My collections

It has been a long while since I entertained with my fine china collection and vintage tea sets but that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about them. They've been sitting safe in the sideboard, totally out of reach of prying little hands.

Every once in a while, when Alexander is napping, I take them out to adoringly gaze and admire their beauty and treat myself to a nice cup of tea. A big part of my collection are thrifted goodies - odd bits and pieces; a lone cup here and an unwanted saucer there, obtained from trips to op shops around the country. The newer Royal Albert sets we received as gifts when we bought our house. Even more precious are the vintage tea sets that belonged to Stu's late grandmother, passed on to me by his mum.
More recently, having been much inspired by my blogging buddy Fee (who has the most awesome collections of feathers, sea glass, key rings and nature things, like rocks and butterflies and sticks - you have to check them out here), I decided to start a feather collection of my own.

It's only a tiny collection at the moment, comprising of cockatoo, magpie and kookaburra feathers from my backyard, as well as a couple of chicken and geese feathers I collected at the Hunter Valley zoo.
I got these three random green, violet and yellow ones from Stu's uncle who breeds budgerigars as a hobby. Apparently it's not yet moulting season so there weren't too many feathers on offer, but I hope to add more to my collection when the birds start shedding.
 Do you collect anything?

23 Responses to My collections

kidgranny said...

What a coincidence! I happen to have that white teacup with the violets too! It was passed on from my husband's late grandmother. :)

trishie said...

That is a real coincidence!! Mine belonged to Stuart's late grandmother too.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Your collections are so pretty! I used to collect things with figure skates on them :)

akiko hiramatsu said...

Oh!!
Your collections are great and so gorgeous!!
I only look at these and feel elegant!

akiko

Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

Such a beautiful tea set! I don't really collection anything, other than too many bird ornaments and cushins!

Charu Sharma said...

You have a treasure girl!! Your collection is soooo nice and priceless! <3

Wish you a great weekend :)

Beauty Box said...

Very pretty indeed. And feathers are unusual things to collect - yours are quite colourful and varied. I think the only thing I collect is perfume. I tend to clean out my makeup stash and don't really view it as something I would never throw away, but I feel quite differently about perfumes and still have a bottle of my late grandma's perfume in a drawer in my room in Singapore.

Jane said...

Fee does have such a great collection of things. And you! This tea collection is absolutely gorgeous! I love the mix matched pieces!

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

What beautiful collections! I'm not a collector, but sometimes wish I did :). The nature stuff is such a good idea!

Anouk said...

I love your tea sets collection and I wish I had one like this as well. I've stopped collecting because I don't like to live with too much stuff. I do have a small collection of pouches and Laduree boxes though.

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Ananka said...

Nice collection. :-)

My Garden Diaries said...

Your vintage tea sets are AMAZING!!! You need to take pictures of them more often because they are all a feast for the eyes!!! Loved seeing your feathers as well friend! Beautiful collections!! Wishing you a lovely weekend! Nicole xoxo

Sharon D said...

Beautiful! I think I have a decent collection of baking trays, if that counts..lol! ^.^ ♥ ♥

Brandi said...

You have a beautiful tea cup collection. My mom had a few as well. She used to display them in our living room.

Sharlynn Ng said...

What a gorgeous collection you have there! I've never considered collecting china but some of your pieces are stunning! I used to collect archie comics and collectable barbies but not anymore. I have lots of small collections of things and I love keeping things that fascinate me now and again!

Rose said...

You have a very beautiful collection of china and vintage tea set. I love them. I have a few tea cups and saucer sets. My hubby is a tea drinker so he love to buy those China-imported set.

Oh, those feathers are beautiful as well. That is a new hobby of yours I bet.

Shirley Tay said...

OMG, didn't know you've such a hobby! I'm in love with the floral prints, Trishie. May I have some tea now? xoxo

sonia de macedo said...

That is an impressive collection. Wow. I don't really do much collecting these days. When I was younger I was obsessed with the idea of it, but could never really hone in on what to collect lol.

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burntfeather said...

Yay my fav post ever, your feathers are awesome!! Also seeing your china makes me want to start yet another collection, how beautiful are they and I love seeing them all together with all their different patterns and colours :) *big smile*

Azura Chan said...

That is an awesome collections you have. I collect almost everything! Lol!

JeannLiew | Luminnej said...

This is such a lovely collection! Love the floral motives on them. You must have loved your tea *_^

I love keeping some of the makeup or skincare brochures that brands usually have at their counters? Not too sure that considers collecting... nah, probably not! haha

Cheers,
Jeann
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Matilda said...

I love love love your china collection! I have lots of china myself which I have inherited from my mother. So beautiful!

Sophie Mom said...

What a beautiful collection! I love antique china :-).