Sunday, March 29, 2009

They're Meant to be Mine...

Back in February, we walked into a Tuesday Morning in another city near ours and I saw a Bordallo pattern I fell in love with. But alas, I couldn't afford even one plate to start off with. A few weeks after that, I saw the same pattern in the TM that was only less than a mile from where we live. Every week, I've come back once to see if they would put them on further sale. Of course 50% is a great deal but not if the original or retail price was way more than I could ever afford!

Anyway, last Friday, I decided to peek in there again. And on the door, was the sign "Buy 1 CLEARANCE ITEM, get 2nd CLEARANCE ITEM for 50% off!" My heart was racing when I came in with my children. I knew that this set would already be gone. I wasn't hopeful for anything good to find since they started the sale the day after my last peek. I round the corner and I see that all the pieces I was admiring were still there. Now the sale said, qualifying items have yellow tags. I was afraid to lift one up because I didn't want to be disappointed. I thought, if they are still here, that means they weren't put on sale. I'd have to wait again...

But, I had to try, so I did. I grabbed a salad plate; and slowly, carefully turned it over. It has a yellow tag! Plus it was already discounted to another 50% off the last sale price! I quickly got the 8 salad plates, 1 platter and 1 bowl that I've been wanting- all yellow tagged. My average savings was 87.5%!!! FOR. EACH. ITEM! Yes, patience seems to pay off for me over dishes that are meant to be mine. I'll feature the pattern on next week's Thursday memes. Today, I just want to enjoy them...

TABLESCAPING IDEA: ("Brain" knows that dishes are meant to be used, so here's an idea for just that) While you family's out of the house during the day, look at your dinnerware collection. Choose a theme, pattern or coordinating look to set your table with. Choose a simple centerpiece of flowers in a graceful vase. Create a menu that everyone loves and a surprise dessert- one you haven't made in a while but a family fave. On the background, have music that the whole family enjoys. Do a different napkin fold for each placesetting to celebrate the individuality of your children, husband or any relatives in the house with you. As a place card, choose one word that describes their best quality and on the opposite side, their name. As they come in, have them wash up and occupy the table where their names are. After saying grace, tell them how you missed them and decided to celebrate them thru a nice dinner menu and table. Then tell them about the word that inspired you about them as you get ready to serve the dessert. Unless it is super dirty, ask them to blindfold themselves with their napkins because you want dessert to be a surprise. When dessert is on the table, undo the blindfold and see all the wonderful expressions of thanks.

Happy Sunday!


I'm joining Susan of A Southern Daydreamer in her reading blog, so here are my books:

Diary of A Wimpy Kid- Jeff Kinney (all four we have)
Great Irish Tales of Horror- Peter Haining
Life of Pi- Yann Martel


  1. Chandy you are on a lucky streak! Good for you..

  2. I want you to know that you have converted me to bordalloism, and my husband is now saying "what now!" ;-)

  3. Oh, what a blessing to find the dishes that you wanted on such a wonderful sale. I am thrilled for you that you finally got them. I love your suggestion for a nice and special family dinner. It is always so important to remember to show our family how special they are and how much you love them. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

  4. I am off and running to my TM! I love Bordello, too! ~ Robyn

  5. Anne, I know I am hooked! LOL

    Marty, I agree. It felt great to see them and at such a discount, too!

    Robyn, I hope you find ones you like!

  6. Chandy,
    You have been very lucky lately! Guess what your blog buttons are ready to look at. I made 4 different styles for you to choose from. They are on my left sidebar near the bottom of my blog. Pick your favorite, they are numbered. Then tell me your choice, by leaving a comment under the giveaway post. I will then write the code so you can put it on your blog.
    If you don't like any of them, or want something changed let me know. I will work with you until I get it perfect, because I want you to be happy. I hope you like them!
    Cathy The Stylish House

  7. Thanks Cathy! I can't wait to see the final button! The four choices were equally awesome!

  8. Chandy,
    I got your message and I will rework #4 then have you look at it again before I write the code. I already added silver buttons to the corners, that was a great idea. It finishes it off nice. I am playing around with it a little more and will contact you tomorrow when it is ready for your final approval. Your blog is looking good I like the rooster! Have a good night, it is late here. Can you believe it snowed today! Cathy

  9. Thank you Cathy! I like my rooster, too. I can't wait! Cooky weather we've been having!

  10. How did you do on your Spring Reading Challenge 2009? I have posted my list of what I read on my blog at Post your results and link up your post with Mr Linky!

    Starting Friday, June 26, I am going to start a new weekly post called Weekend Reading …. to answer the question“What are you reading this weekend/week? “

    I will post the Summer Reading Challenge 2009 on Friday, June 19, 2009…….. so get your list ready!

    ~ Susan


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