I took Hannah to summer ballet today at the parish and walked out with a Jonti Cart Storage Island — free! I almost feel badly because it is such a fantastic deal. I mean how can you beat free? It is in great shape, but I will have to replace some of the bins. All I can say is WOW! We really needed it too. One of those things to be thankful for.
here is what it looks like:
I find that simple useful things usually have a great deal of beauty to them. Today I am singing the praises of simple white dishware, the kind you can find almost anywhere, stoneware, solid, usually creamy white in basic shapes. It is inexpensive, easy to clean, usually dishwasher and microwave safe and sometimes even oven safe. The essence of kitchen simplicity
But, its boring. Yes, sort of. If you are the type who has to have something colorful and exciting then I suppose they are sort of boring. Fiestaware or something might be your choice. But for me I like the simplicity of white.
Since you can find them anywhere they are very easy to replace. The five year old dropping a plate will not be a tragedy. White also makes for easy cleanup. Even a young child can learn to wash a dish. Unadulterated white makes it easy to see that a through job has been done.
On the flip side I love fine china. There is something really nice about having dinner on fine plates. I have three patterns that I collect when I have the chance. These are items that bring a good deal of pleasure to me, one set has been handed down from my father’s mother and the other are just two sets I love. My hope is that my daughters and granddaughters will also love them.
But for everyday use nothing beat those nice little white stoneware dishes.
You can find other great “Works for me ideas” at Shannon’s blog Rocks in my Dryer.