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Monday, 11 May 2009

Tea & Biscuit (Bunny)

I thought I would begin sharing some of the vintage treasures that I love to collect.


My porcelain tea cup collection started with one lovely tea-cup and saucer that I found, years ago, in an antique store. Some time passed and then I found another that I liked. When my daughter accidentally broke the cup, I was a little upset but it turned into a positive when I discovered that you could buy single cups and saucers in some antique stores. In fact, it is cheaper to buy odd bits and pieces and if you look closely, half of my set is mismatched and no two sets are the same. Each morning tea guest can feel special with their own individual setting - very shabby chic.



Who do we have here? This is Biscuit Bunny in Blue Meringue and I have wanted to catch him for quite some time now. He does have a little attitude. He was acquired recently from talented Brisbane toy designer/maker (for big kids) Florence Forrest. Of course, he is hand-made and exquisitely hand-embroidered. For more of her internationally sought-after creations visit Flying Star Toys.



And if your porcelain tea-cups are beyond repair, how's this clever idea from New Zealand designer Lindsay Pemberton? She uses a diamond saw to slice them into one-of-a-kind bangles. Upcycling at its best. You can see and purchase Lindsay's bangles from Clever Bastards.

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14 comments:

Melanie said...

I would be so very scared of breaking beautiful cups like that but would have to use them lots. I love the porcelain bangles. I tried cutting saucers once, more like shattered. Must get proper tools i guess:)

Thea said...

Yeah, I used to be scared too but you can always buy another odd one to replace if necessary. Plus, it makes your friends feel special to be served from porcelain. And yes, essential tools are necessary when cutting - I don't think they can be cut dry either?

Dick and Dora said...

Oh I love the bangles. Thrift shops and Church fetes are also great places to find pretty old cups and saucers. I must get my collection out and photograph them too.

Thea said...

Yes, please share with us.

Beach Vintage said...

I am very jealous of your tea cup collection Thea. I love them.

Kylie said...

Those bangles are fabulous, Thea - great find! Your cup and saucer collection is great too - I love seeing things like that. Thank you! K

Linda said...

beautiful teacups!! I collect them too and some of my MOST favourite are the mismatched ones I have put together at the op shop, sorting through them all to come up with a trio I like, or just buying a cup to hopefully match one of the saucers and plates at home, I love it

Michelle said...

oh they are perfect...
I adore old tea sets...and mismatched the better...
love the table cloth as well...
loving the vintage...

Thea said...

Thank you all for your comments. Michelle, good observation skills. I didn't even mention the tablecloth but that too is a lovely vintage find.

Gloss Boutique said...

That's a beautiful collection. There is nothing nicer than tea in a gorgeous cup and saucer - it makes you stop and take a breather. Lisa xo

Jay Dee said...

Oh, these are lovely. Thea, you have to let me draw them some time - would make great watercolours or an etching....xx

Thea said...

Anytime Jay Dee, just let me know when.

Jay Dee said...

After the exhibition - am in a mad panic to get everything done in time :)

Florence Forrest said...

great to see your little biscuit Bunny is well supplied with many beautiful tea cups to explore :)

Thanks for the mention!

also those bangles are really pretty too.

xx

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