Thursday, 16 May 2013

China cups

Over in Blogland, I've noticed quite a few lucky people writing about the lovely china they've found in charity shops. As Chickpea has been wanting to make a teacup candle, I've popped into a few every now and again looking for something suitable. I've also been hoping to find a couple of pretty cups for us to have afternoon tea but without much success. Until a couple of weeks ago that is, when I found two real beauties.

I spotted this cup first, mixed in with lots of others but with a non-matching saucer. Never mind - it would make a lovely candle. And then I started rummaging through the stacks of saucers nearby and hit lucky!

So pretty! The trademark says it's Queen Anne bone china though not what the pattern is - no doubt something like Blackberry or Bramble.

The second cup does have a pattern name which is 'Chinese Rose'. I'd seen this in the same shop but again without a saucer. On a second visit I had a good wander around the rest of the shop (which is pretty big) and noticed a couple of china dishes on an old dressing table.

Success! As soon as I saw the pattern I knew it was a match and dashed back to find the cup.

Chickpea has claimed this one because of the unusual saucer and its perfect space for cake or biscuits!

We now have enough cups for afternoon tea for two. The candles will have to wait a while longer.


With this post I've hit a milestone.

Yes, this is my 100th post! When I started this blog last July, it seemed almost impossible to achieve but somehow I've managed it. Thank you for reading and for your encouragement - roll on the next 100! xx


  1. Congratulations on your 100th post and may there be many more to come.

    I love your china cups and saucers they're beautiful, I especially like the 2nd saucer it's such an unsual shape and just perfect for tea and cake as you said. What a lucky find.

  2. I love your pretty china cup and saucers! I especially like the little plate with room for cake..! Many congratulations on your 100th post, your blog is always an absolute pleasure to read and I am looking forward to your next 100 posts!
    Marianne x

  3. What gorgeous finds, so pretty. I love china cups, always make the tea taste especially good. Congratulations on your 100th post :) xx

  4. Congrats on 100! It seems impossible when you start! I'm coming up on my 100th soon. Your teacup finds are so delicate and pretty, and your story reminds us not to give up ~ keep hunting! Have a good one!

  5. Those are really pretty cups - I love the one with the saucer which has a space for cake! Congratulations on the 100 posts :)

  6. Congratulations on reaching 100 posts! Brilliant.

    The tea cups remind me of the sort my grandparents always drank from. I love the one with the larger saucer for cake, that's lovely. x

  7. Wonderful cups you found there! I agree, it would be a pity to turn them into candles! Much nicer for tea or coffee!

  8. What pretty china, Congrats on 100 posts. Love reading your blog- it's always full of lovely images and stories n=behind them. Here's to the next 100!