A box of chipped and broken Blue Willow china for $10. Several cups, saucers, different sizes of plates, an oval dish, a creamer, a large sugar (or small biscuit) with broken off handles, a mix of Japanese and English marks -- I'm not sure what that little slip of red near the mark on the second small photo means, but it's also on other, similarly marked pieces. (I should probably know these things.) The "Occupied Japan" cup and saucer at right is one of my own from Grandma. I have a cousin who lives in Milwaukee -- she is also a knitter, and she is also a mosaic-er, and if I hadn't bought that box, I know my aunt probably would have. I'll give a large plate to Mom for her garden border, will use a small plate for my own border around the deck, and I'd really like to get together with my cousin -- it would be fun to make a gift of a broken dishes to her, spreading the cracked-and-chipped dish wealth.
If I were growing a money tree instead of tomato plants (or if I hadn't had huge car repair bills in the last month, didn't have college tuition, housing, textbooks looming, and upcoming driver's ed fees, yaddayadda-and-etc.), I would not have thought twice about whether to make this mine. I could not stop looking at it -- a white, knit bedspread with two matching pillow covers. The texture of the leaves and borders and ruffles -- OMG, the ruffles! Honestly, I couldn't even open it up all the way -- I know I would not have been able to resist. I took some secret pictures, instead. I played around with the photos a little bit, trying to make the stitches pop to match the way my eyes popped... Oh, so incredibly beautiful in person. This had to have been knit for someone's trousseau, don't you think -- by a grandmother for her only granddaughter, perhaps, or an aunt for a favorite niece?