Five years ago, I fell in love with four old green cups. They didn't have saucers, but that didn't stop me. I turned over a cup--the bottom was smooth and unmarked. If you are a dish addict, and I am, matched sets are for sissies, and these cups were lovely, like something Martha Stewart had displayed in her renovating book New Old House. Without hesitation, I cradled the cups in my arms and scurried to the check-out counter.
One fine day, I paired them with peppy orange dishes, a tea set, and green glassware. Suddenly I was whisked away to the Cotswolds, having tea in a sunny garden. Dishes are that way: magical.
The tea set has darling little pieces. Each one resembles a thatched cottage. Rose from Second Hand Rose, who lives in the UK, identified the set as Burlington Ware (made in England).
My much-loved bunny tureen (Fitz and Floyd) and faux paper whites were called into action for a centerpiece.
I love floral dishes because they really do brighten a table and seem to banish chilly days. That's just one reason I was drawn to these plates. They were made by Poppytrail/Metlox in the 60s. The pattern is "Sculptured Zinnia."
The old green glassware looks so pretty on a sunny table.
An old Fostoria pitcher fit right in.
For a while, I was caught up in little thatched English cottages, bunnies, sunflowers, and mysterious green teacups.