Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Happy New Year, everyone! After cleaning, dusting and packing away Christmas decor for over a week now, I am sure you all agree when I say, " Wow! That was a lot of work!

I am ready to get back to blogging and decorating!
I finally had time today to sit down and browse through all my favorite blogs and I came across Alison's post at   
The Polohouse.

Her theme for this month is collections and that got me to thinking. I don't really collect one specific item, but one thing I have been doing for a long time is collecting different items from around the world.

During 23 years of military life, we have traveled quite a bit and everywhere we went, we always bought something to bring home.

Here are a few of our world treasures

Campodimonte porcelain roses from Italy. 
My husband bought them for me on our fifth wedding Anniversary.
That was a very long time ago! :)

And the vase, also from Italy.

My wooden candle holders, hand carved from a tree in Bethlehem.
These are so special to me!

These tea pots are one of my most precious possessions. I bought them in East Berlin when the Berlin wall was still very much a reality, during a trip back in 1981 that I will never forget as long as I live.

 Hand painted ceramic tray from Mexico

Lladro from Spain. This was a gift from my parents-in-law when my first child was born.

Also from Spain, hand painted dish set

And, from Germany, crystal, crystal and more crystal.

And also from Germany, a collection of beer glasses we have never even used.

So, here is my collection of a little bit of everything.
Each one of these items has a special memory attach to it, either a special trip or a special moment in time.
Thank you for stopping by!

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  1. Maria,
    In LOVE with the dishes from Spain, and of course the other treasures are beautiful as well.

  2. What lovely pieces!! It is so wonderful to have treasures from around the world. Each piece has a special memory of some great location attached to it! Thanks so much for sharing these!

  3. Maria: I love all your collection! Hope you had a blessed holiday, and you're off to an awesome New Year!

    Your Christmas decorations were just beautiful!

  4. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments on my soup recipe. You have absolutely gorgeous pieces. I especially love that vase. Hope you will stop by and join my link party that opens at 8pm EST tonight.

  5. What an interesting collection! I love that you have gotten these things from so many different places and all with a certain story or memory attached to them. I think that's what a collection should be! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hi lovely lady.
    Your photos are Gorgeous love it alllllll !
    The dishes and stemware are so Beautiful wish I had them. Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my Tablescape for New Years Eve dinner.
    I hope you have a wonderful 2012 New Year with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  7. You have some truly beautiful things, but those Capodimonte roses are just gorgeous.

  8. Maria, I'm drooling and love everything. Simply beautiful...love each piece!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy New Year,

  9. Hi Maria Elena!
    So nice to have things cherished and collected from your travels! Such pretty pieces!

    Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your lovely collectibles with us. The wooden candlesticks are gorgeous!

  10. You have some beautiful things from your travels. I just love those Spanish dishes! Thanks for stopping by with your kind comments. Have a nice weekend!

  11. What a great collection of beautiful pieces and wonderful memories :-) I love the colourful ceramic pieces, and the little ceramic deer is so sweet. The porcelain roses look just like the real thing!

    I've been collecting glass fishing floats for the last couple of years. They fascinate me - how did these pieces of glass survive years floating in the ocean and braving the elements? Amazing!


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