When I first moved to my apartment a year ago, I mentioned here in my journal that I was excited to finally unpack my grandmother's china which had been in storage for the previous five years. Back then I didn't have my digital camera so I wasn't able to share a picture of it. I took this picture a while back but never got around to posting it.
I was so excited to receive these pieces in the mail a while back. I think my mom will be excited to know this tid-bit too. I found more pieces on Replacements.com to add to my pattern. You see, this pattern by Noritake has been out of print for a while now. After a little research, I found out that this pattern is as old as I am! I believe my Uncle bought these dishes in Japan for my grandmother when he was in the Navy years ago. When my grandmother died, her set was divided between my mom and my aunt. I have service for six but a piece or two is cracked or chipped and there are items that I didn't have like the creamer and sugar bowl above. I am now able to add to my service and there are serving pieces that I didn't even know existed. One of the next items I want to get is the nightlight. I'm intrigued to find out what it looks like. The website doesn't show a picture of it.
I must confess that I don't use these dishes on a daily basis but I do use them from time to time and I do use the sugar bowl and creamer daily. One of the reasons I don't use them as my everyday dishes is because I like my blue patterned dishes. But, I also feel like I am responsible for keeping these in tack so that they can be passed down to the next generation in the family. I look forward to being able to add to the service so the next person to receive these will have even more. It's kind of neat to think that some day someone else will get to enjoy these dishes as their own. My hope is that they will stay in the family for a long time to come. I was just thinking that as I add more pieces I'll take pictures then put together some kind of scrapbook to include with the dishes when they are passed down so the history isn't lost in the generations to come.