Sunday, January 17, 2010

Shopping and Reorganizing

Monday is a triple post day for me. Three awesome ladies are hosting 3 wonderful memes.
To see some pretty blues, go see Sally for Blue Monday at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/
To see some great transformations, go see Susan for Metamorphosis Monday at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/
To see some creative mosaics, go see Mary for Mosaic Monday at http://dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.com/

My friends and I went to Baton Rouge to go shopping. And did I really go shopping! LOL! This was how our kitchen counter looked like after I brought in everything I bought. We went early so the first store we went to, which was TJ Maxx, was fully stocked. You should have seen all the Polish Pottery there. My friend, who also collects them, and I hit the jackpot. Just look at all what I unpacked. Aside from dishes, I bought a set of 12 crystal ice beverage goblets and a few jewelry. I also bought some baby clothes for my grandson who is coming out in a few weeks and just a few for me but I don't think you would be interested in seeing those. We also bought groceries from the Vietnamese store.
A friend of mine, knowing that I am running out of storage space, challenged me if I will be able to put everything away.
So, the following morning, I got up early excited about reorganizing. Do you ever get excited about more work to do? LOL!
I decided to move my Johnson Brothers "Friendly Village" set somewhere else so I can make room for my ever growing Polish pottery collection in the kitchen china cabinet. I took some of the dishes out already before I began taking pictures but this is pretty much how it used to be.
Of course, it was more full before I moved some plates out.
And here is "Now" with the Polish pottery inside and under the hutch. Sorry, the light bulb on the left is burnt out. I need to buy a replacement. Here is a close up.
More details of what is inside the glass.
And here is what I put in the drawers under the buffet. Aren't those little vases cute? I also really like the fish dish which I got from Ebay.
I always get inquiries as to where I store all my dishes. One of these days, I will show you. But in this particular cabinet, I am able to store more than 3 sets, the Polish pottery on top, Princess House Pavillion on the left 2 shelves of the bottom cabinet (more are stored under the kitchen counter) and a set of 12 Cameo Florals (71 pieces) in the right bottom cabinet with some other miscellaneous salad plates and bowls on the shelf above them. Some of the Cameo Florals coffee cups are in the right and left drawers below the hutch. I also keep a lot of salt cellars in the middle drawer.
Here is a close up of the dishes in the bottom cabinet.
If you are wondering where I moved the Johnson Bros. Friendly Village set, they are now in the cabinet under my coffee nook.
Here they are with other miscellaneous stuff. Do you like my new Tirschenreuth coffee pot with the creamer and sugar server? It's the one with olive green flowers. I just got the set from Ebay and I could not believe the price (something like $13.99) and it looks new. Tirschenreuth is a company in Germany but it does not exist anymore.
I use a lot of these wire organizers in kitchen cabinets because it doubles up my space.
Lastly, I want to show you my Polish pottery wall clock.
I hope you enjoyed my reorganization. I think these dishes look better in this china cabinet, don't you? Thanks for your visit. I always appreciate it, especially when you leave me a comment.
Thanks Sally, Susan and Mary for hosting these fun blog parties.
Th

56 comments:

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! You did go shopping. Lots of nice things. Have not been to TJM in a while. I need to get in motion and get some things cleaned out and organized.

Andi's English Attic said...

Wow, that is a choc-full cabinet! I especially like the heart-shaped polish dish. xx

eileeninmd said...

Wow, you did go shopping. The Polish Pottery is my favorite. I had no idea that TJ Maxx carried such items. Wonderful photos and mosaics.

Kathysue said...

Hi C, you did some major shopping I love all the dishes and serving pieces you got and they look so great in your hutch, I did not know you had a brick floor,your house has so much character. Hugs Kathysue

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Christine, your polish pottery is just stunning and it looks beautiful in the china cabinet. You do really have a wonderful collection. You have so many pretty sets of dishes and I love them all. Really like the reorganizing too. That is always such a chore. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Marty

Treasia Stepp said...

I love love that blue china. Such a bright beautiful color.

Shelia said...

Hi Christine! Oh, my! What a shopping trip you must have had. I love your pretty dishes you bought and love how you've transformed your china cabinet!
Thank you so much for popping in to see me while I was gone!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Paula Grace Designs said...

Love, love love Polish pottery ~ with a name like Halewski, go figure. It looks beautiful!
Paula Grace ~

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Girl you did some heavy shopping like ypu always do ha ha!! But look at the rewards love seein all that beautiful polish dishes...WOWW those are wonderful my friend...thanks for sharing...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Christine! I love your Polish pottery collection! It looks so pretty in your cabinet! You have so many beautiful dishes and so much nice storage! I am excited to hear that you bought some clothes for your little grandson to be! It's not long now! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

linda said...

Beautiful! I'm a lover of the polish pottery too but haven't purchased any yet. Will you use them? I know some dishes are for decorative purposes only. Please fill me in.

DesignTies said...

Wow, looks like you hit the shopping jackpot!! The Polish pottery is so interesting -- the patterns and colours are really bold!! The pottery looks great in your cabinet.

I love your brick floor :-)

Kelly

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Christine, I didn't realize that pattern was Polish. It sure is pretty - love the blue in it! Your hutch looks lovely! Linda

Kammy said...

HI Christine !
Great job and I love what your china looks like now - Please come over to my house and help me with MY dishes, LOL !
Kammy
p.s. I bet the cashier was THRILLED to paper wrap all that china....

mbkatc230 said...

You have such a pretty collection of Polish Pottery, I really love the colors. And I love that cabinet! I've often wondered where on earth you store all your pretties! Looks like you had a great shopping day, sounds like fun. Kathy

Sherry said...

I am jealous of your dishes and your cabinet! How pretty. What a fun time shopping.

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Your dishes are just stunning and I love the polish pattern, wow you did such a great job finding some good deals...love that wonderful cabinet you have it is incredible and holds a ton of stuff, love that...

katillacshack.com said...

Oh I just love your blue in the black cabinet! Looks great--LOVE dishes!

Thank-you for stopping over and commenting!

love, kelee

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Wow have you been a busy bee!! I so need to do some organizing around here! I have 3 different house guests coming at the same time so have to clean my front room which is chuck full of my antique booth stuff to sell! Bought some plastic bins to help- wish me luck!!

blessings
mary

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I was absolutely mesmerized by your cabinet. I love Polish pottery and have a collection of mugs, and some other pieces, but your display in the hutch left me green with envy! Iti is just gorgeous....you have very good taste.
Susan

Suesue said...

Christine, when you shop, you SHOP, don't you? LOL I just love that black hutch in your kitchen and only wish I had room to have one myself. You did a great job storing and displaying all of the china. And yes, I do get excited about reorganizing things.... just gives you a lift and makes you feel good.

Talk soon! Sue

Faded Charm said...

Looks like you found some treasures. Don't you love how it feels to reorganize and clean things. I've been doingthat very thing myself. Thanks for stopping by today.

Enjoy your week.

Kathleen

Melissa Miller said...

~WOW! Christine you really hit the jackpot! What gorgeous new dishes and I love your china hutch for storage. That looks really pretty.

Thank you so much for your kind words on my new healthy life! I do feel grateful and blessed these days.

The oval dishes are made for the oven. They do work very well.

Have a wonderful week.
~Melissa :)

Just Breathe said...

Your collection is absolutely beautiful. I better start going on my collection. I have to star this post and show my husband what you have. You rock!

Sherri said...

Wow that looks so beautiful! Love the hutch too and ou also have one of those tassels that I'm just new to but and in love with! Have a great Blue Monday and enjoy your week! Sherri : )

Diann said...

oooh...drooling over all the pretty dishes! Everything looks beatuiful!

Claudie said...

Holy Cow, I didn't think anyone could top my shopping sprees but you did for sure Christine WOW
And it all fit in the hutch. Good for you. I bet your arms were sore after all of that fun.
Great score.
Love Claudie
xoxo

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Christine,
I LOVE the way your Polish Pottery looks in your china hutch...and WOW...it really holds a lot. What a great piece! Isn't it wonderful when you go to HomeGoods and they have a lot in stock to pick from...your collection is wonderful! I love seeing how you store your china...gives me ideas for storing mine. :-)
Oh, about the tassel...that is a tough decision...I love them both! I think I like the Blue bird best, but either would be beautiful hanging with your Polish Pottery collection. Every time I visit The Tassel House, I agonize over which one to buy. :-) It's not easy...I love them all!
Susan

Sares said...

Wow, when you shop, you shop! I can't wait to see the tablescapes you come up with!!!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Shopping a Great Idea !! This is Fantastic !! I Would like to purchase all of this stuff !! Thanks

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Holy Cow Christine!
What a shopping trip! I do love that Polish pottery and it looks gorgeous in your black hutch too! Amazing! Hugs, Cindy

SmilingSally said...

When you decided to collect, you go for it, Christine! Your Polish Pottery is gorgeous in its new setting. I love the blues. Happy Blue Monday.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Christine, your pottery is just gorgeous! I love it all.

We were in Plant City, FL when we got our strawberries.

Happy Blue Monday!!

Barb ♥

Mary said...

You really had a great day shopping. I love your Polish china. It's really beautiful. I hope you are having a wonderful Blue Monday.

Together We Save said...

Wow - so many beautiful things!!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

That pottery is GORGEOUS!!

ellen b. said...

:0) You've got some great organization there Christine! I love that cabinet with the Polish dishes in it! It really pops!!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What gorgeous cabinets! I want to paint one of mine black and after seeing yours I am all excited to get it done. However, the walls come first. :) I'm glad you like the floors. You have lots of wonderful storage for you dishes that I wish I had!

Cherie said...

OH I LOVE YOU! Finally my path has crossed another swooning lover of pottery. It because so much of a desire for me that I have filled my home with pottery and even make my living doing so. You will have to stop by my blog and have a look around. I try to contain myself there but alas...that is sometimes just so hard to do. Much love to you this week, Cherie

Lou Cinda said...

What a fun shopping trip! I love the blue china against the black! It is beautiful and just pops!

We can always figure out where to store our treasures! You have so many pretty things...

Lou Cinda :)

Kathleen said...

WOW, I was feeling guilty for shopping at TJM, but now I feel so much better!
They are beutiful! Enjoy them..so pretty!
Come organize for me will you?

chubskulit said...

Wow Christine, I am blown away with your collections!

Party Favors for blue monday!

Kendall at Finesse Your Nest said...

Your hutch is GORGEOUS. Came over from Met Monday!

Magic Brush said...

What a great collection! You did a great job with it!

Joops said...

You have a keen eyes for organizing!

Bunk Bed Bliss for blue monday!

Tes said...

You have some good find! I love to frequent TJ Max, such an amazing store! You have a lot of fine things! They are all beautiful! :)

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

OOOOO! Thank you for letting me know about your Polish Pottery extravaganza post! Love it and it all looks wonderful in your china cabinet :o)

I ove our Savannah TJ MAXX and HOME GOODS for finding the Polish Pottery :o)

Blessings & aloha!

KK said...

Your China cabinet is stunning with the Polish Pottery pieces. The blue on the dishes is so pretty. It is so much fun to shop for new pretties! You did a great job with your display. And I love all of your dishes. Very nice! KK

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, you are a shopper extrodinaire! Love your cabinet filled with the polish pottery. It looks gorgeous. Those wire shelves are a great idea. You have really made good use of them. laurie

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Christine, I was at our TJMaxx on Saturday and saw the Polish pottery. I instantly thought of you since I remembered your tablescape. Don't you just love a successful shopping spree! Your pottery looks perfect in your hutch!

Mimi said...

I could take a lesson on how to make the most out of storage space! I love all the Polish pottery, especially the pieces that have peach as one of their colors. Thanks for sharing, Christine!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Oh my gosh. The next time my husband is rolling his eyes when I pick up a "few more things" for tablescaping, I'm going to show him your shopping day. I can't believe all that pottery! I do love it.

Marice said...

ohmi! thats what shopping is! :) lovely finds :)

u may view mine here

Blondie's Journal said...

Now I would call this a very productive shopping trip. It must take forever to check out!! ;-)

I love the patterns and colors of the Polish pottery. Your dishes are just beautiful and look stunning in your beautiful cabinet. I don't recall seeing much of your kitchen, so it is all new to me. You are great at organizing. I think I am at a standstill on buying dishes because of the lack of storage space.

So happy you bought some jewelry and clothes and some things for the new grandbaby. TJ Maxx is the best and I am needing a trip there soon!!

xoxo
Jane

Cindy J. said...

I remember really wanting that black hutch from RMS days! Oh that is a pretty piece of furniture and so perfect for your wonderful pottery collection.. Love, Cindy

Kathy said...

Gorgeous hutch, gorgeous pottery and gorgeous mosaics Christine. I also love your wonderful happy family header mosaic. KAthy.

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