Monday, February 2, 2009

Happy Blue Monday


My paternal Grandmother, Ruth, was such an elegant lady. Gram was born in Denver, Colorado in 1891. Her family went from Denver, CO to Springfield, IL where she and her sister attended a private girls' school. Gram loved art. A print of the famous painting, Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough, hung in her foyer.

My Grandmother served tea and Petit Fours each afternoon. I have several of her cups, saucers, and dessert dishes in this pretty design. As some of the pieces are discolored, I hesitate to use them.

Gram served a variety of tea. Her favorite was Constant Comment.

Gram loved to burn candles. I recently found these votive holders when going through some of my mother's things. I think that they belonged to Gram.

Gram had vases of all colors and sizes. In the summer his pretty blue vase was filled with roses from her garden. Gram was such a special woman. I will share some of her unique story with you later.

Sally at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/ hosts Blue Monday. Blue Monday participants increase each week because of Sally's hospitality. Thanks Sally!!

46 comments:

Elizabeth said...

These are some great blues from your grandmother. I love the china, but I'd hesitate to use it also. Paint might be lead. Constant Comment is my favorite tea, too!

Heidi Pocketbook said...

I loved seeing your grandmother's pretty items. I look forward to you sharing stories about her--I'll bet they are interesting.

Happy Blue Monday :-)

bj said...

Oh, Sweetie, these are all so lovely. Especially because you loved your Grandmother so much.
Happy day, bj

Stacey said...

Very pretty blues, Sweetie. :)

debbie said...

HAPPY BLUE MONDAY SWEETIE,
I SO ENJOYED SEEING YOUR BEAUTIFUL TREASURES WITH SUCH MEMORIES. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR SHARING THEM.
BLESSINGS
debbie

ksarra said...

I'm really looking forward to learning more about your "Gram." Isn't it amazing the effect that the love of a grandparent can have for generations???

Smilingsal said...

I've been wondering when someone would post Blue Boy; I'm so glad you did, and with a story too! I love that painting. Obviously, your Gram was a discerning woman. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday!

Susan said...

Beautiful blues from your grandmother! I really love the vase. I am looking forward to hearing some stories..I love family stories!

I don't habe many things from wither of my grandmothers...but the few items I have are very precious!

Susan

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sweetie, these are such beautiful things, and how special that they belonged to your Gram! Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

I love your new header. That photograph is incredible! I feel like I'm on that beach.

Happy Blue Monday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I meant to say on that water! LOL! It's early, and I was up way too late, Sweetie. It's still GORGEOUS! :-)

XO,

Sheila

Jeni said...

I love your "Blue Monday" and seeing a glimpse of your dishes and/or other glass collectibles. I really love the pattern on the cup and saucer and plate you displayed today. Very pretty!

TheWritersPorch said...

You are so lucky to have so many treasures from your Gram. I hope my grandaughters will treasure my things when I'm gone. I have a set of "wild roses dishes" my paternal Grandmother got many years ago for buying furniture.I treasure them!
Have a great day Sweetie!

Becky said...

Very nice!I will be interested in knowing more about her.

White Iris Designs said...

Wonderful memories...Mmmm Petit Fours are one of my favs.
Have a Super Monday!

Linda said...

Happy Blue Monday Sweetie, such pretty treasures from your Gram. Tea and sweets in the afternoon is a lovely tradition. I loved reading your happy memories of her and look forward to more of her story...hugs, Linda

onlymehere said...

Absolutely beautiful, and the memories associated with them are beautiful too! I seem to have some posts to catch up on here as I've been away from blogland for a bit. Smiles.

prof en retraite said...

Hi Sweetie...Your Gram sounds like such a wonderful lady! I know you must love having her things. And Constant Comment is my fav, too! Have a great week...Debbie

tardevil said...

Love your Gram's blue things!

Happy To Be said...

GM Sweetie...what fun blues you had today..and girl I just love things that belong to my family..alway said if there was a fire they would be the things I would grab first..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

JudyBug said...

What a sweet tribute to your grandmother. Love all your pretties!

Bridget said...

What wonderful memories. I'll be looking forward to the stories!

Betty said...

Hi Sweetie,

I enjoyed seeing some of the lovely things that had belonged to your grandmother.

Nancy said...

It is so special that you have your Grandmothers things. I wish I did. I feel happy to have my Mother's things. I never got to know my Grandmothers very well, they died when I was very small.
Beutiful things to share with us.
Have a good day.
Love Nancy

Melissa Wertz said...

Sweetie, I hope that you are having a good day. love the dishes and I know you have great memories of having tea with your gram, candles all lit and flowers in the vase and using the lovely china. Happy Blue Monday!

Bo said...

Hi Sweetie...I'll bet that's where you inherited your love for blue things...How nice to remember such nice moments of your grandmother...
Hugs, ;-) Bo

kbbryant said...

What a sweet tribute to your gram to post all her blue things!


Kathy b

ellen b said...

Hi Sweetie,
What beautiful blues and sweet memories of your grandmother! Happy Blue Monday to you!

Sharon said...

What a beautiful blues Monday.
I can't wait to hear your stories.
I love reading about families.
God bless.

Mama said...

Hello Sweetie, What a beautiful post, Blue Boy is an incredibly lovely painting, you have such wonderful treasures from your family, I also look forward to hearing about your Gran, Kathy.

Cam said...

All lovely blue things to treasure for sure!

judicreations said...

Hi Sweetie
Isn't it special to have those lovely pieces that belong to your Gran? I know I would be careful using her dishes too especially if they are discolouring.
Thank you for this lovely Blue Monday post.
have a great evening
Judi

Carlotta said...

Hi Sweetie, Happy Blue Monday!! I love the blue vase. It's nice to find things that are from past relatives we treasure. The painting is really nice as well. The boy looks so dapper.
~Carlotta~

Love Bears All Things said...

A very special Blue Monday. You should join us in "I Remember When"...
Mama Bear

Marie said...

Hi
It's wonderful to have a part of our family that continues to give love from one hand to the next. You have a sweet blog.
Marie

ksarra said...

Hi Sweetie, just stopping by to say hi, and that I hope you had a great day. "Talk" soon!

Mojo said...

Petit fours every afternoon? Man I hope she wasn't actually making them every day! They're cool and all that, but how tedious!

Unless of course, you're a professional baker/pastry chef (which I am definitely not) in which case it's no big deal.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Love your dishes .You are so lucky to have them.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Your grandmother must have been a very elegant gracious gentlelady. Her blue things are so pretty!

Katherine

Lady Katherine said...

Loved seeing your grandmothers china and glass! So lovely, petite fours, I do love so, second time this week some has talked of them. I have not made them in years, I need too! They are so yummy! Wish we had a surplus store here, I saw where you got such a great deal on the baskets.

Sandi McBride said...

I believe your Gram was a woman ahead of her time, full of grace and a lot of class...
hugs
Sandi

Donna Marie said...

Sweetie, it is so nice to have a piece of something from your Grandmother... especially "something" she loved! (LUCKY YOU)

I miss you. I hope all is well! How's the family? You are all still in my prayers and thoughts!

xoxoxoxoxo
Donna Marie

Cherdecor said...

What an elegant lady was your grandmother! I think you have her genes for you, yourself, are so elegant! You handle hard times so well and you have such class. Your faith in God is evident to all and you are so loved. I enjoyed looking at all your grandmother's things. WOW! how blessed you are!

PEA said...

How wonderful that you have some of your gran's beautiful dishes and vases. I know I treasure what I have that belonged to my gran as well:-) My mom loves blue and has always decorated her home in blues...I remember her having a picture of Blue Boy in her foyer as well:-) xoxo

Debra said...

Nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I love your Blue Monday post!

The Bliss Journey said...

Wonderful blue treasures. Happy blue Monday.
Kathleen

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