So Mom's been talking about what her dinnerware philosophy is. Which led me to wonder if I had one?
Mmm, maybe. It's fairly simple.
1. The dishes must be dishwasher-safe, and preferably microwave-safe as well.
2. They must not have metal on the edges (see microwave-safe), if they do, it must be silver, not likely to need microwaving, and again: dishwasher safe. I thought most of the new Noritake patterns were dishwasher safe, but I was looking at a white & silver set at Costco, and it said hand-washing recommended. Nope, forget that. I'm not hand-washing a whole set of dishes!
3. The pattern can't be too... fluffy/frilly/floral/etc. If that made any sense. Most people who know my style will know what I mean. I like feminine things, but nothing too frilly. Having said that, my dishes do have flowers on them, but they're not the sort of floral I hate.
4. If they last, great. I'd like them to last for a good while, but they don't have to be passed on for generations. That only burdens your daughters, grand-daughters, and so on with dishes that they may or may not like, but feel they have to keep. (See Mom's post, re: the family heirloom dishes) My dishes were made in the 70's, so they're already about thirty years old. So while Noritake lasts a while, some of their life-span is already gone. (Lifespan for the dishes, that sounds slightly strange...they're going to die!) Um, anyway...
5. They must be colors I like...although this point is negotiable seeing as I don't have any house decor they have to go with right now. If I ended up living in a house with say, wallpaper in the kitchen/dining room that can't be changed and it clashes horribly with the dishes..well, then...I might have to have different dishes at some point. Right now, they're in storage boxes, and I like them (dishes, not boxes), so it's not really an issue! :D
So that's my dish philosophy, or what I have of one...which brings me to the main reason of this post: Rocks In My Dryer's Spur-Of-The-Moment Dish Carnival!
Because while I was digging dishes out of the attic and photographing them for Mom, I might as well do mine too!
These are the dishes I'm collecting. In fact I have almost all of them, I just need about a dozen salad plates, and some soup bowls, and I'll be done.
They are Noritake brand, and the pattern is called "Reverie". They do have flowers on them, but they're the type of flowers I can stand...fairly realistic, in tasteful colors, and tastefully placed in the pattern. There's also a butterfly, and little tiny red ladybug, although it's so tiny I don't think you can see it in that picture. So these have a lot of my favorite color (green) and one little spot of my second favorite color, red.
So that's my dishes, and a philosophy to go along with them! :P