Accidental Collection

Well my friends, have you ever accidentally collected something without even trying?
That's exactly what I have done with this cabinet full of blue and white dishes.
I'm sorry that the photos aren't the best.  It's in my basement, and kind of a dark day.  I should have taken them this morning, but I headed out the door early.

It started off when I found a set of 4 pretty plates, saucers, and cups.  As many of you know, I collect cherry dishes for my basement kitchen.  Because my hoosier is edged in blue I thought it might be fun to mix some blues in now and then.

Really didn't plan to pick up anymore blue and whites.  But then, I spied this cute little coffee pot on a stove and some bowls with what else?  None other than cherries.
Saucers and cups that matched the plates.

Gosh, I have a love for enamelware so when I spied this coffee pot one day I couldn't pass it up.

Oh, and we all could use a creamer, right?  :)
And Pyrex, can't leave that sitting on the thrift shelf!  And more plates.  Each one is unique and sweet!

If one creamer is good, how about two, or three?  Especially if one is a cow.

Now the pitcher and bowls with the stripe I have had for years.  Just when I started gathering everything together to fill this cupboard after Christmas I knew they needed to be included.
Even the Morton Salt girls know that when it comes to collections, sometimes when it rains it pours!

This sweet teacup was today's find.
See the pretty platter?  I found that on Tuesday.  I was surprised to find that it was tin when I picked it up.

My friend, Amanda gifted these little cuties to me a few weeks ago.

I may not have intentionally collected blue and white dishes, but somehow I've managed to do it anyway.  lol!

On the top right now is another unintentional collection of browns. 
This cabinet is where I usually house my collection of plaid thermoses and tins.  I'll be pulling them back out for summer.
I plan to sell at the vintage sale, "Fleology" in May.  Wondering if I should just box all this up and take it to the sell?  That way I can keep on treasure hunting.  The hunt is as much fun as the find!
Have you got an accidental collection?
this post was featured at Rose Chintz Cottage for No Place Like Home.  Thanks Sandi! 
It was also featured at The Dedicated House for
Anything Blue Friday  Thanks Kathryn!
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:


rebecca said...

I really like your "accidental" collection. My blue & white pieces were gathered quite accidentally, too. I just have a really hard time passing them up.


Oh boy, I'd love to find me with such an awesome "accidental" collection of gorgeous blue and white, actually eye candy... and why is it in the basement???
Actually, I do know what you mean, you see, I used to buy pretty Delft things at the Antique European shop around here and are mostly blue, so I started to really like it and so I got to purposely look for blue!
Enjoy your weekend sweet lady.

Karie said...

Jann, if you sell any of this blue and white collection I get first dibs! Seriously I love blue and white dishes. And I plan to be at flea-o-logy. Remember I am over the mountain in Tooele and I happen to be originally from Payson. Love, love the blue and white, and yest I am an accidental collectot. Hugs to you. Karie

Pat said...

Love your Accidental Blue & White Collection, dear friend!
I do believe that's how my Ironstone Oval Platter Collection began!
However, if it's time for the two of you to part ways,
I'm sure you'll enjoy the "thrill of the hunt" for something "new to you"!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

You have a lovely collection, Jann! My collections seem to start with realizing I'm doing it, too!

20 North Ora said...

Your accidental collection is great! I have a bad habit of finding one little thing I like and the next thing I know, I'm hunting each nook and cranny for more. And then - I suddenly have a collection.


cynthia lee designs said...

Oh yes...that is how my huge white pitchers collection came to be!! What a pretty collection you have!!

Joy Junktion said...

I'm always amazed when a collection just kind of makes itself known! After Mark passed away I 'found' many of his collections that still make me laugh. Flashlights, pocket knives and tape measure to name a few...and believe me...there are MORE than just a few of each! You blue/white are very pretty and a lovely collection! Blessings, Cindy xo

Sandi Magle said...

I could do fifty blogposts on blue&white I totally understand the ...LOVE the and white pattern. I think it's called Nordic? or nordicware? might be wrong..but is very reminiscent of some of the Danish Patterns. And I have three pieces of enamelware to match your coffeepot...grins they were my grandmother's. Cool start of a major...disease. Sandi

Stacey said...

That's a beautiful accidental collection. My red and white transferware started with a plate I bought for $3 and grew from there so I guess it was a little bit accidental. After 20 years I still love all of it and want more. :)

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Very pretty. I love all the blue and white. xoxo Su

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

That's quite the 'accidental' collection for sure! Lovely pieces, I can see how they would have been hard to resist! :)

vivian said...

love your blues and whites! my fav.. those three little cups at the end.. so sweet!
happy day!

Parsimonious Décor Darling said...

Lovely pieces, Jann, accidental or not! Love that creamer too!

Sharon@bluewillowhouse said...

Oh I have done that several times. Your blue and white collection is wonderful, but I love all things blue and white.

French pretties said...

Jann, everything is going so well together, lovely pieces.

Art and Sand said...

I love accidental collections and of course I love all of your blue and white. That little blue coffee pot on top of the stove is adorable.

I am trying to not buy any more "stuff" for our house and just rotate things around, but all that blue and white would be difficult to pass up.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I would love to buy your whole cupboard full of the blue and white pretties for my kitchen, even though I do not have a wall to put it on! It is just so pretty. I had been dreaming of a bread board collection and before I knew it, I have a whole collection now. I just keep finding them.

Rose L said...

Your Pillsbury dough boy made me giggle. You dishes are so pretty. Sometimes a collection just comes to be!

Susie said...

Jann, I love your blue and white things. The little doughboy so cute. The coffeepot is cute too. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Yes, I am afraid I have too many accidental collections, because I'm a little crazy! :) Crazy for old things, and not so old!
Your blue and white collection is wonderful, and looks fun in that cupboard. The Pillsbury doughboy brought back memories of when I collected him! I had a kitchen and dining room full of him! I even dressed up as him for Halloween at work one year! lol

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

My blue and white collection is also "accidental", I just cannot not buy the pretty ones I find! Your collection is lovely, I really like the "Finlandia" pieces.

Tea in the Library said...

Lovely collection - whether you meant to collect it or not!

Bernideen said...

Dear Jan:
Blue is one of the favorite colors people love! (to be inclusive - notice I didn't just say women)! It is fresh and clean looking. I don't do blue but hey, we can't do every color can we?

Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

I love your accidental collection, so many beautiful pieces. I'm not sure if I have an accidental collection or not, I can't think of one at the moment but it will be interesting to see if one develops eventually. Have a great week, Kelly.

Jeanne said...

I think most of my collections started out as accidental collections.
Here is part of my blue and white collection...

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Jann,
I too have an accidental collection of blue! I started off with a teapot, a cup and saucer and the matching creamer. Now I have a nice collection but no where near as large as yours. You have some wonderful pieces and I love your cow creamer! I have one in red. I usually collect the pink/red but the blue just kinda started to grab me too. Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful day.


Unknown said...

Love these. I how many of those that my Mom gave me.

Margie said...

Thank you for sharing your fabulous collection, Jann! "The Accidental Collector" makes a great blog handle. Hee!

Donna Wilkes said...

There is something so charming about a collection of blue and white.

My thrift store addiction said...

Jann your accidental collection is perfect for spring! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm! Pinning!

cynthia lee designs said...

Love your accidental collection...very pretty!

Sarah said...

Jann, it may have been accidental, but it is a marvelous collection. I have several accidental collections. They seem to be the most fun. '-)

Calypso In The Country said...

Love all your pieces! You can't go wrong with blue and white!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

It all looks so good together, especially in that great antique cupboard!

September Violets said...

You are a girl after my own heart ;) I too love blue & white dishes, and actually blue & white anything! I started with a few blue & white plates from a great aunt. Then my wedding set was blue & white. Things were added (intentionally!) and then I inherited my mom's blue & white plates too. I finally had to paint the kitchen blue & white ... couldn't be happier with it all!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I love your accidental collection! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope to see you again at the little, blue soiree! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse