For those of you that are regular readers, worry not. I'm gearing up folks. The New Year is right around the corner, and although I'm usually not one for resolutions, I think the timing is right: A certain someone wants to be better at a certain something in 2010 (rhymes with clogging). Work and family life have fallen into a rhythm and the prospect of having some time to myself at the end of the day just a few times a week is becoming more and more of a reality. So allow me to stretch those typing muscles once again - after all, it past midnight, the baby's asleep, the dishes have been put away, laundry folded (ok - taken out of the dryer. It's a step in the right direction!) emails have been sent - I have a moment.
Let's talk china. Fine china to be exact. Something I knew nothing about until I started the whole registry process. I remember when we were first registering, my saintly mother-in-law took me to a shop called The Enchanted Owl, where they had pretty much everything under the sun in the world of fine china, silver and crystal. We perused all the sets and patterns, and tried mixing and matching at a table place setting. There were so many gorgeous pieces to choose from, but if you ask me, there was and is nothing like Wedgwood. They really know what they're doing over there. And have for quite some time - this year marks the 250th anniversary of that most revered of fine china houses.
If you're a lover of their elegant and artistic pieces (who isn't?) consider marking the occasion by attending Smithsonian's Wedgwood: 250 Years of Innovation, Artistry, and Timeless Beauty on Saturday, January 9, from 1-5pm at the Daughters of the American Revolution. Not only is it a chance to observe Lord Wedgwood himself (for serious, he's a Lord!) but you'll learn more about collecting, caring for, and displaying those precious china patterns. After the program attendees are invited to enjoy a tea with sweets and view the DAR Museum exhibition Wedgwood: 250 Years of Innovation and Artistry. For more about the event and to purchase tickets visit the Smithsonian website.
Oh, and in case you're curious, we went with this, this and this.
(Photo of Sweet Plum Bone China, Wedgwood.com)