Friday, August 15, 2008

Pink Saturday

What started it all:

Happy Pink Saturday! I hope you all have had a great week. Mine has been good but busy. Today I thought I would share with you what I think started my love affair with pink. Did anyone read the Little House books? I found them in second grade and have loved them ever since. They absolutely entranced me. I think it reminded me of my Great Grandma Cordelia who used to live with my paternal grandparents when I was less than 5. She used to tell all us great grandchildren stories of living in Oklahoma when it was Indian Territory. We are part Native American( Creek Muscogee) and she was a tribal member. I remember her talking about riding in a covered wagon. Well this is really round a bout but as a result I fell in love with all the Little House books. In one of the books it talked about Laura having a hope chest for when she would be married some day and how she would save things up she would need for her own household. I loved that idea so when I was in 5th grade I decided to start a hope chest for myself. I had a cardboard box instead of a lovely wood chest but it worked fine. I began to save things up like measuring spoons or placemats I liked. When I was in high school, my sister Janet had a friend whose mother decided to get rid of her china. Her daughter didn't want it and somehow it got offered to me(I'm not sure why as I had never met her mother before). Anyway I took her up on the offer and below is the lovely china. I think I already liked vintage things that reminded me of my grandmother Marie's home but I began to fall in love with pink when I got this beautiful china. Here it is:

Isn't it lovely! Someday I would love to aquire the pieces I'm missing but it's only a someday wish, not a need. Below is a closup of the floral motif.

I've added some pictures below that hang in my tiny dining area that used to hang in my mother's bedroom. I believe she found these at a garage sale and fell in love with them. Now they just remind me of her everytime I see them. My mother died in 1995 at the very young age of 58. I miss her every day but I look forward to seeing her again.

I've been playing with paper and images all week and having boatloads of fun. Below is an image on my inspiriation board that hangs over my computer area.

Well I just want to say Thank You for stopping by for a visit. I always love reading your comments. It is so fun to get to meet new people. Don't forget to stop and visit with the other lovely ladies all listed on Beverly's blog-



Happy Pink Saturday!

By the way...I love your blog music! Lovely Pink pieces!

~ Gabriela ~

Kay Bratt said...

I loved the Little House series, too! But only the books, not the tv shows. The books rocked.


Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Susan.

I loved the story of your family that you shared with us. I loved the Little House books. My third grade teacher introduced me to them.

How wonderful that you have these pictures which belonged to your mother. I know you treasure them. I, too, believe we will see our loved ones again.

suesueb said...

what beautiful memories! and how lucky you are to have received such gorgeous china. have a great pink day!

Lochlanina said...

Happy Pink Saturday.

Dawn said...

I like the story of your hope chest. I think you had a wonderful idea in the fifth grade. The dishes you received are beautiful, as are the paintings.

Happy Pink Saturday!

take care,

Anonymous said...

Your china is almost like mine! I have Homer Laughlin Marilyn! Come and take a peek! Happy Pink Saturday!

MyBigMouth said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

dana said...

I love that china---I love the story even more! Thanks for a lovely and interesting share of story and text! Great job!

Cottage said...

Loved reading the story behind the china. It is beautiful! Made moreso by the sweet memories.

Judy said...

I also loved the little house series and enjoyed reading about your MOM. Hope you have a blessed week.

You just need to prime brass or metal before painting on it. not hard to do

Joy said...

Such elegant pink items.

Picket said...

Hello friend...I loved the Little House series and those dishes are gorgeous as well as those paintings..beautiful post girl and I loved the stories about your loved ones...thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great weekend!

Kathy said...

Love that china! What a great gift you received. The pictures hanging in your dining room are so lovely and a wonderful remembrance of your mother.

My Crafty Little Page said...

Beautiful pink things. The dishes that got you started are just lovely. Wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing them. Hugs, Nancy

Joanna {sweet finds} said...

What a lucky girl! I cant believe someone passed up the dishes. They are beautiful. xoxo, Joanna

Pink Slippers said...

Thanks for visiting me...The house is a "Barbie Dream House" of course. LOL. I remember having one as a little girl, and boy I loved it. Have a beautiful Sunday.

Deborah said...

I was just watching Little House On The Prairie! Really!!

Someone actually gave you that gorgeous china?! Lucky you. I'm certainly glad you appreciated them enough to keep them and share them with us.

She'sSewPretty said...

I love your story of the hope chest. I always wanted one too. That china is wonderful. Is it Home Laughlin? Have a wonderful Pink weekend!

Vanessa Greenway said...

Beautiful printings! have a great day! Vanessa

Cori G. said...

HI Susan,
Thanks for posting on my blog and the sweet comment about my hubby. He is a treasure and I'm thankful to have him.
Your china is beautiful! Is it Homer Laughlin? I have a few of those peices only with the pale blue rim. They are some of my favorites. Have a wonderful weekend.

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Happy PINK SATURDAY (a few days late...LOL!)

Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments for me...especially about our music, which I think is so pretty and relaxing.



Jeanne said...

What a sweet story and well written text. Lucky girl getting those dishes. They are beautiful. Your pictures that were your mother's, are a treasure. You are a sentimental person and so am I. I love that.

Take care, Jeanne

Abuela Beauty said...

I loved the Little House series!!
Happy PS!! Later but sure!!
Thanks for visit my blog!
I just posted the photos of my trip!!
If you want you can see them on my blog!

Besitos from Argentina!!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Susan!

Lovely eye candy for Pink Saturday! I love that china plate to! Good luck collecting more pieces!


kari and kijsa said...

Thank you for your encouraging words during this difficult time. Thank you again for all your thoughtful comments, time and prayers.

kari & kijsa

artis1111 said...

Pinkness to you! Love the painting. Kathy

Mya said...

The dishes are beautiful but I absolutely love the image on your inspiration board. Great job. Happy pink alot late.

Margie said...

I loved your story about your hope chest, what a sweet way to get hooked on *pink*! The china is so lovely! I also love the Little House series!