Monday, January 12, 2009

Blue Monday and Bathroom Divas!

Oh, hello most Wonderful Ones! It's Blue Monday! Now we're not sad on Blue Monday we're absolutely the happiest Blue Ones around and we're not even Smurfs! We owe all this happy Blueness to the Most Smiling One, Sally at If you want a day filled with the perfect color of Blue, go visit Sally and you'll see many others who will color your day Blue.

I would love to share with you today a set of salt and peppers. The pattern is Blue Italian by Spode. Unfortunately, all I have of this lovely dinnerware is what you see. But the color Blue perfectly matches the Blue of my Blue Willow dishes. Anyway, I love these. Can I love these! You bet your pizza I can!

See the beautiful pattern on top? Just so lovely and Blue.
There are pretty Italian scenes of architecture and landscape all around each one.
Now, I would like to tell you a know how much I love telling you little stories...

I did a little bit of research on this pattern and found out it was introduced in 1816 and many many folks tried their hardest to track down its actual location. They failed. The general consensus was probably a traveling artist combined many locations to come up with this gorgeous place. Now I thought this was interesting...the pretty little floral border at the very top of the neck is a complete contrast to the Italian scene. This border was copied directly from 18th century Chinese porcelain. So whether you eat Italian or Chinese - these little salt and peppers will work. :)
Happy Blue Monday!
Attention! Attention!! We must interrupt this post to bring you yet another late breaking new account! Folks, do you believe Bathrooms are still being invaded all over our country of Blog! Yes, yes, Most Astonished Ones, we do not believe this will ever stop! Now, as The Diva Queen of Bathrooms, I will get down immediately to my Bathroom business just for you to check out the invaders!
Okay, now...where is my toilet brush? I'm always loosing my toilet brush! Thank you, Most Helpful One, this toilet brush is a Christmas present from Santa. You know he became a Diva Dude for us! Let's see - I can see the most gorgeous face with the most creamyness of complexions, the prettiest smile filled with the pearliest of whites. Sparkling pools of glittering eyes and hair, so long and flowing and filled with the most beautiful bathroom highlights! The most slender arm and a hand filled with dainty creamy fingers attached to a CAMERA! Yes, yes! I'm so excited, Most Jumping Up and Down Ones! We have another...wait a minute, Dearest Ones, I see a white glowing robe and and and...I'm almost speechless here...a halo on the most gorgeous one's head! Look! I believe we have an angel! Oh, Most Looking into the Heavens Ones, we have an angel who has come down to earth just to snap for us! Thank you, God!! Thank you! What? What is that you say? Oh, okay, um, well, this really is an angel, this is our own Linnea at Woo Hoo!

Oh, Most Elated Ones, we have more Divas to bring to you today! Well, first I must check to see if they qualify. I've told you before, Most Forgetting Ones, there are impostors among us and we will not let them into our Bathrooms. No way! Onward to my Bathroom business. I see a very small tiny little one here with a little puzzled looking face. But look, she has the most creaminess of complexions, dazzling little peepers and look at that red hair just filled to the brim with Bathroom highlights! She is dressed to the nines but she has no shoes on. That's okay, her little tootsies are sparkling clean! Now is this a wee (catch my pun? I'm so clever) little angel? She has a halo on too! But wait, Don't Be Scared Ones, what is in her lap? I see a very small pink one with little beady black peepers, no hair, no clothes! Oh, cover your eyes! No, it's okay, I think that is a shell covering up a little tiny crustaceus body or something like that! But, My Darling Bathroom Ones, look! These two precious ones are sitting on the throne! Who could these two little ones be? Oh this is our own little Annie and Pinky who live over at Sheila's blog I think our Sheila snapped for this duo, don't you?

Oh, my goodness, Can You Ever Believe It Ones! We have another most gorgeous one! Look! Okay, I will do my Bathroom business now...I see the most gorgeous of ones with the most creamyness of complexions, beautiful peepers, a very coy smile, long flowing locks filled with the most loveliest of Bathroom highlights, clad to perfection, long slender arms and the daintiest creamyiest of fingers attached to a CAMERA! Now please don't covet Most Envying Ones...look at that mirror! We would all love to snap in that mirror. Oh, I'm sorry, I'm getting away from my Bathroom business. Who is this lovely most gorgeous one? Do you know? Well, it's our own Rachael from

Okay, Most Impatient Ones, here I go. Linnea, Annie, Pinky and Rachael...I want you to know the importance of this act you've just committed. Many have tried and failed, but you have achieved. Many have invaded in vain, but not you! Many have desired to wear the title I am about to bestow upon you! Dearest most Gorgeous Ones, I give you the title of Daring Darling Bathroom Beauty Snapping Divas - you are now one and shall be one for ever and ever and until the twelfth of never! Go now Divas and make me proud. Tell everyone you come in contact with of your Bathroom importance. Snap on, Darling Divas, Snap on!
Now if you're still afraid to snap for me - let that fear be flushed down the toilet. You know you want to join this special group of snappers. Just grab your camera, invade a bathroom of your choice, turn your flash off and snap away! Post your picture on your blog or you can email me that you have snapped. I will come and fetch you and bring you here to my throne room and will show you off for all of Blogland to see. Now don't be a Diva! Snap on, snap on, Dear Ones!

Whew!! I'm so pooped (pun, again;) and this post is so long, I won't leave you a Note Song today.

But continue to be my sweeties,
Shelia, the Queen Diva of the Daring Darling Bathroom Beauty Snapping Divas ;)


  1. GM Sweetness, great post today. Your salt and pepper shakers are so unusual, but pretty. Love the Diva post too. You are so clever.

    Love Ya,

  2. Your salt and pepper shakers are so pretty. I can see my mother-in-law liking them for her blue and white collection.

    Your bathroom diva post had me lol!

    I know I'll be back, I love your writing!

    Happy Blue Monday :-)

  3. What a fun post this a.m. Love the bathroom divas and that is a lovely salt & pepper set. One of the prettiest I've seen. Thank you for sharing a little of the history of them.

  4. You are a diva, my friend! Those salt & pepper shakers are just gorgeous!

  5. As always, I LOVE your stories...and I love the SPODE, too!!!

    Happy DIVA day, your Royal Flush!! (pun intended) LOL!!!

  6. Gm Sheila, I love your blue from Spode.. some is better than none ? Beautiful bathroom divas.. so nice to meet them.. have a super day..
    hugs ~lynne~

  7. Your Spode salt and pepper shakers are gorgeous! Loved meeting the bathroom divas today! Happy Blue Monday Shelia!

  8. Morning Shelia~

    I just love your salt & pepper shakers~ I think they are better than pizza! :)

    I just love your bathroom diva posts~ you are so adorable. Great divas today!

    Have a great day!

    Hugs~ J

  9. GM Shelia! How do you bet your pizza? I laughed out loud for that one! Those salt and pepper shakers are indeed keepers! Lovely!

    Congratulations to the new divas!

  10. Lovely little pair of shakers...I love Italian & Chinese so I would be set....great story to go with them!

    The bathroom thing...what a hoot!

  11. OOoo! I love the spode salt and pepper shakers. I started a collection of the blue willow pattern china for the patio (I know - patio!?!?) the blue and white just doesn't work well in the house ... I think it will be FANTASTIC out there!!! Anyway - I'm envious ... what a beautiful pattern. Ebay here I come! Have a great week! Happy Monday!

  12. Congratulations to our new BSSers. It's a suprise to see Annie here. Quickly whisper to her that she's sitting on the WRONG part of the toilet!

    Now on to blue... I love blue, I love an Italian, and I love those salt & pepper shakers. Please overnight them to the enclosed address.

  13. Thank you for sharing my Bathroom Diva picture. It was fun! Fun to see the other Divas joining us today too. And I love the blues you have there. So pretty. Interesting story you have about them. Happy Blue Monday!

  14. G' Monday Morning, Devine Miss Shelia~~~ Nice to see your sweet, smilin' face this beautifuly day, along with your ever-so-charming Spoke S&Ps!!! Warm hugs, Linda

  15. Hi Shelia,
    I am laughing out loud at the bathroom photos! The wig is hysterical! This must be a tradition that you do huh?

    Love your Blue S&P's. Very pretty.

    Happy Blue Monday to you.
    ~Melissa :)

  16. Good morning Shelia...everytime I click on your blog & see your header, it makes me smile...I enjoyed your blue & white today...and also the new Divas!
    Have a wonderful day, ;-) Bo

  17. Those salt and pepper shakers are lovely.

  18. Love the salt & pepper shakers! Blue & white shakers are on my want list for 2009 - must check them out. Have a great day. Sally

  19. Bathroom divas! Haha!

    And the Spode salt and pepper shakers are really lovely. I enjoyed reading the story behind them as well. :-)

  20. Shelia you must be just exhausted after this post! I love the salt and pepper shakers and the history that you looked up for us. The bathroom Diva shots are great--we can never tell where Annie is going to show up next!

  21. Those Divas are everywhere!
    I love the story of your S & P and the design of them is gorgeous!

  22. Those salt and pepper shakers are wonderful Shelia!! Interesting history too. Happy Blue to you!!

  23. I collect blue and white everything, not much matches so you just enjoy your precious salt & pepper shakers Mz Sheila. Oh my, there are so many bathroom diva's out there! They are all precious :). A wonderful afternoon to you.

    Kathi :)

  24. Oh my dearest Shelianess! I cannot tell you how excited Annie and Pinky were to be awarded the title of Bathroom Divas! You have made their dream come true! Thank you so kindly from them and from me! Your other divas, who are both bloggers I know and love, are even more lovely in their bathroom loveliness! This is a great pledge class!

    And your blue and white... if it goes missing, you know where to find it! LOVE it!

    Am racing in after a lecture (yes, someone asked me to lecture about something serious... well, sort of), and I have company coming in soon. But I had to drop by and thank you for the Divaness, and tell you I'm thinking of you and Mother Precious even as I type.

    Happy Blue Monday!


    Sheila :-)

  25. Love the bathroom pics...he he he

    Those shakers are beautiful!

  26. Oh those are great S&P shakers! And they do go wonderful with your BW. Congrats and welcome to the Bathroom Divas!

  27. I have never seen Spode in this pattern and it's beautiful. Your bathroom diva is a hoot! Happy Blue Monday!

  28. Love the blue and white shakers and funny bathroom divas post!

  29. Love the spode...and Picture of Annie on the commode!
    Hmmm...I need to go potty myself (ok maybe to much info) but now I am concerned...who may be lurking about camera in hand?

  30. Good evening Shelia, Your salt and pepper shakers are adorable. I like how you included the history. It was interesting to read. Oh the diva's gave me a chuckle LOL Soo cute. I hope your Mother is doing well.

  31. If Im ever in your neck of the betcha! First I would give you and Miss Chloe a BIG hug. Then I would need some of those yummy things you cook up and tease us with. We could then get to work on your laundry room...then break for some tea with your oh so pretty dishes. I wish I lived closer....darn it~

  32. The salt and pepper shakers are lovely. I especially liked the view from the top.

    Your bathroom post was a hoot.

  33. Hi Shelia! Thanks for the visit!! You - however - seem to have missed out on the ONE post that I had dedicated to you! :-)

    Reading todays post I sat here with a smile on my face the whole post through.. you're truly the sweetest of all!! :-)

    Love your salt and pepper thingies! :-)


  34. Hi Shelia
    More divas oh I wonder how many of them have entered to become the Bathroom Divas...the numbers rise.

    I love your blues and your salt and peppers too. Very beautiful.

    thank you for sharing on Blue Monday
    hope this has been a very lovely day

  35. Love the salt and pepper shakers and I loved your diva post. That was just too funny. Happy Blue Monday and have a lovely week.

  36. I adore blue and white transfer ware, thanks so much for sharien these beauties!

    and for sharing that goofy side of yourself as well!

    hope you blue monday was blissful!

  37. Oh Shelia...I have several of those plates and they are gorgeous! Love those shakers! Also love those divas! Miss Annie is particularly striking in her photo! lol Hugs...Debbie

  38. what lovely divas!!!!
    happy blue monday!

  39. Sheila, just read your profile after posting for today's Tablescape Tuesday segment. You're my new BFF...I've read more posts and am having more fun! I've got to tell you, your S/P shakers got me! I collect Blue Italian Spode and it's featured on #26(I think that's the right number) of today's Tabescapes. I decided to start off with my first love, Blue Italian Spode. Small world......and it was only two years that I had my first piece. Watch out, it can get contagious! I also read you are a piano player for your church! I played as a child.....regret I never worked harder to stay with it! Bless you Sheila, you're a DELIGHT! Psalm 37:4 ~CC Catherine

  40. Beautiful salt and 'em!
    loved all the divas, too!


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