Must. Stop. Antiquing. What am I going to do? I fall in love with too many things and the question becomes where to put it all. But really, didn't I need this blue lustre tea set for my living room? Especially considering that the woman at the community garage sale looked me in the eye and said "7 dollars."
I'm not kidding! This tea set included a tea pot, creamer, sugar, 4 cups and saucers, 4 dessert plates and came with 2 wood oval serving trays - the age shows in the luster coating on some of the pieces, but the set has no chips or cracks! From my sleuthing online, this seems to be a Japanese tea set from the 1920-30s. The simple design and combination of biscuit and blue lustre took my breath away. Love, love, love - that is all there is to it.
What becomes fun is decorating with it. First and foremost, the china echos the colors in the antique quilt I have on the wall. Then I used a paper placemat (that my Mom saved and gave me) from the restaurant, PAUL, to line a tray that I had. Remember when I wrote about PAUL? The restaurant in Florida has closed, but the locations in France are going strong. I'm so glad my mom had the wisdom to keep her placemat - it looks perfect here. I showed her the other day and she took a little bow. It was also her idea to move my "macaroon" candles to the dessert plate. Cute!
So, yes, I need to slow down on the antiquing. Just not quite yet.