Saturday, March 13, 2021

Lifestyle Of Love Blog Hop/ Pitchers and Other Dishware

Hi, Friends,

Welcome to another Lifestyle Of Love Blog Hop hosted by sweet Cindy who blogs at County Road 407. Cindy has curated a great group of bloggers who blog in a style that reflects vintage, antiques, farmhouse, and repurposing. We've had some fun themes in this bi-monthly event. If you are coming from Lora B. Create and Ponder, welcome. I love how Lora's blog inspires with her styling of antiques and collectables.

This month we are blogging about one of my favorite things - dishware.
I love all kinds of dishware. I have too many sets but I seem incapable of conducting a purge.
In each set, I'm infatuated with the pitchers. It's a pitcher problem. I cannot say no to a good pitcher. 

They are all over the house and in almost every room. 
After another pitcher arrived via eBay, I decided to count them.

I stopped at 50 or so. Not that I was finished counting, but I was finished, if that makes sense. 
Why have I collected so many pitchers?

They are a perfect little accent piece to go with a theme. 

I've found them at thrift stores for just a few dollars. 

White pitchers allow the eye to rest when other patterns and colors take center stage.

White ironstone pitchers are a perfect neutral accent in farmhouse style.
 They add a smooth glossy element to decor. Ironstone has a heavier weight than porcelain. I have found that some old pieces are marked but some are not. There are plenty of reproduction pieces if antiques are not available. That is how I started collecting. When a better example was found the reproduction pieces were donated to my thrift store. 

Pitchers make a perfect vessel for holding flower arrangements. 

The narrowed top near the spout is wonderful for holding a bouquet together. 

I love and collect pitchers but I adore other pieces of china too. I absolutely love transferware.

Transferware is an applied decoration in which a copper plate or engraving is pressed onto tissue paper. The paper is put print side down onto pottery and fired. Cobalt blue transferware is by far the most prolific but there are other colors as well. Transferware is always a favorite for giving my latest color crush a vintage and antique look. 

We don't eat off of our antique pieces. Those are just for display. We use newer dishware sets for safety reasons.

I'm not a tablescaper but I love to set a pretty table. 

Ironstone is getting harder to find but still pops up at antique stores around here. I've found good examples on eBay. My thrift store rarely has it anymore. 
Transferware is still readily available at my favorite antique stores but it is pricy. Type transferware into the search bar on eBay and it will yield some great examples. It's even possible to search by color. 
Mulberry or purple is a sought after and hard to find color. 
My favorite resource for our dishware collection is Replacements Ltd. It's not always the cheapest option but it is a great place to add to or replace a piece in a collection. 

Pitchers, platters, and plates are darling additions to your decor. 
Next up is Emily from Le Cultivator. You won't want to miss her beautiful blog and how she uses vintage dishes in her displays. 
See the rest of the links in the boxes below. 
I hope your weekend is off to a great start. 
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  1. Wow, you have an amazing collection, Katie! I have quite a few yellow and green ones and a couple whites; they are so fun to pop flowers in to. But if I had to start counting cake plates...

  2. You have such a great collection of fabulous pieces, Katie! I love how you can dress them up or down no matter what the season. The way you use them as planters is super cute. I'm definitely going to try that too. Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs, CoCo

  3. Very pretty. Where did you get your glass lemon?

  4. I LOVE how you planted pansies in your vintage items! They look so festive and pretty! We don't have them out yet here but soon! xoxo

  5. What is it about pitchers, especially creamers? I guess they're easy to tuck in and don't take up a lot of space. Brown transferware is the most common around here, but I've never ever seen the mulberry, pink, or lavender near here. I love how we can mix transferware with other dish patterns. I love seeing all your pieces. That little Majolica pitcher is wonderful! Happy weekend, Katie!!

  6. I absolutely love your beautiful pitchers Katie. I really want to find some green and white transferware after seeing yours. You have so many great styling ideas, thank you for sharing.

  7. Oh I adore your collection of pitchers and am totally smitten with your velvet strawberries!

  8. I totally agree with you Katie. Ironstone is hard to find around here and the transferware is getting pricey. Can you believe I only have one small oval plate of transferware? I must have a problem. Well, I've seen the light and will now start grabbing it when I can. Love your pitcher problem too. Don't feel bad that you can't seem to purge. I don't think that applies to vintage treasures. ;) So glad you could join us and thank you for sharing your beautiful collection.

  9. I love pitchers, too, and collect when I can. You have a fabulous collection. Same here in Michigan with ironstone.)

  10. You have so many pretty dishes!!! I am loving how you have styled them all! I love filling my pitchers with fresh blooms too!!! So pretty!!!

  11. You have quite the collection of pitchers. I love them all, but especially the blue transferware!!

  12. Your post made me laugh. You stopped counting at 50, because... :)

    I too have a surplus of china, but you made me think more broadly about pitchers. Frequently I haven't gotten purchased them because they are bulkier to store than flat plates. But I am sure I have 30+, (and maybe more, if you start counting creamers, etc.) I had no idea you were such a collector, even though I love your blog and have admired your pieces. (If I can't keep my collection straight, than I definately can't be keeping track of your collection. The link here gives you a link to a page "summarizing" some of my collections. (Scroll towards the middle)

    Interestingly enough, the latest hutch collection had no pitchers because pitchers are stored somewhere else in the basement. LOL.

    I love your blog.

  13. Oh my goodness I want them all! You have the sweetest collection of pitchers and as always I love your vignettes! Sorry I am so late visiting. Beautiful post!

    Happy to feature you tonight at AAH too!