My Mom's Metlox Poppytrail on a Sizzling Day!

Hi All!
All week I have been trying to get a post together and it just hasn't been working for me!
We've had record breaking heat with a high of 100 degrees yesterday, in the 90's today and only a high of 69 tomorrow!
That's Wisconsin for you!
When I talked to my son yesterday who lives in Phoenix we were hotter than they were.
The table I'm sharing today is near and dear to my heart.  These dishes belong to my Mom.
They are Metlox Poppytrail in Blue.

My Mom purchased them when I was a little girl.  And the neat part is that she bought them with green stamps!  Does anyone else remember their Mom's using green stamps?  My Mother would save and save and then we would make a trip to the Green Stamp Store.  I would always go with her and I remember being as excited as she was to see what her stamps would purchase. 

I remember very clearly the day she bought these!  I think I was 9 or 10 years old and my Mom was able to buy a complete set.  Sadly, over the years some chipped and some broke so she is down to 5 dinner plates, two cups, and various smaller plates etc. 

Here are the cups....I just love the shape of them.

So I have decided to start searching for pieces and help her get her collection back up to par!

The place-mats were purchased at Wal-Mart last summer on clearance for .50 a piece!
I bought them to use on our picnic table but thought they might work well today.

I just purchased the creamer and sugar bowl on E-Bay.  I haven't told my Mom yet but I think she will be pleased!  The creamer and sugar bowl were $11.00 plus $5.00 in shipping.  Not bad, prices seem to vary a lot so I will be spending a bit of time searching I do believe.

I think these are actually little dessert plates.

The dinner plates!  What I love is the Americana look to them.  And since they were actually made in America, even more Americana!  A little history about Metlox.  They were a California company that produced china from the 1930's to about the early 1970's.  There are so many neat patterns, a lot of them have a raised pattern and they are really quite lovely.  Just type Metlox into the E-
Bay search engine and you will be surprised at the variety of patterns.

The napkin rings are also my Mom's!

And in keeping with the blue theme!  Little Addison just turned 8 months!  She is crawling up a storm and generally into most everything!

She is so much fun and she cuts into my blogging time but I love babysitting for her and wouldn't have it any other way!

So what's up in your neck of the woods?

I am joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


  1. What a lovely setting and what a sweet little girl!

  2. I think the dishes are charming! I certainly do remember green stamps - I wish they'd bring them back. And what a cutie Addison is!

  3. Well, that is just one sweet little peanut, in a sweet little dress... just adorable!!
    & yes, I do remember green stamps, I can still see the inside of that store & the family outings to shop there.. : )
    A very lovely pattern on the dishes, I'll keep my eyes open in my thrifting... you just never know?? : )

  4. I swear, Cindy, every time you post a picture of that precious little angel, she just gets cuter and cuter! Love her sweet little smile! I remember my Mom taking me to the green stamp store when I was a little girl! I hadn't thought of that in years. Thank you for the trip down memory lane. It brought a smile to my face! I enjoyed looking at your Mom's dishes. They are gorgeous! Stay cool (if that is even possible with these temps!) and enjoy the rest of your week!

  5. I remember how my mom saved green stamps, in those little books...gosh, I haven't thought of that for years! The dishes are darling, just love them And the face on your little darling here is so darn cute! Blogging can wait..there is something much more important! ;D

  6. Yes - I do remember saving the stamps, filling up the books, and then go shopping. It was always harder to shop for something that was free. :-D Thanks for the memory.
    Our little girls are growing up. My daughter walked in to the bedroom last night and found my granddaughter had pulled up to a standing position in the crib hanging on for dear life - will be 9 mos. middle of this month - Oh my !!!

  7. I have never heard of those dishes before. They are really different though and cute! My mom always saved green stamps. In fact, hubby and I did too when we were first married. I am getting old!!

  8. I remember green stamps...and looking at the book with my Mom...hoping she would get us something also....beautiful table...beautiful grand baby..and I hear you on the busy part...little britches is on the move all the time...

  9. What a little doll Addison is! Love your pretty dishes with wonderful memories! I do remember green stamps too!

  10. Love your dishes and table things.

    Yes I too remember My Mom saving those green stamps and the Top Value stamps. I was the one that licked them to put into those little books. I still have some things My Mom got with them too.

    The little one is growing so much and she is sooooo cute.

  11. That dinnerware is wonderful! I've never seen the pattern before; nor heard of the company - but, wow - I'm really liking it! Good luck finding pieces for your mom - what a special gift that will be. I vaguely remember green stamps - remember the stamps and licking them in a book - but I don't remember a store or ever getting anything with them - perhaps we never saved enough...Rats! Anywhohow - was warm here too today - but tomorrow we're only supposed to be in the 50's....Brrr....Your little Addison is a living, breathing, DOLL!!! What - did you color coordinate her for this photo shoot??? Love it! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  12. I love your vintage dishes, that is so special when they have been part of the family for so long. Beautiful. And your lilacs are gorgeous in the next post.

  13. Cindy- First off -she is a doll! I can't believe how big she is getting!

    I certainly do remember green stamps...and licking them to put into books and double checking every page so that we wouldn't miss and have a blank page when we got there. My mother usually purchased an appliance with hers...a mixer one time and I remember bowls another time...and an electric can opener...OH MY!
    There was a great big bill board on the way to one of our small towns that said Jesus Saves and one night someone crawled up there and wrote the words Green Stamps under it...Jesus Saves Green Stamps. It stayed tha way for years~ amidst much tsk-tsking...but no one thought to "FIX IT"..lol

    Hope your day is cooler tomorrow. that is what they are saying on this side of the state!xo Diana

  14. Cindy, what a fun set of dishes with special memories.
    Can't believe it's been 8 months! Little Addison is darling. ~ sarah

  15. The Metlox Poppytrail is wonderful! I definitely remember pasting the green stamps in those little booklets and studying the catalog to choose what we wanted and make sure that we had enough stamps to trade. When mama passed away, we found unused full books stored in a desk drawer. What memories. Thank you for sharing your beautiful design. Cherry Kay

  16. Those are such fun plates: Cows, farmer, and the lady with the maple sugar buckets. :-) Your little granddaughter is adorable in her pretty blue dress!

  17. Gorgeous table, gorgeous china and adorable little girl!
    Yes, I remember my mom collecting green stamps - and Gold Bond stamps too!

  18. I love the plates, love the vintage look to them, they look like pottery. I am glad you are finding pieces to complete the set. How cute Addison is in her matching outfit. She always has the prettiest smile. I cannot wait for my grandkids to arrive. Tomorrow, AJ come with her parents and the next day Tina comes with her 2 boys and hubby. Today I have to clean the yard cause we had a strong gust of wind yesterday that toppled everything in the backyard including the new arbor inthe secret garden. Ugh!! I thought I was done with my prep and can just relax....Christine

  19. They are so pretty! And so is dgd!

    I remember green stamps. We used to get them at the gas station. I still have a wicker picnic basket I got with them when we got married, 41 yrs ago. They stopped giving them out shortly after that, here anyway!

  20. I wish I had my mom's dishes : (
    Those are beautiful Cindy, and I'm sure she's proud to know you use them : )
    Addison is 8 months already? WOW She's such a sweet pea.
    Your having weird weather. I didn't know Wisconsin was like that?
    It's been hot and humid and probably reached 90 yesterday. Then around 5pm we had a terrible hail storm... so weird so scary. All is well today. Lot's going on outside, but I'm staying inside today and changing things around again : )
    Stay cool Cindy girl.
    Love Claudie

  21. Hi Cindy..
    This is so interesting because I just wrote a post about this and then erased it. MYy very first set of dishes when I got mmarried to Pat wa bought with Green Stamps... Your are so cute. Love them.

  22. I do remember green stamps. And that table is my favorite one in Blogland too.

  23. This looks so beautiful! Love these pieces - I remember putting together green back stamps - was that what they were called - I think there's still a store in the old home town!
    Beautiful checkered placemats - everything looks summery and beautiful,

  24. What charming dishes...I just love them. And,yes, I remember well my mama saving green stamps. I saved them too when we first got married. I think I actually still have a few somewhere! Can you believe that??? We have had about 19 straight days with heat in the high 90's and a few days of 100-
    103. We usually don't get that hot until August. We've been more than a month without significant rainfall and we're dry as a bone. Addison is certainly one cute, sassly little girl...love the red headband!

  25. Oh Cindy, it's beautiful! I love those dishes, and such history! It's been forever since I've posted on TT, but I just finished up a tablescape for the Lewiston Tour of Kitchens tonight and I just had to share it with you and your readers!!! Hope you can make it by to see the finished product! :) Would love to know what you think, you're a master of these tablescapes, afterall! :) xo,A

  26. I really like anything blue and white...cute pattern.
    I do remember Green Stamps, I still have a bookcase that I got with them back in the mid 60's!

  27. Have never seen that pattern...it is lovely. I think your little blue and white accessory in the last couple pictures really makes the tablesetting complete. Too cute.

  28. Cindy this is absolutely wonderful! I love the dishes and I do remember Green Stamps!

    Addison is beautiful. She always has a big ol' smile.

  29. I licked many green stamps to stick them in the book, and I loved going to the S & H store to redeem them. I don't think we ever got anything as neat as your Mother's china. What a great idea to start replacing it for her. I'll keep my eyes open for a bargain on some. It's such a charming pattern. Addison is absolutely the cutest thing in that pretty blue and white dress. Just looking at her makes me want to squeeze her. Sounds like she doesn't stay still long enough to do that any more though. laurie

  30. How special to have your Mom's dishes and the memories. Love the creamer and sugar and I know she will be touched you are "restoring" her collection! But your granddaughter is by far the cutest thing in your post!!!


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