Monday, February 28, 2011

Falling In Love With Real Dishes Again

Goodbye Paper Plates....Hello Real Dishes
The Thrifty Kitschy Housewife Series

Something is happening to me...I am using less and less paper plates and paper cups. And I wish I could say that this transformation had something to do with being a more Eco friendly baby boomer (which I am) but the turn around has more to do with what is going on in my nest than yours.

Now I Can Handle Using Real Dishes

The reason why glass and ceramic is making a comeback in my kitchen is because the "baby" has left the "boomer". It suddenly dawned on me that I don't mind using glass dishes in place of paper. As each of my four kids has "launched", the load in the kitchen is simply more manageable, Frankly, now I can handle real dishes, whereas before, paper was a welcomed convenience.

Synaptic Activity Is Returning To My Brain: Less People In The Kitchen=Less Dishes

My brain took a long time to realize that the kids are out...but I am catching up. There is synaptic activity returning! Here is what I am realizing.......less people in the kitchen means less dishes (except at holiday time and weekend visits). But even at those times, I am starting to appreciate the beauty of real dishes again.

No More Stepping Over Legos

Oh, my I am turning into a grandma nothing is on the way....but I am appreciating the kitchen more. There is something special about the kitchen when you can drink a cup of tea in peace or stand at the sink without twisting your ankle on a Lego or crunching a pile of Cheerios.

Gotta, go, I'm going, I'm going to unpack some vintage tea cups to use....bye bye Styrofoam!

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Society of Professional Journalists


  1. Love the pink dishes in the ad and the collection for a grown up setting. Have had my mom's Blue Danube for years and finally got them out and started using them for same reason as you - no more kids to chip them.

  2. Oh these are just beautiful!!! Love the blue too!!

  3. I inherited a cupboard filled with Fiestaware -all the original colors! Much of it, I had purchased for my mom over the years. She always set the Easter dinner table with Fiesta in all the beautiful colors of spring. Now it sits in the cupboard - alone, lonely. I live alone in my mom's house (she passed two years ago.) I open that cupboard and look at it and think, "should I sell it, or just keep it?" I love it, too, but I am not using it or displaying it (my kitchen is more primitive farmhouse.) Advice?