After I rearranged the shelves in our breakfast nook, I thought I’d join Metamorphosis Monday. Then, I posted the pictures and realized that nobody would be able to tell any difference between the “before” and “after” pictures!
BEFORE: This is kind of like a “Where’s Waldo” contest! Did Laurie REALLY change anything on these shelves? Yes, I really did, but I admit most of the same things went back on the shelves that were on the shelves in the “before” picture. But since I spent an hour taking everything out and then putting all of it back in, I decided I’d post it anyway. (When I finished, I THOUGHT I had changed the shelves. I also THOUGHT I had edited some things out of the shelves! Darn it! I just have a hard time getting rid of anything!)
I know, I know, it looks like I posted the same photo twice, but I REALLY DID change a few things, and I know it’s different, even if nobody else knows. If I’m totally honest about this, I’ll tell you that, although I started out with the goal of deleting some things from these crowded shelves, I ended up adding some things to the shelves!!! Inspired by Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict (who recently found THE best ever deal on a huge set of Quimper), I grouped a lot of my Quimper on the top shelf. In the “BEFORE” picture, I didn’t have as much Quimper as I now have. (Ooops! I see that I left two German plates at the back of this shelf – they do have the same colors as Quimper, and they depict a dancing couple. I hope the French and German plates can get along. I may need to add a Swiss plate for neutrality! Yep! I’m talking about adding again!)
When I first fell in love with Quimper pottery, I was only familiar with the Quimper that had paintings of Bretons (the people of Brittany in France). (The two plates below hang on the wall next to these shelves in my breakfast room). I didn’t know the pottery was made with any other designs or colors. I also didn’t know there was Quimper in forms other than dinnerware. (I hope nobody from the Quimper Club International Blog is reading this post!)
The pieces with Bretons on them remain my favorites, but since I began visiting the Quimper Club International blog, and receiving email flyers from Brittany Byways, I have learned that I knew absolutely nothing about Quimper when I began my small collection of plates with Bretons on them! As a matter of fact, I was shocked when I realized that I had a piece of Quimper that I didn’t realize was Quimper. I received a sale email from Brittany Byways, and something about the little knife rests looked familiar to me. I ran to the china cabinet to find a little dog figure that I had paid $5.00 for at an auction years ago. I was shocked and thrilled to find that it is indeed a Quimper knife rest (which was confirmed by my friend, Sarah, at Hyacinths for the Soul, who is a Quimper collector and member of Quimper Club International). So, my Quimper knife rest had to join the rest of my little Quimper collection on this shelf.
I had never checked the bottom of this piece, because it had never occurred to me that I could have a piece of Quimper and not know it – and certainly not that I could have purchased a piece of Quimper for $5!!! (Now that was luck – not as lucky as Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict though – can you tell I am green with envy?)
Even though I’m the only one who knows there was a metamorphosis, I am joining Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, and I’m joining Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life. I think my “knife rest story” qualifies for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm, and since everything on these shelves (heck, almost everything in my house) is on, at least, the 2nd time around, I am joining 2nd Time Around Tuesday at A Picture is Worth 1000 Words. Thanks to all of these hostesses.
Thank you for coming to see my invisible metamorphosis. I hope you’ll come back to visit again soon. laurie