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The idea, of course, is to invite your shopping and creativity WITHOUT having to travel, use gas, and spend time. I wish that we had these resources way back then. It could have saved me many a trip out to find something to match or fit in my home!

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Many of us remember the dinners for special occasions and holidays more than any other event in our past. The Dining Room is the place that is remembered the most. (1) The picture here is similar to my memories of the big family dinners at THE FARM.  The huge dining room table, in an equally huge dining room, sat 14 people. There were 2 smaller tables for us cousins.

We thought that when we got older we would graduate to the larger table. But we never realized that unless someone died, there would never be any room. This room had a mural wallpaper of a hunt scene that continued all around the room. This always fascinated me.  There was a lyre table with a marble top in one side of the dining room between the large windows.  Candelabras and a silver tray with a tea set were on this table. In one corner was a fireplace but it was never used; it always had a vase of flowers in front of it.

My grandmother always kept the table set as if someone would drop in that day. She had a beautiful set of Majolica Cabbage dinnerware out. It was absolutely perfect.  The room stands out in its detail to me this day although The Farm was sold about 1970. My oldest daughter was three years old and now is 39. We all miss The Farm, my 2 brothers and I, and I wish that it was still in the family.

The Farm was my grandparents old home built in 1736 and situated on a hill. I spent many days in the hammock between 2 large horse chestnut trees until lightning struck one and it was gone. After that, the metal post in concrete for the other end of the hammock was never the same.

Near to the hammock area, was a large tree in the driveway with a carriage turn around it. This was next to an old chicken barn, which was converted to my grandmother’s antique shop-the kind that you come into the driveway and “blow your horn” and the owner comes out to help. Inside were a variety of collectibles, furniture, and ‘what-knots’. It was a nice thing to stay for a week in the summer and have grandma go into her shop and say, “Pick out something that you’d like to have.”

They were good memories that  make time seem to want to go back. I guess it was a time when I was younger and more carefree. I use the memories and what I’ve learned to create memories today.

This is a picture of my dining room done before I found the picture shown at the top of the page-the walls are peach and it has a similar chandelier!

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1940'S-1950'S PICTURE OF A FAMILY SITTING DOWN TO DINNER IM THE DINING ROOM. THE MOTHER IS BRINGING IN A TURKEY ON THE PLATTER. THE WASL OF THE ROOM ARE IN PEACH COLOR AND THE CHANDELIER HAS CRYSTALS-BOTH SIMILAR TO OUR DINING ROOM HERE AT BOXWOOD MANOR! NO LINKTHE REAL PICTURE OF OUR DINING ROOM HERE AT BOXWOOD MANOR AS COMPARED TO THE OLD GRAPHIC ON THIS PAGE-LINKGRAPHIC OF SILVER TEA SET ON TRAY WITH FLOWERS-LINKS TO TAKING TEA PAGEPICTURE OF AN OLD, SQUARE DOILY FOR SALE IN THE HOME-SHOPPING CATALOG-LINKS TO DOILY DETAILS AND PRICE

TAKING TEA-

Taking tea is the subject on our page with tea items and accessories. We post them as we come across them in our travels. Included are merchant banner links for additional resources.

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THE BIG DINNER!

PICTURE OF A ROSE-PEACH COLORED, CERAMIC EGG. LINKS TO THE DTAILS AND PRICE

After the holiday dinners, and the dining room table full of clean china and crystal to put away, I thought that I’d rearrange and clean out the china closet. This was to be a simple task but ended up going into 2 weeks in January. The reason: it is a china closet full of memories.

The top shelf is our wedding and anniversary collection and rearranging that was a nice trip down memory lane. I looked at all the things, dates under the items, and could relive all those years.

The next shelf has our crystal stemware which is partly wedding gifts. I could remember each person who gave us these gifts–some who have since passed away. There is a replica of a Colonial-style dessert stand that I made one year with faux jellies in old glasses. It reminds me of that year and subsequent years when I put it out on the sideboard with different accents. OH! a gorgeous set of Venetian Glass liqueur glasses and decanter from my parents’.  What a fine set!

The shelf below this is the Limoges china service for 12 that my husband’s grandmother left to him. The service was a wedding gift from her coworkers in 1920 and was purchased at the old Wanamaker store in Philadelphia, PA. We are trying to find a few matching pieces  to make up for some lost in this set. No one has ever seen this pattern before. It’s fun to search in the antique shops on my travels .

I found some things that were given to me over the years that bring back such fond memories. Polly, and wonderful “full-of-life-person” in her 90’s then, collected tea cups and gave me the most marvelous set of English bone china, a  cup and saucer. I will keep it forever as it reminds me of her and how she was active to over 100 years old. Then there was a piece tucked away in the back corner (a lovely piece, too) that was from a former friend. It brings sad memories but I’ve kept it as it is beautiful.

But some things have to go: they are those that I bought and now have found others that are more in line with my tastes of today than thirty years ago and those that bring sad memories, matter how lovely there are. They will never be used.

I’ve given some away to my daughters, sold some things and now have a “new” china closet for this year. Things are now better to reach that I use most often and there is some space for the planned collection of porcelain plates that I intend to purchase this year.

When I started this project, I had no idea that it would bring me down memory lane of all the years of my life.  I will do it again someday but plan ahead for a few, free weeks next time!

[HINT: When doing the arranging and cleaning, I also took up-to-date photos for the house inventory. CLICK HERE]

THE CHINA CLOSET-FULL OF MEMORIES

CHINA CLOSET AFTER ARRANGING!

POLLY’S CUP AND SAUCER

COLONIAL DESSERT STAND

DINING AND ACCESSORIES-

For Christmas 2011, we added the Dessert Display that we updated with figurines and more. These have been used in historical homes, including Mt. Vernon. 

Enjoy!

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