This was inspired by the Currier and Ives dishes our family had as a kid and Blue Willow dinnerware.So card this was a sentimental journey for me.
The Currier and Ives dishes were available as grocery store premiums and they were manufactured by a number of companies. My granny saved her green stamps and got quite an extensive set, and presented it to her daughter-in-law (my mom) as a gift. We had the glasses, the plates, the serving pieces, practically every size and shape imaginable. That blue and white dinnerware is meatloaf , family and home (in that order). I found out MUCH late in life that this was not a pattern that my mother loved--but they were serviceable dishes (and there were so many) that it is what we used for years and years.
Consequently, and not surprisingly, I have always love the look of the Blue Willow pattern. While engaged I worked the the china department of a local department store, and I would daydream of afternoon tea, with a Johnson & Bros. Blue Willow tea set. (Reality: no tea set--but I don't do afternoon, tea, either)
- The image was stamped with Memento Paris Dusk, and watercolored with Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Faded Jeans and Weathered Wood.
- I used some old patterned cardstock (a blue on white open weave pattern) for both backgrounds.
- The upper one used the negative effect Cuttlebug background. The folder was inked with the Memento Paris Dusk ink.
- The lower background used a Rubbernecker stamp (Striplet #5).
- The stick pin is a corsage pin with beads, the last three are glued on.
Thanks for putting up with my sentimental babble...(if you skipped over it--that is okay, too)!