Now the next pictures are ones I took after thoroughly cleaning my china cabinet. This gets done 2, possibly 3 times a year. I do the outside shelves more often, but taking down all the crystal on the inside is generally only done before Thanksgiving and Christmas...(when they might be needed) and occasionally in the summer. I don't mind doing it, but just need to set aside the time to spend on it. As you know, sometimes these things need a loving hand... and time to remember how and where that particular piece came into one's possession. It's a literal walk down memory lane.
I have given many pieces away to my daughter and other family members... and will continue to do so... as time goes by. When mom lived with us, we had both her china cabinet as well as mine to deal with. Now we're down to just one.
The cabinet itself is old and was bought in the 70's. It's showing the wear and tear of the years... but it's still a fixture in our house. I always liked crystal and liked letting the kids use it on holidays. Because of this we don't have a lot left... but that's OK. I believe it should be *used* and enjoyed, not hidden away. The china patterns you see are cups/saucers and salad plates that I collected over the years to use for tea or luncheons, showers, etc. I like the eclectic look of using various patterns. The big flat black rock on the bottom left shelf I picked up in Ireland (I really like rocks!). It's one of my favorite things.
This is a picture of the same cabinet after taking everything down, cleaning, and displaying it a bit differently. Nothing is terribly expensive, but each has it's own sentimental value. My mom's china pattern is displayed on the bottom right here. It's a New Orleans pattern... called "Orleans" I believe.
Son and grand daughter dropped by Saturday. She is at the age where climbing is her new adventure. She decided to climb into her grandpa's chair and was very content to play around in it...
And she has discovered the stairs... (I do think a child thinks climbing stairs is the ultimate in fun activities). We tried to put a gate across it, but she stands there shaking the gate until it comes down (she is persistent at 20 months).
Sorry if pictures are a bit blurry as they were taken with my iPhone and she doesn't keep still for very long...