Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tablescape Tuesday - 1/20 - Plundering

I'm running late for Tablescape Tuesday but I firmly believe better late than never. A lot going on here so I haven't been focused.

Be sure to visit
Between Naps on the Front Porch and view the other participants of Tablescape Tuesday. It's always fun!

Today, I'm not doing an actual tablescape. I'm going to let you plunder in my kitchen cabinet! I have been a "plunderer" since the day I was born.

Fortunately, Ma Vera (paternal grandmother) encouraged me. I had such fun finding "treasures" such as pictures, cards, Avon bottles, doilies...and the list goes on. She had the best places to plunder!

So today, let's a take a look in one of my upper kitchen cabinets. We'll start on the top shelf. The plates you see in this close-up are hand painted Blue Ridge pottery. Blue Ridge Pottery was located is Erwin, TN. from 1920 - 1957. It was a very reasonable priced pottery...which is no longer true. Just ask any collector!

It was sold by Sears, given away in gas stations and super markets, and used by Quaker Oats hot cereal in their promotions. A home party plan, Stanley Home Products gave sets of Blue Ridge as hostess gifts.

This top shelf holds dinner plates and salad plates in the Ham and Eggs pattern. I just love the humorous theme. They are hard to find and I would love to add to it.

Also on the same shelf is a green Depression glass round parrot butter dish. These are very hard to find and Mr. Dumpling was very happy to find this one in such good condition.

Let's jump down to the next one. Blue Ridge again! This is a sweet pattern with a yellow spongeware background. I love the vivid colors of the barn and the apple trees.

On that same shelf are two Green Depression Glass syrup pitchers.

On the bottom shelf is one of my favorite pieces. It's the Smiley the Pig milk pitcher made by Shawnee Pottery.

I think he is so cute! We've seen him as high as $295.00 but paid under $100 for this little piggy! He stands about 8" tall and just makes me smile.

On the same shelf are my Lenox Butler's Pantry square luncheon plates (great sale at Belk's) and Green Depression Banana Split dishes.

I enjoy thinking of a time when these dishes would have been on an early morning breakfast table. Cute hand painted plates holding pancakes, bacon, biscuits...cold milk served from Smiley and warm maple syrup from the green syrup jars. Let's not forget fresh churned butter in the Parrot butter dish.

Now here's the fly in the ointment...who did all that work?



Cami @ Creating Myself said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the green depression glass boats! I use banana boats to serve "banana dogs" to my grands for breakfst.

And all your old pottery is so charming!

Kathleen Ellis said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the green depression ware...I think I may have to start picking some up for myself! It goes so nicely with pink!
Have a happy week!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful dishes! I love the shade of green!

Linda Q said... Best Blogger Tips

Fun and pretty greens!

Jewel Sauls said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for letting me plunder. I have fond memories of going through my grandmother's shelves in her pantry!!! I love everything especially the green depression glass. A butter dish and banana boats!!!!! WOW! I had to laugh at your inquiry about how did all that work!!! In our old house there are still buzzers and bells for the "help." I keep buzzing and ringing, but nobody ever shows up!!!!!!

The Muse said... Best Blogger Tips

:) you are right..the piggy is a smile maker!

so glad you posted! because muses love to go "plundering" LOL

i love the wonderful design layout in your display cabinet...very nice..!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh I love your dishes! Yes, I have priced Blue Ridge pottery. There is a pattern which seems to be a copy of Quimperware with the little Breton man and woman on it and it is almost as expensive as actual Quimperware! I have the same butter dish!! My grandmother kept a plundering drawer for all of us grandchildren. All I remember is an old coffee pot! Thanks for bringing up some nice memories for me!...Debbie

Glenda/MidSouth said... Best Blogger Tips

Inside my cabinets sure don't look that good!. Love your dishes - especially the green depression glass. Glad to know someone else likes to plunder.:)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the look of the green depression glass. I have several pieces in pink that were my grandmothers. They're just such gorgeous pieces. The Ham & Eggs plates are just so much fun. Marty

Blondie's Journal said... Best Blogger Tips

Judy...This post was ust as great as one of your tablescapes. I loved the history of all your precious pieces. I am however wondering if "plunder" is a word. ;-). And also, I'd like to give you kudo's on a spotless kitchen! You are a sweetheart :-)

Happy TT


Lady Katherine said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the depression glass, and the pottery is just wonderful! What a great collection. The pig is too cut and should be at the price. I love most of all the plundering story. I was one too, I always found the hidden peppermint and butterscotch candy! Out of my four grandchildren all under 5 years old, the 18 month old has been my plunder. Maybe she is the one that need to have all my goodies. lol

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

My maternal grandmother "Mamaw" let us girls plunder to our hearts content...she had a drawer of old make-up and costume jewelry and a cabinet of Avon bottles with draws below full of old stationary and catalogs galore!

When she broke up housekeeping and they auctioned off all her nice items it broke my young heart!

Hope you are having a blessed day!♥

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Judy! I loved looking inside your cabinets at all your pretties. That little piggy is adorable!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

ellen b. said... Best Blogger Tips

Whoa! loved all the goodies you have shown us today! The green depression glass is so pretty!

Maryrose said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved the plunder. I have always loved depression glass. I think it is time for a bit of collecting on my part. Thanks for the inspiration.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi! I've left two awards for you on my blog if you would like to have them! No pressure to pass them along.... Have a great day...Debbie

The Muse said... Best Blogger Tips

***Re: Plunder...
Yes, I love it! LOL***

Susan (Between Naps On The Porch.net) said... Best Blogger Tips

Judy...what fun to get to plunder a little today! Love that cute little china. Seems like the "freebies" of yesterday are always the best treasures for today. The green depression glass is gorgeous! Thanks for a great TT! :-) Susan

~CC Catherine said... Best Blogger Tips

Judy Bug...thanks for stopping by tonight! What a gorgeous tablescape in the cupboards! I love the fact that you weren't afraid to offer a variation of T.Tuesday...makes it very interesting and shakes things up a bit! ;) Love the depression glass, I collect pink, but still love the green... Have a great day! ~CC

Jeanne said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Judybug, Thank you for your visit today and comment as well. It is nice to meet you.
I love everything in your kitchen cabinet. The Blue Ridge Pottery dishes are wonderful. I love the pigs and the apple trees too. Your Shawnee pig is so darned cute and a real treasure. Your whole cabinet and the treasures shown are perfect as a complete vintage look.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge of these special vintage items.


Linda C said... Best Blogger Tips

Ohhhh- you are feeding my addiction to dishes. Yours are so homey and welcoming.

I love the designs and colors. The green depression glass is so pretty.

Thanks for allowing us to "plunder" through your kitchen shelves:)

Linda C

Kathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the cabinet tour! I loved it!!
It is wonderful you can display som many of your pretties!