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