Saturday, January 8, 2011


Good Afternoon!  Welcome to my new blog!  Before you read any further please be sure and go over to my sidebar and add yourself as a new follower.  I would be ever so grateful!!!  As you may have figured out already, I was not able to change the name of  my previous blog w/out either loosing you  or becoming a domain name.   Since I am not quite ready to commit to becoming a domain and my followers are still relatively low in numbers I decided it was best just to create a new blog.  This way I can still leave my old blog up to direct traffic over here! 

If you've made it here by way of my old blog, THANK YOU!  Please be sure and FOLLOW ME NOW!  I really do not want to loose anyone!  I enjoy y'all too much!

As I promised, if you read my former post on my other blog, Sailing Simply, I've got one more fabulous thrifty to show you!  This was the thriftiest of deals eva, because none of it cost me one dime! 

The other night, the Mr. and I were sitting on the sofa's chilling out for the evening when he got up and walked by the front door to turn off the porch lights.  He startled me in a loud voice by saying, "What are these two great big boxes doing here on the front porch?".  I nearly tripped over my own feet trying to get up cause I knew what they were and had been waiting on them.

Here's a glimpse of what was inside.  Does anyone vaguely remember anything about this?

Pardon the yellow photo, but those are white boxes and YES, there are 8 of them total!  That's right!  This is 8 (4 piece) place settings of Lenox Butlers Pantry Buffet, that I won from Lenox on FB.  I bet you can imagine the happy dance I was doing.  I was so excited, I had to unpack each and every box that night.

Yay!  Every piece was there and intact, no broken dishes!  They were all so well packed too.

In case you missed this on one of my posts, let me fill you in.  Lenox on FB had several giveaways in December.  All you had to do was submit a photo with a caption using your Lenox to win.  

I was the first one chosen.  I could not believe my good fortune when they asked me what pattern I would like.  I was actually able to choose anything I wanted.  Can you believe that?  Look!  I even received a sweet note enclosed from them with my dishes!  Lenox is just awesome!

  At first, I was going to choose the Butlers Pantry Gourmet pattern that I've already started collecting.  Then I thought I might Lenox's Holiday Tarten pattern that I have loved forever and a day, ultimately I went with the Butlers Pantry Buffet.

It was a hard choice but one, I was able to be 100% satisfied with!
  I chose this pattern because what I have admired most about the Butlers Pantry line is that the dishes all have so many different variations but all coordinate together.

  I also have a total of the eight of the Gourmet dishes now since my mother added on to the ones I already had for Christmas.  So basically now when I combined the new dishes with the ones I already had I have enough settings for sixteen.

Aren't these the largest mugs you have ever seen?  Wow!  I told my mom these aren't mugs, they are more like tea glasses!  LOL! 

As if this wasn't enough, lucky me still had a $35.00 certificate from CSN Stores.  I quickly was able to cash it in for this.

The Butler's Pantry pattern has two sets of salt and pepper shakers.  They have a large set and smaller ones as well.  These are the larger ones.

I am ever so thrilled with my wins and to be well established in collecting this pattern.  I now feel like I can focus on the larger serving pieces with time.  That is a luxury I never expected to see when I first started collecting them.

  However, I have to say, I'm not sure where I will put anything else.  My little china cabinet is so full now!

Didn't I tell you so!  I have combined all my dishes here.  I alternated the plates to show the variety, isn't is wonderful?  I ran out of space up top and had to store the other 8 dinner plates I have below.  That's a problem I am very happy to have! 

On the top shelf, I have a mix of the Butlers Pantry Gourmet and Buffet Dinner plates, my eight Lenox Accoutrement's salad plates, and two of the mugs.

The middle shelf holds the Butler Pantry Buffet soup bowls, mugs, salt and pepper and this lovely handmade ceramic dish I found recently at the thrift store.  I am amazed how it match's perfectly.  You can read about that here.

On the bottom shelf  are more of the dinner plates, mugs and the eight salad plates from the Butler's Pantry Buffet pattern.

Well, what do you think?  Are you glad you came on over from the other blog?  Wasn't this worth the extra effort?  I hope you think so!  I plan to do lot's of beautiful tablescapes and such with these.

  I've still got more new Lenox dishes my husband gave me for Christmas I haven't even shared with you yet.  As a matter of fact, I have lots to share with you and plan to do most of that here on this blog.   As I've posted on the other blog, I may keep the other one active for more of my sailing adventures too.  Please bear with me as I continue to tweek and update the appearance of this blog.

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  1. Mary I get to be the first comment and the first follower on your new blog. I am so happy for you. Those Lenox dishes are gorgeous. I remember reading about the giveaway on FB but I don't think I am lucky enough to even have Lenox dishes to post. Maybe that can be one of my junkin goals for the year...find me some Lenox china! I love your beautiful collection and the patterns make me swoon! Can't wait for all the fun and tablescaping and thrifting on this new blog! Big Hugs!

  2. Holy HIT the Jack pot on that one GIRL! OK glad I figured all this out too. I am loving the new blog and all the fun changes you are making. The dishes look amazing, Congrats to you!

  3. Great dishes Mary, what fun! Can't wait to see your tablescapes-enjoy:@)

  4. I'm here and following. Great new blog. I LOVE your new dishes and they are displayed so beautifully in your hutch. It wonderful that they have different patterns and designs on them, how fun is that. I know you will have tons of wonderful tablescapes with all of these. Thanks so much for joining the party. Beautiful post. Hugs, Marty

  5. I'm here too and #10 in following, I'll also add you to my bloglist I hope you will do the same for me when you add them on here. I'm having so much trouble with that on blogs...I love the Lenox dishes they look great in your hutch!
    Have a great day!

  6. Following and have to say....I LOVE those dishes!! You are one very lucky chickadee these days. Enjoy :)


  7. Aren't you something, new blog, new dishes & great finds! Love how you placed the plates on easels, never thought of that one! I clicked the follow button.

  8. I'm green with envy! Kidding! I love the pattern you chose. If you need a place to store them I'm willing to sacrifice some of my cabinet space. Just a thought!

  9. WOW, congrats! Those dishes are beautiful and I love the pattern. You scored, girl! I love the new blog, look, and feel...just lovely!! I really like the way you have it all arranged in the hutch, great job! =)

    XOXO ~Liz

  10. Woooo hoooooo!!!!! Congrats girl!!! That is fabulous!!! Now that is winning it big! All of it looks so good in your hutch!

  11. Marvelous win!, Mary. Love the variety of designs & your presentation in your hutch. Very pretty background ...

    ~ Pop over for our Giveaway ending tonight ~
    Have a beautiful weekend.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  12. Mary,
    I'm here! #18! Great new blog. Come visit when you have time :)

  13. Oh my goodness, you lucky girl! The dishes all came together beautifully. :) Several years ago Southern Living came to our local Dillard's and did a show using many of the products. Your Butler's Pantry pattern was part of the displays they did. I remember how beautiful and versatile the pattern seems. Enjoy them.

  14. WOW! What an awesome win. They are gorgeous! I too love Lenox.

    Happy New Year sweet friend!
    ~Melissa :)

  15. HOLY COW...this is one awesome win, Mary..I am sooooooo envious.:)) Congrats on such a great win.

    I am following you on this pretty blog. :)

  16. Lucky girl you! How wonderful and to already have a set to go with!

  17. Congratulations on winning and on your new blog!The dishes are just beautiful and you have them displayed beautifully.

  18. I came here earlier just long enough to follow anew. Coming back to say CONGRATULATIONS!

  19. What a jackpot you hit, how amazing. It all looks beautiful, the way you've displayed the collection. Lucky lady :)
    Becky C

  20. Congratulations! How can you be so lucky! Congrats! I am so excited for you. Good choice on the Lenox dishes. They looks so prtty displayed in your cabinet....Christine

  21. Oh, my goodness! Congratulations on winning these most gorgeous dishes!! They look awesome and do look wonderful with your other ones! Look beautiful in your china cabinet too! You lucky gal!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  22. Wow what a fun and great prize to win. I will look forward to your tablescapes with these! I got to get me some all white or antique white dishes, so classic.

  23. I am soooooo jealous!!! You are indeed one lucky girl. Did I tell you I was jealous? Thanks for sharing, even though I am now green with envy.

  24. What beautiful dishes and 16 place settings. What a lucky lady you are. Everyone will be coming to your house now for gatherings.

  25. I am so thrilled you linked up your mantel also. These dishes are just gorgeous and your hutch looks fabulous. Thanks for joining TTT. I always look forward to your posts. Hugs, Marty

  26. They are beautiful, Mary! Good choice and I like your thinking! Those mugs are huge. I am looking to get at least one "me" mug for my coffee and I want a nice big one like that.

  27. Congrats on the win. I wish I had seen the contest...I will have to friend Lenox on FB. ;) They look gorgeous in your hutch.


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