It’s an ordinary Tuesday. The day of the week that I’m most likely to share a home related post. Well, I’ve still got one for ya’ but I couldn’t help but share that there is something about this Tuesday that had me singing in the shower and dancing down the stairs to my computer.
Sometimes our prayers are answered quickly, sometimes we never see the answer in our lifetimes, and sometimes the prayers go on for a long, long time until suddenly…
Today was a sudden answer to a prayer I’ve been praying for a very long time on behalf of someone who is dear to me. I can’t share specifics because this person’s story is theirs to tell, not mine. What I can say is that God tells us in His word to, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-12 NIV.
That verse has been key to opening many doors in my life and I came upon it again, posting it to Instagram and Facebook just a couple of days ago, as a reminder to myself not to give up! The beginning of our answer has come today. Thank you Lord and Hallelujah!
Blue and White. Crisp, fresh, and wildly popular. It wasn’t always the “in” thing like it is now but it always was and always will be classic. My first piece of blue and white porcelain was this ginger jar, gifted to me by my mother when I was a young wife and mother. She gave one to each of us three sisters, but I was the youngest, and the poorest, and she made sure to tell me that it was a valuable piece so I would take good care of it.
That was the only blue and white piece I had for years and I always kept it up high, in a very safe place! It was a “showpiece” among my pieces of scratched and dented furniture.
My blue and white ginger jar came along with me through a lot style changes in my various homes.
In my first home, a 60’s rambler with orange shag carpeting and hand-me-down decor, it felt superior and important.
When that same home changed over to the soft blues and peaches of the 80’s this smart blue and white piece held it’s own.
My next home was Victorian in style with hot pink wall-to-wall living room carpeting (that was considered a cool color back in the day-or was that a hot color?). On top of the carpet we placed my mom’s 8×10 Karastan rug. This rug has the deep blue color in it, as well a lot of other colors that allow it work in many decors. We also added my gorgeous crystal chandy, a birthday gift from my hubby. My blue and white now had a couple of friends who complimented her well.
On to our lake house, which began with a lot of reds and greens and changed over time to cooler, more lakeside appropriate colors. I called my style there Rustic Glam. My blue and white piece looked great on top of my kitchen cabinets, especially after we redid the kitchen with sparkly backsplash tiles.
I began collecting more blue and white pieces in earnest while we lived in that house. I picked most of them up at Marshalls or Ross. They were prolific there and priced to sell, because the big blue and white craze hadn’t hit full force yet.
The last move was to our current house, a classic Southern Colonial. “Awww, said my blue and white ginger jar. I’ve come home.” Exactly what I said upon arriving in the South.
Since we’ve lived here I’ve added a few more pieces from thrift stores and discount stores, and I was given some family pieces (the hub’s family) of blue Willow ware. I’ve also purchased Spode Italian dinnerware for everyday. They are super durable and I love how they feel.
Question: Does anyone else love the “feel” of their dishes?
Of course I got them on sale. At Macy’s. Yes, I am and ever will be a “shopper.”
My current style is traditional, with rustic touches and a lot of French Country.
I love crystal chandys and old wooden tool boxes, old lace and aged baskets.
I like my furniture with a few dings and places that look worn because new furniture never stays looking brand new in my house for long, especially with dogs. So I embrace the shabby and live real!
We will be downsizing sooner or later, as my husband nears retirement, and I wonder what my next house style will be?
I may need to downsize some of my blue and white collection, but my ginger jar will come along with me wherever I go.
Blue and white. Classic beauty.
Thank you for joining me as I reminisce a bit today.
Keep asking, seeking, and knocking in prayer. Never give up! Because He never gives up on you.
Blessings dear ones,
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