Sunday, July 10, 2011

Keep It Small


My exploring this past week

unearthed another ironstone soup tureen to add to my collection.

The price was right ($15),

it was from Pottery Barn,

and it was



I also fell in love with the detail.


I have a fresh, new philosophy on managing a collection.

Keep it small.
Keep it selective.

I love my new collection of soup tureens because

I can


each one and enjoy its special lines and shape.


Each one of these was a thrifty treasure.




I realize most people

might think a collection of

7 ironstone soup tureens



a small collection,


by my previous standards

it is…

(true confession)




seven makes me love them more.

Just remember.

Keep it small.

Keep it selective.



Linking to Rhoda’s
Thrifty Treasures.



Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

They certainly make a lovely statement simply grouped together like that, with nothing else to draw the eye away. Sometimes collections can get too crowded ... something I am all too aware of because I have a real problem with being selective sometimes. :/ Have a great week! Tammy

Dixie said...

I look for them but I never seem to find them! I know you found one at Glory B's! One of these days...

have a wonderful week. Dixie

joanne said...

I love your display and all the lovely detail on each tureen. I rarely see them when I'm out thrifting but I will pick it up if I do. I have a few but most of them are missing the ladle. great find!

Karen said...

Love it, Laura! I need to remember these guidelines when I'm buying another punch bowl.
Ladybug Creek

Sue said...

Laura, I love, love your new tureen! I have a small collection of whites- ironstone and otherwise, so this is right up my alley! They look lovely displayed in your china cabinet. :-) Sue

Unknown said...

So lovely. You've put together a gorgeous vignette.

Darla said...

Looks like simple elegance to me.

Honey at 2805 said...

Beautiful and elegant, Laura! Have a lovely week!

Theresa said...

Beautiful new addition to your small collection:) Love the detail, leaves me smiling! Have a blessed day dear Laura, HUGS!

Entertaining Women said...

A collection of creamware/ironstone is on my wish list. Your tureens are wonderful. I can see a luncheon for a large group...or a small wedding reception using them as centerpieces. Gorgeous in my mind's eye. Thank you for sharing them. Cherry Kay

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Laura, I love your collection. I too have a white soup tureen collection & enjoyed it so much. Thanks for linking up your treasures!

Marigene said...

Beautiful tureen...I have several, myself...always on the lookout for another to add to my collection.

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

I like their shapely forms too!
Who'd of thought of collecting them? Go figure.
We each have our own thing...
my collection is dust!


Sarah said...

Good advice, Laura. I like the look of all white ironstone on your shelves. It makes one focus on the form and details. Absolutely lovely! ~ sarah

Olive said...

That tureen is a fabulous find. You are so right about keeping it small. I need to write that on my left hand on Saturday's when I go to estate sale and garage sales!

Pondside said...

You are so very right! Sometimes our collections begin to won us!

trash talk said...

No...two (which is what I have) would be a small collection...but I'm working on it!
Funny thing...I feel the same way about friends.

Kathryn Griffin @ thededicatedhouse said...

From your newest the tureen. Found you on Southern Hospitality. BTW, I'm a blue and white gal as well. Stop by for a lookie if you get a chance.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Great collection and I love your philosophy on collecting also. Sometimes less is more!

Lisa said...

I so agree Laura! Your collection is beautiful and unique.

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

I so agree ... keeping collections managable and smaller. Your soup tureens are fantastic.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Your collection is beautiful! I think that you're able to appreciate your collection since you can really see each piece.


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