Shortly after I arrived at my parents' house, Mama said she had a surprise for me. "But it's YOUR birthday!" I protested. She led me into her living room, and there on her table was a set of china! That very morning while reading the want ads, Mama had seen a set of Castleton Gloria for sale -- eight place settings for a very good price. She called the seller, told him she wanted it, and he delivered it -- all before I arrived that afternoon. Mama knows I love china, so she decided I "needed" this set. Who was I to argue with my mama??
Now, the tricky part was -- how was I going to get home with the china, since I'd flown? Mama had already thought of that. My daughter and granddaughter were driving up from Houston, and they could take it back to Texas, then bring it to me the next time they came to my house. Problem solved!
And if new china weren't enough, my sister from Nashville had brought me a gift from my favorite store there, Color -- a set of placemats and napkins that went perfectly with the Gloria, as well as some wonderful hydrangea napkin rings! Do I have a great family, or what??
I know you're ready for some pictures now, if you're still with me after that long backstory. This past weekend my daughter and her family visited us and brought the china, so at last I've been able to play with my new dishes and set a table using the placemats, napkins, and napkin rings from my sister. Here's a look at the dinner plate -- taupe roses on cream, trimmed with robin's egg blue near the rim and a gold-trimmed pearl edge.
|Castleton Gloria pattern|
|Castleton Ma Lin|
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