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Monday, November 17, 2008

A heartfelt Thank you, Blue Monday & I've been tagged!

This will be a big post, so please bear with me. It's all good!
I must give a big THANK YOU to Deb @ Garage Sale Gal.
Not to long ago she celebrated her "101st" post and had a special give away. Guess what?! I'm the winner :0). On Friday a nice package arrived on my door step. I Opened it up and was greeted with multiple treasures.

Deb makes the most wonderful handmade cards...

Look at all these wonderful things!!! I've all ready got plans to frame the vintage napkins and drink coasters, and as soon as my eldest girl saw the red/white crocheted pot holder/coaster/treasure, she said "that is so you Mom!". You'll also see a wonderful Christmas hankie, a cute little cut out of cute "stocking stuffers" a Santa Clause cookie cutter (which my eldest son has all ready made plans to use), some wonderful old lace, a wonderfully girlie post it notepad and a Laura Ashley notepad which is perfect for me to make my Christmas "to do" list on...a white Christmas hand towel with red & gray snowflakes, a red "peace" soft/stuffed/cushy ornament~~~Oh! and look right there in the middle!Some of Deb's wonderful handmade cards. I love, love, love them! I love it all!
Deb-Thank you so much for being such a wonderful blogging buddy, for always being so positive, supportive and encouraging, for sharing yourself, your family and your faith with me and for just being a truly wonderful person. I am so grateful and thankful to have made your acquaintance and to be building our friendship.

Hip Hooray! It's time for Blue Monday! Be sure to pay a visit to Sally @ Smiling Sally and see who else is sharing their blue.

This is my everyday dish ware. I purchased this over 22 years ago at our county fair and it's still going strong. It's made by Arcopal/Table Charm. When I purchased the set, I was told it was virtually indestructible. Over the years it really has held up well. The glasses were not as resistant as the dishes though. All the glasses were lost (earthquakes and dropping them), and I've six of the eight wineglasses left. Along with my service for eight, I've two serving platters, two big serving bowls, a medium serving bowl, a small serving bowl, the wine glasses, the tea cups and saucers, the coffee mugs, the compote bowls, the relish dishes, the water pitcher and the creamer and sugar set. I know I'm forgetting something. Ah well.

Dinner and bread plate...
This is the new open shelving in my kitchen. The second shelf shows (from left to right) my wine glasses, the sugar bowl, water pitcher, creamer, and more wine glasses...There are two blue wine/water glasses that I've added to the mix just because I like they way they look with the set :0)
Close up of the sugar bowl, water pitcher, and creamer...
Close up of my wine glassesRound platter, oval platter, relish dish, compote/dessert bowl, & coffee mug...
Serving Bowl...
Tea cup on saucer, on bread plate, on dinner plate...(lol!)...
I use this relish dish in my bedroom to catch my knick knacks, jewelery or loose change...Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing in my Blue's. I hope you have a Marvelous Monday!

I've been tagged!

I've been tagged by Dawn at Dawn's Daybreak with this book tag. (Thanks Dawn!)

The rules are:

1. Link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog.

2. Share seven random and/or weird book facts about yourself.

3. Tag seven random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.

4. Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Okay, here goes. My seven facts...

1. I love historical romantic fiction...
2. I never skip to the end of a story to see how it ends. Even if the book is bad/boring, I will read it through.
3. I'm a huge Nora Roberts, LaVeryl Spencer & Debbie Macomber "fan".
4. We've so many books that we never tire of what we have.
5. I have children's books that belonged to my eldest child (now 23), that 18 year stepdaughter read, that my seventeen year old daughter has read, that my nine year old has read and that my now five year year old is making his way through.
6. I don't buy books "new". I'll buy them from Amazon, Ebay, used book stores and garage/yard sales.
7. I love me a good ghost story :0).

I know I'm supposed to tag just seven, but I'm horrible about picking just seven. So, please, if you'd like to play, please do and then let me know! I'd love to read all about you!


Daniel Chérouvrier said...

Home sweet home, it's good to touch your blue blue everyday dishes !

SmilingSally said...

I adore those delicate blue flowers on your dinnerware. Happy Blue Monday!

Knitty said...

Such a sweet pattern on your dishes!

Anonymous said...

Lucky girl for winning all those goods. wow
I have a set similar but pretty small compared to yours. Lovely blues and your shelf, nice
Claudie from Canada
P.S. You'll never catch me up this early holy cow...back to bed now.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Rechelle!
Love all your blue dishes and stemware! Very delicate looking.
Congrats on winning a giveaway! Nice prizes.
In answer to your question, we have our house up for sale and it was to our advantage to remove it so it would look more spacious. We've packed away so much but the window is the thing I miss most!
Big hugs, sherry

Unknown said...

So much to comment on!
That is one great prize you won; Deb is very generous!
The blue dishes are very pretty, and I really like the open shelving in the kitchen.
I love historical fiction and those authors, also!

carolyn@simple~primitive~devotion said...

Congrats on your new goodies! And your dinnerware is very pretty! Since you have had it for so long, I'm sure your family will think of you whenever they see that pattern. I bet it is like part of the family by now! I think that is so neat!
Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

Good morning Rechelle,
What sweet dinnerware. I like those glasses on the shelf with the blue stems :0)

Envoy-ette said...

I remember those dishes! They were MY first set when I was single and living in the city! What a fun memory! Thx for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Very nice dishes. Happy Blue Monday!

Donna said...

Thanks for visiting, Rechelle - and yes, the little ones do grow up way too fast!! Wow, I love your everyday dishes! Those are just so, so pretty!!! Oooh, I love a good ghost story or movie, too - and like you, I have all (and I do mean all) the books that my girls had when they were little, and they're now 19 and 22! Congratulations being a giveaway winner - you got some great items!!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Your everyday dish ware sure is pretty !

Anonymous said...

Wonderful gift from Deb, and I love your blue stuff. It reminds me I have some blue glasses. That will have to be for another Monday. Thanks for the reminder.

Anonymous said...

Happy Blue Monday...I love your pretty dishes.

Bella Della said...

That is awesome giveaway you won! Lucky girl! Love all the blue too.

Sweetie said...

Dishes and glassware are my weaknesses. Yours is all lovely. Your new shelves are really nice. Happy Blue Monday.

Sue said...

Hi Rechelle! I think my fireplace is beautiful and well worth the money, I checked the size before I ordered it and its one of the largest QVC sells, so I knew it would fit nicely on the wall and not look little and cheap. Its all wood with a fireproof box holding the logs and gelfuel cans. I would recommend one of these to anyone, I LOVE mine!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Sue

Cindy said...

Your blue dishes are great and really enjoyed your blog! Have a great week!

Baba said...

Hi Rechelle, I adore your dishes with the two strips of blue decorating around the plates..I love the pastel colors too!!!You won such a wonderful gift for the holidays..Enjoy your day...Baba

Michele said...

Hi Rechelle ~ love your blue dishes! Yup, that Deb is one great gal!

Have a great week!

Coloradolady said...

Love the blue flowers in your dishes. Very cute. Great giveaway package you won! Loved that.

Stop by my place, I'm having a giveaway once a week for the next five weeks.

Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

Afternoon, Rechelle! OOOH, what a beautiful pattern on those gorgeous dishes - and you have so many pieces!! They do set a beautiful table, too!
Congrats on all the treasures you've won, too.
Thank you for your sweet visit today,
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Dawn said...

Congratulations on your prize package! It looks wonderful!!! I know that red in your kitchen will be a bit hit :)

I love your dishes. I don't know many people who have a family and can keep glasses LOL! I always seem to be buying new sets! The blue in your glasses is very pretty!

I love a good ghost story too! I've also read several Debbie Macomber books. Thanks for playing along on the tag!

take care,

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Rechelle; Congratulations on winning all that wonderful stuff. She sure packed you some great goodies. And love your Blue Monday pretties, love the dishes they look so dainty.

Love reading the seven things its great to get to know you better.


Heather said...

Man you hit the motherload! What great treasures!!
Your dinnerware is beautiful.
Hope you are having a great week.

Grandma Faith said...

Your blue dishes are very pretty.

Susan Hickam said...

I enjoyed your 7 random book facts! It has me thinking now. Pretty pitcher and wine glasses too! Thanks for stopping by earlier.

Neabear said...

Thanks for visiting again. I love your dishes. I think I remember them in the stores. It was warm again today. Such bizarre weather for November!

Christie said...

Your dishes are such a sweet and pretty dainty, cute cute. Congratulations on winning the giveaway....what treasures you recieved...that Deb is a doll and you are one lucky girl! I know you will enjoy your new treasures....


Hi Rechelle,
I love your pretty blue dishes:)
I'm glad you like the gifts and that your Kids like them too:)
Happy Tuesday.
Glad the fires aren't by you and I feel deeply for those who have lost their homes..

Missy Wertz said...

Lovely dishes. I lost most of the glasses that went with my everyday as well. they were just too fragile.
Thanks for sharing.

Mojo said...

Yeah, the blue-stemmed ones are cool.

Anonymous said...

Rechelle, Your gift win is so sweet. How fun to open all those treasures.
Kind of like an early Christmas. LOL.

Your dishes and all the extra pieces are beautiful. I love that you have a matching water pitcher. They set a lovely table. Nice blue treasures to share. I didn't make it to your post yesterday.

Your book meme is fun to read. I too have been tagged by Dawn. I have to do mine this week.

Thanks for your visit tody.


Anonymous said...

Your blue dishes are so pretty!

Neabear said...

Thanks for you comment on my 100 Random Things post. I did not realize you are hard of hearing also. It is cool for me to meet more who are.

Anonymous said...

Morning, Rechelle! Please come by my blog - I have something for you!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)