Tuesday, April 9, 2013

An Inadvertent Embarassment of Riches


Footed Cup & Saucer Set in the First Love pattern by Paragon
First Love by Paragon


....A Steaming Spot of Splosh from a Gleaming Silver Teapot
into An Old Country Rose Cup!  What a delight!

Wedgwood Royal Homes of Britain

My Newest China !  The Royal Homes of Britain by Wedgewood

When my husband Eric and I announced our intention to marry some twenty years ago, we were not exactly your average engaged couple.  While all of our friends had married at relatively young ages, I was 36 and Eric was nearly forty when we "tied the knot".  I felt pressure to be "mature" about our wedding plans, so we had a small, simple ceremony and a minimalist wedding reception that was nice but not in any way extravagant. Even though I loved dishes, I didn't choose a china pattern and didn't put our name on a wedding gift registry.  I felt that all that "hooferah" was meant for younger couples and might be construed as inappropriate for people of our advanced years.  I don't know where I got these silly notions, and had I to do it over again, I would throw caution to the wind and indulge in whatever nuptial celebratory fancies  we might take a shine to.  However, I married the man of my dreams and have no intention of trading him in for a younger, richer or more handsome model and I suspect he feels the same way about me, so that ship has definitely sailed. My desire to "act my age" meant that we started off our married life with very few material possessions.  However, as we look forward to our 19th wedding anniversary this coming July, I am grateful that we have been blessed with not only a strong marriage but with a great many beautiful "things" along the way, not the least of those including not one but THREE beautiful sets of dinner china!

 I can't explain why in my mid forties my preferences changed so drastically, but for whatever reason, be it altered taste, or just missing my mom, I fell in love with Old Country Roses  with inexplicable passion.  I was over the moon when at Christmas time Eric gifted me with a setting for four, including dinner, bread, and side plates, cups and saucers and rimmed soup bowls.  I received the self same set the next Christmas giving me a setting for eight, and the teapot, creamer, sugar bowl and coffee pot followed shortly thereafter.  For our fifteenth wedding anniversary my dear friend, June gifted us with a matching platter, and I have picked up a few smaller pieces here and there at garage sales and second hand stores.  To my mind I was all set.  I used my OCR for special occasions like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and Birthdays.  Determined that they would not just sit and look pretty I also used them to serve afternoon tea to friends, or even when I was by myself sipping a solitary spot of splosh over the reading of a good book.  What I soon realized is that the using of my OCR made the occasion, whatever it might be, special and memorable for my guests as well as for me, so I used it more and more, and to date, have yet to break or chip any of it.  In fact I was told by a friend who knows a lot about these things, that using china makes it stronger, because as the dishes are washed , they are hydrated and made more durable. She encouraged me to use my China at least three times a year, and I am committed to do so, both to enjoy and protect them.

Two years ago a friend arrived at my door with several cardboard boxes filled with china. She was the executor of an estate that included a not-quite complete set of Royal Albert  White Dogwood . I had never seen this particular pattern before.  It boasted a spray of ( you guessed it!)  white dogwood flowers with green leaves and a gold border.  I couldn't decide if I like it or not, so I left it out on my coffee table until I could make a decision on it.  Meanwhile another friend showed up at my door with ANOTHER incomplete set of china, Royal Albert American Beauty. (pale pink roses on white china with a gold rim)  Comparing the two sets, I soon decided that I preferred the White Dogwood .  I offered the American Beauty to a friend who was more than delighted to take it and add to it so as to give it to one of her grand daughters.  Meanwhile, I now had two sets of china, one for the summer and one for the winter, and was always on the look-out for occasions to use each set at least three times a year to enjoy and protect them.

Vintage Royal Albert American Beauty Pink Rose China Teacup Trio

...American Beauty china pattern

Last summer, while with hubby on one of our many Saturday garage sale excursions, I came across a lady who was selling her gorgeous blue and white Wedgewood China, The Royal Houses of England .  I acknowledged them as being beautiful, but I passed them by quickly thinking that I could never afford to pay what she was PROBABLY asking for them.  After all, we are talking WEDGEWOOD, and that said one thing to me.  It would be way too expensive for me. to even consider.  I did buy a lovely blue and white Sadler Tea Pot from her that would certainly coordinate with my everyday Blue Willow and which cost me the paltry sum of $5.00, but I would not ask about the price of the  Wedgewood, as I just knew her answer would break my heart and probably my bank. As I was perusing other finds, Eric asked me if I had seen the Wedgewood.  Of course I had, but it was out of the question.  So, he inquired, did I think that it was not worth her $50.00 asking price?  Well, it surely was, but with 6 place settings at $50.00 per setting that would be $300.00 dollars and that was certainly more than we had to spend.  Fact was however, she was asking $50.00 for the entire 6 place settings!  I couldn't believe my ears!  Surely there was some mistake.  This WAS Wedgewood, after all.  There was no mistake.  She was an elderly woman who was going into a nursing home.  Her only daughter  was not interested in the china, although she had had it  overly- conservatively appraised for $800.00 at a local antique store that would take it and sell it on consignment.  She decided to just put it in the garage sale and see if she could get $50.00 dollars for it.  I tried to tell her  that it was worth much more than $50.00 dollars, but she explained that it was getting late in the day and that I was the ONLY ONE who had shown any interest in it at all.  She was sure that I would enjoy it  and use it, and she really wanted it to go to someone who would value it.  She was sure I was that person.  If I would pay her $50.00 dollars for the set, she would GIVE me the blue and white Sadler for free.  Now I  have three sets of china, all of them lovely  I have one for Winter (Old Country Roses) one for Spring (The Royal Houses of England)  and one for Summer (White Dogwood) I am bound and focused to use them each three times per year for my enjoyment and their protection.

Last week I was sad to learn that my dear friend Kristin had lost her beloved Dad quite suddenly and unexpectedly.  Her mom had died some years earlier. Kristin and her younger sister are lovely  women but with no interest in china. As Kristin was in the process of packing up her parents' home, she thought of me as she looked at her mom's china collection.  She has no idea what the name of the pattern is, but she knows I will love it.  Would I be interested in having it?  Well,  there is always Fall to be considered.  What an embarrassment of riches I enjoy!                

I am also joining these ladies for...

~ Metamorphose Monday @

~ Teacup Tuesday @ http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.ca/

~ Tabletop Tuesday with Marti @ http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/03/157th-table-top-tuesday_25.html


~ A Return to Loveliness with Kathy@ http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/

Teatime Tuesday and also Home blog party on Wednesday with Sandi @ http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com/

~ Friends Sharing Tea (on Wednesday) @ http://bernideensteatimeblog.blogspot.ca/ 

~ Wow Us Wednesdays @ http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ and also @

~ Home And Garden Thursday @ http://www.adelightsomelife.com/2013/04/home-and-garden-thursday-18.html

~ Tablescape Thursday  @ 

... and also @

 ~ Show And Tell Friday @

~ Feathered Nest Friday @

~ Festive Friday Fiesta @

~ Saturday Show Off / Easter Show Off @

~ Seasonal Sundays @


Regards, Scone Queen Rose



  1. So enjoyed reading your story. Sometimes God just blesses us because he loves us. Enjoy your china. Have a great day!


    1. Thank you Graceful Rose for your very kind comments. I have been on a rather long blogger nap for the past two years or so and it was wonderful to have you respond to my first post in many a year! I look forward to seeing what you are up to on your lovely blog! thank you from the bottom of my heart!


  1. It was so fun hearing your stories and adventures of how you got these lovely things!!! I am so glad to have to link to Friends Sharing Tea.

  2. Good morning,
    I have just found your blog and I love the name of it. Your story was so well told and I was hanging on just hoping you got that blue set before someone else got it. It went to a good home, obviously, where it would be appreciated and loved and how sweet was that little lady. You probably made her happy to know that it was appreciated.
    I have several sets of dishes too and grab different ones all the time. I tease that my husband never know what plates he will be served on. He teases that I have them all over the house and I guess he is right.
    All of yours are beautiful. I love American Beauty!!
    Come visit~Ruthie from: http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com

  3. Hello, It seems you are a magnet for china! lol! Lucky you! I can't imagine being bribed to buy a set of Wedgwood for only $50 by throwing in a Sadler tea pot! OMGOsh! Only a collector of china would understand how outrageous that is. Like saying here, take this free money, oh and I'll throw in a sports car too! lol!
    Your American Beauty set is soooo lovely! I have never seen a whole set of it but it must have been gorgeous!

  4. Hello my friend,
    It has been quite the blogger snooze you have been on. I have checked in on you several times over the past two years and I'm so happy to have you come to my tea party once again! {I 'met' you through Wanda Lee} at one of her virtual parties.
    How blessed you are to own so many beautiful dinner patterns. One for three seasons and perhaps a fourth? Lovely!
    When I got married, believe it or not, I wasn't interested in having a set of china. Perhaps because I thought I would never be able to afford a whole set, although I have always loved it! Having been employed at a jewlery store when I was first married, I started a set of Lavender Rose for my Mum. How things have changed since those early days! I adore china and have many teacups in my possession now as well as my mother's Lavender Rose china. I collect JB Rose Chintz and I adore red transferware.
    I so enjoyed reading your post and all the ways you came to have your beautiful china. Thank you for sharing and have a delightful day.


  5. What a great story, and wonderful sets of china! All are some of my favorites! What a blessing for you! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  6. Love the stories of your china! Only a fellow dish nut like myself could appreciate your tale. Thanks for sharing..by the way, I recently acquired some Old Country Roses and love it.

  7. Oh what a fabulous post and I so loved your story. Isn't God awesome, we just never know what He will do for us next. Thanks you so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. Great to see you back dear Scone Queen, Rose!

    Loved your post. It is so well written, and also I know you so enjoy your lovely dishes and how you also share the gift of hospitality with others as often as you can.

    Hugs, Wanda Lee