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Monday, July 2, 2012

Unpacking What I Brought Home






We're back home! A little wilted and out of focus like what we left behind, but safe and sound. I like the story that baggage tags tell. They're a good metaphor for travel itself. All clear and crisp when you embark on a journey, and a bit tattered and wrinkled when you arrive at your destination or back home. I also like the word "SEA" for Seattle as a sort of memento of our visit. 




Meant to be removed and tossed when they have served their purpose, would a future generation find them fascinating if they are saved? Or is that just a passing evolution of our ephemera loving age?

We travel light. And the rule for shopping is to bring back something small and easy, if at all. And NEVER something breakable. And NO MORE CHINA!!! It's been mentioned that you can always ship things back, but I don't suffer the hassle of that. And it can make your hard won bargain not such a bargain. So what did I bring back?




Ironstone.
 Can I help that I am enamored of big pink stripes this season? Could I resist three matching pieces? Was there any good reason for leaving them behind? No. No. And, uh, No. (Rules were meant... well you know.)

These are all small pieces. The mug is a standard size, to give you an idea of scale. Thankfully my son and daughter-in-law love junking as much as I do, and we found these at a local thrift store. You know how they put a date on the price tags so you know how long an item has been in the store? Obviously nobody wanted these. They had been sitting there waiting for me since February.













The marks from the same manufacturer are different on each piece. And I just love the sublety of the details and the faded pink wash of color.

















 







The nice thing about packing light is that it takes hardly anything to unpack. Now I have to go try to maybe save something from the garden, buy fresh flowers, and catch up on blogs!
Thanks so much for stopping by! It's good to be back home.

Jacqueline




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29 comments:

Olive Cooper said...

Welcome home Jacqueline. The pink and white china is worth breaking some rules for. Looking forward to more with these pieces. hugs, olive

Susy said...

Glad you're back safe and sound, with ironstone in hand. Great pieces that were indeed waiting for you (: Happy 4th!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love your ironstone. They are gorgeous pieces. I've never seen them with the pink stripe. Gorgeous and such a great find. Hugs, Marty

Bente said...

That was so pretty. Love the color.

Have a nice rest of the week.

Hugs

Gracie's Cottage said...

Now that's pretty...well worth whatever may come your way from being such a rebellious rule-breaker!

Jan

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Welcome home, Jacqueline! I have relatives that live in Seattle but I've never been there. Your ironstone is so, so pretty! I love the pink stripe and can see why you couldn't resist. I can't believe those pieces sat in the thrift store since February! You really lucked out! Your bird is pretty cute, too.

Anne said...

I have not seen ironstone like that.Lucky you!I know it will look perfect in your home.I love bringing treasures back from our trips.
((Hugs))
Anne

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Those pieces were meant to be yours. Glad they got home safely.

chateau chic said...

Of course you had to get those breakables! :-) Such pretty finds, too hard to resist.
Glad you're home safely,
Mary Alice

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
It was meant to be, dear friend! So glad these pieces found their way home with you! That figurine is definitley unique!!! Get some rest! I'll be back to see another post featuring this newest find of ironstone in pink!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Bella said...

Hi J,
Well glad you have made it home safe and sound, and that the weather treated you nicely! The new dishes are yummy, love the fat pink stripe! Fun new figurine, heron(ish)?
Hugs,
Bella

Faux Pas Farm Gal said...

Your new pink ironstone is lovely!! I would have broken the rules, too!!

Jen said...

Pink and white? Perfect! Worth breaking a rule or two.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

i've NEVER seen ironstone with pink like that! oh my...LOVE! I would have definitely brought it home with me as well! lucky YOU!

Honey at 2805 said...

I've been reading about your vacation! Your pink trimmed ironstone is quite a find. No wonder you couldn't leave it behind!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oooh, the pink on that set IS LOVELY!
Like it was meant for you. I also like the bird in the nest... Is that a Crane/ or a heron?

I just don't know...but I'm fancying the birds right now.
Pat

Cottage and Broome said...

I love those pink and white dishes, glad they came home with someone that will appreciate them. I once lugged home in my suitcase a LARGE silver serving tray that I got at Brooklyn Flee market. What was I thinking…. have a great 4th, Laura

jeanetteann said...

Such a lovely set,no wonder you couldn't leave it behind.Welcome home. xx

ImSoVintage said...

Welcome back. I don't think I could have passed those by either :)

Cindy said...

They're wonderful! I can't believe they've been in the thrift shop since February... wouldn't be if i lived there! I love how you broke ALL your rules...

Cindy

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

The pink stripe ironstone is wonderful! never seen it before, I would of wanted it too. Glad your home safe and sound.

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Jacqueline, I was behind on my visits and just read your past several posts and enjoyed your wonderful photos of your trip to Blaine. I can see why you chose to buy these pretty ironstone pieces as they are very unique with the pink banding. Enjoy your Fourth of July! Blessings, Pamela

erin said...

there is nothing like finding good treasures AND feeling "good to be back home". sometimes i pack a small siutcase and put that inside a larger empty one, so i can bring back the "goods"....well, you never know what you might find!
erin
xxoo

Linda said...

Well Jacqueline...that was some trip..lovely architecture...beautiful flowers and of course a new pink and white trinket...love it!!!

Happy 4th to YOU girlfriend!!!
Cheers!
Linda :o)

janice15 said...

Welcome back, thank you for stopping by...I just think these are great They look soft and warm...your photos are always beautiful...I know I always say that but it's true...I wouldn't have left any of it behind either...sweet...Happy Tuesday...with love Janice

very merry vintage style said...

I've never seen this type of pottery before. It's gorgeous--love the pink! Stop by and link up if you have time.
Mary

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Love these pieces of ironstone. I have never seen these kind before!

Debbie

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

OOOOhhhhhhh how did I miss this post????

Oh Jacqueline, those pieces are total yumminess! I LOVE that shade of pink!

Yes. It was a moral imperative to bring those back with you, how could you have not?

WHOO HOO love em!

Haworth said...

I love that set, Jacqueline. The details on the bottom of the jug, and the mug handle, are so lovely, and that pink is delicious. I have brought the craziest things home on a plane or train. (A full set of kitchen cannisters, a rug for my front hall. And I once brought an empty picture frame back on a plane. I found it on the curb on "trash day" in New Orleans. Did I mention it was 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide? The steward was kind enough to stow it where they put the garment bags. So much for packing light... HA!

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