I’m not really giving away any secrets by admitting I am not the world’s best housekeeper – like a lot of knitters, it seems I’d so much rather be knitting than cleaning!
But lately there have been a few tasks that have been calling out to me, that I can put off no longer! One of these was to tidy the china display on top of the leadlight cabinet. The actual collection was slowly engulfed by a collection of random crap, not to mention a blanket of dust and a nice collection of cobwebs to top it off.
I had a bit of free time in the weekend, and instead of spending it knitting, like a normal knitting person, I decided it was time to attack the collection. So I put away the crap and I took all the china down and dusted and hand washed it in the warmest soapy water. And standing in the sun, over the sink, washing all that china, it was such a pleasure. My guilty (!) secret is that I love hand washing fine bone china!
Anyway, I thought I might share it with you, because it is so pretty!
It is Shelley china, in the “Dainty White” style – perhaps the most common style they produced. My mum has always loved Shelley, and has a little collection, and back when I was working, for a while there, I quite got into collecting it too – especially when I realised how cheap it was from the UK on eBay (whoops!). Even though it is common, I just think it is so pretty – the lovely petal details and the shapes, the fluting and the knobs.
And I culled it a little when I put it back on the cabinet – I really should rotate the display occassionally, I suppose! Because I do have more in the cupboard, oh yes I do! (not that I’m buying it any more, no I am not!)
And since I’m showing off collections, I thought I’d share the ever-growing collection Connor is amassing:
Yes, of course, it is cars! And trucks, and buses, and fire engines…
And more cars! He never gets sick of them! He takes a bag of cars everywhere, even to bed! They really are his security blanket (a bit like knitting is for me!)