Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Teacup Drawer

A lot of you know by now that I collect tea cups...

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I have 20-something cups, a mix of new and vintage, and I keep them all in my lovely library card catalog. The drawers are the perfect size for holding two teacups and two saucers each.

In this earlier post, I told you about my vintage plate collection, but it's my teacup collection that I like the most. Here are some of my favorites:

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Most of them I have found at antique sales or on Etsy, and some I have found at Anthropologie.
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Tea, anyone?

55 comments:

lisaroyhandbags said...

oooh! you have some beauties! I love teacups too and have quite a few passed down from my grandma which hold such special memories of sipping tea with her as a child xo

Almalu's Place said...

they are adorable!so girlie!love the last one!pink is my fav color!

Anna of IHOD said...

What a fantastic collection. I think the green stripes would have to be my favorite! :)
Thanks for sharing with us!

Lillian (Unstitched.) said...

What a beautiful collection!! Now I want to start collecting teacups too - they're all so pretty! :) And that is so cool that you can store them perfectly in your gorgeous library card holder! It must be so fun to pull out each drawer and see which cup is inside! :)

Melanie's Randomness said...

Firstly, I love your posts & your one of the first blogs I check for updates because you always amaze! I love that your using a library card catalog for your teacups!! I want one so badly!! Secondly your cups are so pretty!!! I love the green one!! Lucky you!

Melanie's Randomness

the southern hostess said...

I'm completely envious. What a gorgeous collection!

Nicole Egerer said...

What a beautiful collection! I just went to ladies tea this past weekend and saw some other gorgeous cups and saucers.

They all make me want to wrap up in a blanket and have a nice cup of mint tea! :)

Thanks for sharing!

Kind Regards,
Nicole

CM said...

What a gorgeous collection of teacups! And a wonderful idea for storage as well.

Gloria said...

storing these beauties in the card catalog is so funny - love it! i just did a post about ceramic butterflies created out of old saucers - what great timing :-)

Sarah said...

Wow these are lovely. I especially love the aqua one. What a great idea with the cabinet. So neat.

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

Ashley said...

Girl! I am in heaven. Heaven! Love the card catalogue and the tea cups. Wow. You put any collection that I've seen to shame!

Hugs,

Ash

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

i've always thought this would be a beautiful and unique thing to collect. i love the pink one on the bottom. so pretty!!

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

This post brings back some memories! My great grandmother had a vast collection of tea cups and saucers, and every year when I would go out to visit, she'd let me pick one to take home. I always loved that, but I didn't truly appreciate the ritual until her home burned down and all the tea cups, along with everything else, were gone.

Dancing Branflake said...

No way! Could you be any more creative? Goodness! These tea cups are so beautiful. The only ones I have were from my grandmother from her wedding. I treasure those!

mary shouvlin said...

these are absolutely stunning! so lovely.

Caroline said...

I thoroughly love your posts!!!! And, as for teacups, I love all of the colors, designs, and variety teacups come in ... they are just so cute!!

Natalie said...

Ohh gorgeous! Makes me want to start my own collection!

Sienna said...

these are gorgeous , belle! it makes me want to have tea time

Gaia said...

Finaly I'm back!
They are fantastic...So envious of your collection!

Lin*** said...

Hi,
This is "Lin" one of your new followers, as of today.
I heard about you via ETSY.
LOVE your Blog!

Anyhow, I collect old teacups also...I too have quite a wide range of old teacups and saucers.
...But I always seem to make room for one more. :-)

Anyhow, Txs for sharing with us!

Sincerely,
"Lin"

Jessica Di Giacomo said...

hi Dionne,beautiful!!!!my fav is white !!beautiful imagine

sweetwilliam said...

Hi Dionne
Paula here from SW - I remember you said you would be in Melbourne in October and I let you know about a market that would be on, but I am afraid it has been cancelled - bummer, something about mix up of dates and the AFL football final. There are always things on in Melbourne so just give me a shout and I can let you know what is happening - http://thedesignfiles.net/ is a fantastic melbourne resource too. Thanks for your comments on my work.
Cheers
Paula

Meghan said...

What an incredible collection! This is amazing!

Little Miss Tiara said...

wow dionnne! those are all so pretty I can't even decide which one in my favorite! :D I love the pink one, and the white ones, and... okay, I love them all! :D sooo pweettyyyy...

herecomesthesun said...

What an incredible collection! Gosh I am a little jealous. I have quite a bit collection too, but mine are quite mismatched. And although that's kinda fun, it would be nice to have more matching sets too. Lucky you!

By the way if I haven't already mentioned I am a new reader to your blog and I am absolutely loving it. Your pictures and posts are so inspiring x

Looking Glass said...

I love them! I had to collect many recently for my mad hatters afternoon tea party birthday party! I love very single one :-)

~ Clare x

S and O said...

Oooh these are just gorgeous!
I love that pink one there on the bottom with the ivory flowers :)
xoxo
Olivia

Laura said...

Such a lovely collection!! I've got such a number of 1800 teacups..but I guess I have to stop...because my husband goin'mad about it!!! We'd need a spare home!
Laura@RicevereconStile

Merylu said...

Your collection is simply awesome! I love teacups, teapots and tea time too :) you have a treasure! I also love your library card catalog :)

Have a great day!

Mary

Cat said...

What a lovely idea! I have often thought about starting up a tea cup collection...such interesting patterns, colors, and designs!

xx Cat brideblu

Mekkan said...

I do love every single collection of yours. How lovely and gorgeous! I will be happy to be one of your guests at a tea party. Let me see-----

Becka Robinson said...

How pretty! I am on the search for a file cabinet like that! I never thought about the option of storing my teacups in it though. Brilliant. :)

Barbara said...

I sure wish I'd had access to your collection when doing my post this week! :) That blue one is divine.
And you're right, Anthropologie has some really pretty ones...although I find lots in antique malls and yard and estate sales too.

Kristin B said...

Just beautiful! I love the turquoise one!

Diana Mieczan said...

This is such a beautiful collection and I love tea as well:) I was collecting little tea cups a few years ago and you just inspired me to get back to it! I love this so much:) Have a great day, my dear
Kisses

Ps: I’m hosting a stunning Sima Gilady jewelry GIVEAWAY today!

Kristin said...

beautiful! what a great collection!

Vanessa Mala/HeightofVintage said...

love the catalog and the teacups oh sooo cute!
:)

cailen ascher said...

that is too cute! and yes, i would LOVE some tea : )

Rhônya Holman said...

Such a lovely and feminine collection! So beautiful all of it would be hard to pick a favorite ... When we are going to get together for some tea?

Have a lovely week! (-:

L'Atelier said...

oh I am so coming for tea! ;)
they are really beautiful, Dionne
and I adore the way you store them!


(ps my email is : a.ivedi{at}yahoo{dot}com --for the meringue recipe ;))

orchid said...

Wow, how lovely they are♡♡♡

I didn't know you collect them.
I always feel SO sad that I cannot find gorgeous ones like yours here small city in Japan.

Thank you for sharing us, I truly enjoyed stopping by♫

Notes from Holly St. said...

oh, i love this!! tea cups are so beautiful and feminine and how perfect to keep them in such a lovely space!

jenna ♥ a little blue said...

such a fun collection! they are so pretty!

have a wonderful weekend!!

vintageveggie said...

gahhh, i am a ceramic artist and lately all i've been making are teacups and saucers... these are so inspiring/

Rachel from Birch + Bird said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love that you keep them in a card file. Perfect.

Joy said...

these are so beautiful... I'd love to collect them as well, but first on things to do list is to craft a place to store them :)

love the library card shelf, too...
xoxo

denise* paper angels said...

hey i really love your blog and am gonna link up to you, hope you don't mind? it's really pretty xx

Signe said...

Oh gosh, that is one amazing collection! So many pretty ones but I think the two last ones are my favorites :)

Hugs and a happy Sunday to you!

Katie and Reuben said...

Wow, these are SO beautiful! And the library card catalog too! I am very jealous...

Katie x

Alexandra Joy said...

Beautiful! We collected vintage China for our wedding reception and I kept my favourites. I think mix and match tea cups would be a great addition. ;)

Dandelion and Grey said...

My love for vintage tea cups & china and my obsession with that gorgeous library card catalog have me totally loving this post, Dionne!

Two Happy Hearts said...

oh, wow! i love this idea so much. it's the most creative i've seen in a while. thanks for sharing!

ps. lovely blog you have here ;)

goodthings88 said...

Beautiful! I specially love the last 2! So victorian and tender! Great collection.

Ruthiegyll said...

what a pretty tea collection! hope that i can amass a beautiful set of china someday :)

Tobe | Because It's Awesome said...

oh my word - those are absolutely GORGEOUS!! love the varied collection vs a single design.