Thursday, January 6, 2011

Pink Inspiration ~ Vintage Dinnerware: Love My LuRay Pastels

If you are reading this you are more than likely a follower of Pink Saturday. This means you like the color pink and are inspired by it in some way.

I've been inspired by pink for a long time now and I'm sure the first things that inspired me were ballerina costumes and toe shoes. But now that I'm a Mommy I'm often inspired by my little sweetpea Bebe's toys and room decor.
But I can't always be a Mommy, I need inspiration from other things. Which is why I love to go antiquing.
Back in 1992 I was inspired to start collecting pastel colored dinnerware called LuRay and really haven't stopped. Two to three years earlier I was in college and browsing a Salvation Army looking for something different for my everyday dishes. After seeing a stack of PINK dishes I was convinced this was it for me. It spurred me on to go to the library to research what type of dishes they were. I don't know what the name was stamped on the bottom, but that day I found a pretty set in a book about vintage dinnerware. Now, 19 years later I see this LuRay Pastels collection in my kitchen cabinets and it cheers me, especially in the winter months.

What's not to love???

What's your pink inspiration?

Today I'll be linking up with PINK SATURDAY over on Beverly's blog, How Sweet the Sound. (I'm currently having problems clicking on links and uploading but hopefully this problem will be resolved soon. We are still trying to finish the computer debacle that happened on Christmas Day. All this to just say I can't upload the Pink Saturday logo right now.)


Ms.Daisy said...

I'm still lovin' LuRay and I know what you mean about liking it even more in the winter. Something about it just cheers me up too!
I'm doing a flea market tomorrow so I hope we don't get too much snow. UGH!


Connie said...

They look lovely in your cabinet, chick!

Char said...

Oh I love your LuRay Pastel dishes and what a find. You are one very lucky lady. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Unknown said...

Love all the pastel colors, Jillian. Just lovely!

Happy PS weekend ~
Hugs, Marydon

dana said...

Your love of LuRay is something I will always remember about you!! I told you before, I think of you the moment I see a piece of it at flea markets or antique stores. Are those glasses LuRay, too? They're wonderful!!

Glad you got your computer issues solved!!

Have a great Pink Saturday!!

L, Dana

LV said...

All your pretty pinks look very nice in your cabinet. You have displayed them well.

MJ said...

We all need something to brighten our winter days! So glad you are still enjoying your LuRay collection!

Michelle said...

What a pleasure to eat off of such lovely dishes, love them. Happy PS.

Donnie said...

I love all your dishes. That Luray is gorgeous. Happy Pink Saturday.

Gail said...

I can see why you love these dishes, they are wonderful. What is my pink inspiration? I think my pink depression glass, inspires me.
Happy PS

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Jillian Sweetie...
What a beautiful share. All of these beautiful shades of pastel softness. How gorgeous they look in your china cabinet. I love the pinks, but those blues are so pretty as well.

I am SO in love with the BIG blue mixing bowl on the top shelf. I love it.

Thank you for sharing with me this evening. I have so enjoyed my visit. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Melissa/Piney Rose said...

I have a lovely aqua LuRay pitcher on display at the top of my kitchen cabinets. It was given to me by my husband's aunt. That's a beautiful collection you have! Happy New Year to you!

Unknown said...

OH how pretty! I'd not seen this collection before...thanks for sharing it!

HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

Victorian1885 said...

Jillian these dishes are fantastic! Love the colours..have a great weekend!


★Carol★ said...

You have a beautiful collection, but I wish I hadn't seen it! It reminds me of the big stack of LuRay saucers that I left behind at a garage sale last summer. Probably a dozen of them for $2. I haven't been able to forget them! When will I ever learn?!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK said...

I loved seeing your very sweet dish collection - what a fun project for you over the years - and what fun family memories you've all enjoyed as you've eaten on those dishes.

Hope your computer woes have ended. I've been having a bunch on mine while upgrading so you have my total sympathy.

Happy Pink Saturday.

Arabella said...

Happy Pink Saturday! (I'm a new follower)

I'm so in love with your dinnerware - it really is cheery.

Please visit sometime & say ,"Hi!"


fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

love the pastel colours.. reminds me of cotton candy! so yummy and yet so lovely!..

Erika said...

Pastels...what's not to love?
Great collection you have there! Happy PS!

Diann said...

All of your dishes just look so pretty in the cabinet! Happy PS!

Chris at Red Gate Farm said...

Love all of your LuRay... I've got just a couple of pieces.

Most of my pink is in my sewing room. Living with 2 men means not a lot of pink around the rest of the house... so I started my girly room of pink, white and aqua. No boys allowed ;)


PS came over from Pink Saturday.

Terry said...

Happy Pink Saturday to you :)
Love your dishes !!!!!!!!!
WOW what a fabulous collection .
Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous treasures with us today .
Have a blessed rest of the weekend.
Until next time
Happy Trails

Anonymous said...

Jillian, you are right what's not to love and you have a good eye. And I loved your story in the garden in Italy -- Bella Rosa, Blessings Terri -

Abramyan Avenue said...

I've seen Fiestaware and it's nice but this...LuRay is beautiful!! It's really just perfect! You have a beautiful collection. I think I'm going to keep an eye out for it from now on. Very, very pretty!! Thanks for sharing!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Just LOVE the Lu Ray pieces! I have 2 yellow platters but i can see that i am going to be out looking for more after seeing this lovely post!!


Niesz Vintage Home said...

Oh my! Would you look at all those gorgeous pastels!
What a fabulous set. They look awesome displayed together.

Kimberly :-)

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, dear Jillian.

You are a girl after my own heart. Looking in your cupboards makes me smile, too. So much beauty.

Holly Loves Art said...

What a lovely collection of candy colors... of course the pink is my fave! Have a great week ahead.