Saturday, June 16, 2012

Empty Space??? Hang a Plate!!!

Hi, 
My name is Betsy....
And I'm a plateaholic.....
Majolica....
Spode...
Ironstone...
Lustreware.....
etc.
etc.
etc.

I feel that the reason there are some empty spaces on a wall.....
is to enable one
 to have a place 
to hang some of the plates
 that are 
ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY 
to BUY....
but not to eat off of!!!!!
Ya see.....
that's why there was space around my mirror.....
(The firebox was an even blacker hole, and I used PicMonkey to lighten it!!!!! You can now see the wood!!!! How cool is that?????)
I wanted to show you guys a shot of just the mirror, tray and plates.....
BUT I ENDED UP IN THE PICTURE!!!!!
NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!
Not a good way to style the shot.
So I clumsily used the clone gizmo on PicMonkey
 and tried to edit me out....
Now, if I hadn't pointed that out to you, would you have noticed that the shelf detail was repeated?????
(and that the blue side of the cabinet was a little weird at the bottom?????)
But I'm not writing this blog to talk about PicMonkey.....
I'm writing to talk about all my plates.....
I didn't like the way there was a blank space under the pole on the window behind the sofa, so 
I KNOW!!!!!
I should add some plates!!!!!
Now.......
If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, 
by now you would suspect that if I needed more than one of something, 
i was going to make it into a collection with a theme!!!!!
YEAH! BABY!!!
So I thought to myself.....
"Hey you!!! Let's collect plates with birds!!!!! Why make it easy on yourself and do majolica leaves or flowers.....
THOSE are easy.
Let's do something more difficult!"
See the big chip, 
I love chips!!!!
Things are cheaper with chips!!!!!
I got some with brown rims, and some with blue rims.....
Some with white backgrounds.....,
And some with big white rims...
(Oh, Boy!! more chips!!!)
They all came from ebay.
I again went traveling internationally right from my computer.
Some plates came from England, some from Australia, and some right from the good old US of A.....

I think they work well with the tole trays on the opposite wall, so I felt 
i needed another tray!!!!!!
I am not overly fond of the painting on this tray, but it does what I want it to do on the wall and in the space.
Sometimes some of my favorite things are not that pretty, but work really well at their jobs.

Later Gator
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14 comments:

Cozy Little House said...

Oh, you know I love plates and birds! Two of my favorite things.
Brenda

westernreservebutlerspantry said...

I needed this post. I just hosted at a beautiful home for our town's anual home and garden tour. The place is beautiful but there wasn't any stuff in any of the rooms. Not one thing even on the end tables. The den didn't even have stacks of books on the shelves. The one beautiful room was called the reading room. One old lady asked "Where's the books?" I came home and looked around and thought as I often do...how the heck do people live lives and not have any personal touches in the house. I started to feel like a hoarder. Then I read this post so now I feel better.

Shelia said...

Hi Betsy! Oh, you're good! That's why you're a decorator professionell (I intended to spell it that way!) :) Anyway, gorgeous plates! If you don't like to see the chips you can always use the magic of magic markers and dab on some color. I've even used felt tips from my kids stuff before. Love the area and I think your tray looks wonderful.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Sharon in Chicago said...

Your last sentence can also apply to some men I know...

And I just this past week picked up some plates to go on either side of a mirror. Heaven forbid if I'm channelling you as you start writing your posts!

Natasha in Oz said...

How fabulous that you found a plate from Down Under! You have quite an international collection! I love all of them.

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz

PS Love your little commentary on Picmonkey too! It's a great site isn't it!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Love those bird plates! I have never seen any before...I think I wouldn't have noticed the edit job, that picmonkey is pretty cool~just like u.

Patricia said...

Validation! Thank you Betsy!

For years I've put up with rude comments from people whose homes lack character and then question my "stuff". Everything in my home tells a a story, even if the story is how I won it in a bidding war on EBay!

Fabulous plates by the way!

wrenandstitchy said...

A plateaholic -- haha! That is not such a bad "-aholic" to be. After spending a couple hours browsing around a new-to-me antiques mall today, oogling many many many plates, I could easily become a plateaholic myself.

I really like the row of plates over your window. That gives me a good idea of what to do above the long opening between our living room and dining room. Now I have a perfectly good reason to start a plate collection of my own!!

Glenda

A Toile Tale said...

I am sooooooo in touch with that emotion!!!!
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I love majolica. Your bird plates are exceptional. I love your slipcovers and all your fabrics too. I wish I knew a good upholsterer in my town.

Babs said...

You've just inspired me to look on ebay for majolica plates...with chips. On the wall, who's going to see the chips? Great idea. The ones you bought are so pretty, so I'm off to ebay to look for chipped plates for my guest room wall. :)

Just Spiff It said...

Well then I am in good company if you are also a plateaholic! Plus I really spend way too much time on PicMonkey! What a great site. I love all your plates and trays. When I first got on ebay there probably should of been some sort of intervention - I went crazy. Now I use it more selectively!!
Debra @justspiffit.com

nancy said...

Plates + Majolica = Perfection!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.

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