Life is just a bowl of cherries or is it a chair of bowlies?

"Life is Just a Chair of Bowlies

I have always loved Mary Engelbreit’s “Life is Just a Chair of Bowlies” illustration. Today I decided that I could no longer tolerate the dust and crumbs that had invaded my dish cupboard.  As I unloaded everything and realized how many Japanese bowls I have acquired, I decided to photograph my own “Chair of Bowlies.” Please note that this is not all of my “bowlies.” I only photographed the Japanese ones, the bowls that I use everyday. My cupboards hold many more “bowlies.” I won’t allow myself to buy anymore bowls unless I get rid of some.  If you like bowls let me know and I will send some your way!


  1. This is a darling post! I LOVE all your bowls! I have a love for fun dishes. I think I got that maybe from Nana?? She was always buying new fun dishes. I love that you love dishes too. I love you and I miss you.

  2. I love all your “bowlies”. What a fun thing to collect. And the Japanese ones are so unique. Love it.

  3. Vanalee,
    I love your bowlies and love Mary Engelbreit as well! I love the bowls that are decorated inside, I guess that is silly since you cover it up with something any way…..but what a great surprise to look at when you are all done!
    Nicole and I were talking about bowls just tonight and how we love them. We all love dishes, it’s crazy!
    Love you, Susan

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