Our fine China . . .

As a kid we used our “Makit” plates for every meal.  I don’t know if every mom gave her kids those special markers and that round piece of paper to create a fabulous drawing that would magically become a dinner plate, but our mom sure did.  We made plates at least once a year (and my mom has the stack to prove it).  We still use those plates every time we go home.  My mom started making plates with my kids as soon as they could hold a marker.  We later discovered that you could put photographs on those special plates.  I photographed a few from our collection above.  Now my family uses these same plates for every meal- I don’t even get out my ceramic dishes anymore.  They hold up really well too.  In fact the last photo shows a plate I made when I was 6 years old.  Owen loved it and decided to make one *just* like it (note that he was only 4).  My mom gave them both to me as a Christmas present last year.  We still use the plate I made in 1976!?  Anyway, I love finding ways to integrate my photos into our everyday life.  The kids use both the photo and drawing plates every single day.  I hope to have a great big stack for my grandkids to use someday too!

This is where I get my photo plates.  I love their plates and they run great sales.  I recommend signing up to get emails.  They often send out coupon codes for 40-50% off plus free shipping.

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January 5, 2011 - 10:37 pm

Colleen Denlinger - Love these! I already added the website as a favorite. It is a great gift idea for my kids or nieces/nephews!

January 5, 2011 - 11:17 pm

Jani - Another super, creative, magical memory maker suggestion from you. How cool would it be to have these for setting your places for holiday dinners, then you could use them to send home leftovers and everyone would start their own collection. Love it!

January 6, 2011 - 1:06 am

Christi - My mom had my niece make these for us. She gave them to us just after Christmas. I love mine.

January 6, 2011 - 11:19 pm

cristian - All dishes are beautiful. Have you compliments. 😀

January 7, 2011 - 2:00 am

Laura Speelman - How fun are these !!!!

January 8, 2011 - 12:48 pm

ericka - Incredible!! Thanks so much for the link and info!! What an awesome gift idea for the kids!!

January 19, 2011 - 8:01 pm

Jessica - This is a wonderful collection! I had my kids make some plates, but you can’t wash them! I think I’ll use the brand you recommend…thank you!

January 19, 2011 - 8:11 pm

Jamie M. - We used to make these as a kid, I would love to do it with my kids. Thank you so much for sharing the link.

January 19, 2011 - 9:03 pm

Melissa Coyle - I made these when I was a kid and when I had kids my mom gave them to me…they have fun eating off my plates saying this is my moms when she was little like me….then we made some of our own…I truly love these….

January 19, 2011 - 9:49 pm

Cameron - These are so great! I had no idea it was so easy. I signed up for the newsletter.

I noticed on the site that it says they’re not microwave safe… I was just wondering if you nuke them or not?

January 19, 2011 - 9:55 pm

Angie Hurst - So, so, so, awesome!!! I didn’t even know this was an option! Thanks so much for sharing! Can’t wait to make some!!!

January 19, 2011 - 11:03 pm

Rachelle - Oh my goodness! I made these in school when I was little. Recently the one I made in preschool broke, but the one from kindergarden is still intact. I would love to do this with my kids. The link is for photo plates, can you do the drawings as well through this site?

January 20, 2011 - 4:21 pm

Amanda - LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE these!!!! Thank you for sharing I’m putting this on my 2011 list immediately! Thanks 😉 Oh, and I love your photography and blog too 🙂 I’m particularly impressed with the underwater photos with a point and shoot. I’d love to know more about that!!

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