Monday, January 31, 2011

An Ever Growing Polish Pottery Collection

My project is still ongoing and although it is not near completion yet, it is looking a lot better. This is how the cabinet looked last week. Pretty empty, huh!
The little black cabinet in the foreground is where I store my napkin rings.

Here it is now.

But as you can see, the kitchen island still looks pretty full but the drawers in the cabinet are still empty so I can put more dishes in there. Believe it or not, those rectangular bakers can fit in the drawers. I have sold a few on Ebay and at the store too.

Below are what we bought from the Polish pottery store in Seattle. I saw the divided plates and I always eat with sauce so I thought they would be very practical for us to use everyday. I only bought 2 because they were very expensive, almost $57 each. Actually the store only had 1 but her daughter owns another store in Oregon and she called to order another one for us.

I fell in love with the goblets which I thought were very expensive too. But I have never seen them anywhere, not on Ebay and not on any on line Polish pottery store. The label says wine glass but I think they are bigger than wine glasses. I decided to buy 8 of them but John advised me to get 9, in case one breaks, so I did. We also bought the 2 iron plate racks. That cabinet where they're at is my next project. They shipped them to us for free and they arrived late last week.
My daughter in law sent me a link where they were having a sale on the pottery so as soon as I got home, I browsed through the sale items and found more divided plates so I bought 4 more. And then I bought 5 more 2 days later, 4 of which are a little bit smaller for grandkids to use. They were $28 each so a lot cheaper then the ones in Seattle.

As you can see, they became my inspiration for my next tablescape.

I cut this rosemary from our garden. Do you see the little purple flowers?
The whole cuttings smell so good!

I placed a Polish pottery covered duck dish and a PP egg S&P shaker on a PP cutting board as part of the centerpiece.

Here's a brighter picture.

I have Polish pottery plates on walls too.

I bought the cobalt rimmed candle holders at GW in Baton Rouge. The big one was $3.99 and the smaller ones were $1.99 each.

I always use little sauce plates but now using the divided plates, I can do without them.

I really love the goblets. I love the bubbly glass.

The little jugs hold my fish and soy sauce and you will see 2 S& P shaker sets here.
I almost forgot to show you my teapot and cups contribution for the tea parties. Here they are below. The wooden high chair we bought for grandkids come in handy for tea trays when grandkids aren't visiting.
The cabinet is dark so I decided to put white dishes inside. I am having a piece of wood placed on top of the cabinet to level it and then I can add more big pieces up there.

These are more PP dishes that are still sitting on the dining room table and kitchen island except for the center photo, which are in a cabinet underneath my coffee nook. I have not decided whether or not I would move them.

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Now, I better go back to work.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mardi Gras Party

Last night we went to a Mardi Gras party.
Everything was so colorful and each of us got a bag of goodies from our hosts.
Thanks, Dr. & Mrs. Kumi!

I won't say too much cause the pictures can speak for themselves. I apologize for the picture quality. It was dark and there was too much motion going around and I think Blogger automatically converts the pictures into a lesser resolution when posted.

Smiling Faces!

Our signature pose, lol!

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and with Mary for Mosaic Monday at

Thanks a lot to our hostesses for these lovely memes and thank you all for coming by!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Happy Birthday to My Baby Girl and Fun in Seattle

Thirty Five years ago, I had my first baby girl. She was the most precious one and was the prettiest and pinkest baby girl that you could ever see. I was so happy to hold her in my arms and I could not wait for feeding time. During that time, they only gave you the babies at feeding time. So much have changed since then cause now that my babies have babies of their own, the baby stays in the room with the family all the time. Rochelle is the first one who gave me my first granddaughter, AJ. So that is a double blessing.

Happy birthday, Rochelle! I love you very much! I hope you have a wonderful birthday celebration. I am so sorry, I cannot join you this time but we will celebrate again next week when I see you.
How do you like the blue pant suit that little Rochelle is wearing below? She emailed me saying she likes it even though she does not really remember it. I actually made it myself. I used to sew a lot when she was small.

Now, it's time to go sightseeing again. Last week I showed you part of our trip to Seattle, our meeting with Vanna and her Michael. I showed that first because it was the highlight of our trip.

Today, let's go to the hotel and it's surroundings, particularly the Pike Market.

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Scenic Sunday at

Ok, now on to our trip. We arrived at the airport around noon. I thought the airport was a little confusing compared to other airports that I have been but we finally got our bags, found the shuttle who took us to the hotel.

I was really impressed with how beautiful the city is, the mountains, the water and the tall buildings. It sure is a lot different from what I am accustomed to since our tallest building here is only 5 stories high, lol.

This is the view from our hotel room, which was on the 32nd floor.
We upgraded right away to have access to Club Lounge so we can have free breakfast and oer d'ouvres. I knew John would be in meetings a lot and I don't like walking and eating alone out there.

Is that the Pacific Ocean?

This is the view from Club Lounge. I wanted to take that orchid home, and yes it was real.

The hotel was located right on Pike St. so we just had to walk 5 blocks to go to Pike Market, which is pretty famous. Just look at these fresh fruits and seafood! And do you see those gigantic garlic? And they say you could only find big things in Texas?

Of course we had to try the crab meat. Ooooh heaven! It was so good and look at those big lumps!

The flowers were gorgous!

I was tempted to take some of these dried flowers home but I knew they would only get crushed in my luggage.

John is such a nice guy. He always manages to find something he knows I would enjoy. The Pike Market has about 4 or 5 floors and in one of the floors in the basement is this Polish Pottery store. I have never seen so much in one store! I don't know how John found out about it but I was so excited to see it. OMG! Look at all those Polish pottery! I was in pottery heaven! So many different designs and colors but they all have that basic cobalt blue color.

We bought a few divided plates and goblets and had them delivered but they have not arrived. I will post them when they come.

After the dish store, we walked around some more and saw this bronze pig. I thought I would take a picture for Lynn ( So Lynn, this is for you!

There were so many good places to eat. Both John and I like pho and it was cold especially after walking several blocks so we had pho. The next day, we walked again and again had pho. The next day, we walked again and John asked me, "Pho?" LOL! I said no, let's try something else, so we headed to Thai Ginger and had thai food. I had a whole fried trout with mango salad. It was so good!

Seattle's streets are full of entertainers so you could never get bored walking around.

Well, time to get back to the hotel. My feet were starting to kill me and it was really getting chilly.
And here's the view from the hotel room at night. Do you like my silhouette? I'm like a ghost on top of Seattle's buildings, lol.

Thanks for hosting, you wonderful gals! And thanks to my wonderful visitors for coming too!

And a VERY happy birthday to my dear sweet daughter again!

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