Sunday, June 05, 2011

Ode To Storing Dishes

Due to my sore arm & wrist, I am going to have to repost my last year's
"Ode To Storing Dishes" for
The Tablescaper's

Second Blog-aversary Party.
Not much has changed in how & where things are stashed anyway...there's just

MORE of it than last year.Link

There's a Party at The Tablescaper's Blog Today!!

Come join in the fun & see where everyone else

stashes their addiction!

My Ode to Dishes

(with apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

How do I STORE thee, oh beautiful dishes?

Let me count the ways.
(and places!)

I store thee to the depth and breadth and height

of every closet...

(Tablecloths hang inside & napkins on shelves)

My arms can reach, when feeling in the night

For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I stash thee to the level of every day's

Most quiet place, by sun and candle-light.

I buy thee freely, as men strive for Right;

I wash & polish thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I gather thee with a passion put to use

In my old griefs & with my childhood's faith.

I purchase thee with a love I seemed to lose

With my lost sanity, --- I love thee with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death

'cus I am positive the Angels in Heaven do tablescapes, too!

Thanks to "The Tablescaper"
& a Happy Second Year of Blogging!!

for a chance to share

all our hiding...I mean storage places

for this obsession we call tablescaping.

It feels good to know we're not alone in

our addiction!



  1. Cute blog! You have to have a sense of humor with this addiction, er, hobby. I had to laugh when I saw your dishes under the beds. Hey! why not? I enjoy your blog on other days too!

  2. Clever AND beautiful! I love all the great ideas you shared for storing the dishes and other tablescape items we NEED! Thank you!

  3. I've never thought of putting my dishes under the chairs and beds. Now I can get more stuff! thanks for sharing all of your secrets with us!

  4. LOL, I just sent your post to my son! He told me to make sure I showed them the box with a dish in it under the den sofa! LOL..
    I have the chargers under the bed too! I cracked up when I saw yours!
    We are all very very sick!
    Loved your post..It is scary, Rett, very many similar things!

  5. Rett, what a cute post and it was good to see some of your past tablescapes.

  6. Lovely, lovely post! Thanks for the walk down Memory Lane - love your Easter table and your valentine table inspired me to buy some of those snack trays - I love them! Love your pink depression glass too. You have gorgeous things, Rett!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  7. Under the bed and the sofa???! My oh my!! Very creative but oh so funny!! I do love your collection, Rett! The poetry was the icing on the cake!


  8. I really enjoyed how you shared your dish storage in this post. With the poem (you are clever!) and the storage areas interspersed with tablescapes, it was so much fun to read/view! So true, it's nice to know we are not alone in our "Dish-ease"!


  9. Great job on the poem and the dish storage. Very creative in both areas! I envy you your basement, although I'm sure my lack is keeping my collecting in check. {not sure if that is good or not}

    Love your blog and your tablescapes. You always do such beautiful tables.

  10. Rett.......this is fabulous! I thought I was the ONLY one to HIDE dishes!! Oh, I have got to learn to control myself...but just today I saw the cutest pink polka dots at the Dollar Tree.....I need help!!

  11. Rett, you're too cute! I'm still smiling over the poetry and thinking about stash under beds and sofas. You're very creative! I need to take some lessons here. LOL
    Loved seeing the tablescapes mixed in on this post. That was very clever of you. Thanks for sharing all dishes. What a fun post! ~ Sarah

  12. OK this was very funny and clever! I love how you showed the tablescapes and then the storage for seasonal items. Great fun. Under the couch, I admire that...I have trouble getting up and down so not practical for me. I am inspired to get even more organized now!

  13. Hahahaha... brilliant AND beautiful!

  14. Oh this is hilarious! You've got me beat, hands down.
    I can't believe you hide them under your couch. That is a great idea & I never would have thought of it.

    Your friend,

  15. Oh girl! You are an inspiration. There are some spots you are using I never thought of...
    Love your ode to dishes!!

  16. Well that was fun. I have to say that I've never known anyone to keep things under a sofa, but of course I've never looked! I am glad to see that I'm not the only one who seems to have a house filled with "things"! I loved seeing all the past tablescapes.


  17. I knew you had to have places for storage all over your house. You just have too much to have them all on one floor too. Do you have any room left for more? (Because I'm SURE that you're not done yet.) Fun!

  18. You have found the greatest hiding places....I'm taking notes! Love it!

  19. Oh, Rett! This is priceless! Love your little turn of words here! How appropriate! ;) Love seeing all your stashes of dishes and loved knowing that you stash under the bed and sofas! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  20. I really enjoyed your post, Rett, very entertaining, lol. Lucky for me, I have not used bedrooms and under the beds for storage yet. That means, I can buy more dishes, right? LOL! Thanks for the tip on posting missed pics. I love your green depression glasses!....Christine

  21. Rett-This is wonderful!!! I love your "ode to china storage" :) Seriously, you are good and creative at this--storage and poetry :)

  22. Oh Rhett, you are too funny! An ode, no less! I love how you labled the photos!

    Now you've given me some real inspiration. I don't think I have any dishes under beds - or sofas, but I could!!!!

    It is so fun to share our addiction. As with any addiction, we never have enought - but not all addictions have storage issues. But, as I say to my husband (who truly is a saint about all of this) I could have a worse habit.

    The best part about blogging is that we get to use it all. Sure I used it for holiday or when company was coming, but now I pull something out every week.

    Thanks so much for sharing all of your stashing, umm I mean storing ideas!

    - The Tablescaper

  23. BRAVO !!! I think you did Elizabeth proud!! What a fun post - you have a massive amount of goodies..I wouldn't begin to know where to store half of them...
    You show extreme creativity!! LOL

  24. How do I tell you that you cracked me up w/your rendition of poetry? You girls and your dishes! I pale in comparison to the amount of dinnerware that some of you gals have! And I used to think I had a lot! Addiction? Nah, we just have fun.....
    :-) Sue

  25. Rett,

    Awesome just awesome! I love all your Lenox and Waterford. Loved seeing all your tablescapes. Now that I can use the sofa, I may get some more!


  26. Rett, this is just so fun. Now I havn't put dishes under the bed yet, but what a great idea. Love all of your wonderful dishes and you do have a few. Cute, cute post. Hugs, Marty

  27. Oh my gosh, that was so funny! I thought I was the only one that had plates and platters, etc under my couch and chairs in the living room and of course under the beds. I'm happy you shared that with us, now I feel better knowing, I'm not the only one...
    Thank you for visiting and leaving your kind comment on my “Tabletop Tuesday"...Broad Stripes and Bright Stars...I really enjoyed designing this patriotic table. I'd also like to thank you for becoming my newest follower!

  28. Oh My Goodness, now I wouldn't have thought to put dishes under the sofa! This is a great meme to get more ideas on where to stash more dishes...guess I have been going about it the wrong way all this time! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas and gorgeous dishes, Rett.

  29. my mum used to keep some precious dishes of hers under the bed.. but you keep under the sofa.. welp, never thought of it! very creative of you! teehee.. and your tablesetting, wow just awesome! thanks for sharing..

  30. This is so cute Rett. I grinned all the way through this post. Your cute poetry put the grin on my face, but when you lifted the bed skirt and the sofa skirt, it turned into a giggle! laurie

  31. Hi Rett, I believe this is my first visit to your blog, even though we share many friends. I love, love, love your creativity. EBB would appreciate sharing her love poetry with you! Thanks for letting me peek.

  32. Oh Rett, I don't know where to start. It was a breathtaking journey to the places you hide your treasures. Amazing for me are not only the places, you use for storage but also the amount of the tableware, you own. Oh my God, I guess, I should quit Tablescape-Thursday, because I am without any chance against you, folks!
    I enjoyed your poetry and the nice pictures. And now I am very curious to see all this pretty stuff on the upcoming tablescapes.
    Wish you all the best, Johanna

  33. OMG Rett! you have some of the most beautiful dishes and gorgeous tablescapes!! All of your dishes are wonderful. I totally forgot about all my little "hiding" places so, I didn't post those. Oops.

    Thank you so much for sharing this today!!

  34. Rett,
    My, my, my you could start your own store with all your beautiful dishes! You have some of the most clever ways of storing your dishes!
    Love it!
    Dee Dee

  35. Wow!!! You do have lots of pretty dishes etc.and you have set some pretty tables too!

    Thank you for your visit and kind words.


  36. You are a genius, Rett! What a great post. I love the way you have stored you dishes, platters...everything! Great poem and tablescaping review too!

    Best wishes,

  37. You are a storage Guru!...and we're all taking notes to try your ideas in our nooks and crannies.

  38. There are some ingenious methods here! I hadn't thought of under the couch yet! Thanks for sharing with so lovely a prose! :-)

  39. great storage places. I do believe us dishies will have the most gorgeous place settings in Heavenly places!! lol

  40. I love the under the couch storage! I just saw a stack of the luncheon plates you show at the Salvation Army yesterday! Hope your wrist gets better soon Rett:@)

  41. I am so sorry you are still in pain. If I lived near I would take you for some retail therapy! We could get a double wide cart and I would push it! As long as you can walk...but there are always those scooters if that's a problem! Then we could attach another wagon to your scooter! :)
    Get better soon so you can come out and play!

  42. I am loving this party. It's so fun to see where everyone stores all their dishes. They really can take over rather quickly, can't they? If I wasn't busy having to pack up to move, I would have loved to have joined in. I absolutely adore the photos in your blog header ~ they're gorgeous. Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

  43. WHAT???? People don't ALL store their dishes under the beds, sofas and chairs????????!!!!!

  44. What delightful post. I enjoyed every sentence. I especially love thre table with crystal and gold plates it just glows. Thanks for sharing.

  45. Ah, a poet AND an organizational genius in one package. Glad you reposted. I wasn't blogging last year and would have missed it. Thank you for sharing your all clever storage solutions. Cherry Kay

  46. My dear Rett! I hope you feel better soon~ I am so sorry you are in pain. Carpel Tunnel is painful and that tingly feeling is so annoying!
    You are a dish addict! You hide your obsession so well, in all your nooks and corners and under the bed. I am in awe of your beautiful things you have collected, especially the glassware! Too bad we don't live close by. I would be such a pest borrowing things all the time!
    xo Yvonne

  47. Oh Rett, I'm so happy you reposted and joined in the party. You've got some amazing storage spots. My favorite is under the sofa!

    - The Tablescaper

  48. Even better the second time around. You do have beautiful things Rett!!

  49. This was too cute! I'm sure glad I don't have the "dish" obsession. I don't think I'd have enough hiding places. LOL

  50. I enjoyed seeing your storage and the cute words with it!

    Hope your arm and wrist feel better soon!


  51. Rett, I'm just checking in on you. Miss seeing your uplifting and wonderful posts. I hope your wrist and arm are okay!
    Sending love your way!

  52. Rett, Thank you for adding my giveaway to your sidebar. And you are very clever with your dish storage! I had to chuckle at the under bed and under sofa storage. I have done that when company is coming and I only have 5 minutes to pick things up.

  53. Hi Rett - I'm so envious of the storage space you have but I know if I had more I wouldn't spread out what I have so I could access it better. I would just go out and buy a lot more stuff.

    Thanks you so much for putting my button on your sidebar. I'm honored to be there. My blog move is a little traumatic but I'm thrilled with my new home. I hope your arm and wrist are better very soon.

  54. Rett...just stopping by to say I hope you are feeling better. I remember this post. And we won't talk about our stashing dishes under the one NEEDS to know!!!

  55. Howdy! How are you doing? We miss you! I set a place at my table for you!


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