Sunday, January 18, 2009

Happy Blue Monday



Over the years I have gone through various decorating phases and themes. My apple phase was about 12 years ago after the second remodeling of our kitchen. I had one wall that was wallpapered in blue and white checks with an apple border. The valances on the kitchen curtains matched the wallpaper. I had apple tea towels, an apple clock, apple baskets, apple glasses, and about anything else you could imagine. My apple decor was all trimmed with blue. About the only thing left from that period is my set of apple dishes which I still love. The set has a blue accent color.




The big mug is wonderful for a steaming cup of coffee.

The bowl is the perfect size for some delicious home made soup.


The dinner plate is huge. I usually use this set of dishes when I have guests for lunch.

Christmas is past for this year but I'd like to share this lovely vase that my third grader Grandson Dawson lovingly made and so proudly gave to me. He had it wrapped beautifully. I can hardly wait for summer weather so I can use the vase to hold gorgeous flowers. In the meantime, I have it displayed on my hutch.



Sally at
http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/ hosts Blue Monday. Blue Monday participants increase each week thanks to Sallie's hospitality. Please visit Sally and you will open the doorway to a varied assortment of beautiful shades of blue. Thanks Sallie!!!



48 comments:

Susan said...

Love your blues! Happy Blue Monday!

Melissa Wertz said...

What a pretty vase! Love the apple dishes as well. Happy Blue Monday!

Becky said...

I love the apple design Sweetie.Ive seen it in Woodshed,I dont know if you know that store or not.The vase is very sweet.I love things kids make.Happy Blue monday!

Jeni said...

Love the apple dishes -very pretty. And the vase -that's a talented young artist you have in your family!
Peace -and stay warm!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sweetie, I love your blue china, but that vase is extra, extra special. What a treasure! Things that children make are always the best. :-)

Happy Blue Monday!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Happy To Be said...

GM Sweetie love the Apple dishes...and girl you know that vase is Priceless..love ya sis...hugs and smiles Gloria

White Iris Designs said...

That vase is priceless!! What a wonderful gift made with loving hands...he must love his Grandmother very much! How proud you must be!

Chris said...

I know you show your vase with pride. And I love your apple dishes. Sure hope your feeling much better by now.

Hugs,
Chris

Barbara H. said...

Those are so cute! My mom decorated her kitchen and dining area with green and red and apples. She passed away three years ago and sometimes I feel a pang when I see apple decorations in the store, but sometimes they make me smile, like yours did.

That's a sweet vase!

prof en retraite said...

Hi Sweetie..Love those apple dishes. But the best is Dawson's vase... a masterpiece! Aren't grandchildren wonderful? Hugs...Debbie

Linda said...

First, I hope you are feeling better, Sweetie. Today's items are so pretty.
Also, I left you an award today!!

http://www.imaweekendcook.blogspot.com

onlymehere said...

Gifts from our kids and grandkids are the best! I really like your apple dishes too. I just used a little bit of apples in my decor and I still have them displayed! Glad you're feeling better.

Helen said...

The vase is my very, very favorite. Be certain to tell this talented young man how much we all like his artwork. Now, you must show us later how it looks with flowers.

Sharon said...

Love your dishes but I too, like that very special vase from your very talented grandson.Those type of gifts are the most valuable to us.
Hope that you are feeling much better today.
God Bless

Judy said...

I love the vase your grandson made for you. I know you will keep it forever and display it proudly. I have three pieces, each made by one of my children in ceramics. They are displayed in my bookcases. I would not take anything for them. I love large dinner plates. I guess that is why I like my Bybee Pottery. The plates are huge. Your appleware is very pretty. Like those big cups, too.

Ruthie said...

What a special vase! You'll treasure that for years to come. I love your dishes also.
Hope you are feeling better.
Smiles.

kbbryant said...

cute cute dishes to match the apple kitchen. And what a sweet keepsake from your son.

Happy Blue Monday
Kathy b

Envoy-ette said...

What a wonderful vase! He really did a great job! Your flowers will look lovely in it, and he will be so proud! (Midwestern Family)

Susan S. said...

Glad to see you are feeling better and got over your bug. Your blue dishes are cute and so inviting.

Nancy said...

I am so happy to see you are posting and must be feeling better.
The dishes are very cute and the vase your Grandson made is priceless. Their gifts are just the best.
I hope your day is going well.
Love Nancy

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I had a apple theme( well kind of) in the early 80's. Mine was more fruit. I still have a couple treasure from those days. I love your dinnerware. And what a beautiful gift from your grandson. I can't wait to see it filled with flowers.
Hugs, Terrie

Raggedy Girl said...

Happy Blue Monday!
I too am in a decorating change of style and am making plans to weed out and un-wallpaper. Very timely post for me as I am always glad to know that what I am feeling is not just me.
Roberta Anne

Carol said...

It is indeed a HAPPY Blue Monday !
Your pictures are so pretty and the vase.....aren't Gransons just
" the cats meow" ? Kohl,my 9 year old granson, painted me a pretty bottle for Christmas and I display it so proudly in my Library ! Stay warm Sweetie, I take it you are feeling better?

Smilingsal said...

I collect apples too! That's another thing we have in common. Your grandson is a treasure to make you such a beautiful vase.

My modum was sick and my local internet company fianllyfixed it. Mr. Linky is up now; please come link in. Happy Blue Monday.

Charli and me said...

How blessed you are to recieve such a wonderful gift. I would love to recieve a beautiful vase like that. Your didches are lovely too. I also love your music. Very nice. Happy Blue Monday!

Lorrie said...

Happy Blue Monday--I just love the vase your grandson made for you. You'll have to take a picture to show us when you put flowers in it in the summer!

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

I love your vase and all your travel photos!

Carlotta said...

Thanks for stopping by my place Sweetie. I love the vase your grandson made. I would display it proudly as well.
~Carlotta~

jeanne said...

Sweetie, your blue today is very cute but my favorite is your blue vase made by your sweet grandson Dawson. he did a lovely job and he is just a little guy. I will look forward to seeing flowers in your sweet gift.

Hugs...Jeanne

Shelia said...

Evening, Sweetie. Oh, I love those dishes. What a happy pattern. Now that vase is just precious and even more so knowing your little grandson made it for you!
Thank you for your sweetness, Dear One. It's hard to take care of myself right now, but I know I must. I'm kinda getting really tired. I know God will help me.
Be a sweetie, Sweetie, lol
Shelia :)

Candy said...

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessed is she whose quiver is full.
Blessings, Candy

char72 said...

Love the dishes and the pretty vase can hardly wait to hold some beautiful flowers.
Charlotte

The Muse said...

awww. he sure loves you...but we aren't surprised :) we love you too :)

he really did a fine job...the colors are great together, arent they?

the dishware is very happy and cheerful...lol and i had to laugh because I always seem to judge my dishware on just how much will they hold! :)

still keeping you close to my heart :)

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Isn't it funny how we change our style..... I had a duck period... your apple dishes are sweet. that vase is just beautiful ....my he must love you so to make it just for you,,
HUgs
Linda

Linda said...

Hi Sweetie, I'm glad you are feeling better. What a precious vase made with little loving hands...this is the kind of gift I love. Happy Blue Monday....I'm late so it might be Tuesday for you....hugs, Linda

kymber said...

Hi Sweetie,
Thanks for stopping by to visit and leaving such a sweet comment on my blue monday post. It is great to meet you! I love your blue treasures - especially the sweet vase that your grandson made for you. Arent't those the greatest treasures? The ones that you receive from your beloved family? I know that every time you use it you will think of him and he will be so proud to see how much grandma loves him by displaying it.
Blessings on your day today!
Kymber

Heidi Pocketbook said...

What a sweet, useful gift from your dear grandson. I can see it holding red tulips in the spring, daisies in the summer, etc...

Cam said...

What a lovely choice for Blue Monday! And I have apple wallpaper in my kitchen too :)

Lisa said...

I also went through an apple phase. I decorated our family room with apples. All that remains is the lightswitch cover, which I still think is cute.

The vase is a treasure. The blue will surely stand out with whatever color flowers you display. I am picturing bright yellow blooms. Be sure to show us the vase in "action".

Mojo said...

Now that's my kinda mug.

splummer said...

Hi!
I have never done apples in my kitchen. But my ex-daughter in law did. Love your vase. It's beautiful!! Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!!

Sherrie

ellen b. said...

Hello Sweetie,
I'm late in getting around to Blue Monday so happy Tuesday to you. I think hand made gifts that our kids or grandkids create are so special. That really is sweet!

PEA said...

I don't blame you for keeping those dishes, they're just so delightful!! Isn't it funny how our decorating tastes change every few years...I think I've changed my kitchen decor 4 times now! lol

What a sweet little vase your grandson made for you, a real treasure for sure:-) xoxo

Sue said...

Sweetie,

I love the vase your grandson made-- would he share the instructions, I would like to try this.


sue

Jan Parrish said...

I love that wonderful vase your grandson made. I can just imagine it with a wonderful bouquet of daisies.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi Sweetie, I like your apple dishes.And what a treasure your vase is.

imjacobsmom said...

That vase is so sweet! It sure does deserve a special place! I went through an apple phase,too. Mine was green checks though. Hope you're feeling like your ol' self again! ~ Robyn

ksarra said...

Hi Sweetie, sooo glad to know you had a good day, sounds like so much fun. Those apron patterns are adorable, and I know you'll create many happy memories while quilting with your daughters!