Monday, November 14, 2011


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


Marilyn said...

You most certainly have great friends! Happy day to you.♥♫

P.S. I'm counting the days until Thanksgiving break. The wind makes the kids silly and loud. They need some time to let off steam. ;)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Sally! How wonderful that your friends are helping you fill up your china closet with brown transfer ware! You might just need to be looking for another cupboard to store it in!

Bee blessed

ReFresh ReStyle said...

Happy Birthday, love your transfer ware!

Bloggymom said...

I have one piece of brown transferware. It is wonderful for fall decorating. Love your pieces!!

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Happy birthday!
I love the Aesthetic Movement piece...gorgeous! What sweet friends you have!

Come visit my blog as I've posted about transferware...turkey platters.


Janette - The2Seasons said...

I have 14 brown transfer dinner plates that I pull out every Thanksgiving and layer with our wedding china and wicker chargers. They make a perfect turkey day table. Visiting from WOW. My entry is the Equestrian Hallway. Stop by for a visit.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sally, how wonderful that your group still gets together after all of these years. I can just imagine the laughs and tears you must have shared in that length of time. And how wonderful that their gifts are so beautiful and perfect for the recipient. Hope you had a wonderful birthday. laurie

TheEccentricLady said...

I started with brown transferware and now I am collecting blue for my blue living room. I really like the 1st soup bowl. I have never seen one like it. You have great friends!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Happy Birthday, Sally! What a wonderful group of ladies you are! Your new pieces are just yummy!

sweet violets said...

Love the brown transferware and I want friends like lucky gal!!! hugs...cleo

Sarah said...

I'm very fond of brown transfer ware. I have a few pieces in the Tonquin pattern. Lovely post!