Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Another Look At My Collection of Blue and White

This is the strangest thing- I compiled two previous posts about my blue and white collection to publish this today. Some crazy glitch happened in Live Writer and it didn’t originally post with today’s date. Instead, since one of these posts was from January, Writer over-rode the original post for that day and published this!  So I went into Blogger to change it there. When I played with the post there, it ended up posting  with today’s date but didn’t update in Google Reader!!    And then Blogger went and changed my font size and I can’t change it back!     aagghh….   Oh well- The post from that date is in here and that’s all that counts, I guess.  Weird!!!

Some of you have already seen my collection of blue and white transferware and stoneware, but I wanted to share this compilation of two of my previous posts at Privet and Holly, where Suzanne is hosting a Collection Show and Tell Party.  I hope that those of you who have seen them aren’t too bored and I certainly hope that anyone who is new to Sullivan and Murphy will let me know what you think of my burgeoning collection.

holly and privet
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Although my collection is not large, by any means, I love how it adds a touch of warmth  to the black hutch in my kitchen. Normally, the hutch is always filled with some of the everyday white dishes and the occasional pop of seasonal color.  Since I’ve begun to collect blue and white plates, I thought adding them to the traditional white decor would be a nice change. This is what the kitchen hutch looks like when dressed in blue and white.

Now, I know I don’t have much of a collection of blue/white, but it’s a start. Most of the blue and white plates I have were found at yard sales, as were most of the white accessory pieces.   

village plate 
I bought this platter at an antique mall in Lebanon, Ohio last year. What drew me to it was the thatched roof on the cottage on the right.

floral plate 
This delicately decorated porcelain plate was one of two that I found at a garage sale for a dollar. That’s both of them for a dollar!

Nothing fancy, just a simple floral and leaf pattern.

When I found this reticulated plate at a yard sale, it had a blue ribbon running through the cutwork around the edge. Bit that was a bit too frou-frou for me, so I took it out.

The bowl was a twenty-five cent find. Who wouldn’t buy it for that great price?

This is another large platter that I found while yard sale-sale-ing.

plate 3
I layered this faded blue plate in front of  a white platter. Although it is crazed, its pattern is just so sweet.  


And since the theme is blue AND white,  thought I’d show you some of the whites….
butter dish
The French Hen Farm sale back in December yielded this little butter dish. I believe I paid $4 for it.  I think it coordinates well the hobnail sugar and creamer below.

Both of these hobnail design pieces cost me a dollar apiece last spring.

sugar bowl2

Some of you may remember seeing this tureen. I really like the crackled finish on it, as well as the double lion heads on the handle.

I found this small tureen and plate at an estate sale a few years ago. 

I like the pin dot details on this creamer.  It came from the same sale where I found the hobnail pieces.


small pitcher 
Another classic small white pitcher.      


hutch collage                                             I



Picnik collage
I’ve recently added three more pieces to the blue transferware collection I have in my kitchen hutch.  The large blue plate and the two identical small plates on either side of it were purchased from Cindy, a fellow Ohio blogger.


I like the large floral pattern on this dinner plate. Lots of flowing vines…   There is  one small residual area of staining on the plate that I’m going to soak with hydrogen peroxide, then bake the plate in a low temperature oven. That added baking step always seems to remove the final bits of darkness in the stoneware.  I paid $10.00 for this beauty.

lg plate
The two small plates have a pretty lip around the edge and are more delicate in their design than the larger plate.  The two plates were $6.00 apiece.

Cindy pointed out this small $5.00 pitcher to me at the same booth where she bought some brown transferware  at  Scott’s Antique Market.  Its color is much more subdued than the blues in the other pieces.   I’ve displayed it with my other white pitcher collection on the small shelves on either side of the cabinets by the sink.

The piece has some small hairline cracks in it, but I liked it all the same.  I had some breakage when I was cleaning it up and a small chunk actually broke off, but a little dab of Gorilla instant glue made it look whole in no time flat. 


Hope you enjoyed seeing this for the first time, or even once again.  I’m always on the look-out for blue/whites, and when I find them, I do a little happy dance!


tammy n said...

What a beautiful collection...and thrifty too...l♥ve it!

From the newest member of the Buckeye Bloggers. I live in Marysville.

JunqueMagnet said...

Now you know that every time you show that tureen I sigh and drool.Every time...Thanks for sharing!!!!

Jeri ~ said...

Your Winter Blues are gorgeous!

Erica said...

I love your 'winter blues'...just beautiful. I also collect blue and whites..... have a great Blue monday!!!!

Pam said...

I do love that tureen. Anything with a crackled finish is a winner. Can't wait for your sale. Or any sale for that matter. The thrift stores just aren't doing it for me right now.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love all of your winter whites and blues....what a great collection so far!

Pat said...

I love the blue and white, Sue! Inspiring me to do some work.

Been slim blog pickin's around our house, since Christmas. The paint is going on and painters said the hearth room, breakfast room, kitchen will be finished today. Since all the dishes are out of the black cabinet and barnboard cabinet, I am going to do a little fixing and changing. Might even have a post ready for later today. Ya never know. I have the winter blah's though, will have to see how it works out.

Turley Times said...

I love the blue and white plates! I used to have a small collection of blue onion/blue danube plates at my old house. The previous owners had painted all the kitchen cabinets white, and I painted the walls "Blue Jolt" (I think it was an Ace Hardware color). It was very bold but I loved it. Yours are very pretty and dainty mixed in with the white.


Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love your blue and white! Those plates are great and such wonderful prices and I love milk glass so always love to see pieces others find. That soup tureen is really a special piece. Thanks for joining JFF! hugs, Linda

Vanessa@Southern In My Heart said...

Oh I sure do love seeing all of that blue and white Sue! It speaks to my heart! :-) Your hutch looks just beautiful and I'm thinking that it is totally unfair that I can't come and shop at your yard sale!

Miss Char said...

I think you've got a great start on your blue and white, actually I like the balance on your hutch with touches of the blue along with the white for winter. I can only imagine what is to come once spring comes and everyone can get out to garage/yard sales. Oh and as a dabbler of tureens I really like the two you have displayed. Thanks for sharing Sue.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your pretty Winter blues. I am not joining any parties this week, as I plan to mark off some things on my to do list - hope to any way.
Have a great week.

Carol said...

Love the blue and whites! So pretty! looking forward to your finding more pieces!

SmilingSally said...

I love the way the blue just pops!

Happy Blue Monday, Sue.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Sue! You have been a little quiet in your part of the state..intense cleaning will do that and I am about to start getting into that myself! I started a blue and white collection some years ago and found alot of it at garage sales and some antique stores. I remember getting some in Waynesville. I had alot of it displayed in the old house but now with a different color scheme in the new place I have got it going in the spare bedroom. We went to a new antique mall in Reynoldsburg on Saturday and LOVED it! It has been there a while and we had never been there before can't believe that! WE got my better half his OSU basketball glasses he has been wanting just in time for his birthday! Anyway, love your hutch with the change up to the b&white! Adds a real punch of color! :) Patti

Shelia said...

Oh, Sue!! I'm in love with your black hutch and look at your gorgeous blues! Oh, I could stay here all day gazing but I'm got to get busy! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lorrie said...

Blue and white dishes are so beautiful in all their guises. Sigh.

Erin@likegrandmas said...

Love the blues!!! When you have that sale, I will be there!!!

salmagundi said...

Blue & white plates are a fun thing to look for at yard sales. I always find a few each summer! I love the way they look in your hutch with the wallpaper. Sally

AB HOME Interiors said...

OMG! The hobnob pitcher/creamer and the butter dish are superb! And for a dollar!!! Holy crap thats awesome! Im constantly rummaging in placing here in Nashville looking for great finds like that!

Tammy@beatrice banks said...

Lovin' your blues and whites! It's inspiring me to be on the lookout! Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

I really love all your dishes! Especially the hob nob milk glass pieces.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful collection of blues and whites. Happy Blue Monday!

La said...

Good to see you out and about, Sue. I thought maybe you won the lottery and were off on some exotic excursion.

Donnie said...

I love the blues and whites too. Enjoyed looking at yours.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

The blues and whites are so fresh and pretty! I'm afraid if I started collecting, I'd never want to stop!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I absolutely love all of your blue and white plates and the white accents. It's my favorite combination, and it always makes me happy to look at it. Thanks for the winter cheer!

Happy Blue Monday...


Sheila :-)

Mary Ellen said...

Love your blue and white dishes! The 2nd plate you showed off reminds me of some dishes that my mother had when I was small. I wonder whatever happened to them? Probably between 5 clumsy children they didn't survive our childhood!

bee blessed

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I love the blue and white! You know which is my favorite? The 25 cent bowl. :) They're all gorgeous, though.

I'm pretty partial to the white hobnail pieces, too.

Designs on 47th Street said...

Beautiful, beautiful display of dishes Sue. The prices are great! Everytime I see a blogger showing blue dishes it makes me want to start yet another collection! Loved seeing your white and blue. :)

Terry said...

Gotta love that tureen with the double lion heads. It all looks beautiful and clean.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Your blue & white dishes are just stunning. I love seeing the hobnail pieces! Grey is becoming very popular, and it's always been a soothing color. Have fun! I enjoyed my visit today!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Sue your blue and white display in your hutch is gorgeous. All of your pieces are beautiful and such a great display. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Dorincard said...

Lots of nice things in your world here...:)

SavannahGranny said...

Absolutely love your hutch. Then, since blue and white is my favorite color combination I am gaga over your collection. You have a nice collection going there and such go buys you have found. Just proves beauty doesn't equal dollars. I need to get busy finishing my cleaning.
I am your newest follower. I love a blog that love blue and white. I go through the buttons first and look for blues.
Come visit me. I am having a nice giveaway. Ginger

xinex said...

Love your new header, Sue. I love your hutch too, pretty things you have in it...Christine

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Well that sure would make anyone smile. I love the blue and whites in that gorgeous hutch. Pretty milk glass too. At least you have accomplished a lot...I wish I could say the same.

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Love that black hutch.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Beautiful blue dishes, love them with the milk glass and also the soup tureen is gorgeous!
Visiting from Kim's!


Honey at 2805 said...

I am so jealous of your brautiful vintage finds. Really great treasure hunting!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sue, I love blue and white and your hutch looks wonderful. You have more than me. I want to either get the blue or more red transferware. Thanks for joining the party!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Sue, Your collection of blue and white looks beautiful together. I love the lion head tureen and your hutch is fabulous.

Jeanne said...

Hello Sue, thank you for your visit today. I love your hutch and the blue and white collection is coming along. The combination is always fresh and pretty. You do have a good eye for a bargain. I love the hunt the best,
Happy thrifting days to you.
Hugs, Jeanne

Rettabug said...

Ooooo, love your new header, Sue! VERY pretty!

Seems like everybody in blogland has been on a cleaning binge, except me.
Your hutch looks fabulous with the blue & white dishes in there with your red wallpaper in the background.
I laughed out loud when I read that you removed the ribbon from the reticulated edge of the plate..."too frou frou" Come see what color I PUT into mine! LOL

I remember my Mom had lots of white hobnail...wonder whatever happened to that stuff? I want it now!!!
Your pindot creamer is delicate! Now you're making me want to start collecting it.


Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I really like the blue and white in the black hutch! Makes me want to paint my hutch black for sure now! You have some great milk glass pieces!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Very pretty!!

I am swooning over your ironstone!

:) Becky

Brenda Kula said...

Love, love, love it! Can't go wrong with that combo of colors!

Kathleen said...

I was here knocking the other day, but couldn't get in. Glad I remembered to come back so I could see all your pretty blues. What great finds, and you know how to mix and display them perfectly!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sue, I love blue and white china, and you have amassed a beautiful collection for very little money! I really enjoyed seeing each piece. I've always liked your hutch, no matter what you put in it. I am so excited about your home re-do. It will be so much fun to see what colors and what furniture you use. I wish I could come to your yard sale! laurie

Jeanne Selep said...

I like your collection, stop by and see why. :)

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I am loving those blues and whites! The last blue and white plate is my favorite!

AND the soup tureens!!

I need to come to your yard sale!!

Lou Cinda

Lindy said...

What a beautiful collection. Each piece is gorgeous on its own but they are even better together!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Sue! You know I was drooling over your hutch...gorgeous! your blue plates are wonderful gems...gorgeous! And I love your white milk glass, too! I hope you are having a great week!....hugs...Debbie

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Hi Sue, I finally went to the link that you left a comment with...crazy huh? I figure if it's a cheapo book no one should be upset, I wouldn't do it to a classic or expensive book! I was going to leave a comment but figured Nah!
I did want to tell you that I had a set of those blue, flower delicate plates that you bought 2 for 1.00, I got them at Foodland in the early 80"s it was promotion. Just thouht you would like to know:)

Ms. Bake-it said...

I have a wee bit of an addiction to blue & white china! Love yours. Your hutch looks great!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your hutch is beautiful Sue! Lovin' the blue and white! I'd like to find some pieces with the darker blue to use for the summer holidays myself! Happy Weekend:@)

Audrey Pettit said...

Your hutch looks gorgeous! Really, really love all the sweet pieces you have. I think the blue mixes so beautifully with the solid whites.

Vanessa@Southern In My Heart said...

Hi Sue! Just coming back by to thank you for linking this up to Inspiration Friday! And, I couldn't remember if I had told you or not, but I really love your new header! :-)

Miss Sandy said...

What a beautiful hutch. I love you hobnail pieces, my mother had a collection of hobnail items and I remember well the bumpy surface as I dusted them every Saturday. Thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

Hi Sue...Okay you'll be happy to hear this...I have a very large Milk Glass collection and you see that round butter dish you have with the lid....I saw that recently at an antique mall and it was $38.00....I hesitated but went back to buy it and it was gone...four of us looked up and down every single aisle for it thinking we missed it but it was gone...You got a very good deal...I have never seen that piece in all the years I have been's a beauty...
Love all the blue and white too...
I am going to post soon all the "stuff" I have at the house and that I finally realized I have too much stuff....One picture is of a wall in my FR that has all blue and white plates only mine are state plates from the 50's.....
Hope your New Year is going well...I have been gone a month and just getting back to blogging...Sue

Debra@Common Ground said...

Great collection of blues and whites. LOVE those tureens, those are my faves. The crazing makes them so wonderful. LOVE your hutch. Thanks for linking up with VIF!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Your hutch is so pretty! I just love your blue plates mixed in with your white collection displayed against the black! I am joining you from Junkin Finds Friday today!

Diann said...

Hi Sue!
I love the blue and white! The hutch just look so pretty! And you have some wonderful peices in there! Have a great weekend!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there~ What a darling collection of blue and white- you are off to a great start!! I just love that one that is a little bit different shade and so dainty in it's design! Your hutch looks great with the addition of those plates to your delightful white! Thanks for linking up to Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Secret Garden Cottage said...

I like the mix of your blue and white dishes with your white dishes, Sue, but I really love that large white ironstone soup turene... beautiful.
Have a great weekend!
Jo :)

Marydon said...

G'day Sue ~ What luscious blues ... Love the delicate floral & that turene is fabulous.

Have a happy PS weekend ~

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous collection you have. But I can't keep my eyes off the hutch and the beautiful wallpaper that sets it all off. LOVE IT.
Thanks for visiting today as well.

Balisha said...

Hi Sue,
I just love your "finds" Blue and white is a favorite combination for me. Your plates are so delicate...Balisha

Sarah said...

I'm still in the cleaning out and organizing mode. I seem to be going at it slowly. Your hutch looks nice with your collection of white and the pieces of blue and white mixed in.

Shelia said...

Hi Sue! Thanks so much for popping in to see me. To answer your question about the pattern. But if you'll go to the link in my post to Stephanie's blog you'll see how it's done. It's no biggie. I hope you'll make one! They are so pretty I think!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Your hutch and plates are stunning!!!!
I've been organizing too but now I have to clean :)
Have a wonderful Sunday

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I love all of your great buys but...the pin dot pitcher took the prize. It's just beautiful..and so interesting. I also love blue and white...and just found a complete set at a garage sale but paid $50 for it. I didn't mind as it had everything but some of the even had berry bowls.
I really do think the blue and white dishes are my favorites! Somehow they really give a certain look to your home. I do know that blue and white plates are very addictive! Yours are beautiful! And the price you paid! Wow!
Your hutch is gorgeous! Everything looks lovely in it!
Love and hugs,

Judy said...

Sue, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I did check out the link you sent me and I have to agree with you...I think this book bundle thing is a matter of personal taste. I did find the PB article about taking vintage books and gluing the pages together a little too much but my books cost 75 cents and there was no gluing involved! I would never use any of my books which I've used for years in decorating for this project and that's why I sought out old books at a thrift store, being careful not to choose anything vintage or valuable. A fun and cheap project but maybe she's upset by the way PB went about using their books, I would be too. I will still make more bundles using "throw away books" and like you said, to each their own.

Love your blue & white dishes alongside your white ones. My daughter is going to start using (my) blue & white in her kitchen with little pops of white and lime green...makes a really pretty display.


Mary said...

Ooooo, how pretty! LOVE your blues, and your whites, too. :)

Tami / Maddie Lumpkin said...

Hi,I'm a new follower.Erin @ Like Grandma's sent me over to visit you.I'm also an Ohio blogger!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Just wanted to stop by to thank you for linking this pretty post to Favorite Things. laurie

Southern Queen Bee said...

I just love the blue and white. You really got some good deals on the pieces that you have collected.
I totally understand about cleaning out. I wish that the weather was nice enough here to have a sale and get rid of my stuff NOW. LOL
Can't wait to see what new colors you pick out.
Have a great week,

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What a beautiful THRIFTY display you have here...I'm a big fan of white ironstone and milk glass too:)


Designs on 47th Street said...

Hey Sue! We could have written dual posts! I too am on the lookout for blue dishes. :) There are so many beautiful tablescapes and just decorative accessories by bloggers using blue (and white). I love what you have found so far. I just found some new pieces yesterday that I love. Seems I'm doing much better on the white than the blue, but like you say ~~ it's a start.
I love your soup tureens too.
Fun post!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your hutch looks so pretty, Sue! I like your blue and white and all white dish collection. I own a few small pieces of Delft china and I always liked the blue and white designs on them

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

PS: Love your new blog header!

bj said...

You have a wonderful start on your collection. Hoping you find more this spring and summer. :))

Susie Q said...

You knew I would love this didn't you?? : )
So, when do we start garage/estate shopping again?? Oh...when the ice melts???

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sue...

My friend, I was just tickled pink to find your sweet note yesterday! It has been a little while since we have visited. This summer has been so busy for me...I have really struggled to keep up with my blogging. Anyway, I hope that my note is finding you and your family all doing well, my friend!

I sooo enjoyed getting a tour around your beautiful hutch! I love how the blue and white looks there! Girlfriend, you have a wonderful start to your blue transferware collection...some lovely pieces!!! I love the cut-out plate...sooo pretty! Love all of your white dishware too! So happy that you shared this sweet post with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week, my friend! Such a treat!!!

Have a wonderful week, Sue!
Chari @Happy To Design

Hartwood Roses said...

Stopping by from Privet and Holly ... I love how you have taken the time to collect such wonderful different examples of blue and white for your hutch. It's really original!!

hello lovely said...

so stunning. my favorite is the crackly tureen!

visiting from Suzanne's party.


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

We are kindred spirits! I also collect dishes. Yours are lovely.

Bonnie said...

I had trouble with spacing on my post today. I am a blue and white lover too. You have some very nice pieces.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Just gorgeous! I find milkglass so charming and wish I made more than some vases.


I love the white pieces mixed in with the blue and white. Lovely.

I am coming over from Suzanne's at Privet and Holly.

Glenda (link #27)

Red Rose Alley said...

I visited your blog today. I saw you on Hope Filled LIving. Your photos are so lovely. I love to go to yard sales and estate sales too. You can find so many interesting things. I was scrolling down and noticed the china pieces you have shown. I have always loved BLUE china. In fact, blue was the color of my china when I got married. Me and my daughters just started a new blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would really enjoy coming back to visit with you and seeing all your wonderful treasures. Hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Olive Cooper said...

Hi Sue, the hutch is so pretty filled with the blue and white collection. My favorite, and it's hard to pick, is the wee white and pale blue pitcher. It is so delicate and sweet. All of them are delightful. hugs♥O

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

You have such a lovely collection, and the fact that you got such a good deal on everything makes it twice as nice. My favorite is the tureen with the lions on the handle.

Privet and Holly said...

Sue, you can
that you are a
stylist. I love
love how that
hutch is styled
and if that is
NOT a blue and
white collection,
then I'm a monkey's
uncle : ) Love
how you remember
where you picked
each piece up and
for how much. Thanks
for joining my
collector party and
for letting us all
have a little peek
through your window!
xx Suzanne

Kathleen said...

I love blue and white, and you have a great collection! Strange! Get your computer to an exorcist asap!

Theresa said...

Your well on your way to a great collection. I had no idea about using hydrogen peroxide for removing stains, I'm going to try it on some of my pieces.


Sue said...

Hey Sue...I wrote a whole thing here and it I'll make this short...Love the milk glass butter dish...been hunting one for a long tme after seeing one here in Atlanta but for $34....You got a great bargain.....

Betsy said...

What a fabulous collection of blue and white! I love all your milk glass and that tureen. Great thrifty finds and a gorgeous display.

Katherines Corner said...

Sue your pieces are lovely. Biggest Hugs!!!

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

love all of it : )

bj said...

I love all your beautiful blues and whites. It's time for me to also do a posting on my blue/white collection. Thanks for the inspiration.
xoxo bj