I believe I have mentioned my Wednesday A.M. Coffee Group on this blog before. We started out as a quilting group in the early 1980s getting together while our kids were in school to spend a couple of hours together sewing, eating, and chatting. Over the years our numbers have changed with some members moving away or going back to work; but we have always maintained a core group and still meet every Wednesday morning. We stopped quilting years ago, and now just eat and chat. At one point, we had kids in each of the four grade schools, the middle school, and the high school of our small town. Our husbands were in a variety of professions around town -- we've always had lots to talk about!! The youngest of those kids are in their 20s now, and some of us have grand kids in those same schools.
Over the years, we have really become good friends. One of the things we have always done is celebrate our birthdays together exchanging great gifts. As a recipient this month, I can tell you the good stuff keeps coming. These girls know me really well, and keep feeding my obsession for brown transferware. Below are some of my birthday presents from the Wednesday A.M. group.
First is this great soup bowl from the aesthethic period. It has the "Kite" mark on the back that indicates it was manufactured in England in 1880.
Next, is this cute little bowl that is now holding my pine cones that I brought home from Germany this summer.
Then, I got two of these bone dishes in the Tonquin pattern. They match two plates that I already had in that pattern.
Not brown transferware, but something that catches my eye these days is white ironstone. I received this great, large bowl with an old mark on the back. Isn't it a beauty?
See what I mean? They really know me well! I hope you are as fortunate as I am to have a close group of friends to celebrate birthdays with you.
I'm joining the following parties this week. Be sure to go by these wonderful blogs and thank them for hosting these events.
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday
No Minimalist Here for Thursday's Open House Party
French Country Cottage for Feathered Next Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
White Ironstone Cottage for Treasure Chest Friday
2805 for Potpourri Friday