Monday, November 30, 2009

My Transferware Collection and Santa

Hi everyone,

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are ready for a brand new week! Do any of you have snow yet? I am looking forward to just a few inches of some fluffy white snow some time soon. Our mild weather seems to have left us so maybe soon we will have that winter wonderland.

Anyway, today I have opened my cupboard doors to show you my red and white transferware.Some of you were wondering where I kept all my dishes so this is where a good portion of it is kept but I will show the rest of my storage places later. Somehow, one of my favorite father Christmas's got in the way first-so did you notice his red and white toile coat?I think he was made for me!

ho ho ho!

It is hard to avoid a glare on the glass so I will open the doors.

a closer look

The red and white willow dishes belonged to my husband's great aunt.

We use a wood pellet stove to help heat our home.

I am slowly adding a piece here and there to my collection although I have to confess it is a few pieces smaller after a tragic accident of a dish falling down and sending a few plates to smash on the floor.Now I will have to do a mosaic!

Hope you enjoyed your visit.



FEDERICA said...

Your home looks so cozy!
happy new week!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

oh my gosh.. stunning collection! really warm & cozy room!

Susan said...
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Susan said...

Dear Carolyn...Your dishes look very beautiful. Love the lace trimming, too. Thanks so much for sharing. Sincerely, Susan from

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Gorgeous!!! You married well! Love your cupboards, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Martha said...

Love the transferware -- the red is certainly lovely and certainly looks like Christmas What a great way to display it! Mine is mostly hidden away behind unmirrored doors!

podso said...

I always enjoy a look at your transferware! I would like to pass by those cupboards frequently. Hope you get just the right amount of snow to enjoy!


Eileen said...

I love every detail of every one of your posts, and I love every detail of your home and your collections!
Sorry to hear about the breakage, but so wonderful to think to do a mosaic! All is not lost!

Thanks for sharing!
All the best,

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Beautiful, Carolyn! A feast for the eyes! We have some of the same dishes!! Love red. Have a nice day.


Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Carolyn....So pretty! I envy your collection! Love Santa in red toile!~Patti

Deanna said...

Dear Carolyn,
December Blessings to you!

December is just hours away and I have the excitement of a child!!!
Love this time of the year with all of the decorating and celebrating the Lord Jesus's Birthday.

Your Santa is perfect for you with the fabric he has on!

The dishes are lovely and I'm so glad you've shared with us.

Love your cabinets and the order you display. This all looks so pleasant and inviting. I'll be celebrating and dancing when I can have order in all my rooms after the remodeling gets completed.

For now, I enjoy seeing others order. It's inspiring for me.

God bless,

Madelief said...

Hi Carolyn, You have quite a collection of transferware! It looks very pretty in your kitchen cupboard. You have a lot of space to store all those beautiful items. So handy! I hope you will get some snow soon. The weather in Holland has been very mild as well, with a lot of rain and wind. However, today it is much colder. I think it is seven degrees celcius now. I look forward to snow as well, but I don't think we will get any this week :(

Happy new week!

Lieve groet

Salmagundi said...

My favorite - transferware, and your collection of the red is wonderful. Have a great week. Sally

Islandsparrow said...

Your red and white transferware is so pretty! I'm sorry to hear about some of them breaking. It reminds me of a time when I was a young girl and I was putting away my mother's nice everyday china - it was a stack of plates - and they slipped out of my hands.
Oh dear . . . They seemed to slide off one by one in slow motion and I just watched, paralyzed in horror. Thankfully, my mom was not cross but she must have felt badly. I was glad it wasn't her good china :)

Cindy said...

Very pretty, Carolyn. I love the lace trimming the shelves, everything is looking very festive! We have a smidgen of snow on the ground, more is promised for tomorrow! Yay!! Hugs, Cindy S.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful and warm! It is always a delight to visit your blog, Carolyn!

Enjoy your day,

Mrs. Cherry Heart said...

How I wish I had half of your collection of red transferware!
I love it!
Your display is beautiful!
And that santa is a perfect addition to your collection!

Carolyn you mentioned you heat with a wood pellet stove....we have a coal burner which is huge and ugly and not what I'd want in my victorian parlor!
I would love to switch to a pellet you have any dislikes about yours...and does it heat your whole house? Any info you could send my way would be greatly appreciated! I love getting imput from someone whom actually uses them instead of a salesmen! :-)

Have a beautiful day,
Hugz, Dolly

P.S. No snow here in michigan...I hope it waits until I am finished shopping! :-)

Millie said...

How nice to be able to store the transferware and enjoy it at the same time!

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

beautiful transferwear....I love how you have them displayed...
Mo ;-)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Carolyn, we are kindred spirits! I too have an ongoing love for red transferware. Love your collection, it looks fabulous.xo Lidy

Rhondi said...

Hi Carolyn
I am trying very hard not to be envious of your transferware collection. It is wonderful. And your home looks beautiful for Christmas! Looks like you are all ready for a Christmas house tour!
Hugs, Rhondi

Anonymous said...

Oh Carolyn these are beautiful pictures as usual. I love your transfer ware and it looks so festive and Christmas looking with the rest of your decorating!!


Sarah said...

Carolyn, your red and white transfer ware is fabulous. How fortunate to have your husband's great aunt's set of red willow. I don't know that I've seen red willow before. I'm very envious of your red and white dishes. Thanks for showing this. Love the Father Christmas in his red toile. Perfect! I'm off to see some of the other posts using your red and white.....Sarah

French Kissed said...

Thanks for sharing your amazing collection. I adore red and white transfer ware but my small collection pales in comparison. And I love the way you have so beautifully displayed them. I also just discovered that you have added me to your blog list~ I feel honored and do so appreciate it. You have a wonderful site and I look forward to many visits here.

maría cecilia said...

Wow Carolyn!!! your collection is amazing and beautifully displayed!!!! You are such and elegant lady!!!! Lots to learn from you...
Come to see my roses.
Hugs to you
María Cecilia

Sheila said...

Hi Carolyn, I love your Toile Santa! Do you happen to remember where you got him? Or would you have any interest in selling him?

Carolyn said...

Hi Sheila
I love that Santa too. I bought him a few years ago at Winnera .....similar to TJMAXX if you are in the U.S He is safely packed away in the attic until next year.
Thanks for your visit