Monday, February 15, 2010

My Obsession With Blue

I have finally come to realize I have an obsession with blue. Not just any blue. My walls are full of blue and white transferware platters and plates, the blue and white Italian pottery has taken over the house and don't even get me started on my somewhat huge collection of plates, pitchers, tureens, ect., ect, ect.

I can blame Joe Garagiola, of baseball fame, for the start of my addiction. You see Joe, and his family, lived in the town I grew up in.  In the early 1970's the Garagiola family was having a garage sale in their gorgeous home and there was no way I was going to miss this. Keep in mind I was only 17 years old and didn't have a lot of money but I was able to purchase a transferware pitcher. Of course I needed additional pieces to go with the pitcher and thus became a lifelong obsession with collecting blue and white.

Here's the pitcher that started it all....














I hope you have enjoyed this small sampling of transferware. Check back next monday for more.

For more blue check out Smiling Sally  for Blue Monday and the party at Little Red House with mosaics.

27 comments:

♥ Kathy said...

Pretty blue plate...Happy Blue Monday

32˙North said...

Transferware is so useful and beautiful, too!

Carrie said...

Yes, I will be back next Monday for more of your blue and white.
Your transferware pieces are truly special.

Visit my blog sometime and do a search for "blue and white" -- I've done many posts on my collection.
http://oakrisecottage.blogspot.com

Carrie - Oak Rise Cottage

Ann Creek said...

Oh!!! That picture is to die for. All the other pieces are just as beautiful
Happy Blue Monday
Ann
tin and sparkle

Mary said...

Oooo, that is so lovely! What a beautiful display on the wall! Thanks for sharing at MM. :)

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I would suggest a cure for your illness but I have the same illness when it comes to blue and white dishes. I try to "want" other colors but the blue and white have some eerie hold on me...they call to me...help...we need a support group!!!

SmilingSally said...

Oh Sherry, I love your many treasures! I especially love Joe G's pitcher. How special. Happy Blue Monday.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a beautiful collection, Sherry! That pitcher is really gorgeous and I love the story behind it. I don't think there is a transferware color I don't like!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what gorgeous pieces. I love them all. Your pitcher is stunning and I so love the collection of platters hanging on the wall with the mirror. I am just starting a collection of blue, just a little late to the game. Hugs, Marty

Kathy said...

Hi Sherry...Nice to meet you and your Transferware!!!!
I've enjoyed looking through your past posts this evening...
Looking forward to getting to know you better in the weeks ahead.
xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...
Stop over when time allows...Would love to have you visit!

Debbie said...

Gorgeous Blue! I love blue too, always have, something warm and happy about it!!~

Low Tide High Style said...

You blue and white obsession is one I share! And how cool that you got started by buying something from a yard sale at Joe Garagiola's house!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and entering my giveaway!

Kat :)

Patriotic Mom said...

It only takes one to get started. A pretty collection. My favorite color is blue too. I better not but a piece of blue and white transferware, it could be dangerous! Joan

GardenofDaisies said...

I love all your blue and white transferware pieces. I have a few, but nothing like your lovely collection.

~ RM said...

OMGoodness, I love your collection!! I am the same way- only I search for and collect red! Don't you just love the cream background and the beautiful engravings?? Stunning. Have a great week!

Dawn said...

Good golly, I love blue and white as much as the next girl, but I am just dying over that mirror! I haven't seen it before, if you posted it - or maybe the blue and whites just bring it out... it is just gorgeous!!

Holly said...

Pretty pieces! I love blue and cannot figure out why I never decorate with it..or have any blue.

Mom in High Heels said...

Beautiful! I love blue and white, but there's something about blue and yellow that captures my heart.

daylily777 said...

You have a beautiful collection1
Blessings,
Myrna

lifeshighway said...

I have a special weakness with blue and white china.

Except a set that my grandmother in which fisherman's face was revealed as you ate. That blue and white pattern disturbed me as a child.

Carol said...

Beautiful collection! Have a great week!

Tracy F . said...

I love blue and white too. Just found your blog and am enjoying reading your older posts, as well.

Porch Days said...

Lovely dishes! I had a friend in Maine who lived in a very old house and it had a butler's pantry. She had many sets of china and old dishes. Looks like you need a pantry. The nice thing was all the open shelves where things could be displayed.

Funky Time Art said...

Love the blue and white. Just found your blog too and am enjoying looking through the archives. I love the green in the room w/ the transfer blue and white dishes. I have been searching for a green this looks perfect. Do you mind sharing the color?

Michael Lee West said...

I have a passion for blue transferware, too, and I thoroughly enjoyed this peek into your dish closet. I enjoyed looking around your blog.

Nancy said...

Lovely, lovely transferware collection and display! Pop on over to my blog...it's all about transferware! I'm following you now! Thanks for sharing your photos of your stunning collection...love the pic with the silver bowl/basin(?) hanging below it.

Amy Hodges said...

When I was a little girl my mom gave me the book Blue Willow along with a miniature blue willow tea set. I adored those tiny blue plates with all the intricate work, to this day I still love blue china.