Thursday, March 31, 2011

What to Do?

I need your advice.  I found these darling sweet little
Haviland Limoges teacup saucers at Goodwill last week.
Twenty of them to be exact ~ only no teacups.  Each one was
sweeter than the next and I couldn't pick between them, so I bought
them all.
 They have no pattern names on the back ~ just Haviland France ~ Limoges.
Nearly every one is different with the most delicate scalloped edges.

I want to sell them at my Open House, but I'm not sure how to use
them to their best potential and I need your advice.
Here are a few of the ideas that I have had.
Here I have coupled one with a sweet glass dish and votive candle.
I was thinking of also setting the candle in some loose lavender flowers.

To this saucer, I've added a small glass coaster and large pillar candle.

The typical plate rack display.  This plate is my favorite and is a keeper.

I found an inexpensive tea cup to add to this saucer.  I think they make
a cute couple, but they are definitely not on the same level socially.

And last of all, I've added a glass votive cup and candle.

  I could sell them as they are on Etsy ~ somewhere out there are the
missing teacups.  But without their pattern names, I have no idea of their real value.
So what do you think?  Any advice is appreciated.
Linking with
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
I Love Pretty Little Things for Friday Pretties
At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday


Trisha said...
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Trisha said...

Have you ever seen the cute birdfeeders that people make with plates? You could even add a mismatched cup or leave it as is. Can't wait to see what you come up with!


Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

They're so sweet! Maybe some kind of collage? I just don't think you could go wrong, no matter what you do!

Sandi said...

WOW lucky you! Those are gorgeous little saucers! I would probably use them for votive candle holders of some sort. They are gorgeous!!!!

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

I would have bought them too. They are so Pretty!!! i can't wait to see what you end up doing.
Thanks for being a part of my Friday Pretties. Very, very Pretty!

Ginny said...

I vote for the votive cup and candle, I think it shows off the saucer the best. Nice find.

A Few Pennies said...

Those are gorgeous! You could also super-gorilla-glue some of them onto glass candlestick holders or paint some old wooden candlestick holders and glue them---makes sweet little display stands for candles, birdies, candy, etc, etc.

Susan said...

I agree with Trisha. The cute birdfeeders made with china saucers are precious. You could set up an assembly line to pop out a good many in one block of time.

Mimi said...

A really dear friend of mine gave me a beautiful Haviland saucer with a handmade (from France) soap. I still use it today in my guest bath. But only really special soap!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Cindy, there are so many ways they could be used. I do love the bird feeder idea but then you have to find more teacups. I also like the votive idea too. They are all pretty!~Hugs, Patti

Vintage Home said...

Cindy ..these are so beautiful..when I first came on your page I thought they where hanging as how about hanging them all together tightly as a collage?.....I really like all your ideas too can you miss with looks like these!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I liked your first photo where you could easily see all the lovely patterns. Your easel display is so pretty too! Amazing how many patterns there are! I have saucers hanging with plate hangers in my nursery, bedroom, and bath.

Wanda Metcalf said...

all the above!! Sorry that's not a conclusive answer but they are all good!! Really good. I love the soap dish and bird feeder idea and the very first picture with the lavender candle.

Good Luck!

Melissa said...

hi- i'm new here from pretty little things and a very happy new follower!

i have collected soo many gorgeous little saucers sans cups since moving to england from australia...& we use them for cup cakes...
i cannot tell you how much people adore them...
they look so inviting in the kitchen...smell gorgeous...& a THE perfect size...
tea party perfection...have a may not want to sell them!

melissa x

Faye said...

I don't think I could part with any of them! I like what you have done with them and I'm sure they will sell well! Maybe I will even pick one up!

GardenofDaisies said...

They are ALL so pretty! I'm sure whatever you decide to make, they will be gorgeous. My favorites choices let the floral design to show as much as possible. Have you seen the chandeliers and lamps that people make with mismatched cups and saucers? These could be really pretty in a project like that.

Anonymous said...

Cut out cardboard circles to fit in the centers, pad them with batting and cover with a pretty piece of fabric and lace or a piece of fabric with a flower in the center that matches the plate. Glue onto the saucer, add a bit of lace or cording around the edges, a bow and they're ready to hang by someone lucky enough to purchase one!!
Hugs, Diane

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Such beautiful little saucers!! I love the idea of a dainty soap on them with a little ribbon- so sweet! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Sunny said...

Goodmorning! Your blog is beautiul. The plates are so pretty...maybe making a lamp out of the pieces? I read your bio and admire your new steps! With God all things are possble. I am following your spot because I like it and we both have daughters ,21, in college..and you're another Ohio girl! Happy Pink Saturday! Sunny109

Gracie Jewellery said...

How can you part with them?! They are beauties. I like them in a plate stand and with the small votive. If they were mine, I would hang them in a group on a wall. If you were closer, I'd be buying them! Happy Pink Saturday!

♥♥ Willa ♥♥ said...

They are just simply so cute,no wonder you couldn't resist and ended up buying all of it!

Here is my Pink Saturday#1, as I'm joining PS for the first time.

Debbie said...

I love them. I nearly covet them...
My favorite application is with that plate rack, but that's mainly because I love that plate rack. I would love to see an entire table with them as the inspiration.

BTW, I loved your blog post about sprucing up old bird houses down below. I have some that I want to spruce. You gave me great inspiration.
I followed so I can find you to come back and get more.

Renegades said...

Those are pretty. What about grouping some of them and making them a wall grouping?

Julie said...

Beautiful! Happy Pink Saturday!

Lounging with a Latte said...

What an amazing find, they are all so pretty. I couldn't part with them. Perhaps just put 4 together and tie with a pretty ribbon. They will get snapped up whatever you do. Wish I could go to one of your Open Houses!

At The Picket Fence said...

Hi Cindy! I think all of the ways you showed to use these gorgeous plates are perfect! You presented such a great variety and I think folks will snatch them right up. :-) Thank you so much for linking this to Inspiration Friday this week!

Picket said...

Oh my word girl they are just so pretty to look at! No matter what you put on them they will be fantastic....thanks so much for coming by...hope you have a great weekend...Picket

Kay Ellen said...

I have a big stack of saucers..
I love to bring them out and set my Great Grandma's glass teacups with them...very pretty and you really notice the saucers so much more:)

Happy PS!!
Hope Spring comes for you soon!

Kay Ellen

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