Thursday, April 3, 2008

My Ironstone Collection and a GIVEAWAY!!!

I've had a lot of comments in past posts about my ironstone collection. I guess because I take a lot of my Etsy pictures near it and besides, everything, in my opinion, looks a little happier next to a piece of ironstone! I collect A LOT of things but this is my baby. I LOOOVE ironstone!!!!This little pitcher to the right is what started it all. I guess I was in my early 20's when I found it in an antique shop and fell in love with it. I couldn't stop looking at the details.What is it about a stack of old ironstone dishes? This little cutie I keep some of my favorite corks in. I love the "J". It's my first and last initial.Square scalloped dishes are my favorite. To get them in a set like this would be way to expensive. The largest one I have was my mothers. I remember her always using it for mashed potatoes. But over the years I found some more of the square dishes, mostly on Ebay. I just found this tiny one the other day that fits perfectly!
Child's cup
More stacks of dishes
Don't you love the detail on these platters!!! I can't get enough...
I also collect lids. The lids are so pretty because they have such detailed handles and finials.This cup is an old toothbrush holder.
These are old wash basins .
I bought this tureen last year as a mother's day gift to myself (don't you just love that excuse to buy yourself something?).Shortly after, my aunt suprised me with this one.

These are just some pictures from magazines that I've saved.



How can you not love the simplicity of ironstone? What I love about mine is that some of it was my mother's, my grandmothers and great grandmother's. They all used them as everyday dishes...who would have ever thought.
Now for my giveaway...Leave a comment and I will pick a winner by next Wednesday. Here is a hint...it has something to do with today's post. Maybe I will post a picture of it before then but for now... you 'll have to wait.

22 comments:

Vanessa said...

Your ironstone collection is beautiful. Thanks for sharing! I also love that architectural piece between the two lids. Fun!

Recycled Rita said...

I love your ironstone collection! I only have a few pieces but I love them too! Please enter me in the giveaway!
karen b...
recycledrita.blogspot.com

Monica said...

Wow you have a fantastic collection girl! I just love the scalloped square pieces, very nice :)
How has your week been?

sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

I love ironstone too. I especially love the pieces with scrolling or texturing around the edges of say a plate or something. Your collection is wonderful and I'm so glad to see someone else who puts lids up like plates.

Sarah said...

The tureen your Aunt gave you is beautiful. I love the simplicity and innocence of it all. It's so pretty in its own way without all the frilly flowers! Thanks for sharing!
Sarah
http://vintagelily.typepad.com/my_weblog/

LiLi M. said...

Hi, I discovered your blog since 'buttons'. I like those ironstone pieces very much! You really cannot have enough. Don't put my name in your hat. I'm from Europe and it will probably cost you a lot (if I win of course) to ship the giveaway. I was in doubt of writing anything at all, but I do want to say that I love your collection.
Enjoy! Have a nice weekend!

Leah S. said...

I am new to iron stone but love it. I love anything white... I think it all comes from memories of the white house I used to live in when I was little! Love all your pics.

Rose Garden Romantic said...

I LOVE your beautiful collection of ironstone!! Your also have a great button collection! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful collections!
Michelle

GeorgiaPeachez said...

You have a wonderful collection of ironstone! I just love the way it feels and the weight of it. It's seductive! xo, suzy

Jen@The Cottage Nest said...

I'm so stinkin envious of your collection. I've started to collect also but I'm a loooong way from having what you have. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm going to same many of your photos for when I do have more to display. Well done!

janae said...

I Love all the uniqie pieces in your collection. I have a small collection of ironstone pieces and love using them in my seasonal displays. Thanks for sharing!

The Feathered Nest said...

I love ironstone as well!! I would love to be entered into your giveaway contest! xxoo, Dawn

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

I love ironstone, too! Though my collection is TINY! You have a beautiful selection of pieces, and how nice that so many of them have been handed down to you! =)

Jamie said...

I love what you did with the lids - such a clever idea... I have a few pieces of my grandma's ironstone packed away somewhere - I think it's time to get them out! Jamie V in MT
http://rem-nants.blogspot.com

meleen dupré said...

jennifer,

your ironstone collection is great! i love the wonderful aged patina...the squares are cool, and best of all...the thrill of the hunt!!!

meleen

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

what a beautiful collection! I LOVE the lids!!

xo Heather

Connie said...

I love your collection. I have a few pieces myself. I remember my grandmother would save buttons in a jar and I thought they were so magical. She of course saved them for practical reasons being of that generation that saved everything.

Miss Sandy said...

Lovely displays and dishes! Your collection is very vast and varied. I love the simplicity and cream color, beautiful!

BailiwickDesigns said...

White ironstone is beautiful - I love your collection! And how special to have so much of it handed down to you! ::Jill

Fated Follies Studio said...

wow. i love white, it is one of my fave colors and your collection is awesome.

jenny

cindy said...

I LOVE your collection...such wonderful pieces! And I've never even seen the scalloped ones before. I'm just now getting into it so I guess I'm behind. LOL. A way of life for me! And I'm loving those thumbtacks...are those thumbtacks? that you used to hang your pics up with...those are cute!

c

Jeanette said...

wow, love your ironstone, and your buttons.