8/03/2009

It's A Blue Mosaic Monday!!!

Hello my friends! It's time for Blue Monday with a blue mosaic! Blue Monday is hosted by our very own Sally over at Smiling Sally. Thank you, Sally for hosting Blue Monday! Please drop by Sally's and see the beautiful blue that she has for us today and while you're there...please visit the other Blue Monday participants!

For today's Blue Monday post...I created a mosaic so that I could join in the mosaic party hosted by Mary over at Little Red House. Mary, thank you so much for hosting Mosaic Monday...I've had so much fun making photos mosaics!!! You won't want to miss Mary's fabulous mosaics that she has created for us today...please pay her a visit and check out all of the other mosaics created by participating bloggers!


Ahhhh....The Blues of Provence!!!
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Ohhhh....those beautiful frenchy blues!!!
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All of the photos in the mosiac that I created were taken in Provence, France (photos courtesy of the internet). Provence is a region of southeastern France on the Mediterranean adjacent to Italy. I have had the privilege of traveling through this beautiful region...ohhhh so beautiful! When I think of Provence...I think of the famous European/French painters...like Paul C├ęzanne who was born in Aix-en Provence. Other well known artists...Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, and even Van Gogh spent time painting in Provence! And...what did so many of their famous works from this region...have in common?
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BLUE!!!...the soft baby blues of the sky...the aqua blues of the water...the vibrant blues of the provencal linens ...and the earthy blues of the grapes! * *
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Sooo many fabulous frenchy shades of blue!!!
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Isn't it funny...when I think of France...I think of blue....
and I think of the fleur de lis!!!
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My New Frenchy Blue China
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Lamberton Fine China
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Ohhhh...I am so excited to share with you today...my new fabulous frenchy find! This beautiful blue china was manufactured by Lamberton China USA and the pattern is called "Puritan".
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History of Lamberton Fine China
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*I was really curious...I had never heard of this china manufacturer before so after doing a little research...this is what I found. Lamberton Works was founded in Trenton, New Jersey along the Delaware River in 1869. Later purchased by Maddock Pottery Company, and then by Scammel China Company in 1901. Scammel continued to use the Lamberton name on some of the pieces. Lamberton china is considered fine-grade semi-porcelain and avidly collected.
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I was doing a little "window shopping" on ebay a couple of weeks ago and ran into this beautiful china. It was love at first sight!!! I love, love, LOVE the pretty fleur de lis and laurel garland....Ohhhh, and the beautiful shade of blue!!! To me...it just doesn't get more "frenchy" than this...blue and the fleur de lis!!! A fruit basket surrounded by laurel garland can be seen in the center of the plates. There is just a hint of yellow on the fruit and tips of the laurel.
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A close-up...
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I found six bread and butter plates for a total of $9.00.
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six dinner plates for $8.00 ea.
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I thought this was an extremely great deal...considering the bread and butter plates sell for $9.99 ea. at China Replacements Ltd. The dinner plates sell for $29.99 ea. Now I'm looking for other pieces to complete this pattern! In the meantime, I can use them with my white ironstone. *
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A couple of great books...especially if you like French Country decor.
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"Country French Living" by Charles Faudree.
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"Creating the French Look" by Annie Sloan.
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Well my friends...I'm so happy that you stopped by my place today! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I'd love to visit with you!

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Love ya'll,

Chari

50 comments:

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

A romantic and beautiful place to visit, I'm sure. How blessed are you to be able to go to such a place.

And the plates - - - how excited you must be to see them. It has what you wanted :-) Hope you find the other pieces to complete your set.

Happy Blue Monday!

Li

charmine said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!I just had to shout out loud.I love your blue monday post Chari,I also love the plates,hope you find more pieces to make up the dinner set.I have been following you for sometime now and i have a blog on Indian art and one on travel.Do drop by if you can.Happy blue monday.

Gee said...

I love the china plates. They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

SmilingSally said...

I agree with you; that china is exquisite! Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

Theresa said...

Love the blue china! Will keep my eye out for pieces to match:) Have a blessed day!

Regina said...

Beautiful blue and mosaic!

LV said...

All your blues today were beautiful. So nice you were able to go see and enjoy such beauty. Loved your post.

Baba's Special Babies said...

Good morning Chari, I am drinking my cup of coffee and enjoying your music...this is my first visit to your place and I want to add you to my blog list if you approve..

My daughter would go wild over your china.. her sorority symbol is the design on the plates..

I am also a fan of blue and white!!

Wishing you a great day..hugs,
Baba

Stacey said...

What beauties you chose to show today! I am love with that frenchy blue color too. Trying to figure how to get some of it in my home. Love the books you featured also...I don't own them...yet!

Knitty said...

What elegant china!

Cass @ That Old House said...

What beautiful china! And it will go so well with other patterns, too -- what a GREAT find, and a great bargain. There are still buys to be had on Ebay.

Love Charles Faudre's books -- although I first noticed him not because of his decorating, but because he also has Cavalier Spaniels like we do, and they are in so many of his pictures!

Great post, thanks!
Cass

I'm Julia said...

Your mosaic is so pretty. One of my favorite shades :-) Happy Blue Monday!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wow, Chari, this is a gorgeous post! I love those blues!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Chari, Just wanted to stop in and say Hi! I know I haven't been around much this summer. I love your new blue plates! They are sooooo pretty!!! What a deal! Have a great week!! Kristen

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Chari.....okay, no fair.....you are making my heart beat faster with these gorgeous pictures.....mercy me!

Come over and enter my giveaway. I would love to have you. I am also hosting a Rooster Party....details on Tuesday. I want YOU!

Hugs, Barb

Becky K. said...

So very beautiful. I love the simple but lovely design on that china. I had to resist the impulse to head directly to eBay.

Have an awesome day!

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

Melissa Miller said...

Ooooh lah lah! What a gorgeous new find Chari. They really are beautiful and so you. Love the pretty delicate basket in the center. ~Lovely choice! I can't wait to see the amazing tablescape you will create.

Thank you for the sweet B-day wishes my friend! You're the best. You too on the 20th! I added you to my post as well.

Have a wonderful day.
~Love ya, ~Melissa :)

Carolyn said...

I love your new china- a great deal on it too.

Carolyn

Lynn said...

You've created a fabulous look here. Love your music choice, too.

Lynn said...

Love the blue china
It looks...
Presidential!

salmagundi said...

It's a good thing I didn't see those dishes on ebay, or you would have been in a bidding war! They are beautiful. I must check out that Annie Sloan book. I have all of the Faudree books which I thoroughly enjoy. Have a great week. Sally

Jenn @ youknow... that blog? said...

I love the china pieces - what a great eBay find!

Very nice mosaic - love those mingled blues.

shopannies said...

love the blue pattern on the dishes

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Hi Chari! Love your photos! I've got to get in on this mosaic thing! You get such great stuff on ebay! I love that china! It's absolutely beautiful! I hope you're feeling all better! God Bless! Lauralu :)

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Oh my stars! That is the most beautiful china. Absolutely LOVE it! Can't wait to see it in a tablescape.

Christi

Cindy said...

beautiful blue dishes.
Cindy

Terry said...

Howdy Chari
Blessings to you sweet lady.
Happy Blue Mosaic Monday .
WOW you really went all out today.
Well the china had me from first glance :)
It is hard to stop looking at those gorgeous plates.
I can't believe how beautiful they are.
They are so elegant.
I hope to see you with a complete set with a fabulous tablescape photo just so we can see them again.
Maybe you can set a table for one or two for us.
Have a very blessed rest of the week.
Hugs
Happy Trails

♥Itajeff♥ @Something To Share said...

Beautiful blue...
Happy Blue Monday and have a nice day
♥Ita

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Oh Chari those dishes are just lovely!! Thank you for the books suggestions- I am always looking for a good decor read! Your pictures are just lovely! You need to give some pointers on taking pictures to us!

I'm beginning to think that I like to read others blogs more then blog on mine- I don't feel like I have much interesting to share these days (of course sitting on my rear the whole month of July doesn't help!)

Trying to get back into the swing of things here- feeling so much better!
We brought back a 26 foot goose neck trailer full of stuff- I am trying to sort through a few boxes here and there- haven't even touched the furniture in there yet!

blessings
mary

jeanne said...

Chari, your post today is so lovely. The mosaic is wonderful. Your dishes are the most beautiful French look and I think they are divine. Good luck with your search. You have a good start.

My sisters and some of my friends have been to Provence and they fell in love with that place. I have a pretty dish towel that has the name Provence that my sister bought there for me. It is so pretty I won't use it. It hangs on my stove.

Have a happy day.

Hugs, Jeanne

skoots1mom said...

such romantic impressions...well done!

Cindy said...

Chari,
I am so in love with your new china! You hit the jackpot my dear, the colors are awesome and they look in perfect shape and wow what a great price! Now, I can't wait to see what kind of table you have in mind. Those books on French Country Decor look so good, I may have to check on Amazon. Chari, you have such a good eye for decorating and detail. Such an artistic gal! Hugs, Cindy

Lynette said...

Those dishes are simply gorg and what a find - love them. I really need to expand my dish collection. Maybe in a couple of months I can really focus on that and start myself a fab collection!

Thanks for visiting - Happy Tuesday -

Lynette said...

Chari - I meant to tell you - the chalkboard paint works really well (from what I understand) on most porous surfaces without a lot of prep work - its just glass that it has to dry really well between coats!! Didn't want to scare you off from trying it -

Dishesdone said...

Love your post, love the blues, mosaic and your dishes. Gorgeous!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Chari, you sweet thing!! thank you for coming back this morning and your kind words about my craftroom. I just adore that room but I darned near killed myself last week redoing it. Wow, I am paying for it this week...talk about sore muscles. Ha.

Chari, I got the wire cloche at Home Goods. I just love it and may have to go back and buy one for myself....just no time. Mercy!

You are so kind....just a total delight, my sweet friend.

Hugs, Barb

Kammy said...

Hey Chari !
How's it going ? Back to the swing of things yet ? This rainy summer is going by quick....
Love your mosaic - you are good !
Love the blue frenchy plates - Ooo Laa Laa !
Kammy

Melissa Miller said...

Thank you! Thank you!
Love you too my friend!
You're the best. :)

Kathy said...

Hi cheri... The blues are beautiful...Very French!!! Plates are georgeous too, thank you for stopping by "Le Bath" redo, Nice to have you, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

xinex said...

Hi Chari! The plates are so beautifully French! Another lucky find, you lucky you! All your photos are so pretty!....Christine

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Chari..I cannot thank you enough for that sweet comment you left for me! How kind you are!
I am trying to do some catching up.
Your post for today is just beautiful. Everything is so cozy and lovely. Your blog just gets better and better! :)
See you again soon...and have a wonderful rest of the week. And again...thank you so much for your encouraging message!!
Love and hugs,
Mona

janet said...

oh Chari, how beautiful!!! the dishes are gorgeous and i love french country. It has been a busy busy summer and i miss all my blogging friends and so miss what they are up to. I was so pleased to see you stop by and leave such kind words, i really do have a love for cream or white and this drum stool has a cut out pattern just like lace, i just had to have it. I hope you are having a great summer.
hugs
janet

sue said...

Chari this is a beautiful post! Love all the blues and those gorgeous dishes too!
Thank you for your friendship, support, and love, you are very dear to say such sweet things when I'm feeling blue! Love ya sweetie!! xoxoxo

Cindy said...

Hi Chari,
Your note just made my day! You and Russell sure have been busy! I hope we get to see some of the pics! I have to tell you again how much I love that gorgeous china! I am trying to stay out of the dish aisles and not look as much on E-Bay but its hard, so hard. It's amazing how china can suck ya in! teehee! Do you have any more travel plans coming up! We may go to Door County in Eastern Wisconsin and I can't miss the MN. State Fair! I can feel summer coming to its final leg and I say stop don't do it,I need more! LOl, Have a wonderful Thursday and don't work too hard my dear, Hugs, Cindy

Candy said...

Uh-la-la! Love that blue door and tassels. All fabulous. I, too wish you could come along...the more the merrier. But then we might be playing tug-o-war ;-)

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Just where have you been gf?? I have missed you, I love that book. He is one of the best IMHO. Hope all is well on your side of the mountain.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hey Chari, you can do any kind of rooster....plates, napkins, ceramics. One friend suggested she could do her hair like a rooster. Ha!!!!!!

Thanks so much for displaying my giveaway button. So appreciate it!

Hugs, Barb

Chrissy said...

Well hello my friend,so glad to get your note!! What a lovely post,don't you just love decor books,and I love that silver tray you have!! Hope your summer has been good,no doubt we will talk more once we are all forced back inside for the winter!! Till next time,all the best,Chrissy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Chari, that china is gorgeous! What a wonderful find! I can't wait to see a tablescape with them. Your mosaic is so pretty. laurie

Bellamere Cottage said...

Hi Chari!

Oh MY GOSH....I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your new plates....simply stunning. I can't imagine anything (including my cooking) that wouldn't look delish on those lovelies! Congrats!....Loved the Provence pix too. Someday I will go there! :-)

Have a wonderful weekend, sweet gal!

Hugs,
Spencer