Tuesday, December 20, 2016

T Stands for Teacups on the Christmas Tree


This is a reprint from a December 2012 post. It fits beautifully with today's T Stands For.

My mother had a Rosenthal china tea set which was one of her prized possessions. Many years ago, she gave me her set. She said, "I want to give you this with my own hand. I don't want you to wait until I die for you to have it."

She also gave me a box that had a duplicate tea set in it. She said this was supposed to go to The Brother, but she figured he wouldn't want it so it came to me. The box had been kicking around as I had no place to display this tea set until I brought Ma's large curio cabinet to live in the dollhouse.

As I unpacked the box, I pulled out a teapot, a creamer, and the sugar bowl that didn't survive The Brother's school tie whip. (The reason The Brother was supposed to inherit this set. The sugar bowl was carefully glued together). There were four saucers, a teacup with a broken handle, and a tea cup. The tea cup had a chip in it. Worthless to sell. Worthless to drink from. I didn't want to toss it out. What to do?

A bit of Gorilla Glue (love this stuff especially since GG came out with a new non-clog bottle) on the foot of the cup attached to a saucer. Add a bit of ribbon for a hanger. Voilá!

I found one of my own tea cups with a crack in it. It received the same Gorilla Glue and ribbon treatment.

What was once a bit of trash is now transformed into beautiful and unique Christmas ornaments. It's now a lovely reminder of happier times spent with Ma and my mother-in-law as they imparted wisdom and gossip to me over cups of tea.

Have you rescued something from the trash and transformed it into a useful object?

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang are up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

28 comments:

  1. Love how you made the cups into tree ornaments, wonderful idea and story behind it. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  2. what a wonderful way to rescue the cups and saucers and have them as keepsake ornaments now! I did something similar but used my glued cup and saucer to hold a plant. Happy T day and a Merry Christmas!

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  3. That's a wonderful idea, too. I like to try to repurpose broken things before tossing them out

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  4. Oh my, I love your teacup and saucer ornaments! What a wonderful way to transform them and a lovely reminder of happy times with your Mum - perfect! Thanks for making me smile and wishing you a Happy T Day and a very Merry Christmas! J :-)

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  5. Hi CJ. You must have linked up late last week becaise somehow I missed this lovely post.

    Yes, I have rescued and repaired many treasures. But you gave me a new idea here!

    I have just one cup from my mother's collection of display teacups. The set was divided among all us kids. Mine got broken on one of our moves and is glued back together, but it looks pretty sad all alone. Your idea is thee erfect solution to mke it special again! I'm so glad I checked back on last week's T party - better late than never.

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    1. Oops, you were right on time and so am I. Got my dates mixed up ;-)

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    2. I'm glad you like the idea. And no worries about mixing up dates. Easy to do at this time of year.

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  6. Lovely way to keep the memories alive! :)

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    1. Yup. I like how they give the tree an old-fashioned look, too.

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  7. I had never thought of rescuing items like that for use on the Christmas tree. What a wonderful idea! Thx :) Happy T Tuesday

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  8. Its a wonderful way to display and rescue your family tea set, you must have many memories when you look at it.
    Happy Holidays and Happy T Day.
    Yvonne xx

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    1. Happy memories of Ma and her friend, my mother-in-law. Himself and I grew up next door to each other. I started having tea with Ma and MIL when I was 13 years old.

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  9. I have a friend who has a teacup Christmas tree she places in her kitchen each year. I love the idea of recycling loved memories like that.

    As for recycling, you don't know me well enough yet, but each April through Earth Day, which I call bEARTHday, I recycle, repurpose, or reuse something that most would consider trash.

    I was truly impressed with this post. Thanks for sharing this tree with us for T this Tuesday.

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. I just told Himself I wish there was more room in the dollhouse to set up another tree and decorate it with tea cups. Maybe when the girlies fly the nest and I take over their rooms

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  10. What a brilliant idea and they look great! Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Chrisx

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    1. thanks, Chris. The porcelain relfects the lights and it's so pretty

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  11. What a darling idea!!!! Your teacups look so lovely on your tree. Thanks for resharing ♥ Merry Christmas!!!

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    1. Thank you, Carol. Merry Christmas to you

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  12. Love the story and your little tea cup save! I 'upcycle' many things from the trash.. 'one man's trash is another's treasure ' lol Happy T day and Merry Christmas! Hugs! deb

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    1. Trash to treasure is a good saying. Even better when you can make it happen.Happy T Day and a Merry Christmas to you

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  13. How wonderful! A great idea! It looks really nice. Thank you for telling the story, they give the pictures some 'provenance'.
    Sorry for the late comment. I got busy last night.
    Happy belated T-Day and if you celebrate Christmas, I wish you a very happy one,
    Lisca

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    1. Thank you. No worries about late comments. Thanks for dropping by and a Merry Christmas to you

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  14. Christmas tree tea cups is a wonderful idea. :) I think I need to make a few for my tree too. happy belated t day. And Merry Christmas this weekend too. Hugs-Erika

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  15. A brilliant idea to salvage these tea cups, and they look splendid on the tree! happy belated T day!

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  16. What an excellent idea! I love this! Thank you!

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