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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bohemian Rhapsody

After years of living the Bohemian life, I've finally allowed myself to tread on the dark side of traditionalism. I bought matching dinnerware.

I know. It's a shock.

I have had complete sets of dinnerware before, but as they break (almost always the dinner plates) I replace them with garage sale finds. Needless to say, it doesn't take long before everything is mismatched again.

This time, I bought two sets and I'm on the hunt for the third matching set, so if another plate breaks, I'll have extras.

Perhaps now my mother won't feel so sorry for me.
Look, Ma. I match!
I decided to go for a white dish with an embossed garden motif. White is easy to pair up with my plain white serving pieces. For formal occasions I still have my black on black china. Amazingly, it has survived nearly 30 years! But I can't seem to keep my everyday dishes for more than a year or two.

Am I the only one with mismatched stock? Do your dishes match?

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Jannette Johnson said...

My mother in law bought us two matching sets a few years ago for Christmas, and I don't want to admit this to her, but having everything the same is kinda boring. I liked my miss-matched plates, glasses, and sliverware we get from the doller store.

But it was a present, so what can you do. :)

Marianne Arkins said...

I opted out of china for my wedding (really... who needs it?) and asked for eight place settings of everyday dishware instead. And THEN... about five years later, I found the entire set AGAIN as well as several of the other pieces (gravy boat, sugar/creamer, etc) at a yard sale and bought the entire thing. I put it in storage, and now if something breaks, I pull one out from the yard sale *G*.

Hopefully it'll take a while to break the entire 20 setting set, lol.

Maria Zannini said...

Hi Janette!

I went through that period where I deliberately mismatched everything. I got chided something awful, but I liked my character plates.

We're planning on entertaining more often now, so I thought it was time to introduce some conventionalism.

Maria Zannini said...

Marianne, you lucky woman! That was one successful yard sale trip.

We use our china on holidays or when we have guests over, but I prefer to use everyday ware when I can. My china wasn't expensive, but it has sentimental value now. I'd hate to lose a piece after surviving for so long.

Shelley Munro said...

We received matching dishware for our wedding too. We don't have kids so the breakage has been on the low side. We seem to break the pudding plates for some reason.

We sort of match. If people come for coffee that's when things get interesting. Cups definitely don't match in our house! We have two of everything and for some reason one always gets a chip. I blame hubby and he blames me!

Maria, I like your new dishes. Very pretty. :)

Jannette Johnson said...

*waves* Hi Maria.

Yeah, as much as I'd like to say we step to a different beat, Husband and I broke down and bought three sents of nice Christmas Tree plates. We always do Christmas dinner, and my family comes to expect the weirdness of our dining ware, but last year we had Husbands family, and they're a little more, well, traditional. :D

I wonder if that means we're becoming mature. Geez, I hope not.

Maria Zannini said...

ref: I wonder if that means we're becoming mature.

LOL! :shudders:

Maria Zannini said...

Shelley: Oddly enough, it's usually visiting family that break our dishes.

I come from a long line of klutzes. But I don't break dishes. I usually just break something on my body. *g*