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Many years ago I built this shelf in my breakfast room. I needed space for a growing collection. I just LOVE shelves as some of you know.
I keep some of my pitchers and teapots on this shelf in the breakfast area. Like most of you, I tend to use the same items over and over for everyday so these end up as display.
Recently when I climbed on the step stool to get the Christmas pitchers, I was shocked and embarrassed. All the pitchers and teapots needed a hairdresser. They all were covered in heavy dust, YOU KNOW (as least I hope I am not the only one) the kind of dust that has been there so long it seems to have grown hair...they were all "Harry"!
I quickly made like Scarlett O'Hara and got down from there...after all tomorrow is another day!
Well, tomorrow finally came! When I was ready to put away Christmas I had to decide what to do about "Harry" who had taken up residence upon my collection. Well, Mama Bear and all her friends had to come down for a haircut and a bath.
I won't bore you with all the details because you know how to wash teapots but while they're down I will share a few with you. I forgot about taking before pictures, so some had already been put back in place.
This one is sweet with seaweed and coral embossed in white on white.I found this little fellow in a consignment shop. I just had to take him and his little friends home with me. Don't remember the price but he had to be inexpensive or I wouldn't have bought him.
Wouldn't you have scooped up these cuties for a fun cup of tea?
These Bluebirds and Dogwood blossoms are a favorite. A gift from a friend, they're always singing! Look for them on a tea table or tablescape this spring because Kim found the cutest placemats and napkins that match them beautifully.
You don't notice it in person but this little birdie looks a little stern. Maybe he doesn't like the paparazzi in his face. OK, OK, I'm backing off.
This is a prissy one, just the right size for one or two cups of tea. It makes you feel so special when you take a cup of tea by yourself.
Not sure why this one is blurry. These are readily recognizable as Franciscan's Desert Rose. These happen to be made in England and Portugal. This group was the latest I have bought. Not buying that new stuff...UGLY! I WILL pick up a vintage piece from time to time.
The panda tea kettle was a gift and the rooster was purchased from the pottery company that was manufacturing on a hilltop town in Italy. The pretty blue and white shell pitcher was a local purchase. Pretty but not practical as it dosen't pour well.
The pitcher with the grapes and pear was purchased in an Amish village. The adorable bear and cubs pitcher was a gift from my son and was purchased at Yosemite.
The black and white teapot of New York's skyline with a "Yellow Cab" knob on the lid is probably my favorite. Purchased at a shop in Grand Central Station, a year after 9/11. I had taken two of my grandsons specifically to see ground zero and the Rose Center for Earth and Space/Hayden Museum.
I sincerely hope you did notice that everything on that shelf is so clean as to be shiny, cuz it is down hill from here til next year.
As you know, I love shelves and I am always looking for additional shelving.
I strongly recommend going up as high as possible when adding shelves, for "Harry" can hide up there for a year or more.
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