Thursday, June 30, 2011

Teacup Collection Challenge

I've been challenged.
I have to admit those who know me well know I am a collector.

I have several collections, including a teacup and tea pot collection. I also have a collection of all things "cats", cat figures, little cat books, handmade cat things, cat fabrics. I have a lot of "Precious Moments" collectibles in an oak curio cabinet. I don't collect them anymore mainly because my curio cabinet is full!!
So when Kris and Liz challenged any "teacup collectors" to share their collections I couldn't resist. My love of china teacups came from my grandmother when I was a little girl. I have several of her teacups in my collection now. These two are special because of the flowers on them. My grandmother loved purple flowers, especially violets and so do I. One of her middle names was Viola (Ida Viola Irene) and I game the same middle name to my daughter, Nicole Viola!)
This antique tea pot was my grandmother's too. Then when I was a teenager I bought a teacup and saucer in Victoria, BC, as my vacation souvenir. My hubby gave me this beautiful teapot many years ago!
Over the years I've added to my collection, including this saucer from England at Epcot, Walt Disney World, one of my favorites. Unfortunately, the cup broke one day ( I can't remember how).Here's another teacup with an old English town.

This teacup is in honor of my anniversary month, November, with November's flower being the the chrysanthemum.This teacup with the blue roses is one of my most favorite teacups!

This tea pot is special because of it's inscription, HOPE, my mother's name.I received this teacup and saucer from my mother-in-law's best friend, Pauline, from childhood;
she was a special friend to me as well.
Later, after the passing of my mother-in-law, Emily, I acquired several of her teacups to add to my collection.
This musical teapot was hers before it was mine as well.
My sweet daughter, Nicole, gave me this teacup, with the verse,
"In Your light we see the light," Psalm 36:9, because I also like Lighthouses.

Nicole also gave me this beautiful heart shaped teacup and saucer with a rose on it and the inscription, Love is like a Rose!This teapot was hand painted by a local San Diego artist.
{ OOPS! Did I forget to mention "we" have a collection of things relating to firefighters in our house?! Rather, it would be more appropriately termed a dedication...but that's for another blog!!}

I've stopped collecting as much as I used to. I don't buy every cat decoration I see anymore. I don't buy the annual "Precious Moments" figurine anymore. I have enough!!
(My friends would say I have "more than enough!")

I've narrowed my collecting to fabrics! One can never have too much fabric. Besides I have lots of projects to use my fabrics for, quilts for friends and babies, wallhangings and table runners for gifts, or clothes for my grandbabies.

I love teacups and tea pots I made 3 wallhangings for gifts using the blocks from My Sweet Tea pattern. Now I need to complete the last 3 blocks into a wallhanging for myself. Think I will finish it next week at my Brown Bag Quilt Retreat with my BFF's Lynn, Nancy and Dolores.


Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Karen! Thanks for joining in the the "Show Us Your Teacups" Challenge! :0) I loved seeing some of your pretty teacups! I especially love the onew you've shared that have family stories attached to them ... I think the stories and memories teacups stand for is one of the reasons I love to collect more! :0) Love your teapot blocks too ... gotta admit that fabric and books are my biggest addictions, closely followed by bears and teacups! Tee! Hee! Hee! There are a lot of us out there! :0) Enjoy your stitching - can't wait to see your wallhanging finished ... July OPAM perhaps! :0) Bear Hugs! KRIS

Teddlywinks said...

Hi Yaya,
You do have a beautiful collection! I love the little cup with the heart shaped saucer. And it makes them all the more special with the history of each one and memories they bring. I think the next challenge has to be teapots!

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! I love them! They are so nice!
It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! :)

Gareth Hart said...

HI Karen/Yaya,
Just found your blog - and am trying to hunt down some tea cup advice!
I have a photo of a tea cup I saw in a magazine, and would dearly love to track one down.
Do you know of any good online forums where I might post a photo and try to get teh internet to help me out?

I went to over 20 antique/vintage/2nd hand dealers today, and NONE of them had any idea on the teacup photo I was showing them.

Thanks heaps - keep collecting!

Gareth, Melbourne, Australia

Karen, aka Yaya said...

Hi Gareth! Thanks for stopping by!

Unfortunately I do not know of any online forums.
Maybe this site can help you:

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!!