Monday, April 20, 2009

#100: The Story Behind the Pattern

YAY!!! I can't believe that this is my 100th post! I wish I have a giveaway to do but I did one to kick off this blog back in February, before I found all of you through Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. But I still can't believe it! Woohoo!

Hosted by Susan and Sally

My Met Monday post is just minor. I gardened with my children over the weekend as a break from all that writing. Remember my white petunias by my front door? Well the pot they're planted in actually has a twin, so...

I cleaned it out and filled it with new dirt (Miracle Gro) and planted the pink Asiatic Lily in there and surrounded it with my fave very purple petunias! You can tell it's a new transplant as the gaps in the dirt are still visible. I also planted seeds of Moss Rose in there to make it really full. I changed up the pattern of the pots! Plus with summer coming, I'm again ready with my red, white and blue color scheme! (ok, purple but it's more blue violet so it passes) :P

Now, this is what my front window looks like. That wagon carried three children to the grocery stores, the park and sometimes just around the neighborhood in both CA and AZ. Now, it's serving as our planter box. I do want to put it out of its misery soon, but I haven't sketched out what I want the front window to look like, plus another move is imminent in the next year, so I'd probably leave it like that and just swap out the plants. That's why I mostly have annuals, that way I don't feel bad if they die down...

Now on to some other pattern...


It tells of Knoon-shee, a lovely Chinese maiden, whose affections were bestowed upon her father's secretary, Chang, but who was commanded by her parents to wed a wealthy rival suitor.
She refused to comply with their wishes, whereupon her enraged father locked her up in the little house just visible on the left of the temple. From here she contrived to send a message to her lover, 'Gather thy blossom, ere it be stolen.' Thus encouraged, Chang succeeded in entering the apple orchard and carrying off his beloved. So we see them hurrying over the bridge. Knoon-shee with a distaff, and Chang carrying her box of jewels, while the angry father follows hard after them armed with a whip - in some patterns also accompanied by the discarded lover.
The couple made good their escape in the 'Chinese ship sailing by' and landed on the island, which can be seen on the left of the picture, where they took refuge in the little wooden house. But the father and discarded suitor tracked them and set fire to the house while they were sleeping; and so the lovers perished.
Next morning, from the ashes rose their spirits, in the forms of two doves. And so we see them with out-stretched wings flying off to the realms of eternal happiness.
No one knows the origin of this story. It was told in China more than a thousand years ago and brought over to our country from Eastern lands by the Crusaders.

Compliment of The Potteries

TABLESCAPING IDEA: ("Brain" loves this pattern!) To those that share millions of people's love for this pattern, the possibilities are endless! Formal or casual Blue Willow presents well in any table. Try this: use yellow chargers and yellow orchids on a blue and white pot. Honor its legend by having a formal Chinese menu: soup, a meat dish, rice, veggies and tea for afterwards. Have mooncakes and orange slices. Use lantern or chinese lamps to illuminate the table. Even get two doves. Invite your children, family or guests to join you and regale them with the legend. You become famous for having a great spread and owning a pattern worth of their admiration.


  1. I do love the blue willow story. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

  2. A 100 posts already! Wow! I love your pretty flowers and the blue willow story. Congrats Chandy, Cindy

  3. I can't believe I have never heard the Blue Willow story! Thanks so much for sharing it. Now I want to run out and find some. Congrats on getting your essays done! Have a great week!

  4. Love your flowers ! I can't plant them here yet
    in Colorado, as it snowed this weekend ! I am
    jealous ! Love the china story ! Hugs ~ Kammy

  5. What a lovely but very sad story about the Blue Willow. Chandy, Thanks for telling it. Your plants an flowers are beautiful! I love urns. And great tablescaping idea!...Christine

  6. WOW ! Congrats Chandy ! At this rate, you'll have to start thinking of a "What Now 2" blog name when you reach your 500th post LOL

    I too adore this pattern. I have one small set of blue and white dishes...they are so able to be mixed and matched into so many different combinations that of course, I want more. Love the story too !

  7. Good morning ladies! Thank you once again, you puff up my heart! ;-)

  8. Congratulations on your 100 post! love the dishes, we had a set of those when I was growing up...wish they were still around, love the flowers, glad you got to spend time with your kids

  9. I do love your pots. I bought some stuff Saturday, and I hope to get it into the ground today.

  10. What a fabulous story. I had never heard it before, although I love the Blue Willow pattern. It's nice to understand the history of the design, and such a touching story. Your tablescape idea is just perfect also. Congratulations on the 100th post. That is indeed a wonderful milestone. Hugs, Marty

  11. Oohh, more great comments, thanks guys!

  12. I never knew the Blue Willow story. Thanks so much for sharing that. :)

  13. With the amazing popularity of the Blue Willow pattern it's nice to have the story to go with it. It's such a classic pattern that will remain a favorite! Happy Blue and Met to you!

  14. i love that story.and i am beginning to REALLY love those dihes...ann

  15. Congrats on your 100th post!

  16. Hi Chandy, love the dishes and the story.

    Happy Blue Monday.


  17. I love the Blue Willow dishes and the story that goes with them. Thanks for sharing and Happy Blue Monday.


  18. Wow, 100th post. Congratulations! I love your purple petunias and the pattern on the dishes.

  19. Hi Chandy...

    Just read the sweet note that you left over at my glad that you came by and took a peek at my kitchen!

    Girl, your newly planted flowers in those pretty pots are just gorgeous! I love petunas too...they're a nice hearty flower! It's one that I can actually grow and have good results! Hehe...I don't have much of a "green thumb"!

    Aren't those blue & white dishes pretty! I always love hearing the story behind the's so interesting! Just knowing the story would make for an interesting "dinner conversation" with guests...don't you think? And...once again, I loved reading your tablescaping tips! My friend, I always read have such good ideas...keep them coming!

    Have a marvelous Monday!

  20. Definitely once again, you beautiful people is making my day!

    Chari, you got it! The ideas will be there!

  21. Chandy,
    Congratulations on reaching your 100th post! It certainly is a monumental accomplishment. I enjoyed this lovely story about the china pattern and you wrote it well. I am envious you have warm enough weather to plant flowers; it is cold and rainy in my world today. Enjoy them for me and hopefully spring is near. ~Cathy~

  22. Chandy, Such an interesting story - sad, but sweet. Your petunias are gorgeous....they cheer me up after the sad love story : )

  23. Hello Cathy and Linda; thank you both! I do love it!

  24. Chandy have a look here Beverage ServersHow pretty your flowers are, and I loved the story of this willow ware. You always have such informative posts.

  25. Hi Chandy, love your beautiful flowers and the Willow Ware story was new to me. A fun and interesting post.


  26. Thank you for sharing the story with the Blue Willow. I inherited many old pieces from a great aunt.

    Kathy b

  27. Hello ladies, thank you, I aim to please!

  28. Congratulations on your 100th post! I've been blogging a little longer than you and still haven't reached 100. laurie

  29. Laurie, in the beginning, I think I had to posts a day to get this blog going. I can't wait for yours!


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