I have always loved these colorful plates. My love for them started at Grandma Neff's house in East Petersburg, PA. They were the family's daily plates going back to when my mother was a child.
I got my hands on some of my favorite pieces from her collection at the family sale years ago (thanks to the generous bidding of my parents). I am honored to have a cobalt blue mixing bowl and a complete cobalt blue place setting along with a nice collection of dinner plates from her collection.
Last year I decided it was time to add some color to my daily living and received much of my new collection as Christmas gifts. I created a mix of color similar to my Grandmother's. I love that it brings a smile to my face even when I am washing dishes. The variety of color is refreshing to me. They are more durable than I expected and they are made in West Virginia. http://www.hlchina.com/
(OK... now I'm in trouble. In looking up their site to link to this blog, I have discovered pieces that I didn't know existed. Guess they'll go on this year's Christmas list.)
Looking back it strikes me that my Grandmother was a no nonsense, straight forward, no frills kind of woman, yet her daily plates highlighted her colorful side. A side that we only have truly come to appreciate in her passing this week. It is yet another example of how she blessed me in the example of how she lived her life. Keep your eyes on the details because it really is about the little things.