I've decided that I really like dishes. Not sets of dishes, but odd, pretty, orphaned or unusual dishes. I like to use them for different things such as for their initial intended purpose, to hang on the wall or other decorative purposes, to use for drainage for plants, and to make china cup bird feeders.
I used the hint in my previous post, visited some thrift stores during the past week and hit the dish/cup table in several. I didn't spend much money in exchange for the joy they bring me. In one store, there was sale of $1.00 for all you can fit in a paper bag. Another store had a 50% off everything in the store..
House plant drainage dish.
I have a couple of ideas for the china cups and saucers. For one thing, they make beautiful bird feeders. I have asked my hubby to make some of them for me next Spring! I can't wait to see them amongst a bed of old fashioned Zinnias. Here are two blogs that have pretty pictures and instructions for making the teacup bird feeders: PLEASURES OF HOMEMAKING and STONE GABLE.
I also have an idea of displaying my favorite cups and saucers in the dining room with a table topper quilt or a lace table cloth.
Coffee Cups! A different one each day!
Plates to display or to use. The fruit one and the wheat one, especially lend themselves to Autumn decorating!
I like things that have character. Just a few are scrap quilts, odd orphaned dishes and old houses.