I think it is amazing that Kathleen at Faded Charm has kept up with her weekly White Wednesday party, even today as she tends to her son who broke his leg. We are all thinking of you and your boy, Kathleen, and wishing him a speedy recovery!
Do you know much about ironstone? I don't really. Just that I love it.
Chipped, cracked, and all crazed up.
Pitchers, creamers, plates, platters, tureens, compotes.
I love them all!
Growing up, Little House on the Prairie was a big part of my life.
After school, my mom always had a snack ready and Little House on the TV.
It was my wind-down time from school.
I still watch re-runs and have a collection of the shows on VHS.
I loved the show and the books.
I identified with each of the characters a little bit. Even Nellie. :-)
I've always wondered what it must have been like to grow up in the 1800's like the Ingalls girls.
My in-laws live in Missouri, and when we visited them, they took us to a small town there....Mansfield.
We toured the historic adult homestead of Laura Ingalls Wilder and went through the museum which housed so many memories and belongings of the Ingalls family.
No cameras were allowed inside, so I can't share any of their actual things. But I can tell you that I was intrigued when I came across a showcase in the museum filled with beautiful old ironstone.
Laura Ingalls Wilder chose English ironstone as her wedding china! The museum had a wonderful assortment of her pieces of ironstone on display. It was amazing to me. I wonder why she chose it? Was it affordable or a splurge? Was it because of its durability or simplicity? Was it her everyday dishes or her formal pieces?
While I was standing there reveling in the simple beauty of the ironstone dishes on display, I couldn't help asking myself these questions. I suppose I will forever wonder the answers. It just makes my ironstone all the more special to me!
If you're ever in Missouri and you have a soft spot in your heart for Little House on the Prairie, include this place on your itinerary. You will be taking a step back in time. You will be humbled. And you will be in awe of the lives of this pioneer family!
Stop by Faded Charm to see everyone's White Wednesday posts! It's always a treat!
Until next time ~