3 little Miracles

3 little Miracles

Friday, June 11, 2010

Show Us you Life - China Patterns

Kelly over at Kelly's Korner is having Show Us Your Life - China Pattern this Friday.  I do not have my own formal china pattern, because ONE I don't have any place to keep it, and TWO my mother has a beautiful set of china and we almost always gather at mom and dad's for big family gatherings and holiday's.  One day mom's china will be passed down (hopefully no time soon) to either my sister or I, and so I will be happy that her china stays within the family.  This past year I started doing an inventory of my mother's china so that I could start replacing pieces that have gotten broken in our many moves over the years or accessory pieces that my parents never got.

I love my mothers china, it is so classic, her pattern is from Noritake and is called Bluebell, manufactured between 1954 and 1971.  My parents picked up this beautiful china while they were stationed in Japan in the mid 60's.  At the time my father was working for a freight carrier airlines that based itself near the military base, and due to that my parents were able to shop at the PX and that is where they bought 12 5-piece place settings and accessory serving pieces for $60.00.  One 5-piece place setting would cost around $45 to replace today.  The Noritake Bluebell pattern has a beautiful simple floral design in pale blue with gray leaves, along with a pale blue band and  platinum band around the edge.

This is my favorite piece of the whole collection, I think my mother only has 6 or 8 of these plates, and one got broke in a move.  This is a snack plate and tea cup like you would use for a ladies tea, or special gathering.

Noritake Bluebell

#145 at Kelly's Korner


  1. First off, the last post with the little girl's hair accessories - ADORABLE!! If only I were trendy to pull that off with my little one! :)

    Next...I didn't particpate in the SUYL, but MY china is Noritake! It's the pilgrim, which is very similar in shape to some that you showed except that it is simply white china with a platinum band. I love it. It was a gift from my grandparents long before I got married - my uncle was in the military and went to Japan. It must have been the early to mid-80s. He was ordered (by his parents) to bring home sets of china for all the girls and this was selected for me. I've used it at some of our church functions - we usually have a Women's Christmas Luncheon each year and I have posted about both years that I was involved. It's so simple and elegant. I can't wait to be able to have room to bring it back out at home, but it will likely be a while! :)

    Be blessed!

  2. Oooh, VERY pretty!! I love the little luncheon sets! I hope you can find the pieces you're looking for =)

  3. That is a beautiful pattern. I love the snack plates! My sister has some in a stoneware and I have always wanted some.

  4. My grandmother's neighbor gave this pattern to my grandmother! It is in our storage unit. We're trying to figure out what to do with it all - LOL

    I'm a new follower...from Kelly's Korner :)

  5. Great pattern and great blog...I enjoyed looking around.

    Hope you will stop by and read about our Disney Cruise and I have a GOOD giveaway that I am drawing for on Monday.