Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Land of Opportunity

WallWednesday It’s baaaaaaaaack! Thanks to Barb from Grits and Glamour for once again hosting What’s on Your Wall Wednesday. Head on over to see what other bloggers have hanging on their walls.

I’ve been dying to show y’all my blue and white commemorative plates that I’ve collected over the years. The plates, most of which I bought on eBay, hang in one of my guest bedrooms (when you’re an empty nester, every bedroom except the master is a guest bedroom). All of my blue and white plates have an Arkansas theme.

plates 004This one with the Razorback border is one of my favorites. For those of you who are not familiar with Arkansas, you have to understand that the Hogs are basically the team that the whole state supports.

plates 005 This plate commemorates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the First Presbyterian Church in Camden, Arkansas. I found it hiding in a drawer at my mother’s house, and since she already had one hanging on a wall, I decided to adopt this one.

The back of the plate notes that at the time this plate was produced, plans were underway for a new building. I am not sure exactly when the new building was constructed, but I do recall sitting with my friends on the back pew of this old building when I was in high school in the ’60’s. We called ourselves “The Back Row Gang.” When the new building was finally built, my grandfather was the contractor.

Here is my entire collection of blue and white plates.

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Thanks for visiting.


mbkatc230 said...

You have a beautiful collection of blue and white. I love the pale blue border on the church plate, so pretty. Thanks for sharing these. Kathy

darnold23 said...

Love the Hog plate! I really need that for MY guest bedroom. I shared your NY Times blog with co-workers at lunch...we all had a good laugh.

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Kathy - thank you for sharing your blue playe collection. What original plates, and I love the fact that they reflect your home state.
How pretty they are against that wall color. I love it!
The church is my fave. Very unique.
Thanks for participating in this week's WOYWW. I hope to see you again!
Blessings, Barb

Domestic Designer said...

Love your blue and white plates! They look lovely on your wall!

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

I love your collection, they are so pretty.
I have a thing for plates...lol..

LMH said...

I dearly love blue and white.
What a pretty blog you have-



Kathleen Ellis said...

What a great way to display your pretty collection...and your guests can enjoy them, too!
Happy Wednesday!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I've never seen a blue and white Hogs plate. So unique. Your plates look so pretty on the wall. Go Hogs! laurie

prof en retraite said...

Hi Kathy! I scrolled down and checked out your French trip pics! Isn't Provence beautiful?? I also love your blue and white plates!! I am a sucker for them...but how nice that they have designs from your home state!! Now I am wondering if there are Georgia plates!! Hope you are having a great week...Debbie

Smilingsal said...

Oh, you KNOW I adore those blue and white plates!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Love your plate collection. It is wonderful! ~Terrie~

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Kathy, That is a beautiful collection! I love th ehog plate!

texasdaisey said...

What a pretty plate collection. You did an awesome job finding so many to coordinate together. I have a friend that I am going to have to bring to look because she adores blue and white and commemorative plates too and she will love your display. You asked me on my blog what kind of camera I use. Believe it or not it is a Kodak Easy Share DX7590. I just try to set it on high color and mostly I use the preset settings and I use Picasa to edit my pictures. It is the best free picture editing program that I have found.

kelly said...

Great plates! I love that you have a theme going on and not just plates. I bet that gives you something to look foward to when you get in a plate store!

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

I love blue & white plates. And I really enjoyed that yours all have an Arkansas theme. Thanks for sharing!

Soosie said...

Well, I see that I didn't open the drawer fast enough to beat you on that plate..ha-ha..The plate collection looks wonderful, Kathy..One can never have too many plates no matter what one's spouse says. Susie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I love your plate collection - especially the one of your old church building. I wonder if churches do these kinds of plates anymore. I do see lots of the older ones in antique stores.

Florida Sue said...

I just saw your plates and they look great grouped that way. It's a terrific idea to have a theme, and the blue looks so nice on the tan walls. Thank you so much for your kind words Kathy.

Carrie said...

It was great to see your Arkansas plates.
I posted about my collection of blue and white souvenir plates (just of states, cities or sites i have visited myself):

All the best,
Carrie - Oak Rise Cottage