Friday, July 30, 2010

Favorite Pink Plates and California Trip

It's Saturday again so it's travel time!

It's also time to show off some pinks and a favorite.

Visit Beverly for Pink Saturday at

and Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things at

Debbie for Garage Salen Party at

You'll be glad you did!

For my favorites and Pink Saturday, I am sharing with you my pink china, The china set with pink and green floral borders are the ones I just found at a thrift store downtown before we left for Dallas 2 weeks ago. I got 8 dinner plates, 8 cups and saucers, 8 dessert plates and 8 berry bowls. They were marked $47.00 but when the sales clerk saw me looking at them, he said he would give them to me at half prize. He must have wanted to get rid of them. They look like they were just displayed in a china cabinet and never used. I did not commit right away but kept looking around gathering more items I liked, including 2 wooden roosters, 2 pairs of candle holders, 5 small vases, 2 mini cups and saucers and a cherub figurine. Then, I asked him if I could give him $30 for all of them. And he agreed.

As I was reorganizing, trying to find a place to store the new old china set, I saw some more miscellaneous pink plates that I have, so I pulled them out to show you. Do you see the 3 sets that do not match anything on the table? They are all made by Limoges. These are all favorites!

Here is a close up of the plates.

I think they are pretty when layered.

Many of you already know I went to California to attend a very good friend from College, my classmate's son's funeral.

It was not really a vacation so I did not do any sightseeing but I took a few pictures as we were driving by places.

California is so pretty with all its mountains and healthy vegetation.

It was so sad seeing my classmate and her family so sad but it was nice to see some of our classmates from College.

The beautiful service was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The park is very pretty and serene. We had mass on the day of the burial and there were so many people, standing room only inside the church. That just shows how many people love Patrick and what a good person he was. Please continue to pray for him and his beloved family. I can only imagine how hard it is for them to cope with the premature loss, no matter how hard we try to remember how happy Patrick is with God.

Several of our classmates were kind enough to open their homes to us and drive us around. Thank you so much, Tess, Danny, Sahnee and Leilani, Emilie and Rod and Nel.

Below is Tess and Efren's lovely home. They even have a practice golf lawn in the back and that's Tess posing in it.

Meet their dog, Kobe and bunny, Billie. Their roses are gorgeous!

And this is Sahnee and Leilani's home. I love their small pergola in the front yard. At the bottom right is Emilie and Rod's home. I really love their gardens with so many pretty flowers.

These were houses in the neighborhood. Do you see the full moon?

Isn't that a pretty sunset?

I took the photo below as we were landing into Denver. The moon was full. I booked at the last minute so I did not have many choices. I had 2 lay overs.

I had the worse luck in this trip. Going there, my flight in Houston left me and I had to wait another 2 hours to catch another flight to California. Luckily, there was one more flight.

Coming back, it was even worse. From Denver, I flew to Houston and was left again for my final flight. And it was the last trip to Baton Rouge so I had to book at a hotel to stay overnight and catch another flight the next day. This is one reason I like to fly via Southwest. I never encounter those kind of problems. I was so tired, sweating and trembling from running between gates to catch the trips, but to no avail.

Thank you so much for stopping by. And thanks, Laurie and Beverly, for hosting 2 wonderful memes.


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, you have become such a savy bargainer! I can't believe how many treasures you got for $30!! Your plates are beautiful - your latest purchases and your others that match them so well. I imagine I'll be seeing your new roosters at the Rooster Party. In spite of the sad situation, you saw some beautiful scenery in California. I'm sorry about your flight problems - so frustrating! Thank you for linking your beautiful china to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, I love your sets of pink dishes. How great that you are still in touch with classmates even those these circumstances weren't good. I hate having layovers flying.

Blondie's Journal said...

You did wonderful bargaining for the china and all of your other treasures...I am learning from you! I like the china very much, I have always preferred small dainty flowers, mostly pink.

I'm happy you got to meet up with so many former classmates. It sounds like you made the best of a somber weekend and were all there to support Patrick's family. I will keep them in my prayers.


Debby@Just Breathe said...

The dishes are beautiful and look wonderful stacked. You really got allot for your money. I am so sorry about the circumstances that brought you to California. You were on my roads! Life can really suck and I am keeping them in my prayers. You took some lovely pictures. Take care.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did get some great bargains in the china.
Glad you were able to connect with your classmates, but sorry it was during a sad time..
Enjoy your weekend.

Kathleen said...

The dishes are beautiful! And what a great price! It must have been such a sad occasion. I feel terrible for that young man and his family, his children who will never know him.

The Charm of Home said...

What an amazing find in those dishes! They will looks so pretty even mixed and matched. Love Limoges. So sorry about your friend's son.

Sue said...

I'm glad you were there for your friend. You can see the grief in her face...I can't imagine. Your dishes are have so many pretty things it is always fun to see them.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Christine Sweetie...
What a beautiful share you have today. I love your plates. They all blend and make such a nice selection together. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

Even though the trip was under sad circumstances it is wonderful to see friends again, and it looks like you all had some happy shares too.

Have a beautiful weekend sweetie.

Country hugs...Sherry

Simply Debbie said...


Debbiedoos said...

I was hoping you would show us those dishes soon, they are gorgeous! Can't wait to see them on one of your table scapes. What a trip is sad, but in a way it brought close friendships back together again. California does look beautiful, we will get there too someday! Enjoy the weekend...and thanks for joining in...a pleasure to have you!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow! You got a real bargain there, Christine! The dishes are lovely! And you know, of course, I enjoyed seeing your Limoges...especially the gold rimmed ones with the small all-over floral very typically Limoges! Gorgeous! How nice to get to see old friends...under such sad circumstances, though. The scenery was so pretty...nice moon pics! I hope you are having a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Unknown said...

G'morn, Christine ~ Your chin a is exquisite ... love the different patterns clustered together.

Sorry to know your saddest but it looks like your gathering was enjoyed to rekindle friendships. May his soul RIP.

Have a lovely PINK summer's weekend ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Dolores said...

The dishes are beautiful and wow, what a bargain!

Praying for your friend's family on their loss. It's so nice that you were able to be there with your friends.

Beautiful pictures!!!
Have a great weekend....

Anonymous said...

Hey there, Christine. Oh, my gosh. Those dishes are so beautiful. I laughed when you said you acted uninterested. What a deal! They look great with your limoges.

Oh, how sad for your friend. What a terrible tragedy. How good of you to be there for her.

I hope you're staying cool down there in Miss. It's miserable here in MO. I'll bet you're enjoying the pool now.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Christine, What a great find with those dishes and I am in awe of your bargaining skills!!
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your friend's son. So sad!
But under the worse circumstances, I am sure your enjoyed visiting with your old classmates. Sorry to hear about all the trouble with your flights!!
One reason why I never fly and the other one is I am scared to death of flying1!


Diann said...

Hi Christine!

Wow, I haven't stopped by in a week or so and you redecorated your blog! I thought I was in the wrong place! LOL

Your new found dishes are beautiful! Good thrifting with them!

I am so sorry to hear of all your airline troubles! And your trip, although under sad circumstances, I am happy to see you got to catch up with some old friends.

Susan said...

all your beautiful china is amazing!!

Gloria said...

Oh, how my heart goes out to your classmate who lost her son! I do not think there is anything worse in this world that a child passing away before a parent. Please tell your friend that I am so, so sorry for her loss.
Best regards and condolences,

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Girlfriend...

Ohhh...and to think you were in Denver...just a couple of hours away from me! I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your friend's son! You're right, that's not the kind of trip that you really enjoy making! But I am happy that you got to see so many of your classmates! I enjoyed your photos, my friend!

Christine, I cannot...CANNOT...believe that you got all of that beautiful china at that price! You just about stole those...Hehe! They really are beautiful...I love them! Loved seeing some of your pretty pinks and they do look fabulous layered! Thanks for sharing your pretties with us!!! I just read your sweet note...thank you so much for coming by, sweet friend! I always enjoy your visits!!!

Love ya,

Sarah said...

Pretty pinks, Christine. Glad you are safely back home. ~ Sarah

Regina said...

Lovely dishes and captures.
And my deepest sympathy.

Happy PS Christine and a wonderful week ahead.



Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Christine, this was a somewhat sad interesting. Maybe because you were so close to me, within miles and the signs on the freeway was so familiar. Whatever the case, you held me in rapt attention...
Flying. I haven't done any of it in a long time, but like you, I have always loved Southwest airlines.
Well, there was ONE problem. The evacuated the plane once when I was on my way out of Ontario to San Francisco. A bomb scare! Kept us all in an isolated building for hours..each person had to be questioned separately. Awful! Sounds like you had a difficult journey! Wasn't it nice to get home?
I love your china...and you certainly got a deal! We did have a good Saturday, didn't we?
Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I always love to see you.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Well, Christine, you are certainly the bargain shopper. What a great deal you got. Limoges is certainly very fine china! Sorry about the reason for the trip. It's so hard to lose a loved one. Your California pictures were beautiful. I haven't been there since the 50's! Linda

Terry said...

Howdy Christine
I am so sorry for your sad journey but I am thankful you are once again at home .I will pray for your friends ,there is no way to really express how difficult it must be for them.
Thank you for sharing all the fabulous images with us.
I am simply in love with your layers of pink china :)
Take care my blogging friend.
Thank you so very much for dropping by and leaving such a sweet comment for me.
Have a wonderful blessed week.
Until next time
Happy Trails

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Such pretty pink dishes...I love the picture of all of them together, showing the different shades and patterns.

So sorry to hear of your friend's loss. I can't imagine how heartbroken she and her family must be.


Beth said...

Christine, You took some lovely photos. I'm so sorry for Patrick's passing, and pray for comfort for his family and friends.
I think you got some fabulous bargains at the thrift store in Dallas! You are a savvy shopper!

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