I've been reading about people who collect china. For years I bought sets of pretty dishes and never used them. My cabinets were filled to overflowing and I had to do something so I gave the china to family, sold it on ebay, sent some to Salvation Army and kept only my Mother's beautiful Haviland and my own Christmas Spode.
I'm afraid to use the Florentine Haviland, not because it can't be replaced, but because the replacements are not my Mom's. The replacement dishes are not the ones she used everyday--not like the plate she smashed over the edge of a counter when she found out that I went to a concert with a boy but told her I was at a girlfriend's house. Not the same at all!! I sometimes have a cup of tea in one of her cups and I can feel her hand on my shoulder. I think she is telling me to "Wash that cup and saucer by hand and put them away carefully!" Due to the visionary talk I don't use her crystal either.
That leaves the Christmas Spode. Yup, that's what we eat on every day. Every day is Christmas around our house. Our sweet son-in-law says he hadn't lived until he ate pizza served on Christmas Spode in August. He says it's nice, in a "My mother-in-law is wacky" kind of way. I get that a lot when I pull out the Spode!
Then there are our wine glasses--no stems! They are little round tubby balls of crystal that friends roll their eyes over when I serve wine. I will not go into the wine glasses right now except to say that the people who think stemless wine glasses are a new thing should think again, because I brought these babies from Germany with me 35 years ago.
I have to admit that I love seeing my friends' and family's china--what they buy, what they use, what sits in their cabinets and is never used. I believe that nothing is more telling about personality than china, crystal and silver choices. I hope you will share yours with me and tell me how you came to purchase/inherit them.
Speaking of silver, our was a wedding gift. I hate polishing it so it sits in the silver chest and is never used. It doesn't go with the Christmas Spode anyway.
Knitting is coming along:
Lace Edged Sweater finished
2 Kaths Hat through Fair Isle and headed toward long back and tassel