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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Barratts, Songbird Teacups and Saucers

It's Time for tea!
The day after Stan left for France, I received a big package...

It was my Barratts, Ironstone "Songbirds"  cups and saucers made in England. I have enough time to find a little hiding place for them before he gets back...or I can invent a story that goes something like this..."Why these old things? I have had them forever!" I've told you before that I have nothing that matches blue. That's why I rarely use my wedding china. So how on earth can go about buying something else blue? But just look at these precious teacups. Look at the sweet songbird...


I just love this little vintage lamb planter. He has a....flaw on his bottom. No. I just couldn't use the word "crack" in that last sentence, but yes it's true.
I told myself, don't buy it with that big crack. I am so glad I didn't listen. You can barely see it and he is just darling, even with is imperfections! You'll giggle too...he was only $1.99.

I found my Barratt teacups on....drum roll....I am always telling everyone about it: shopgoodwill.com. Not crack, chip or anything. One saucer has a bit of crazing. I really do love them. I really should sell them....I don't want to. There are a total of 6 cups and saucers. NO ONE bid on them...except ME. $9.99. I am telling you. I had no choice. I keep thinking of the teapot that matches. There are a few on line!!! Somebody help me!!!!

 Bisous, Mes amies!!!

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75 comments:

  1. I LOVE your items!

    Your post made me giggle!

    Your teacups are to die for- you know I ADORE birdies too!!! : - )

    Awesome post.

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    1. Thank you, Michele!! It could be a little finch, couldn't it?? I just had to bid. I felt like they needed a good home. I say that, but have absolutely no place to put them lol!! Have you ever purchased anything, because you thought it was blog worthy? That's my new one now! :)
      Karen

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  2. Oh Karen, your tea cups are gorgeous! I love the design and the color is just beautiful :)
    And what a great tea pot and the lamp planter is definitely a cutie.
    Thanks for sharing, my friend.

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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    1. Thanks so much, Stephanie! I knew I could count on my blogging friend to make my guilt just vanish about these teacups! I couldn't have passed them up, right? Thanks for visiting!
      Karen

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  3. It's 3:00 o'clock according to your teapot - time for tea for sure! Let's sit a spell and relax!!! This is lovely!

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    1. Thank you so much Bernideen! I'd love to have a cuppa with all my blogging friends!
      Karen

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  4. I do not even use cups and saucers, but would have bought these just for the blue and white pattern with the bird. My husband has given up asking if we have always owned something. Don't crack jokes about the adorable lamb!

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    1. Stan probably wouldn't have paid any attention to the teacups themselves, but he would have noticed the box! :) You are so right, it was hard to resist the colors and pattern on these teacups. Songbird comes in green too I noticed. I had never seen this pattern before...I love it.
      Karen

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  5. I laughed out loud, when I read your post - the part about hiding them from your husband. I never really did that (sure!). However, sometimes I would put them "up", before he arrived home from work. Now, the joke is on me, because UPS does not deliver, until around 7:00 P.M. at my house. This is a long time, after my husband gets home. So funny! Love those teacups - anything with a bird on it speaks to my heart and the blue is such a pretty shade. We would have never know about the lamb's little issue, if you had not told us. He is adorable!!

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  6. You treated yourself to some lovely teacups, my husband would never notice. The clock and lamb planter are both sweet.
    Judith

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    1. Thanks, Judith! I am happy I bought them for myself. Now, I just need to use it all! Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Karen

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  7. Such a cute post! You sound like me! Of course you deserve them, what darling teacups! I think they are keepers!
    Nancy

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    1. Thank you! My problem is I find so many keepers that eventually somethings gotta give!! I am running out room :) Hope the rest of your week is great! Thanks for stopping by!
      Karen

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  8. What pretty teacups and such a soft blue. Who could resist such a good buy? I'm glad you bought them!! I love your little lambie, too.

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  9. Dear Karen,
    I am over the moon with your sweet little lamb and teapot. What a great, funny and fun post.
    And how about those pretty tea cups and cloche?
    Enjoyed it! Ruthie from: http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Ruthie! I am not matchy macthy but I thought some how it all worked?? Just stuff I liked!! I am glad I got that little lamb...even with his "crack" :)
      Karen

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  10. Oh, oh, oh, I love the teapot and lamb too. Especially that little clock on the front of the teapot. So special and I would love to have a cup of tea.

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    1. Thank you Judy! I got the teapot at World Market! I was there recently and they had more. I just had to have it!! Not sure if matches anything...but the teacups are English and white goes with a lot!! lol. I had to have it. Wouldn't it be fun to have a big "blogging friends" tea party! Oh the fun we would have!!
      Karen

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  11. Oh my goodness, such lovely teapot! I also adore the little sheep planter. Everything is so pretty here. Thank you sweet lady for your lovely and sentimental comment on my Anniversary post. Have a blessed week.
    FABBY

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    1. Thank you so so much, Fabby! I just love your blog and all your beautiful things! 38 years of marriage is amazing! So fun to be a small part of the celebration!
      Karen

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  12. Those are beautiful cups and saucers. I can't believe how delicate and gorgeous they are! xo Diana

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    1. Thanks, Diana! Let's have a tea party! I wish!!!
      Karen

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  13. Ah well, we do love our china don't we???
    Keep the cups. They are amazing! Really! The delicate blue coloring and those lovely birdies! *sigh*
    Enjoy them : )
    Hugs,
    terri

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    1. Thank you! I'll tell my husband Terri said so!! I do love them. The birds are so dreamy. Thanks for stopping by!!
      Karen

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  14. I am in love with that china ..The Cups are ahhhhhhhhhhh-mazing !!! love it all as always .. Great blog and post. Thanks for sharing your beautiful things with us.........Magazine worthy ..........Blessings Sherry @ The Rusty Pearl

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    1. Thank you darlinnnng!! :) My mom loved them too. She liked the ridges and soft color. You are too too kind!! Have a great evening!
      Karen

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  15. Your song bird cups and saucers are so pretty and sweet. I'm so glad you got them. Now go back and get the tea pot. I have to check out goodwill.com

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    1. Maggie...shopgoodwill.com is addicting. I love tableware & kitchen, clothing, antiques and holiday....yikes. I can browse for hours. I also bought a Michael Kors bag. :) It was better than I imagined it would be. Amazing things on there and 1,000 of new things every day. I can't be held responsible for any trouble you get int on there!!! Sipping can be very high, but it seems to be everywhere.
      Karen

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  16. I love the pearls coupled with the teacups. What a feminine, dainty feeling you've created here.

    XOXO,
    Meredith

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    1. Thanks, Meredith. I am usually not adding enough and like things too simple, so I really tried add a lot this time. Working on it :) Glad you liked the pearls!! Hope you are having fun and not doing any laundry today!! :)
      Karen

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  17. Oh, you so need the teapot! This is the prettiest pattern. I haven't gone on GW.com. Will have to check that one out. '-)
    I've found some great things at GW. Just today I brought home yet another heart shaped plate that is like some I've had for more than 20 years. Beautiful vignette with that sweet lamb.

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    1. Hi, Sarah!! Did you get a chance to check out shopgoodwil.com?? It is a lot of fun. The have a lot of amazing china in tablewares every day!!! You have to check out "New Today" and also things that Ending. Shipping can be high, but you can pick things up if it's near you as well. Tons of transferware form New York and Indiana all the time!! That is amazing that you found a heart shaped plate that matches some from over twenty years ago!! Isn't it fun?? I thought the teapot was fun...you know me. I'll keep it all. I am quite the hoarder these days! By the way...Stan is still in Albi. They are not telling his mother how bad it is, and even the doctors have agreed. I am not a fan of this secret keeping. I think she has the right to know. This once vivacious energetic woman is now on the couch all day. Stan says she is coughing a lot and has no energy. NO treatments have begun. I am having a hard with that. Today they got to Toulouse for an MRI. There appear to be lesions on her brain. I am so glad Stan is there to help hold down the fort. :(

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  18. J`adore votre tea pot !! MAGNIFIQUE!! Il a une tres belle forme!

    Bonne semaine!

    xxx MAria xxx

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    1. Merci, Maria! Tu es très gentille! (on peut se tutoyer ?) J'ai aime bien le tea pot toute suite. :) Merci de me rendre visite!! Bon vacances!!!

      Karen

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  19. Your beautiful setting makes me want to come over, sit down in a comfy chair, and visit, over a cup of tea and cookies!

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    1. I would love that!!! I wish you could!!
      Karen

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  20. Your tea cups are so beautiful...I love anything with birds...especially china. Thank you for sharing and have a great week.
    ~Clara

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    1. Thank you, Clara! There is a lot of china with flowers, right? But not a lot with birds. I just loved them :) Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate it!
      Karen

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  21. What a very lovely and elegant post. Love those teacups, you did well! I too would have bought that sweet lamb, with or without a crack....I mean flaw. :)

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    1. Thank, Diane! After doing this post (first time I have even had the lamb inside the house) was really happy that I did buy him. After all..$2!! :)
      Karen

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  22. I LOVE that pattern and haven't seen it often. I am a lover of blue and white, and that is such a pretty set! Lovely photos too!
    Ruth

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    1. Awww..thanks so much Ruth!! Very sweet!
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  23. What beautiful teacups! And I love the teapot, too! The whole table is so beautifully decorated! Perfect for a tea party!

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    1. Thank you, maria! I had fun with this. I love my new teacups!! I am really glad you stopped by!
      Karen

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  24. This is a beautiful post! Your teacups are a lovely delicate shade of blue.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I am so glad you like my teacups and post! I hope you having a great week!
      Karen

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  25. Your teacups are beautiful and the lamb planter is my very favorite. I love your style and your blog is bright and beautiful! Would love for you to come check out mine as well! I'm your newest follower!
    Jessica
    www.barefootbysea.blogspot.com

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  26. You make me giggle. Those cups and saucers are AMAZING. The bird makes them so precious. I can't believe no one else bid on those. I used to peruse Goodwill.com all the time but I have been slacking. I'll need to go and check them out. Seriously, great find. Do not sell them. Those are a must keep for sure. I hope the husband doesn't notice :)

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    1. Thank you, Amy! I do like them and think I’ll keep them. With the sweet bird, I think they are super unique!! I might just have to change up the colors in my house! ;) I have always like blue and white. Shopgoodwill.com can be dangerous. I bought a Michael Kors bag too. It's in perfect condition and I love it. I wish I had gotten that for $9 as well!
      Karen

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  27. The lamb planter is what caught my eye, and the whole post is lovely. You're right about the blue songbird teacups, and how could you not add them to your collection. Being partial to blue & white china, I think everyone needs some blue in their home, even if it just some lonely but sweet teacups.

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    1. Thank you, Kathy! I do love blue and white. I am thinking I'll be changing my colors up soon. I have a small house though and it's all open. Just bought a sage couch. Maybe I can make it work somehow. More white and less red?? :) I do need to stop though. My place is packed! lol
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  28. Lovely cups, Karen. They would make me want to sing, too! They are so "tweet!"
    Thanks, too, for stopping by my blog and commenting. Susan

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  29. Karen,

    Love the white lamb-he is so, so sweet! My parents raised sheep when I just a little girl. Sometimes they would have to bottle feed the little lambs and I just loved them!! Entire post is lovely! I like your new header too:)

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    1. Thank you, Jemma! Awww...bottle feeding little lambs. So sweet!!! I am gad you liked my new header....I wish I knew how to size it better. I hope you have a great day!
      Karen

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  30. What immensely pretty array of springtime perfect pieces. That cute little lamb planter is absolutely darling. Sweet, kitschy items like that are a firm favourite of mine, too.


    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Oh, thank you, Jessica! You are so sweet. Not sure how each object is connected (Big Ben and Lamb...) but I liked how it looked! Kitsch is great. You only live once, why not have some fun, right?
      Karen

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  31. Your teapot and teacups are so beautiful!.. Christine

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  32. Everthing is beautiful today on your post. I have a little lamp planter that I received when my son was born.

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    1. Thank you so much! What a sweet gift! I love that, because it was gift baby AND you. I hope you are having a good weekend so far!
      Karen

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  33. Beautiful cups and saucers ! Love the little lamb... Have a great weekend !

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    1. Thank you, Priscilla!!! I hope you have a great weekend too!
      Karen

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  34. Enchanting photographs of some beautiful pieces. Your tea looks so inviting, and I just love that Big Ben teapot. The soft blue teacups are really welcoming. You have such a beautiful blog.

    Karen

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    1. Awww! How sweet! I love the idea that I may have created something "enchanting" this makes my day! Thank you so much!! Have a wonderful weekend!
      Karen

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  35. What a neat teapot. I like the cups too. I cooect figural planters. Can't remember if I have a lamb or not. They are packed away right now.

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  36. I adore the little lamb he is just precious.. great price too!

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  37. Karen had a little lamb and his fleece was white as snow :) So cute!!!

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  38. Those cups and saucers are beautiful! I don't blame you at all for getting them and such a good buy!

    I love the little lamb - cracked or not!

    Judy

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  39. Oh my goodness my heart skipped a beat when I saw those beautiful cup and saucers... I would have bid on them as well. hugs ~lynne ~

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  40. Karen,

    Those cups are adorable! I love the blue and the I think your story is perfect!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  41. I have the same lamb planter! It held a flower arrangement that was sent to my mom when she had me 41 years ago! So funny to see it here! I guess it is vintage:-0

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    1. Awww! That's so sweet! It's a darling little lamb. We aren't vintage, but the little lamb is ;)
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