What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Not Your Grandmother’s Decorative Plates


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Etsy’s awesome recommendation engine delivers again! These are the wonderful upcycled vintage dishes by AlijoeDesigns. The shop specializes in “quirky makeovers for vintage plates,” and their wares are both charming and modern. For once, something listed as “upcycled” on Etsy really has been made better by the seller’s efforts!

“Scouring boot fairs, junk and charity shops to rescue the often gorgeous but dusty, unloved vintage plates that are invariably hidden under piles of junk, I juxtapose a variety of images with the original designs to create unique, quirky, collectable, decorative pieces. In effect, the original pattern of each plate becomes a ‘frame’ for the new design.” -Debbie Carne

After deciding what images are to be added to the plates, she prints them as ceramic decals, then attaches them using a process similar to decoupage to ensure that the embellishments are permanent. Although her additions are minimal, they have a tremendous impact on the final works. I’m amazed that something so simple could be so effective. I’m especially in love with the designs that span multiple plates. Her work has a real Monty Python-esque flair that I find very compelling. There are definitely going to be a few of these delicious plates in my future!

All images property of AlijoeDesigns.


Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

10 thoughts on “Not Your Grandmother’s Decorative Plates

  1. I love them. I love people that think outside of the box! 🙂

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  2. I love the one with the chip, it’s my favourite.

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  3. Anybody can apply an image to a plate, but only a very few can do it with clear graphic impact, imagination and intelligence. Great find!

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  4. “Afraid It’s a chip, milord” is my favourite. What fun!

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  5. They are all so quirky. I love them!:)

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