Thursday, June 13, 2019

Horray for the Red, White, and Blue

Horray for the Red, White, and Blue

The red and white and starry blue
Is Freedom's shield and hope. ~ John Philip Sousa

Flag Day ~ June 14th

A few thrifty finds just in 
time to honor the Stars and Stripes!

Staffordshire Liberty Blue 
Promotional Pattern Developed for 
Benjamin Franklin Federal Savings and Loan
to Commemorate the Company's 50th Anniversary in 1975
and the American Bicentennial Celebrated in 1976

The dinnerware features fifteen 
different historical scenes, all from Colonial America.

The borders are a typical floral 
often seen on English transferware.

The cereal bowl features Betsy Ross,
the legendary seamstress credited with 
making the first American flag.

Each piece is marked on the back 
with the name of the historic scene.

This dinner plate 
features Independence Hall.

The mark on the dinner plate is much more 
refined and includes specific information about the 
original copper engraving used to produce the scene.

~ Red ~ White ~ Blue ~
~ Stars ~ Stripes ~

The perfect patriotic dishes!

Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits
I like to buy vintage hankies and scarves to use as 
napkins and tray covers.  The added texture is unexpected.

~ F is for flag ~
It's red for love, and it's white for law, 
And it's blue for the hope that our forefathers saw 
Of a larger liberty.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Love to see that red, white, and blue!

  2. Sarah, I love those dishes. You are the type of customer that my sisters and I collect and launder vintage hankies and textiles for! So happy to see how you tastefully style all your collected things.

  3. Beautiful patriotic table! Love those dishes!

  4. Pretty dishes - How odd that they were made in England - lol!

  5. I'm finally getting out my red, white and blue bins. It's fun to see all your red, white and blue.

  6. Sarah, I love your dishes and all of the red, white, and blue. It is a beautiful and patriotic table!

  7. Happy Flag Day Sarah! My heart beats red, white and blue and I always love a peak at your collections! I pulled out my Liberty Blue for a table for next week. I wish I had your gorgeous flatware and some Betsy Ross bowls! Doggie kisses for sweet Sadie. ♥

  8. So lovely Sarah and the china is fantastic, especially the Betsy Ross bowl! Hooray for the red white and blue! Happy Flag Day!

  9. Awesome collection of Staffordshire Blue Sarah. I love the pattern and the markings and history provided. The perfect time for enjoying this beautiful set. Happy Flag Day!!!! And, weekend.......We are with our kids this weekend.

  10. Sarah, I love it. Happy Flag Day to you. Your dishes are really beautiful and I love how you put the red in between..Happy Weekend..Judy

  11. Sarah gorgeous and the dishes are lovely. How neat using this idea for napkins. Happy Flag day. I love our flag and Country.

    Enjoy your weekend


  12. You have a wonderful collection of Staffordshire Blue. Happy Flag Day!!!! You and my hubby are the most patriotic people I know. I have been enjoying your red, white and blue this week. xo

  13. Dearest Sarah,
    Lovely photos you show us on Flag Day.
    We both were out of the country and still are but it warms the heart to see a patriotic post.
    Sending you hugs,

  14. Sarah - how heartwarming this is. Something about red, white and blue, not to mention our flag, just moves the soul. Love your place settings, especially the use of vintage hankies and scarves. Perfect touch. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

  15. Hello, what a wonderful patriotic post and images for Flag Day! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week ahead!

  16. When national flags are wawing, it makes me feel solemn. The American flag is beautiful & fresh with its three colours. Amazing tableware! Our Finnish company Arabia used to produce a bit similar (but one motive only) tableware with a scenery motive and in blue & white.

  17. Beautiful flag motifs. Lovely mosaics


  18. What gorgeous china and we all love the patriotic colors! Sure makes a beautiful mosaic! Enjoy your week sweet friend!

  19. A beautiful celebration of Flag Day. - Margy

  20. What a great treasure those dishes are! I do get a little kick out of the fact that they are made in England! What a fun table!

  21. I love your beautiful dishes! So happy to feature you today at TFT. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Hi Sarah, I am so behind. My mom is getting ready to move down to Southern California. Your table is lovely. The Staffordshire dishes are so pretty and patriotic. Celebrating the red, white and blue and some of our history is priceless. The vintage hankies are so pretty. Creative use for your table. Sorry I missed Flag day. This table is perfect for the 4th of July.

  23. I love Liberty Blue transferware and layering it with the solid red is perfect! Your table will look so fun for our summer holidays.


  24. Sarah,
    Beautiful collections of Americana!
    Love the dishes and your tablescapes are stunning!
    Thank you for such inspiration!

  25. I'm back to say that I adore your "Welcome I'm Sarah" photo. I guess I never noticed it until today.


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