and delicious over indulgence!
So having said that "Gifts Gifts Gifts" as The Good Ole Grinch would say is what I am sure a lot of you are now on the search for? Yes that one gift that will make your receiver oohhhh and aaahhh, where will you find it and what will it be. As I like to give gifts (birthdays etc) with a purpose I have one idea that I think is just splendid.
Yes yes I know you are thinking how much more granny could I get!! Well let me say this Grannies china is the up and coming trend of the 20th century. But seriously "girls love to tea" and Fine China Tea Cups are making a comeback plus when Nate Berkus from Oprah says it is a grandiose idea it must be cool.
Anyhow, I recently attended an afternoon birthday party where the host (and birthday girl Kathie) had a splendid array of the cutest and coolest Fine Bone China Tea Cups. What was more delightful was that not one cup was the same. There was a mishmash of designs but each tea cup and matching saucer just like our winter snowflakes were special in their own unique way. Marvellous is all I could think and definitely eye candy for the tea drinker!!
BAM I thought what a grand idea for a gift. Collecting Bone China Tea Cups for those special or not so special tea events (and this I now have been advised as a gift is nothing new, geez Louise where have I been!!). Now I am not talking about visiting your local Home Sense I am talking about stalking those antique corner shops, the consignment stores that store an array of Crystal, Fine Bone China Crockery sets and more…and yes these places can be found in your city. Google, I tell you google it!!!
I had no idea that these type of little places even existed where you could purchase such glorious items. As I had been thinking of collecting cute, delicate tea cups for quite some time Home Sense was the only place on my mind and until I laid my eyes on these oh so fine china "tasse de the`" (tea cup in french) with friends, Home Sense no more antique stalking here I come.
Choosing a fine china tea cup is certainly a process I mean you don't want to purchase just for the sake of buying right!!! Educate yourself on the various types of china, the styles and designs available. Porcelain, fine china and bone china (information which can be found at the bottom of the cup) are considered fine china. The styles on offer are usually romantic classic or modern. Romantic is usually the flowers similar to what I have shown of my personal collection. Turn the saucer and tea cup upside down to read what you are purchasing and always exam the piece for any imperfections remember this is a vintage piece and been around for yonks.
So where do you go stalking for these great finds? Well there is google which provides online services such as ebay etc. But I have to say being able to visibly touch and see the product adds to the purchase experience. Plus you know what you are getting. So I would perhaps google for antique, vintage bone and fine china providers in your area or city.
Secondly what style to choose from because there is super duper kewl and super duper aarrgghhh!! When I purchased mine I looked for romantic and classic styles the cups had to be a similar shape and size, they also had a gold or silver rim both on the cup and saucer.
You will also notice that one of my grand choices is a tea cup that does not have a white background but almost a lace effect with a romantic style (roses). "My fav teacup of all"
Till next time keep that cuppa "tidy"
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