I figured that right in the middle of the kitchen disaster would be a good time to share my favorite dishes. The cabinet doors are off (ahhhhhh!) so I could get some good shots. (Relatively speaking. The only day we've had sun in the past week or so, we weren't home all day. Typical.)
This is Polish Pottery, which started with my mom and aunts collecting it, which turned into me and a few of my cousins collecting it. It is gorgeous, heavyweight pottery that is hand-painted by artisans in Poland. Each piece is quite intricate, detailed on both the inside and outside. When the hubs and I got married we decided that instead of registering for china we'd ask for a set of these dishes instead (building on all the serving stuff we already had) because they are perfect for both everyday and formal use. I really love the rounded mugs because they hold a ton of tea at once, and I love the mix-and-match style of it all because you get so many different patterns but they all coordinate.
You can find this style online on ebay and other places, in gift shops, sometimes in TJMaxx/Marhsall's/Home Goods, and if you happen to watch, sometimes on QVC. The lady who most of this stuff if from sells on QVC and sells out in record time, but we happen to live somewhat close to her warehouse so we can go pick what we want. It also makes for lovely gifts.
I can't wait until it is all behind its lovely glass doors again.