I took these photos a couple of months ago after I saw a similar post on another blog; my teapot collection, along with some cream & sugar sets.
I use all my teapots over the course of the year (with a couple of exceptions) so they earn their 'keep'. Each becomes the favorite at different times during the year; some are prettier to look at and others are just fun.
Another view of my pretties. There are also a couple that are no longer usable because they've cracked and there are a few that I haven't used yet for one reason or another.
I found this cutie at Goodwill a couple of years ago. This is an example of a teapot I haven't used - the opening is very tiny and would be challenging to wash but so sweet and colorful, I enjoy putting in on my Easter table.
The teapot behind it is a cat, a hand-me-down from a friend. I've used it a few times but noticed a large crack inside last time I was washing it out. (and it looks a little creepy in the photo below)
I have yet to put tea into the silver set either, though by it's shape it does appear to be a coffee pot. It was a very exciting day for me when I found this entire set at Goodwill. (I was hoping the tarnish on the tray wouldn't be obvious in the photo, I was wrong) I'm sure it's food safe but when a teapot goes into rotation it gets used daily for about a month, I don't see that happening with this one.
The pot holding the flowers is probably also a coffee pot but it was purchased as a hot chocolate pot.
This is my very first set and one of my first teapots, a gift from a friend. She said that she & her daughter usually choose teapots that have feet, like this one. (they also gave me the matching tea & toast set) This one has been used only a few times; a small top opening and gold trim means that it won't go into the regular rotation. The shape of the tray is lovely, as is the pattern of the china.
A recent addition to the line up. I learned last year that I'd be inheriting my grandmother's Dessert Rose dishes so I picked up these pieces at a local antique shop. I plan on adding to this set as space allows. Though I don't use salt & pepper shakers (I prefer fresh ground) only one of my grandmother's shakers survived so I'll be looking for another one. Fortunately, there's a lot of Dessert Rose in antique stores so I should be able find additional places to replace those that are too chipped and/or cracked to use.
This set is from Pier 1, the color and lace design were too irresistible for me to pass up. I got six dessert plates and the cake stand, too. I'm glad I did because it's now discontinued. It's a set that can be easily combined with my everyday stoneware.
As you can probably tell, this isn't really a 'set' but it works for a fresh, blue & white table setting. The teapot was a clearance shelf find @ Bed Beth & Beyond and the ironstone cream & sugar a GW find.
Again, not really a set but it works. The teapot was a garage sale find, I think it's Princess House. I've not used it but there's really no good reason. Most teapots have a somewhat obvious 'season' when I look at them but this one hasn't 'spoken' to me yet. Perhaps I'll put it into use during the summer for steeping leaves for iced tea. I don't recall where I got the cream & sugar set, it has a tulip design in the formed glass.
This set is from Home Goods, still hoping I can find the sugar bowl. It looks very sweet on my grandmother's tablecloth with a similar pattern. I also found a matching tea strainer and tiny bowl at an antique store. This does get put into rotation but cautiously because of the gold trim.
The pumpkin teapot got used in October until it developed a crack so now it's just a decorative piece. I really don't have storage space for something that can't be used, might be time for it to find a new purpose in life.
The witch's boot was a GW find last year and I hope to find the rest of the set somewhere. I think the top of the sugar bowl got put on the tea pot, it just doesn't fit quite right. This fun teapot got used a lot during the Halloween season last year.
The apple teapot was a clearance table find and perfect for the back to school tables. It's okay but the spout was not formed correctly so I have to make sure I put the drip catcher on it when I use it. Since it was one of the first, it's endured quite a bit of use and is starting to show it.
When I saw this on Etsy, I knew I had to have it (also the price was right). It's a bit bigger than most of my others and hasn't yet made it into regular rotation. I've seen another thatched roof set but never just the cream & sugar alone. I'll keep looking.
I actually had the F&F cream & sugar years ago but no teapot. I found the snowman teapot at Home Goods 2 years ago (?) and the snowman creamer from GW. None of it matches but that's okay. I really enjoy that happy snowman.
A somewhat awkwardly cropped photo to show you the Portmierion and the Sprinkle (red w/white polka dots) teapots. The Portmierion was a gift from a friend who was moving and decided it needed a new home. This came with a matching clock and salt & pepper shakers. The Sprinkle teapot was a impulse purchase when I wanted something red for my Valentine's table. Eventually, I bought some matching ramekins when they went on clearance. I recently tried to get the cream & sugar but no one has them in stock, though I do see them on ebay.
If you'd have asked me five years ago if I'd ever have this many teapots I'm sure I would have said absolutely not. Time has a way of changing one's perspective on things.
Time for a cuppa - something herbal and comforting. Thanks for stopping by to and I hope you enjoyed this little tour.
Etiquette tip - when someone asks you to pass the salt or the pepper, remember to pass both because 'they're married and always travel together'. It's also considered impolite to season your food before you taste it.
Sometimes we're not aware of our own etiquette faux pas, so when a friend asks you if there's something they should be aware of and if you think they can handle it, be honest and let them know. It may be uncomfortable in the moment but they'll probably thank you. You never know when that little tip will help them land a job or get a promotion.