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.



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

jojo 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

adventuresindinner 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.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot 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 Cooper 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 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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