Monday, June 07, 2010

Just Dreaming

In August we will be moving to Maryland where John will be missionary in residence at Washington Bible College.  We found out that the apartment is unfurnished, except for appliances.  We can't complain about that as we will get the apartment rent free.  Since the appliances are there it will save us a ton of money in what we do have to purchase.  Believe me, we will be living simply as we don't want to invest a lot of money in furniture we are going to use for only a year.

The other day I was in a store and saw dishes I really liked, so that got me thinking about buying a set of dishes.  I already have my Grandma's china set, but they are a little too nice for every day use.  So I am thinking about buying a cheap set of four for every day use and we can use the china whenever we have company.

If you've seen my kitchen in Niger you'll know I have red curtains and red accents.  I just love red in a kitchen!  But my dining room and living room in Niamey are one big (big being a relative term!) room as they were in Tera.  My living room/dining room curtains were blue, so I have blue dishes in Niger.  I love my dishes and didn't plan on changing them.  But I figure if I get some red dishes that would be really nice with my kitchen and would be something I could use beyond just this coming year.  Some days I could use blue and some I could use red.

So, I've been looking at red dinnerware, dreaming about what I might get.  Of course, there are always two categories in dreaming:  1.  What I Would Get If Price Were No Object and 2. What I Can Afford (But Still Like).  Here are some of my favorites that I've seen so far:

Red Berry Collection by Mikasa
       
                                                                Baking Days by Spode        
Pure Red by Mikasa 

America's Original Diner Collection by Homer Laughlin Dinnerware


 Urban Red by Corelle
 




                                      Pressed Petals at Target










Medallion at Target 


                                    Corelle Classic Cafe












Red Rooster Toile Dinner Set



So, assuming I could afford any of these sets of dishes (which I can't!), but since we're dreaming, which set do you think I should get?

Which set do you think I like the best?

Help me out with my decision!



13 comments:

Deborah said...

Hands down, the first ones you posted: the red berries by Mikasa. They are GREAT!!

Katie Barker said...

I have to say I like the Medallion @ Target. The 2nd Mikasa ones are kinda cool - but I figure those have to be out of the price range. I'd go with the Medallion ones! :)

Katie Barker said...

PS let me PLEASE suggest craigslist for furniture! It's amazing God just totally encouraged us with an amazing leather couch, arm chair and ottoman for about $200. Lots of free stuff on there too!

podso said...

What a wide variety! I like the red berries. As far as the red medallion, I think you might get tired of it (well maybe not in a year), and your food would not look so nice on it, if you know what I mean .... think of pictures of food and how pretty the food looks on a simpler plate (not that you'll be photographing your food)..."just sayin'"

Beth said...

I love the first Mikasa ones and also the American Diner ones...you would get a mix of blue and red there. Very fun!

Amanda said...

I love all of them!

Heather said...

The first ones are beautiful! Red berries by Mikasa. I grew up in MD but in a very rural area near Hagerstown. I have a few friends that went to WBC.
Have fun dreaming--and I'll be praying that God supplies all your needs in amazing ways!

Amanda said...

Hi Nancy. I have started a new weekly post called Friday Focus. Basically I write on Fridays a brief post about something the Lord has been teaching me that week. I've made it a blog hop with the linky tool and am inviting other Christian bloggers to join in if they want to. I have a banner on the post which you are free to use if you wanted to. Of course ignore this if you want, just thought I'd let you know. : )

Living on Less Money said...

RYC: I understand 'hoping' for that hole in the baggie. :-)

I was thinking about you living in the states now and wondered if you see your focus any different than when you were overseas? How has your life changed? I hope you write a post on that someday. As a 'Americanized Christian' I'm constantly aware that life here is so different and I know I get caught up in things that don't always point me to Christ. I'd love to learn from you on this.

Living on Less Money said...

RYC: I understand 'hoping' for that hole in the baggie. :-)

I was thinking about you living in the states now and wondered if you see your focus any different than when you were overseas? How has your life changed? Do you spend your days differently? I hope you write a post on that someday. As a 'Americanized Christian' I'm constantly aware that life here is so different and I know I get caught up in things that don't always point me to Christ. I'd love to learn from you on this.

Lauren said...

Medallion from Target. Definitely.

Katie Barker said...

Podso does have a point about getting tired of that crazy pattern. . .

Ellie said...

I like the pressed petals. Just a random stranger vote! :)