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Monday, January 18, 2010


I'm joining Tabletop Tuesday at Grits and Glamour. Don't y'all think Barb's Tabletop button is so pretty? Well, that's the way her whole blog looks, so if you haven't been to Grits and Glamour, do yourself a favor, and go see it.

Recently, The Nester did a post about not lining accessories up like a parade. I'm afraid I'm guilty as charged. would think I would not post an accessory parade on my blog. But noooo, I just had to go post it. I tried to change it around so that it didn't look like a parade anymore, but I just couldn't do it. This parade marches across two of the shelves in our family room.

If you've been here before, I'm sure you realize that I am not a suave and savvy decorator. You probably already know my dirty little secret ... I like cutesy! I don't want to like it, but I can't stop myself. I'd much rather be suave and savvy. I have diagnosed this illness I have (I'm talking about the "cutesy" illness) as being the result of having been adopted when I was a toddler. I don't have any baby pictures or baby china, so when I go to estate sales, I just have to get some of that cutesy baby stuff to make up for not having my own! That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. (At least I don't bring home other people's baby pictures. I might some day though, if I see a reeeeely cute baby--then I can tell everybody that I was a cute baby!)

Having made my excuse, by telling you that I don't have any of my own childhood china, I have to tell you that the Hopalong Cassidy and Davy Crockett mugs were mine! (Yes, I wanted to grow up to be a cowgirl.) (For those of you who are younguns', I'll tell you that Hopalong Cassidy was a cowboy television show back in the olden days-when I was a youngun'). All of the rest of my parade are items I purchased at estate sales.

I just love this little girl and boy - so smitten with each other that they don't realize she is pouring the milk onto the ground.
Mary Had a Little Lamb mug.

Little Jack Horner child's tea set

Since this plate had a baby AND a dog, I had to buy it.

Another that I "had to" purchase, because it has a bunny and a dog

A Buster Brown advertisement plate. Another lesson for the younguns'...Buster Brown was a brand of children's shoes. Until I was a tween, I didn't know there was another brand of shoes - heck! there may not have been another brand of children's shoes until then! I had to wear bulky corrective shoes until I was in the fourth grade, so I coveted the cute Buster Brown shoes that other children wore. (Now I'm making an excuse for buying the Buster Brown plate. Obviously, I "had" to buy it to make up for being deprived of those cute shoes for years! I'm just full of good[?] excuses!)

I'm sure when you go get links for Tabletop Tuesday at Grits and Glamour, you won't find any other parades-just beautiful vignettes. Thank you for coming to my parade today. laurie


Mellodee said...

Some things need to be clumped, and some things need to parade. As long as you use a little of both in your displays throughout your home. I can't see how it could be considered "wrong". Besides, its your house, you could put everything in one long parade that snakes around the whole house if you wanted to! Its what makes you happy that matters!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I don't care how you do it Laurie, it always looks fabulous! I want those darling dishes, they are charming and fun and I must have the exact same disease as you, because everything you do looks fabulous to me! Hugs, Cindy

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Laurie, I don't think I ever noticed that you have everything lined up in a parade. I love it all. Your childrens dishes and cups are all just wonderful. I so remember all of these vintage icons. Guess I'm not a spring chicken either. lol Great collection. Hugs, Marty

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Laurie, Loved seeing that you had visited!!! And thanks for the sweet note on my little tater bug, he has already stole my heart. I just can't keep from looking at him. My family is now making fun of
You have some cute things! I would love to come to one of your yard sales... I love the plate with the dog and the baby, so cute.
Hope you have a great day. Thanks again for visiting.

Foley said...

So jealous of all your fun, lovely pieces. When I saw your Hopalong Cassidy and Davy Crocket mugs I had to smile - I have the Wyatt Earp one!! MY brothers always fought over who was going to drink from it...can't believe I was the one who ended up with it!

Also loved my Mary Janes from Buster Brown!! You bring back alot of memories for me..

Especially loved the plate that showed where to place the fork and are a great shopper!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie! Oh, look at these darling dishes! Honey, is there anything you don't have? :) I love these little plates and pieces and the precious paintings on them. Parade on, Dear One!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mitzi said...

Love your childrens dishes.If I had to do it over I would have had such a collection. They always attract my eye when I am out browsing.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Now who doesn't love a parade? I'm afraid that I have your illness as well -- love all your cuteness --- in fact---I believe we'll just crown you as "Laurie, the queen of cuteness"! Long Live Your Royal Cuteness!!!!

Greetings from your most loyal subject from the Land of Cuteness --
Mid-Atlantic Martha

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

I think we all agree...we love what you do!!! To heck with the what you love and I love your darling dishes...I love cutesy too!!! GIVE ME ME CUTESY!!!

You have the most beautiful collections!!! Someday I want to go shopping with you!!!

Have a wonderful day sweet lady!!!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Laurie, you have some of the greatest china pieces.. a lot of these I haven't seen in years. You know my "favorite" is the bunny and dog.. and the little girl with the lamb is just toooo precious. How lucky you are to have things from your childhood. Always a delight to see more of your treasures.. hugs ~lynne~

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Oh yes! I remember them. What a nice collection. How would you be able to see them good, if they were all grouped together? :-)

Robin said...

I don't care how you line these beauties up, they are still just adorable! I LOVE THESE! Thank you so much for sharing them!


Robin :o)

xinex said...

I am so glad you paraded these, Laurie, or we would miss seeing some of them. You have the most amazing plates. I really like the cuteness in these, so unique....Christine

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Oh this is cute, cute, cute. Do you remember seeing my baby dish? I only have the plate...I would love to find the cup and bowl sometime. I will try to find that picture and post it again just for you!
Parade away girl. I mean, is the vignette police scheduled to come to your house??? As my husband always says to me...who are "they" anyways?

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

This is all soooo pretty! It is NOT a parade, it looks beautiful!!

I have never noticed any parades on your blog! lol

These pieces are so vintage, I just love them!

Lou Cinda

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Hi I'm Buster Brown I live in a shoe...Oh Laurie remember that from a kid talk about dating myself ha ha!! Girl I love all your children collectables and very pricey they have become my friend..Great display and I love to have things around me that remind me of my childhood and hey I was always the indian when I played with my brother he always got to be the cowboy because he was older ha ha!! until one day I found out about "Belle Starr" and I became her ha ha!! You know I only had 2 toys as a kid so I used others things to play with like old shell casings became a tea set to me ha ha!! Match boxes were doll beds etc...Hope you have a great day my friend...wonderful post...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Great collection...I'm very familiar with those iconic figures...but, only because I read about them somewhere (smile!)

Ginny said...

Laurie, I was not adopted, and I did not have baby china either. I love those cutsey baby china mugs and plates also. I buy them for my daughter to show in her kid's rooms.
I really like all your "stuff"

Anonymous said...

Oh, how I love your parade. Especially the plate that says where the fork and spoon go. How cute! Oh, my. I didn't know there were vignette police. I better close the blinds are they'll be arresting me for sure! lol Rosie

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

Hi Laurie, what a great p ost and great dishes. I love those little ones on display. Just adorable. Yes I like your snow too! Love Arkansas...havent been in way too long but I adore it as well! Hope you are having a great day!

Linda in AZ * said...

* Dearest Laurie~~~

THIS POSTING is SOOOO SENTIMENTALLY FAAAABULOUS!!!!! Soooo many WONDERFUL MEMORIES (albiet some delightfully "corny ones, which makes it REEEEALLY FUN!) came rushing to my weary mind, and remembering some of the very FUN moments of growing up in a happy family came rushing forward!!!

My Sis & I were so blessed to be raised in such a happy home~~~ Daddy was a great Dad, of course, but it was M*O*M who was "THE" one who reeeeeally made life F*U*N, full of laughs & joy & simply wonderful~~~ for EVERYONE!! (YES, she was our very own, delightfully UNpredictable "Lucy"!)!!!

I SO appreciate the time your blog gave me to look back, remember and be grateful for my blessings!

Many warm hugs along with that big "THANK YOU", Sweetie!

Love, Linda in AZ *

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I remember Buster Browns. Your collection is beautiful. Wow!
You always impress me with what you have.

Kammy said...

You must have been a good little kid Laurie as your adoptive parents didn't turn you in for a different model , LOL !
Love your parade and it is super cute !

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Dearheart....

Ohhh...I do believe that this is the very first time that I've seen your darling children's dishes, Laurie! They are absolutely adorable!!! I love the bowl that tells where the spoon and fork go...sooo sweet! Ohhh...and your children's tea set...soooo cute! I love, love, LOVE your children's parade, my friend! Thank you for sharing this adorable collection with us!

Love ya,

vignette design said...

Uh Oh Laurie, I feel another collection obsession coming along: children's dishes. Perfect for the new granddaughter and the one on the way when visiting grandma's house! Your collection is adorable all on parade! --Delores
PS: I had to wear corrective shoes too when I was a kid (pigeon toed) and everyone else wore Mary Janes with little socks.

Sarah said...

Laurie, these are definitely CUTE. What an adorable collection. Love the one that tells where the fork and spoon go. Thanks for sharing this delightful group of dishes. I, too, was a Hopalong Cassidy fan. ~ Sarah

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Miss Janice said...

Oh, I remember cute!

Melissa Miller said...

They looks so pretty and precious Laurie! Beautifully displayed! :)

Kathleen Grace said...

i think your vintage childrens dishes are delightful! I would pick up any one of these if I found them, cutesy or not:>) I have never seen anything like them anywhere. Thank you for sharing this wonderful collection.

Gayle from Southern Thresholds said...

I think your style of decorating is thoughts on decorating are this: as long as the owner of the home is happy and likes what surrounds them; it's "right"...nothing on earth is more boring to me than a home that looks like it was pulled from a showroom floor...BORING!