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Personalize Your Home Office with Blue Willow from Marye-Kelley

Marye-Kelley Tissue Box Cover, Scalloped Waste Paper Basket, Letter Box, Picture Frame and Paperweight in Blue Willow

Marye-Kelley Tissue Box Cover, Scalloped Waste Paper Basket, Letter Box, Picture Frame and Paperweight in Blue Willow

I was surprised by how many people did not have a home office before they started to work from home during this Pandemic.

Most people (54%) didn’t have a remote work setup before the government moved to curb nonessential gatherings, according to a survey conducted by YouGov in partnership with USA TODAY and LinkedIn. Meanwhile, 74% of professionals age 18 to 74 said they’re now working from home.

Home offices are expensive: Study says most people didn’t have one before coronavirus
Dalvin Brown
USA TODAY

Did you start out on the dining room table while you tried to put something together?

But now that you have set up a space to work from while you stay at home, you want to start personalizing it. Continue reading

Spode Mandarin Willow

Spode Mandarin Blue Willow Plate

Spode Mandarin Blue Willow Plate

Spode was founded by Josiah Spode in 1770.

Around 1783, Josiah Spode’s company perfected a technique to apply a blue transfer ceramics underglaze.

At first this was applied to fine earthenware.  Then, around 1790, he started producing bone china. Bone china is really made with bone ash mixed with clay. It is very white and translucent. Bone ash was used by porcelain factories before, but Spode added kaolin clay, making it even stronger. By 1815, nearly all the factories in England were using Spode’s formula. Continue reading

Blue and White Chinoiserie Table Cloths

Blue and White Chinoiserie Tablecloth by Ralph Lauren

Blue and White Chinoiserie Tablecloth by Ralph Lauren

I used to have a beautiful blue and white table cloth. It had a chinoiserie print in shades of cobalt blue on a white background. I used navy or yellow place mats over it. It was perfect to really set off my blue willow dishes.  I think it was Ralph Lauren, but it has been discontinued and I cannot find it. Continue reading

Blue Willow Cross Stitch Kit Pillows

Awesocrafts Blue Willow Pagoda and Bridge Cross Stitch Kit, Janlynn Big Stitch Cross Stitch Still Life Kit and Heritage Crafts Classic Spode Blue Willow turned into pillows turned into pillows

Awesocrafts Blue Willow Pagoda and Bridge Cross Stitch Kit, Janlynn Big Stitch Cross Stitch Still Life Kit and Heritage Crafts Classic Spode Blue Willow turned into pillows turned into pillows

The classic blue willow pattern is a natural for cross stitch and there are a lot of patterns, kits and projects available. Continue reading