As I embrace fresh perspectives of the new year, I can't help but notice my shelves bursting with tea cups and pots collected over the past few year. Each piece evokes many memories and inspired me to create this new reoccurring post series. from the shelf will take a closer look at the stories behind my collection of teaware.
Long before I fell in love with tea, dainty tea sets always caught my eye. I can still remember my grandmother's miniature tea cups that rested in her dining room corner curio. The delicate rose and hints of gold would always catch the sunlight. And then there are my mother's favorite mugs that she fills with english breakfast and milk every morning.
Although I've had a history with cups, it wasn't until a few years ago that I was inspired to create a collection of my own. While wandering through Anthropolgie in Philadelphia, I was struck by the simple beauty of this bright yellow cup dotted with bits of gold. It seemed ever so sunny. But I'll admit, it was the pair of birds that sent my heart swooning. It reminded me of morning. Bright sun and the sweet sound of chirping. I wondered what they might be singing to one another?
Within moments, I was watching the woman behind the counter wrap the plate and cup in tissue paper. I knew that this was the start of something special. As I took the first step towards a collection, I felt an even deeper connection to everything tea. Since that special day, this single sunny treasure has grown into a collection through gifts, vintage finds and family heirlooms. From a simple spot on the mantle to now an entire bookshelf, the collection and the stories behind each cup continue to blossom.
What's your most treasured piece of teaware?