing this Christmas year (gingerbread).

    I'm almost there. I have Wednesday off so I will wrap presents and go to the store for that which we need to pull it together for the day. I imagine we will be in the store on Christmas Eve, but that's how we seem to do it.

    betty

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    1. Sounds like you have found your Christmas spirit. I used to buy my boys an ornament every Christmas and we had a tree that was just for them to decorate. When they moved from home, one of their Christmas gifts was a box of their own ornaments. They especially liked the large glass ones with their name on it that I had purchased up at Bronner's.

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  4. Love the ornaments. I have variety of them..Thanks for sharing.
    Coffee is on

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    1. The ornaments bring back many memories. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. I love your ornaments especially the one of SANTA circa 1913 which is my dad's birth year.

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