A couple of months ago my mother-in-law picked up these lovely plates at a sale. I recognized them immediately as Homer Laughlin and that they blend in perfectly with my Sunrise, Gold Crown, and Danube chinas. It is on the Rhythm shape and the pink rim is a perfect match with the Sunrise china. The Rhythm shape was produced in the 40s and 50s, so that helped me date these plates.
The mark on these plates does not mention the Homer Laughlin Company, and this mark almost threw me off. However, HL sold their china to distributing companies, and I had just not run across the company International D. S. Co. until I saw these plates. I still have not been able to find out much about this company, but it was probably one of many that sold dishes to Woolworth’s, Sears, and similar companies. A more detailed discussion of Homer Laughlin and its various distributing companies can be found here.
Back to the table…I started with my pink tablecloth, but did not like the pink-on-pink, so I put a simple white Dollar Tree placemat underneath the plate.
I had a couple of different pink napkins that would do, but in the end chose the ones that matched the tablecloth. I used a simple clear napkin ring and San Remo flatware.
I had a hard time deciding whether or not to layer since I wasn’t sure about covering up that pretty magnolia blossom. Finally I decided to go for it. I ran across two pretty small plates with pink in them when I was putting up the magnolia dishes, so I decided to go for it.
These are really pretty and old plates that I actually had purged back when I had my breakdown about a year ago. However, they did not sell (which I really just don’t understand at all), and I brought them back home when I put out my Christmas décor. I’ll probably try again at some point, but for now, I’ll just enjoy using them.
Since I only have 2 of those plates, I filled in with the Sunrise on the other 2 place settings.
I decided to top off the plate stack with the Sunrise berry bowls. With the pattern covered, the dinner plate looks like an exact match to the berry bowl! I love the mix-and-match element to so many HL patterns.
Of course, my lovely tulip-shaped stemware was perfect for this table.
I even found enough wine charms that had pink beads on them for all 4 glasses.
Turning my attention to the center of the table, I used the only table runner I have with pink in it. I found it on eBay about a year ago.
I love these Cheerful Giver candles. I found them a while back on amazon when I searched for pink pillar candles because I do so many pink tables. The colors are so soft and pretty and perfect for my pink décor.
I actually keep tall silver candlesticks on the mantel most of the time because they display perfectly with my Hull pottery collection.
Speaking of Hull, I decided to use a couple of my smaller pieces on this table. I love the delicate pink and blue shades of this pottery.
The colors always look great with my vintage HL. My guess would be that is because they were probably manufactured around the same time period and these colors were really popular at that time.
The centerpiece turned out exactly as I had envisioned. Shades of soft pink and the glow of pastel candles set off my pretty new plates.
I love the way my table turned out!
Simple, pretty…pink. What else can I say?
Now on to the rest of my title. Have you heard of the website Shop Miss A? I just happened to stumble upon this site when I was reading some blogs a couple of months ago.
The site is basically a makeup and accessory site and everything is $1. Yep, you read that right…$1!
Of course, I had to try it. I actually purchased a number of items. I focused mainly on makeup and skin care, although I did buy a couple of scarves that I love.
I won’t go into every product that I bought, but I will tell you about a couple of them. I had never heard of Kleancolor eye shadows. These are baked and called wet/dry shadows, but they actually look better wet. They don’t really show up when wearing them dry.
I love the color on the left, called toffee. It is an interesting mix of teal, brown, and some other shades that really doesn’t sound great when I describe it, but trust me, it is really pretty. The plum shade on the right is also really nice, but it is exactly like the plum shade in the Elf baked palette, so I really didn’t need it. But it was only $1, and I will use it.
I did get a few things that I ended up not liking much, but at only $1, I decided I would risk buying. I have a friend with 3 little girls who love playing with makeup, so I know I can pass on anything I don’t want.
The reviews I read of this site gave more negative than positive on the shipping. I actually did not have any trouble at all with the shipping. Yes, it took slightly longer than most companies that I buy from online, but I don’t get upset about that at all. I’ve never been one to pay extra for rush shipping…I am cheap all the way! Plus, I ordered around the holidays and I knew the shipping would take a little longer…actually the website even stated that clearly.
I actually discovered this site too late for Christmas giving, but when I told my friend about it, he agreed that he could have filled up his daughters’ stockings with all kinds of things cheaply. He told his wife to be sure to remember that site for next year.
As a p.s., I finished The Heart of the Sea last night. I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but I enjoyed this book very much. It was really good, and I am looking forward to the movie. So another New Year’s Goal has been met!
Have a great day of reading, tablescaping, and online shopping!
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