A couple months ago a reader wrote in asking where to find Blue Willow wallpaper she'd read about in another reader's story about the wallpaper in her grandmother's bathroom.

I did a search and found a couple places, ie Easy Living and Sweets Decor:

WallpaperEasyLiving WallpaperSweetDecor

At the time it struck me how much the Blue Willow wallpaper patterns matched real-life items I own -- so I've since then taken a photo and scanned them to show the similarity.

The light blue wallpaper with the Blue Willow design reminds me of a toffee-tin I have with that same pattern:

WallpaperWall WillowTin

The bottom of the tin reads: Assorted Toffee: Willow, Made in England, Bristow's of Devon. I use the tin for tea-bags since eating all the toffees years ago.

The wallpaper of the dishes on a shelf in a hutch is almost identical to the display in my hutch:

WallpaperBorder DishesHutchShelf

If you look closely at the gravy boat in mine you can see the top half of a paper tea-pot. That's a card I received many years ago from my children's old English granny -- my mother-in-law. It has a cute poem inside which I've transcribed below:

HutchTeapotCard HutchTeapotPoem

I'd love to come and see you
And share a cup of tea
But as this is not possible
Please have this one on me

Here's a pic of the hutch in broader context:


Notice on the top shelf there's a rag-doll sitting on top of a stack of plates. That's another little gift from Granny in England -- as are all those little egg-cups spread across the top. The rag-doll came with a poem attached -- which I've transcribed below. (The oil-painting on the wall is by Great-Granny -- my paternal grandmother).


Here I come
With all good wishes
To move the dust
And wash the dishes

I think it's kind of neat that there are poems for Blue Willow dishes and poems for drinking tea in Blue Willow dishes and poems for washing Blue Willow dishes -- and they all bring back warm memories of those who've gone before. ~ Jackie Jura

Jan has a set of Blue Willow dishes made in Japan & wonders about their dollar value


BLUE WILLOW POEM DOWN UNDER (reader Richard from Australia sends his mother's version)

Marlene is looking for Blue Willow wallpaper after reading the Blue Willow poems

4 BLUE WILLOW DISHES POEMS (reader Barbara's grandmother recited the Blue Willow poem to her mother who recited it to her)

Reader Gene has a set of Blue Willow dishes stamped "Japan" on the bottom & asks for more information

BLUE WILLOW PLATE POEM (reader Reed sends his grandfather's version of the Blue Willow dishes poem)

Reader Chrissy asks for help finding out about the set of Blue Willow dishes she was given by her grandmother

Reader Serenyi sends another version of the Blue Willow poem

Reader Colleen wonders about the age of her "Blue Willow" set of dishes

TENNESSEE VERSION BLUE WILLOW (reader Barbara sends version she learned from her grandmother)


Jackie Jura
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