An Easy Fix

9.21.2014

A few weeks ago I purchased these sweet old plates with tiny flowers and scalloped edges from Marian a.k.a. Miss Mustard Seed.



I knew they would be perfect with my pale blue transferware and ironstone in the vasselier.

They arrived quickly, but when I opened the box I found two of them broken in pieces. My heart sunk, but I was hoping they could be glued back together. I also contacted Marian to tell her so that future packages would be wrapped more securely for breakables. I've seen on t.v. how these packages sometimes get tossed around pretty badly and on purpose. She immediately refunded me which was not the purpose of me telling her, but she insisted.

My repair man, Mr. Savvy glued the plates back together the best he could. They did not want to stay together.

He held them for a bit so they would set and as soon as he let go they came apart so that is when he tried the tape. They weren't perfect, but I knew they were just for display only and the way I placed them you don't really notice the repairs.

After I placed them in the vasselier I took these photos of how all my collections work together.









I love the china mixed with old books, wicker and even brass.
I'm so glad this was an easy fix.

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26 comments:

  1. Very pretty Kim! China is so hard to glue when it breaks...I've tried so many different glues that said it would hold china and glass and they never worked! Glad Mr. Savvy found a solution!

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  2. Oh no...such a beautiful plate to arrive broken...I am sure Marian was devasted too!....I have learned even with packing for a move, that I double box precious breakables...pack securely in one box...then place it in another box with packing paper...truly never had a broken item of glassware in all my moves!...the plates look very, very pretty in the vasselier and so do the other items!

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  3. Love your style and how you embrace reality. I look forward to reading your posts every day... Vickie

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  4. I love the old vintage and the charm that it brings to a home. It makes everything seem warm and inviting. It has history and character. It all looks so nice. I am glad that plates were saved.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  5. Your plates are so pretty and look beautiful mixed with the blue transferware. I'm so glad you were able to glue them back together and still use them. Almost everything I order these days comes damaged....it is so discouraging!!!! I have the most problems with USPS and cringe when something is being delivered by them. I bought a chandelier off of eBay a few years ago and it arrived just sitting loose in the box with absolutely no packing whatsoever!!! I had to laugh because it was so unbelievable....the amazing part was just the very bottom part was broken.
    Have a great week!!!
    ~Des

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  6. Love this piece and your displays are gorgeous.

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  7. They do look lovely and I would not have known they were broken from the photos. Great repair Mr. Savvy.

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  8. Im so glad you were able to fix it...very pretty!

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  9. Beautiful ! Glad you could repair the plates !

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  10. Hey Kim, I've been participating in several glue trials since spring-- 2 part epoxy is your answer with a fresh razor blade to scrape away the squeeze-out.
    I've never come across your beautiful plates but I had the cups and saucers forEVer and just gave them to a niece! If she ever changes her mind about keeping them, perhaps I should pass them on to you!
    Everytime I see your vasselier in your pictures--my heart skips a beat. Just beaUtiful!
    Catherine

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  11. What pretty plates. I am glad you were able to get them glued back together.

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  12. I had a special plate break this week. It was a high quality piece with great sentimental value. My heart sank. It was shattered, so there was no way to glue it back together. Because of its sentimental value, I saved it (in a ziplock) anyway. Perhaps I can figure out a way to use it in a mosaic or some other craft. BTW, I love Gorilla Glue. It has always held up for me!

    I would like to invite you and your readers to see my "French" Autumn wreath on my blog at: simplysantabarbara.blogspot.com

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  13. So pretty. I have the EA horse too now :)

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  14. I swaer, if I had that vassilier I would LIVE in that room. I wouldn't want to stop looking at it! It is SO gorgeous. I love how you have it styled, and I am so sorry some of the plates broke. But, Mr. Savvy to the rescue:)

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  15. The dishes are lovely, cracked or not! Thanks for the tip about Gorilla Glue! Boy do I need to keep that on hand!

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  16. It's so disappointing when something lovely breaks... But since it's only for display, it doesn't show. Double boxing usually works great to protect china when I send it, as well as lots of bubble paper...

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  17. So glad Mr. Savvy was able to come to the rescue again! Those beautiful plates were worth saving and look so pretty in your vasselier! Well, come to think of it, ANYTHING would look great in it because it's so beautiful!

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  18. Beautiful plates Kim and I love your entire display. How sweet of Marian to insist on refunding your money even though it wasn't the purpose of you call. I think the bloggy ladies in this genre are the nicest ladies of all!
    XO Barbara

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  19. Yeah Mr. Savvy for saving the plates. My heart would have sank on them coming broken too. Glad you could fix them and still use them. They are beautiful.
    Kris

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  20. I have pieces arrive broken occasionally and hate when it's something rare or expensive. I saw Martha Stewart gluing china back together years ago using plain old Elmer's and I have always used that with great success. Great that you can still use them!!

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  21. How disappointing, Kim. Especially because it is something that can't be replaced. I am glad MrS was able to tape them so that they hold. I have had good luck with Gorilla glue-just don't get it on your hands. lol I never have ANY luck with that instant Crazy Glue that is supposed to stick ANYTHING together. xo Diana

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  22. Love the plates Kim and so glad they were easily fixed!

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  23. It looks great. The collections work so well together. 'Love the blacksmith sign!

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  24. What a bummer that it arrived broken.I send out lots of dishes too,I wrap things really well,I may go a little over board.But I am always concerned about pieces arriving broken.It was nice that she refunded you.Your cabinet looks so pretty with your plates!

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  25. My husband said they make clear Gorilla Glue!! He too is terrific at fixing everything!!! Love the plates even with the repair!

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