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If you’ve followed me from years back, you’ve seen this before … so I apologize if this is a repeat for you. But I like to make what I call ‘garden china’.
It’s a great way to use some of my stash of pretty dishes. Especially the ones that are too crazed to be used as actual plates anymore.
Please note that it is not safe to eat off china that is crazed, ie. has tiny cracks all over the surface like the plate above. Those cracks can harbor tiny unseen bacteria that no amount of cleaning can remove. So, don’t ever use crazed china for food.
I simply add words that I cut out of adhesive vinyl on my Cricut to the pretty dishes and then use them in flower pots.
I’ve been known to do the same thing on other items too, like orphaned enamelware lids.
Or other enamelware pieces …
If you don’t happen to have a Cricut for cutting your own vinyl words, using the Classic Vintage Label transfers from re.design with prima work great for this too.
Back in the days of the occasional sale that my friend/picker Sue and I hosted, we had LOTS of pretty china.
We’re talking the hey day of shabby chic here.
I don’t have a stash quite as fabulous of that these days, but I did have a pile of floral china from garage sales last fall or recent thrifting. So I pulled them all out and whipped up some garden china.
Most of them got Cricut words, but I did use a Classic Vintage Label on this pretty platter.
I’ve priced them ranging from $8 to $14, the $14 belonging to this fabulous ‘welcome’ platter.
That one would be perfect in a flower pot next to your front door.
I took these in to the shop last week, and I’m hoping to find some more pretty plates in the coming weeks to add to the basket.
One last note, if you’re wondering whether or not the vinyl words and/or transfers hold up outdoors, they absolutely do. I have several plates that have been outside for several years and still look great.
In fact, my house number plate has been hanging outside all year round, including our frigid winters, for at least 7 years or more …
and it still looks just as good as the first day I hung it. And yes, that is the same adhesive vinyl cut out on my Cricut machine.
Also, not to worry, if you ever want to remove the vinyl or a transfer you can scrape them off using a razor blade. So, no china was harmed in the making of this blog post.