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07 December, 2008

Plate Paradise Found...or... Come to Mama!

I was Christmas shopping at the outlet mall when I came upon a sight that made my heart stop...plates edged with grapes! Now if you read my very first post, you may remember that my whole addiction came from a beautiful set of Limoges china that I had to leave behind when I left France. And while these plates are not identical because the grapes and grapevines are larger, it's the closest I've seen. Even better, they were on clearance AND I had a 15% off coupon. So these babies jumped in my trunk before I could stop them!



They are Oneida "Chardonnay" from their casual settings. I bought two sets, so I now have 8 dinner plates, salad/dessert plates, soup bowls and mugs. I only paid $72...that's $9 per place setting! Pretty good, huh? My old stoneware is hitting the storage closet and making room for my new babies!
Now, I'm not claiming that this is a tablescape, so don't judge it by those standards. This is more like show and tell. I 'm not very talented in the tablescape department since many of my plates wind up on the wall. At last count I had 59 of them up there and I'm looking for a place for #60 so I'll have an even number. That doesn't even count the ones you see in the hutch. But...I digress...let me show you the detail on my new babies...



Here's the soup bowl...lovin' those grapes. That's my mom's silverware..."Silver Flutes" by Towle. My service is pewter because that was the style when I got married. I'll show it to you sometime.



Here's the dessert/salad plate. See...I told you this isn't a tablescape. I think I'm too much of a purist to excel in that department. I'm going to have to learn to be less matchy-matchy.



And here's the dinner plate. Don't you love them?



I just love grapes! I think I'd buy almost anything if you put grapes on it.



Look at the leaves! You can even see the veins.



And look at the little tendrils! They even go down onto the plate. I tried to take a picture so you could see, but it didn't work very well. Can you see?



I think part of my love for grapes comes from this...my mom's soup tureen. It was always on the dining room table when I was growing up in the '50's. Isn't it beautiful? I have since seen one in an antique market, but it didn't have the ladle.


I love how the knob looks like a bunch of grapes. Isn't it wonderful?



And look at the handles...they look like grapevines! Don't you love it?



I have saved the best for last, but I am sure you saw it coming...look at how my new babies match my mom's soup tureen!! I am so excited! These guys are not going on the wall...we are going to actually eat from them. As my friend who was with me when I bought them said, "What a novel idea!"

37 comments:

  1. To answer your question, Debbie, YES! I love them! And they are just perfect for you! WOW! I can feel your excitement through the computer screen! LOL! And it's eerily contagious. ;-)

    This is another thing we have in common... I love white plates and have toyed with adding Wedgwood's Nantucket Basket pattern. I have the teapot, sugar, and creamer in it, and I might just have to add some plates. ;-) I found a knockoff pattern, but it had so many blems I took it back. Even the price couldn't entice me. :-)

    Still wondering if your Christmas china is the Lenox Winter Greetings or Tiffany Holiday. I just have twelve dessert plates in the latter (a close friend and her daughters have given them to me each Christmas for the last several years), and I mix those with my fine white china. Gee, there's that white china again!

    I love yours. Great going, Debbie!

    XO,

    Sheila

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  2. I really do like white dishes. They go with absolutely anything and make it look planned. This pattern is very engaging. You are making me a fan. The intricacy of the pattern was not lost on me. It matches your Mother's soup tureen as if they were made by the same company. Your shopping expedition was very fruitful. Congrats.

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  3. You did good!! Your new dishes are wonderful with your great soup tureen. They look like a match. Isn't it just the most fun when you find something that you really love and then of course you have to have it. Can't wait to come to dinner and actually eat off them. lol Hugs Marty

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  4. Thanks for the visit Glenda! You sre so sweet! ...Debbie

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  5. Marty...Come by any time for dinner...but I don't guarantee the cooking!!! lol..Debbie

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  6. Oh, I do really love your mom's soup tureen.I think your new dishes look lovely with it. I think white dishes are a beautiful classic.
    Have a great day!!! Terrie

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  7. Luv THEM!!!! Your soup turine is beautiful! Don't you just get a thrill when these goodies jump in your trunk??? The dishware is just lovely.....you have such MARVELOUS taste!!!! CHEERS!!!!!!! Michele

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  8. Oh Debbie...this was a definite godsend...
    these dishes belonged to you even before you knew it! I am so proud for you... ;-) Bo

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  9. Wow, these are beautiful and what a bargain. I love the way they match the soup tureen. They must have known you were out there looking for them! White dishes are my all time favorite, and the detail on these is wonderful. And I'm so proud that you are going to actually eat from them, not just display them lol. Shopping is so much more fun when you make a find like this. Kathy

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  10. Your new plates are so pretty! They look so beautiful with your mom's piece. Enjoy!!
    Carol

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  11. OH Debbie you did good giel!! I love that they almost macth your Mama soup tureen,,and how special that you have that piece Debbie..glad to hear you will use them and not stacked them under your bed for company only...I use all my china just beautiful girl!! have a great day...hugs and smiles Gloria

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  12. Debbie, when I saw this on my sidebar, I sprinted over. Plates!!!!!! They are GORGEOUS!!!! I adore the details. And I love your tablescape. The tureen is beautiful. Oh, you are going to have so much fun!
    Hugs,
    Gollum

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  13. I CAN EASILY SEE WHY YOU LOVED THEM SO MUCH.THEY'RE BEAUTIFUL.THE TUREEN IS MY FAVORITE.IT'S AWESOME.I'M SO GLAD YOU FOUND THEM.YOU SO DESERVE THEM..ANN

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  14. I LOVE these dishes and recently noticed them myself on a trip through Dillards. But my absolute favorite thing is the soup tureen. Gorgeous!! And they go together beautifully. What a great buy on those dishes!!

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  15. Just found your blog...lovely! And the plates are beautiful...even tacos will be gourmet on those! So when is the party? I hope I am invited..I will be back to look around soon...

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  16. You did good these are lovely;) French

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  17. Oh I wholeheartedly agree...how could you NOT let these darlings come home with you. To have left them in that store alone...just sitting there on a shelf with no table to call its own would have been - well...plateless. gasp! Oh and I love the tureen. I have noticed over the past few years I am getting a love for these, too. I love how they can be displayed in so many ways, and it was fun to serve my pumpkin soup at Thanksgiving. You did good fellow plate hoarder! Very good!

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  18. Oh girl they are soo perfectly YOU!! And yes I love them too! Your moms soup tureen is killer! As an ironstone-o-holic I am salivating! And I have to tell ya Nat King Cole is my absolute fave! Ahhhh what a voice! Vanna

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  19. Hello Debbie...

    Ooooh...I do love your new dishes!!! I've been looking for a set of white dishes and like you...I love anything with grapes on it! I have my kitchen done in grapes and grapevines! I may have to check in to getting this set...wink!!! Anyway, congrats on your "find"...I know you're going to enjoy them!!! They look absolutely amazing with your Mother's soup tureen...it's gorgeous!!!

    Warmest wishes...Chari
    (Happytodesign)

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  20. Oh Deb,Did you see the aura and here the music and then you heard your name, right?That is exactly what happens when I see something I can't live without, at least that is the story I tell hubby.They are gorgeous, I love the glaze it has a transparency to it.they are so you!The soup tureen looks perfectly with the dishes, you see it was totally meant to be.Another fun post from our little plate addict. Love ya kathysue

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  21. Your mother's soup tureen is a treasure. I love dishes too. I have started hanging some in a grouping. This is the first time that I've seen the Chardonnay. They certainly are classy. You got a wonderful buy.
    Sweetie

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  22. those are beautiful! the detail is just wonderful!

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  23. Hi Debbie,
    They are so pretty! I love anything with grapes as well. They are beautiful in the classic white. I've heard that's a Chef's number one choice for dish color. Makes the food stand out and look better they say.
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend. ~Melissa :)

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  24. you better lock your doors...i rather take a fancy to those lovelies myself! LOL (wink)

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  25. White beautiful simple white......absolutely stunning...thanks for sharing.

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  26. Love your new dishes Debbie and that soup tureen of your Mom's is gorgeous!!!!
    Deb

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  27. Debbie, your mother's tureen is beautiful, and your new plates look so pretty with it. What a find! The bargain hunter is impressed! You should do a tablescape with all of this pretty china and the tureen for Tablescape Tues. You already have it started with your picture here. laurie

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  28. I really love your new French style dishes! I've been looking at this same pattern and now, I think your pictures have convinced me that I absolutely must have. Thanks for the wonderful post and fabulous pictures!

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  29. 8 Oneid place settings for $72 *faints dead away*

    These are truly lovely. You can never go wrong with white and dress them up for any occasion. Just exquisite.

    But the piece that is trying to jump though my screen onto my table is that FABULOUS soup tureen!

    This so wondeful to find a group of lovely ladies who share all the cottage ideas and themese,but to see ladies who share my passion for china - I just love it.

    *tries to catch the tureen as it tries to come though my computer* ;)

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  30. I do love your new white plates and serving pieces. Just think of the mixing and matching you will be able to do. :)

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  31. I read this great post yesterday and called J over to see it too. Came back today to leave a comment.

    I love your dishes!

    The soup tureen is fabulous and what special memories it holds.

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  32. Great dishes but oh my goodness! I can't take my eyes off the tureen....it's fabulous! And it comes w/ a familial attachment too? That's a huge bonus.

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  33. Oh, Debbie! I'm so proud for you! Your new babies are beautiful! Your mother's soup tureen is also very beautiful. I thought you were going to say it was from your new dish pattern. They do make a lovely match!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  34. Oh, I do love your new china, Debbie...great snag! The tureen is amazing...what a gorgeous piece! Like Mother, like daughter! :-) Susan

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  35. I love those white dishes and they are a perfect complement to the soup tureen. You are a plate addict...

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  36. Your Mother's soup tureen is just fabulous!! And that new china..what a treasure you found there. I can see how they ended up in your trunk..lol...I found a few tresures myself this a.m. before work..lol.. Naturally, they were dishes.. Good luck on the contest...thanks so much for popping by...
    hugs ~lynne~

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  37. The dishes are beautiful but that soup tureen is to die for! Wanna swap with my peacock dinnerware since my party's over? LOL, J/K! But I am not kidding about the beauty of those babies!...Christine

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie