Thanks for letting me share a little more of what’s been going on with our family. It’s been an interesting season with lots of treasured moments, but some hard ones too. I hate to think that I’m bumming people out, but some of you have become friends and it didn’t feel right to keep you in the dark.
Some of the photos from the last post were from April. Tyson’s sister and a cousin were in town and the family got together to go through their grandparent’s things. They have been gone for several years and Tyson’s Dad has been storing what’s left of their stuff ever since.
The process became a bit of a challenge because we didn’t always know the story behind the stuff. Why were certain items kept? Were they intended for someone specific to have? Did someone just never get around to donating things to Goodwill? Decisions had to be made based on limited or no information. But like any time spent with Tyson and his family, it’s always a good time… even when it’s bittersweet. There was lots of laughter and exchanging stories as they all reminisced about their family.
At the end of the day, we found new homes for most items and there are many pieces that we are all looking forward to using when we get together during the holidays.
Tyson and I came home with several oddball plates that didn’t create a set and I realized that they would be perfect for a plate display in our kitchen. Tyson loved the idea of using his grandmother’s plates and we began selecting and playing with layouts.
We each had our favorite configuration, but decided all of these would end up being a little too crowded on the wall. Ultimately, we went with fewer plates and a more streamlined look.
In addition to the plates, we also used these wooden pieces. We aren’t exactly sure what they are from, but we suspect they are cloche bases.
Regardless of what they were originally intended for, I love the decorative detailing and the wood ties in with the chocolate sparkle paint that we have on the opposite kitchen wall.
To hang the items, I purchased these Disc Adhesive Plate Hangers
I found mine on Amazon and have included an affiliate link. However, I’ve also seen them at Hobby Lobby. No matter where you purchase them, they are incredibly easy to use. Once we determined an arrangement, it was a matter of following the instructions to adhere the discs and then hanging the plates.
I made paper templates to tape up first to get the positioning just right.
We’ve never had a display of plates on the wall before and this turned out exactly as we had hoped… pretty and a beautiful reminder of family.
Also, you may have noticed that not all the pieces are vintage. In fact, I picked up this plate at Target to round out the display. I like how the color ties in with Tyson’s Grandmother’s saucers.
Do you own any special dishware from family? Have you ever created a wall display of plates? Any guesses on what the wood bases are?
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