My husband and I like to joke--now that it's over--about the first few months of our marriage, when I was finishing grad school in New York and he was finishing flight school in Alabama and we were living apart. At the time it wasn't a super fun situation but now it's kind of funny to look back on. We say things like, In this marriage we take things very slowly. We didn't even live together until six months after our wedding! (Is that funny to you? It is to us.)
Anyway, there's something else that falls into a similar category: almost all of our lovely wedding gifts and bridal shower gifts, and the beautiful hand-me-downs from my empty-nester parents are still in storage. Aside from a few things that I begged my mom to ship to me because I couldn't live without them (my food processor), everything is in boxes approximately 1,176 miles away. (Can you tell I miss them?)
Really, it's been okay and it has made sense to do it this way. We weren't sure how long we would be here in Alabama and my parents have been generous enough to store our things until we're ready for them and have a more settled situation. Plus, it's incredibly expensive to move things across the country, and it's not like we need those gorgeous tea sets and embroidered pillowcases and Stickley dining room chairs and Le Creuset baking dishes to survive. (I may have the opposite opinion, however, when I no longer have to be brave about the separation.)
Nevertheless, it will be so much fun to become acquainted with all of these lovely things when we finally move. In the meantime, I've had to be really careful about buying things here. I have sort of an inventory in my head of what we have packed away so that we don't end up with redundancies, and so I don't spend money on things we already have and don't really need.
Yesterday, I was doing a little thrift shopping and I spotted these adorable dessert plates. I love the modern stamped pattern and the textured ridges on the outer rim, and this mustard-yellow color is one of my absolute favorites. I did the mental check and remembered that in storage, we have a full set of Crate and Barrel white dishes as well as my grandmother's fancy English china, but nothing really in between. I decided these would be perfect dessert dishes for times when we want something a little more special than our everyday dishes but would rather not break out the china.
So I brought home ten precious ivory and yellow dessert plates for a grand total of five dollars. And I'm feeling quite proud of them.
And they're even prettier in person!