Harvest Time by Johnson Brothers (Lottie’s China)





I’m joining Susan for Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch. 



Last week with Spring on the Horizon, I had a botanically inspired tablescape to share. This week, our weather has taken a nose dive. Last weekend’s weather was a teaser. Winter is still here, scarves, gloves, and coats are still required.




I am sharing my maternal Grandmother’s (Lottie’s) China Pattern, Harvest Time by Johnson Brothers

Lottie was born in 1901. She was one of nine children and raised her three younger brothers when her mother died. She didn’t marry until she was 26 (an Old Maid in 1927!) She attended Elon College (now University) for one year. She passed away in 1993.




It would probably be more fitting to share this in the fall, given the pattern’s motif and colors. I must confess though, that there is something very comforting and homey I find with this pattern, especially when it is still winter outside.



I have always been a Brown-Girl. My favorite dress in the first grade was brown. To me, there is something soothing about brown, it feels like home. And partially because of  my grandmother too, I’m sure.






These dishes are lovingly worn and chipped in places. Only three Dinner Plates are left. One Lonely Salad Plate. Three Soup Bowls. Four Bread & Butters. One Oval Platter. And five Fruit/Dessert Bowls.





I have fond memories of her preparing breakfast on these plates. She would put on a full spread. A lumberjack would not go hungry :-)





 She also was up with the chickens ;-)  Rattling around her kitchen in the wee hours of the morning, setting the table.





I have paired her Dinner Plate with a Matceramica Charger underneath.




She handwashed these dishes, and I usually helped dry– so I’m probably partially responsible for some of the missing place settings.
















For more tablescaping inspiration head over to the Porch.


  16 comments for “Harvest Time by Johnson Brothers (Lottie’s China)

  1. February 25, 2010 at 1:49 am

    I love these dishes too. I have some in my shop. I like brown transferware and the colors are so pretty. I think it works any time of the year! I love your charger too!

  2. February 25, 2010 at 2:01 am

    what a wonderful heirloom does plate are.

  3. February 25, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Your grandma’s lovely dishes look so nice on those chargers…love the colors of the plates.

  4. February 25, 2010 at 2:27 am

    How sweet. They’re so pretty. I think they are a year round set. Rosie

  5. February 25, 2010 at 3:20 am

    It’s wonderful that you still have art of your grandma’s china service. You’ve done a great job of setting the table with her dishes — and the chicken and chick figurine on top the books.

  6. Dining Delight
    February 25, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Those dishes are so pretty and I like how you have paired them with the lovely chargers. Nice pics!


  7. February 25, 2010 at 4:48 am

    LOVE the name of your blog. And I would agree with it too! Your tablescape is gorgeous! Come see me sometime! Would love to have you visit!

    Tales from Bloggeritaville

  8. February 25, 2010 at 5:50 am

    I love the old dishes and I especially love you telling about the early morning rattling in the kitchen, it reminded me of my granny, she would get the over going and rattle the dishes and get the coffee pot bubbling, what fun and warming memories…..thanks for bringing that back to me…Phyllis…come on over for a visit, I will surely be back…

  9. Tricia
    February 25, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    What sweet memories! I had a much-beloved Aunt Lottie — my grandmother’s sister — who would have been a contemporary of your Lottie. I have a set of her demitasse cups that I treasure.

  10. February 25, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    What beautiful heirloom china. They aren’t so fallish. Paired with other pastel hues they are very springtime.

  11. Judy
    February 25, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    What fond memories your grandmother’s dishes bring. No matter if there’s just a few pieces left their still precoius. I’m sure you cherish them as if they were gold.
    I remember my granny getting up with the chickens too. She had a wood burning stove and would not have a new fangled gas stove in her kitchen. She was a great cook, she gardened and canned her harvest each year. What memories….

    {{{sweetiepie hugs}}}

  12. February 25, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    your table is beautiful. I like the charger you used shaped like a star. I also like the way you toped it off with a picture. I’m inspired to host a dinner for my grandmother and using her picture. She passed away 7 years ago.

  13. February 25, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Those are beautiful plates. I inherited my grandmother’s china, too and I will always cherish it.

  14. February 26, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Very pretty. It’s nice to see color on a china pattern. Loved all the centerpieces and etc. that you put with it.

  15. Carolyn
    February 27, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Very pretty China pattern and very pretty Grandma Lottie! Thanks for sharing some of your precious childhood memories with us.

  16. Ridgely
    February 28, 2010 at 3:22 am

    How wonderful to include your grandma’s photo! You tablescape is beautiful, but the photo made it extra special.

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