Thursday, October 11, 2012

My Birthday China

This past August I hit a big milestone: I turned 30, and I had mixed emotions about entering this new decade. In some ways I was fine with it and in other ways I felt sad that my 20s had come and gone so fast. 

My 20s were great. I went to college, partied, met boys, developed  friendships, started my career, traveled, learned how to do "grown up" things like write a resume and buy a car, got married, bought a house and enjoyed life. Now I'm 30 and, with the initial shock having worn off by now, am excited and looking forward to all of the amazing experiences I will have in my 30s. 

Anyway, back in August when I was still feeling a little woe-is-me, I was greatly cheered up by the gift that I received from my amazing husband. 

Yes...sometimes material things cheer me up. I will admit. 

Donna Hay for Royal Doulton

While in England back in June, we took a day trip up to Stoke-on-Trent where the famous "Potteries" are located. This is where many of the best china brands in the world are headquartered and it was a lot of fun to check them out. I even splurged and bought myself a set of 4 dessert plates that I loved, loved, loved. Loved. They were a design by Donna Hay for Royal Doulton. But, due to the price and needing to get them back in hand luggage, I only bought 4 of them, yet pined for more. 

Donna Hay for Royal Doulton

To my delight, on my birthday, my husband got me an entire set of this beautiful china. I was blown away.


Donna Hay for Royal Doulton

Often I find china to be too intricate and fussy, but I have fallen in love with the simple, subdued pattern that runs along the edge of each dish. It is full of sweetness and kind of symbolizes so many things I love about being a girl, if that makes sense. 

Donna Hay for Royal Doulton

And just look at these bowls. I mean, c'mon. Dreamy, right? I went back and forth for awhile about if I should just use these on special occasions or as our everyday plates and in the end I decided to use them everyday. It seemed silly to have these beautiful dishes only out a few times a year. Now they make me happy each time I open the cupboard. 

Donna Hay for Royal Doulton

Here is the bottom marking, in case any of you are interested in checking these out for yourself. 

Also, while I'm at it, I thought I would show you the other dishes I gifted myself while we were visiting The Potteries. I just got a set of 6 dessert dishes, but I absolutely love these as well. 

New China From England - Spode - Nectar

New China From England - Spode - Nectar

New China From England - Spode - Nectar

Aren't these fun? They are called 'Nectar' by Spode. It makes serving things to guests so much more fun when you can use pretty dishes. 

Spode

And here are is the marking on that one, if you are interested. 

All in all, it was a great birthday that I am now comfortable with. And thanks, to my husband, for this beautiful gift. You know how much your thoughtfulness means to me :)

What about you? Any birthdays that were more difficult than others?

5 comments:

  1. So beautiful! What a wonderful gift--and what a great find re: the dessert plates.

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  2. I turned 30 a few months ago, so I can sort of relate. I've never had china either! Most of it I just feel is too "frou frou" for my taste, but I do love yours! What nice gift :)

    And I've now added another place to visit once I return to England!

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  4. Those are so beautiful! I love the subtlety and elgance of the pattern - and the dessert dishes are so fun. Love, love love.

    Turning 27 was really hard for me. I had been single for over 2 years and all around me, people were getting married and having babies and moving forward. I felt so stuck. I'll admit I still feel that way soemtimes, but I had a talk with a married friend who gave me another perspective - she said she was a little jealous of my independence. That I could travel whenver I wanted, run errands and not check in with someone, or just that I could go to the movies by myself. She said she'd never felt that comfortable being alone. Good luck in your 30s! I bet they'll be fantastic.

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  5. The china is gorgeous! Love the blue and white! I will be turning 30 this coming July and totally know how you feel too. So here's to our thirties then and may they be even better!

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