Aug 8, 2008

Lovely Pink Porcelain


Pink Saturday is here again! Beverly, of How Sweet The Sound is our hostess each Saturday for this fun event. Go to her blog to see the list of Pink Saturday participants.

I have some things to show you today that belonged to my husband's mother. She loved dishes and had many beautiful antiques. The really neat thing about my MIL's impressive collection is that she USED and enjoyed each and every piece. It is something I am trying to learn from her. What am I saving my things for? Life is short and special things should be enjoyed.

This gorgeous vase was hand painted by the mother of a life long friend who died tragically five years ago. He was my husband's closest friend for 50 years. Our friend's mom was a close friend of my mother-in-law. The lady was a very talented painter and her favorite surface to paint was porcelain and she painted mostly roses. The vase is 18 inches tall and the white porcelain is painted with lovely pink roses and green leaves. The vase was a gift to my mother-in-law from her friend who painted it. Long friendships between women are so special, but the sweetest part of the story is this. My MIL passed away in September 2004 and the next Spring, the first Mother's Day after my mother-in-law passed away, my father-in-law gave the vase to me as a Mother's Day gift. I always admired the vase but I cherish it now because it was a gift of double meaning. It was a well loved gift to my husbands mother from one of her dearest friends and the mother of our dearest friend, then it was gifted to me by my FIL because he understood its special significance. What a sweetheart my father-in-law was. He joined Mom in Heaven last year.





This pretty little cream and sugar set is white porcelain with pink roses. It was manufactured by Lefton China Company. It is one of their Rose Chintz patterns but I have not been able to identify which one or the year it was made. Anyone have any ideas? It belonged to my mother-in-law and my husband wanted it when she passed away since it was a set she enjoyed using often when entertaining. It is quite lovely and in very good condition. Both my husband and I enjoy having some of the pieces she so loved entertaining with.







My husband bought this sweet little porcelain box years ago when we were traveling. It's ivory and soft pink. The card on the rose says "Thinking Of You". I think it is just precious.



I just love these southern belles! Their dresses are the softest pink. They are quite detailed, with bonnets to protect their porcelain skin from the hot sun, their sage green sash, the pink posies, and the dainty flowers decorating the skirt. My mother, a southern belle herself, gave these sweet girls to me years ago and I love them! They live on one of my living room tables.

That's about it for my Pink Saturday! I anxiously await the lovely pink posts you all have prepared! Happy Pink Saturday blog friends!

25 comments:

Dawn said...

I'm getting around to everyone's S&T Fridays and you're on to Saturday Pink! I haven't discovered that one - what a lot of neat pink things you have.

I like your variety of treasures in your S&T also - I think that globe is beautiful and would want to find someplace where it would show its beuty. I have really pretty globes in my kitchen, but hardly ever look up to see them!

Dawn said...

I'm getting around to everyone's S&T Fridays and you're on to Saturday Pink! I haven't discovered that one - what a lot of neat pink things you have.

I like your variety of treasures in your S&T also - I think that globe is beautiful and would want to find someplace where it would show its beuty. I have really pretty globes in my kitchen, but hardly ever look up to see them!

The Berry's Patch said...

I love all your pink items. Such treasures from family. :-)

ceekay said...

Mercy girl...you do have a collection of items...and they are all so different and pretty. That vase is precious and so are the girls...my fav...well you know that one...the box from hubby!

Gattina said...

Lovely things and your Show & Tell is also very nice !

Beverly said...

Kathy, you have shared such beautiful and treasured things with us today. That vase is just exquisite.

Happy Pink Saturday.

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

What beautiful treasures....just full of memories...
Hugs,
Mo :-)

DebbieCalif said...

Absolutely love that tall vase, it is beautiful. You have wonderful pink things! Great post.
Blessings, Debbie
ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com

GABRIELA DELWORTH said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Such a lovely pink collection you have! Great post!

~ Gabriela ~

g said...

What lovely things. I really like the two southern belles. Very nice.

the story about the vase is very poignant. How lucky you are to have had such wonderful inlaws.

thanks for sharing these things.

Have a great Pink Saturday.

Dawn said...

Kathy your story of your MIL's vase was very sweet. How thoughtful of your FIL to pass it on to you. It must be that he also finds you to be a very special person.

You have a lovely collection of pink today.

Happy Pink Saturday,

Take care,
Dawn

Tracy said...

Hi, Kathy! You have a lovely collection! Nothing prettier than porcelain with touches of pink! Happy Pink Saturday ((HUGS))

MyBigMouth said...

All your pink porcelain is just beatiful.
Happy Pink Saturday!

ellen b. said...

Kathy,
I loved the story about your FIL giving you that vase for Mother's Day. What a very thoughtful guy! It's great to have such good memories. I loved all your pink beauties today. Have a wonderful weekend...

Suzie Button said...

I love all your pink items. So pretty! Your grandaughter is beautiful too! Happy Pink Saturday!

Cori G. said...

Hi Kathy,
The vase from your FIL is so beautiful and the story behind it makes it that much more special. You are lucky to have had ggreat in-laws that loved you so.
Have a wonderful Pink Saturdy

Donna said...

What pretty pink things. I absolutely love the vase though. It's so pretty and special! It is my favorite of all.

Joy said...

Such a great, versatile collection of pinkness!

Susan Hickam said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely things and the wonderful meanings behind them. Happy Pink Saturday!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

What a sweet story about that first piece! It really is amazing and beautiful. Also love the chintz pieces and that cute porcelain girl!

Kady

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What a wonderful pink post. The vase just took my breathe away and I admit to a lump forming in my throat as I read your words. How incredibly special this vase truly is. I understand why it is so cherished.
Never will your loved ones be forgotten.
The sugar/creamer set is lovely, and those southern belles made me *grin*.
I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Hugs to you!

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

You have some beautiful treasures here! Your MIL sounds like she was a remarkable, special woman! How sweet of your FIL to pass that beautiful vase on to you! ~Rhonda :)

nancygrayce said...

What beautiful pieces! I have a lot of my MIL's things but they are mostly silver and dishes. I love the dishes, but the silver? I must confess I'm just not a polisher!

Anne Fannie said...

Hello Kathy, I love all your pinkness, and that vase is very lovely! thanks for sharing!
Love, Ann

Margie said...

Lots of lovely *pink* treasures!