Saturday, September 13, 2008

Pink Saturday - Mama's Dish

I want to take a minute to ask my fellow Bloggers to pray for those affected by Hurricane Ike. We don't yet know the extent of damages, but we do know that a great many people have been displaced. I know that God is good and that He hears the prayers of His people.

Beverly at how sweet the sound hosts Pink Saturday. If you'd like to see other pink things, visit Beverly.

My mother gave me this week's offering many years ago. This dish was given to my mother by Aunt Betty, the second wife of my mom's Uncle Charlie. His first wife purchased it, and when she died, he later married Aunt Betty. Not immediately, you understand!

Now, Aunt Betty, like most of us ladies, wanted nothing of wife number one in the house, so Mama was lucky enough to get some goodies, and this beautiful pedestal bowl eventually got passed down to me. While Mama had it, she kept it in a china cabinet and never used it. It was "too precious," she said.

There are not many things I keep just to look at, and for years I have used it to for my fruit bowl. Money Saving Tip: I keep fake fruit mixed with real fruit in the bowl. That way, I can purchase small amounts of fruit, and it's eaten before it goes bad. No waste! Money saved!

As usual, I had a hard time photographing it. I took a shot on my white kitchen table. This gives you a true idea of the color.

Next, I tried to show the pedestal look of it from the side. This dark green tablecloth showed it best.



Finally, a dark blue towel was used underneath so that I could show you the design of the engravings on the dish.

What is your opinion about special things? Use them or tuck them safely away?

55 comments:

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Beautiful dish, Sal...Happy PINKness Day!!!

I use all my "special" things. As far as I'm concerned, the more I use them, the more I love them.

~Blessings,
Jan

Raxx - A day in the life said...

Nice post Sal, I actually admire the way you photographed the bowl with the varying backgrounds, to show differnt features, well done!

Hey that bowl has history!!

Beverly said...

Depression glass is so lovely...I would collect it if I had the room!

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Happy Pink Saturday!
And thanks for sharing your gorgeous pink (of course) depression glass!
Kisses
Debbie Moss

(FROM ENGLAND)

Charli and me said...

Thank you for your kind mention of all of the people affected by Hurriane Ike. I do believe in the power of prayer.
I loved reading your post. Your beautiful dish is so lovely. I hope you have a happy pink Saturday day!

Dawn said...

That is a very beautiful dish!!!! I would want to use it. I am a mix between using something or keeping it tucked away to be safe.

take care,
Dawn

Jeanne said...

Sally, that dish is very beautiful. I love the scalloped edges and the etching. I also love your story of how it became yours. Your photos are good, showing all of the fine features. I would use this dish with care. It is too pretty to hide in a china cabinet some where.

Hugs...Jeanne

I am exercising my leg off. It is paying off too. I walk without aid and can probably drive again after three weeks. Thanks for all of your good advice. :)

Joanna said...

I use to say tuck them... but now I'm moving towards using them every once in a while for something special. It's no fun to just tuck away.... USE IT! Just be careful. :) LOL xoxo, Joanna

Crystal ~ CJO Glassware & Gifts said...

Glassware is extremely difficult to photograph, but you captured the color and design. I say USE IT, unless it is so irreplaceable that you would be devastated at it's loss.

BTW, Congrats on winning the Gift Certificate ~ I've emailed you but just in case, wanted to let you know!

Happy Pink Saturday,
Crystal

Virginia said...

The power of prayer is a great thing. Lovely pink depression glass.
Blessings, Virginia

Grandma Faith said...

Your dish is beautiful and I'm glad you shared the story. I hate to admit it, but I have dishes that are just too precious to use. I keep them displayed like works of art, just to enjoy. Have a happy pink Saturday!

thestonerabbit said...

I love that dish and I love the story that goes with it! I vote--use it! I am guilty of keeping "special stuff" in a safe spot, but the older I get, the more I realize I don't have that much time left to enjoy them. So, YES, use it!
Hope your Pink Sat. is a great one! Dana

judicreations said...

Sally
Your pink dish is beautiful. Such a lovely, soft pink. I just love dishes like that. You are very lucky to have and the story and memory behind it. Its so nice to have beautiful pieces that you can really use and enjoy. Thank you for sharing. It really looks so different with the different cloth colours too...

I hope the people in Texas and in the other storm areas are feeling the prayers being sent to them...and keeping them strong and feeling positive that all things will once again become calm. This has been a terrible storm.

We should enjoy our lovely day.
Judi

judicreations said...

Sally
Your pink dish is beautiful. Such a lovely, soft pink. I just love dishes like that. You are very lucky to have and the story and memory behind it. Its so nice to have beautiful pieces that you can really use and enjoy. Thank you for sharing. It really looks so different with the different cloth colours too...

I hope the people in Texas and in the other storm areas are feeling the prayers being sent to them...and keeping them strong and feeling positive that all things will once again become calm. This has been a terrible storm.

We should enjoy our lovely day.
Judi

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Sally.

Your pictures of your treasure are fantastic. I definitely like to have things that are special to me out where I can see and use them. This is a wonderful piece, and I'm so glad it belongs to you.

Katie said...

Just lovely. I think use them if it won't hurt them further. Happy Pink Saturday!

Laurel Wreath said...

The dishes are just adorable. Love them.

Killlashandra said...

You have more pink dishes than I do that's for sure. ;)

Sure, come on back and guess again.

bj said...

Beautiful dish !!
I actually have a posting scheduled about "saving" things...I tend to use every thing I own.
love,bj

imjacobsmom said...

Happy Pink Saturday! What a beautiful pink bowl and what a great suggestion about the fruit. I am guilty of saving things and not using them as often as I should, you know, maybe once at the holidays. Prayers are being said as we speak for our Gulf coaster friends, Hope you have a good day ~ Robyn

splummer said...

Your Pink dish is beautiful!!! I use most of my special things, but have a few I only use for special occasions! Take Care!!

Sherrie

Darlene said...

Oh I LOVE that beautiful pink pedestal!! I have special things I use and I also have special things I just look at.
Happy Pink Saturday!

g said...

Lovely dish. "Use them or tuck them away?" gosh - my brain says "use them." but in reality, so many of my lovely things remain on the shelf and I use everyday things. Maybe your post will make me think a little more about it, and take those things off the shelf!

Yes - another hurricane. Thinking of all those in it's path.

I talked to my mom in E.Texas this morning. She lost power this morning, but so far everything else is OK. I hope the power will be restored soon - fortunately she has old-fashioned telephones, so she can be called.

Best wishes!

GABRIELA DELWORTH said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Depression PINK glass is fantastic!
Love your post!

~ Gabriela !

Joy said...

Your pink pedestal dish is gorgeous. And the tip about mixing real fruit with faux fruit is a great idea!

I say use that special item instead of putting it away.

ellen b. said...

That's a beautiful bowl and my opinion is to use it gently. Always hand wash it. Someone commented on my blog today about how her mom was afraid to use her fine china so she tucked it away in storage and then someone came in and stole it all so she never used it or enjoyed it...

Bobbi Jo said...

Sally,
The pink dish is so delicate and lovely. I love things like that. It looks like it could be depression glass, it is so pretty. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Dawn said...

I was going to say....depression glass AND it is lovely. I have a segmented tray from my grandmother, all these years kept away! I have to put it out now! Thanks for stopping by.

She'sSewPretty said...

That's a pretty dish and I believe in keeping treasures out where they can be seen and used. Too funny...my mom is Betty and my dad was Charles. :o)

Melissa Wertz said...

I love pink dishes and have a few. Yours is lovely. Like you, I like to use my things. No packing them up for heirs... LOL!

Happy Pink Saturday!

nikkicrumpet said...

I'm not a big dish person...but that is really beautiful! I love the delicate color...and it would be a shame to tuck away anything that pretty!

nikkicrumpet said...

I'm not a big dish person...but that is really beautiful! I love the delicate color...and it would be a shame to tuck away anything that pretty!

windycorner said...

It must make you smile everyday when you look at this beautiful bowl and remember it's history. That's why I like to use all the precious things that have been passed on to me from Grands and my mom. Happy pinksat!
Holley

John Mutford said...

I'd say use them. When it comes to possessions, I'm not much of a sentimentalist though.

Anne Fannie said...

Hello Sally,
What a beautiful PINK bowl! It looks lovely on your table!
Happy Pink Saturday!
Love, Ann

Patricia said...

What a beautiful plate. It always makes things more special when loved ones gives them to us. You have my prayers.
Patricia
http://theunfinishedflower.typepad.com/

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I use my pretties, but keep them away from the grandbaby!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Ooh, that's so pretty! I love that you use it, and treasure it too. I have what very few things I have from my grandmother packed up, "saving" them. Sigh, if I had room, I'd like to think I'd have them out and try to use them.

I wonder... is that pretty dish what my mother often called "depression glass"? It looks like some she has, but in another color, I think. My mother was the least sentimental person that has ever lived, and she got rid of most everything of hers and her moms and other family members, including hand-made quilts that I would give my right arm for. Sigh. I think that may be another reason I don't have much or use it, I'm too afraid :)

Great post and lovely photos!

Alex said...

Beautiful dish, Sally! Very. :)

Charlotte said...

Love this pink dish. I like it best on the white. I have several pink pieces. I started collecting pink depression glass before it got expensive. I just recently put our sterling silver flatware in the drawer with the stainless stuff. For years it has just been used for special occasions. It just dawned on me I'm not going to have that many more special occasions. Now we use it every day and enjoy it.

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Sally, that is a beautiful pink dish! Some of my "treasures" I leave out and use often, and others are packed away for special occasions!

Hope you are having a great weekend! :) ~Rhonda

Susan Hickam said...

I prefer to use them but some I have tucked away for now(small house, limited places and cats who jump up where they shouldn't). Happy Pink to you! Lovely dish.

Sherry Goodloe said...
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Sherry Goodloe said...

Special things??? I use them! Life is too short NOT to.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and giving me such a nice compliment on my ticket bowls.

I made over 100 of those bowls earlier this year for a lady that owns a theatre production company in New York. She saw my bowls in my etsy shop and contacted me. Her company name is *Admit One*!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Sally,
I would say use them...just be careful.
I love your depression glass.
Diane

LeenaM said...

Using them in special occasions is my habit.
This your pink dish should be for seeing all the time :)
( Sorry my poor English! We had to learn in school at first Swedish, then German and later English and Latin. So we did never learn any of those languages properly, we did not even practice speaking in those days. Now our young people speak English well, my grandchildren start to learn English at nine years old. Two of them were in English kindergarten.)

Have a happy Sunday !

Nihal said...

Smiling Hello Sally:)
As far as photographing, it gives us many opportunities as you did here, and we can pick really interesting shots from different angles. Did you know this blogging work helped me to discover my photo taking ability in me that I really hadn't know until today.
To me, your dish w/ the dark background seems amazing.
If it's such a great piece as much as your plate then I'd keep it safely for a special occasion. I can't use it daily:)
Have a happiest of Happy Pink Weekend. Thanks a lot for your kind visit to my home and yr kind comment, too.

~N at CrossRoads

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

That's a beautiful compote Sally and I really like your idea of mixing the fake fruit with the real fruit because I do end up throwing out fruit that goes bad before it gets eaten. Happy belated Pink Saturday.

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I love pink depression glass! It's something that I collect. Your bowl is beautiful! I think I would use it too.

Kady

KatCollects said...

Happy Pink Weekend : )
Kathy

Mya said...

What a beautiful dish. It is so wonderful to have things that once belonged to your loved ones. Happy Pink
-Mya

Mo said...

That is a beautiful pink dish. :) And, I use my beautiful things. Life is too short to keep them tucked away. I want to enjoy them. :)

KATHERINELLEN said...

Sally,
Beautiful dish....Lovely treasureds from your mam...You have a wonderful day....Love the Vlue Monday...Smiles and Hugs Katherinellen

suesueb said...

beautiful dish! i love to use all my pretty things, antiques and all. have a great week!!

ROXY said...

I love that pink depression galss dish! I collect the green but the pink is very hard to come by. Thanks for visiting:)