As hard as I strive to become a conscientious consumer (buying fewer things of better quality), I still find myself at the mercy of pretty things sometimes.
Which brings me to some recent finds! I was mentioning to Janet at The Gardeners Cottage in an email today that I try to use three criteria when I buy unnecessary but lovely things:
Is is classic? Is it beautiful? Will I love it in 5 years?
This system really helps me to curb my aesthetic appetite and I now bring home a lot fewer trends, fewer "good buys" and much less nice but useless junk. But sometimes, my heart just covets. I am really trying to re-train the "reward center" in my brain which thinks that it constantly needs more stuff (and/or chocolate).
On that note, unable to harness my covetousness, here are some new finds I have recently acquired:
The opening photo shows a delightful green pillow I purchased from a fellow Calgarian who sells her pretty pillows on Etsy. Her Lilybeth Goodies shop is full of goodies indeed, her prices are second-to-none, and she's a really sweet lady too! I have already ordered a second pillow in this pattern...a little pre-Christmas gift from me to me.
My next find was this wee set of fine bone china, from my favorite antique store:
It is not a full set, but rather an incomplete four-piece place setting! The set is by Royal Doulton and it is cream-coloured with a platinum edge. There are four dinner plates, four salad plates, and four bread-and-butter plates. I am missing the tea cups and saucers (which I might try to find on eBay). The pattern is called "Romance Carolyn H5090", if you happen to have some laying around your attic!
I really like the set and since I'm not too concerned about matchy-match with my china, I truly don't mind. I plan to buy a new set of everyday white dishes soon so all my mismatched pieces will have a proper foundation (my current set is pale blue and white). I would love to have a full set of very fine bone china some day, but who can justify the expense? Many people put good china on their wedding registry, which is a very fine reason to get married, in my opinion! David, are you reading this?
Next, in an odd twist of fate, I happened to be shopping at the Real Canadian Superstore (a grocery chain here which carries really great affordable housewares) yesterday and found these white porcelain bowls, edged in silver dots:
I think they look swell with my new dishes and let me serve a soup or pasta course and still use my new plates! Talk about serendipity!
What do you think? Hope you like my finds!