Monday, April 6, 2015

another use for teacups

                                                          


                                     I am hoping you all had a very happy and blessed Easter.  

Last week I mentioned that I was hopeful we would get to our favorite flea market during the week.  WELLLLLLLLLLLLLL............   Not to be.  We had a surprise snow storm instead.  5 inches on Tuesday but thankfully it was almost all gone by Wed. afternoon.  It is "slowly" warming up.  And according to the forecast we won't be going this week either... Rain is forecast EVERY single day.

My daffodils are coming up, thanks to the somewhat warmer weather and all the moisture.   They are really close to blooming.  When that happens I will feel like winter is FINALLY over..... even if it should snow again............



But on to tea and things.     No real tea party this week but I wanted to share something with you.

Because I buy so many cups and saucers, sometimes a box full at a time, I come across some that aren't really good for selling since they have cracks, chips or discoloration.  So as mentioned in a post a while back there are other uses for them so you don't have to toss them.  Especially ones that are really pretty.

Here are two that I recently made into little candle holders.  I think they would look nice on your tea table.  The first one is a bone china set with no maker listed on the bottom, it just says Bone China, made in England.  It has a couple of cracks, that, while minor, wouldn't make them saleable.  So a candle stand it became!!!!!
 Put the saucer on top of the upside down teacup.  You can use "e6000" to glue it together.
     And here you have it.  Obviously you can change out the candle for your
 preferred color for the party.


And here is one made using a Peach Lustre set made by Fire King.
 Again, put the saucer on top of the upside down cup and glue together.
 And it is done. 

In these two instances I used cup and saucer sets that weren't salable and did not really want to use myself, but I think you could also use ones that are fine, just don't glue them together.  And to prevent them from tipping when lighted you can use something like that candle holder wax that they sell that can easily be removed later.  (In California I think they call it earth quake wax.. or something like that.)  The product I use is called Tacky Wax, made by Department 56.

         So no tea at this tea party this week but these could brighten up your tea table.

Join me for a cup of tea today and then visit the other tea parties that are taking place today. 
         
Here are the tea parties I will be joining this week.  Hope you will visit them too.

Remember, these may not be available every week so check to be sure.


17 comments:

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Pretty teacups, Beth! I often use mine for candles and sometimes even turned upside down as a mini plate holder for little treats. I do love teacups and all the use we can get out of them. No sign of flowers here and there won't be for weeks. You wouldn't believe the snow we still have on the ground! But I'm trying to stay positive because I know it HAS to go sometime, right? I hope you had a lovely Easter and thank you for joining me for tea.

Blessings,
Sandi

Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

So exciting to see your daffodils ready to bloom! Ours have withered away from there February bloom. Really great candle idea! It's so hard for us to part from less than ideal teacups. I have a friend that breaks her saucers into large pieces and places them sticking out of her rock border in the backyard. It really looks great and colorful! Hope a shopping day is in the near future. ~Nora

The Victorian Girl said...

What a cute idea! I have passed up some great teacups that were not in good enough condition for drinking tea out of and now I know what to do with them.

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful idea. I am happy to see the tea cups being used in a way that they can still be enjoyed.

Amy at love made my home said...

This is a great way to use any cups that are damaged or odd cups too isn't it! I thought when you mentioned candles that you were going to make a candle in the teacup, but I prefer your idea! xx

Bernideen said...

What a clever candle holder. What a beautiful display! Have a lovely week.

Margie said...

What a neat (and easy peasy) way to repurpose teacups!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Well that is surely clever - must get out my earthquake wax from when we lived in CA.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: Great tea cups and good ideas. I never remember to do that. Hope you have a wonderful week. Hugs, Martha

Kim said...

Love the pretty blue teacup and saucer. Looks gorgeous with a candle sitting atop! Yay...your daffodils are just about to say hello to the world and reveal their pretty faces. So exciting!!

Mildred said...

Glad your snow has melted and I know you are anxious to see the daffodils bloom! What a great idea your tea cup candle holders are for "not so perfect" sets. Your photos are lovely. I have also seen little bird feeders made. Thanks so much for sharing your memories of porches!

Karen said...

Hi Beth,
What pretty teacup candle holders. I have never seen them before. I do hope your weather improves. Spring is such a happy time. Happy Tea Day Dear Friend! Karen

Marilyn said...

Thanks for visiting me at Delights of the Heart. Very nice use for flawed teacups.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Now Beth, I love that idea that you've shared with us. I've seen candles put I to the teacup, but this idea is so pretty for large candles. I can't wait to find some teacups to do this. Thanks for the inspiration!

Carrie said...

What a cool idea! Thanks for sharing it :). My daffodils are blooming and it really does make things feel like spring. I hope yours pop soon!

Ruth W said...

I love to use old teacups in new ways...and THANK YOU for stressing using ones that are damaged! I have seen some fabulous and very valuable sets broken up or otherwise damaged because the person didn't like the color etc and didn't know what they were destroying! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
Ruth

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Beth, what a terrific idea! Why didn't *I* think of it?! Oh well, I'm glad *you* did!