Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your advice and help regarding my dishes conundrum. However, I think I've found the solution. After some head scratching and many trips to the dollar and thrift stores, I realized that perhaps my problem was one of finding the right linens, rather than buying a whole new set of dishes. Hmmm.. that sounds a little coy, but I'll be posting pictures as soon as I get everything figured out. And besides, I SO love my coral dishes, Christmas or no Christmas.
On another note, I'm still rumbling around the house with my three gorgeous curtain panels. It is possible to hang just two on my big front living room window. They obviously aren't full enough to be working curtains, but they look fine. But, then there is the problem of privacy. My front bamboo shade is somewhat sheer, and while it does give us an element of privacy, it isn't complete. And I don't know about all of you, but I don't like thrashing about to Denise Austin's Workout in the Morning with the possibility of a neighbor, early morning runner, or even a neighborhood cat catching a glimpse of me doing that.
So, I'll be trying them out in my office tonight and see how that turns out.