It was like a month ago when my friend said her son Mr. O said “Why is she so fancy?” I think he went on to say everything is always nice? I’m not 100% certain.
Then yesterday a friends daughter was over and she said the exact same thing. “It’s always so fancy and pretty.”
Well, I am sure that would offend some people. NOT ME!!!!! I loved it. And I loved these children for thinking or noticing!
I do not set out to be fancy. I just like pretty. I like nice things. I’d rather do without something if it can’t be the exact thing I want. Which is why if you came to my house I don’t have any furniture in the basement. My laundry room is not how I want it. I have the same ugly paint in my half bath because I want wallpaper that is still up for debate in regards to how much I need. I can’t find a wallpaper person to save my life that can fit me in or that I trust to do the job as perfect as I know it needs to be done due to the design.
My latest fancy move has been to put my silver in a drawer where I can use it more often.
I use the Francis I the most. Fairfax in the bottom photo is the silver from our wedding. I love it so much. My husband picked it out b/c it had the European sizing when we looked at silver and it didn’t look like he was holding silverware for a Barbie.
This year for Christmas I have asked for another pattern of silver though. In serving pieces and even place settings. And can you say it may be a tad bit ‘fancy’
So I want the Repousse by Stieff. Repousse has been knocked off so many times it’s hard to keep up with which pattern is which. Southern Rose is one that I even confuse with the original and perfect Repousse.
I love it so. When we got married I didn’t even look at it because I knew it was way to frilly for my hubby to be. It also was really pricey in comparison to the ones we looked at. So of course you can imagine right now in 2014 it’s not a bargain by any means.
I love that I gave my hubby the idea b/c over dinner he gave me a history of the pattern. He is a man that likes to research. I never thought for a second he’d get into the history of a silver pattern. Goodness! It becomes a great little project for him. He started the conversation with “did you know that the pattern dates back to 1828?” Ummmm no. I didn’t. Do tell!!!!
I doubt I see much of this under the tree from Santa or my husband. I’d take a spoon! I told my husband to go to Replacements and see what they have. I also pointed out I will be glad to take it used, monogrammed, etc.,. He was surprised. I was all like “do you not know me at all?” The older the better. I’ll take a monogram any day. I don’t care if it has a monogram that’s not mine. It is more interesting that way!!!! Who wants new money silver? I want old money silver where we can pretend that maybe some Southern woman buried it during the Civil war so that it wouldn’t be stolen by a soldier on either side.
I found it interesting to see what the top 20 patterns are that are purchased most often at Replacements. Silver top 20 at Replacements. I know someone that has every single one of these. I’m always fascinated by silver. To some it’s just a fork or spoon. To me it’s a piece of art!
So this Christmas here’s to getting a little bit fancier. Who can’t use a seafood fork? Or lemon fork? That’s super fancy!
I have received a few questions on why I don’t use Fairfax as often. I use it often!!!! I just keep it in a silver case that is not as easy to get to soometimes. Plus, the design is very clean. So it can scratch easier. I keep meaning to get it monogrammed. But, I never do!!!! Once it’s monogrammed I’ll feel better about putting it in a drawer where it may get piled on top of one another. It’s so pretty the way it is now. I don’t want to mess it up. As it is I had a Francis I spoon meet it’s maker in the disposal a month or so ago. I still hear the metal sound screeching. About killed me. I’m just glad it wasn’t my wedding silver!!!!!!! Hence why I count it as I clean up. I don’t want one to fall down the drain!!!! Or in the trash.