Friday, January 6, 2012

White and Wonderful

It happens every year. After the excesses of Christmas, we crave simplicity. After all the red and gold, I want white. And lots of it.

I've been sort of collecting white dishes for my kitchen for the last few years. I found this little covered dish at my favorite thrift store last year, and I'm not sure if I ever showed it to you. It's white, it's covered, and it has a bird on it, so as far as I'm concerned it's a home run. :)

As you know, I also collect milk glass. I won this Westmoreland hand dish on ebay recently. I'm not really sure why this particular shape should appeal to me so much, but it does.

My milk glass collection has pretty much filled the corner cabinet in our dining room, so I'm thinking I will have to stop soon. When my son was little, he had a friend whose grandparents collected milk glass. They displayed their collection in floor to ceiling shelves in their living room. I don't think I'm ready to go that far, so I'd best start to pass by the pieces I come across.

Yeah, that's going to happen.

When pigs fly.


  1. Morning Mary, I love the plain simplicity of white china. Our dinner service is white. You can Accessorize it with colourful tablecloth, napkins if you want. I love to see all your items of milk glass, it wasn't something I had heard of until I followed your blog. I think the hand can tell so much, a hand of love and friendship receiving and giving, which is a symbol of your blog. Have a good weekend. Jackie in Surrey, UK..

  2. Good morning, Mary. I can see why the hands bowl appeals to you! That is an awesome piece. I have never seen one like that before. Absolutely the best! The covered dish is very sweet. I love that this bowl has "feet" and the little bird looks so delicate. Your milk glass collection is very nice.
    Have a great day!

  3. I love white any time! That dish is one of the loveliest pieces of milk glass I've seen.

  4. I'm a white lover all year. I love this piece at the top. So pretty. Now you have me thinking I should hit the thrift shops soon. Gorgeous photos, Mary. Always a pleasure to visit. Deb

  5. I can see why you love those hands - the piece is in such a beautiful gesture!

    Yes, isn't white so beautiful and refreshing? I realized that I never ever had a chance to just 'sit' and be still and reflect, this Christmas. I guess that I was never run off my feet! ;) The thing is, I don't want Christmas to end - I feel like I missed something....but, alas, the lights on the Christmas tree are doing something incredibly strange and scary so, I guess that I just have to let go and float into that spacious, white, clean, blank slate! =]

  6. You're so right about the simplicity of white after Christmas. I am so sad to put the Christmas stuff away, but so happy to see the house stripped of it's excesses.
    Love the milk glass hands - so charming

  7. Oh i like that song♥
    Could you tell who´s the sanger?
    I like white, too!
    Best regard´s

  8. The answer to this is to have your daughter fall in love with milk glass. It is lovely and you always have the nicest pieces.

  9. I love my milk glass but have no where to display it right now. I've limited myself to special pieces I find thrifting, but I'm still buying...milk glass is so pretty. i would love to see how you display your collection. hugs, Linda

  10. I love you bird casserole dish. I love anything birds these days. We are slowly moving into the white dishes direction. My husband loves to cook and is quite good at it actually. He says food "tastes" better on white dishes! I am slowly agreeing with him.

  11. Lotta, the song is sung by the group Celtic Woman. Scroll down to the bottom of my blog to see my playlist.

    Lisa, I think white dishes allow you to concentrate on the food more... My husband is a great cook, too. :)

  12. Mary, so beautiful. I think it's amazing how we collect some of the same things.... red transfer ware, milk glass, and beautiful photographs. I'd say I could probably recognize most of your nature photos from a line-up. You have a very distinct style.... one that I love. I wish you didn't live clear across this great country ;)

  13. My mother had a very similar hand dish too. I don't know what happened to it but it was always on the coffee table and we never touched it as children. :) I like white in the winter months too. Have a great weekend!

  14. There is something refreshing about a palette of white after all of the Christmas colours. Lovely dishes, Mary. I hope you are having a pleasant new year so far.

  15. Beautiful're right about the simplicity of white, particularly following a very colorful period of time:). Collections are crazy, aren't they? I have a couple and I try to manage them - and not keep adding to them. All we can do is try?:)

  16. There is a special quality to milk glass! I say, if you love it display it! Floor to ceiling, and let sleeping pigs lie (spelling??)They shouldn't be flying around anyway!
    Sweet Pickles and Chocolate

  17. Love the tureen, but the hands are just wonderful. I have a small pair myself.

    - The Tablescaper

  18. Mary . . . I am a reader but not a commenter most of the time! But I had to tell you that I love the photo of the milk glass hands . . . my mother who would have been 101 years old next month had the same pair of hands . . . I inherited them. I'm delighted to know that they are called the Westmorland hand dish . . . who knew! The thing that I remember most was that when as a child I loved to position my mother's hands next to the dish and remember so vividly that her hands were the exact same size as the dish! Thanks for the pleasant memory . . . I must photograph my dish soon.


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