Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Grandma's Teacups

The world of blogging is so amazing. Not so long ago, I was browsing a few craft blogs and stumbled upon a fabulous idea. I just had to give it a try.

{Teacup bird feeders.}

My first stop was to a local thrift store where I scoured the glassware section searching for the perfect teacup and saucer. This sparked memories of my great-grandmother's teacups.

Nannaw passed away years before I was born. I remembered boxes of teacups stashed away in my parent's basement. So I called my mom to have her dig them out. Through the years, Mom has helped me get to know my ancestors through their stories. Mom reminded me that Nannaw was in a bridge club with a group of ladies and that she remembered these ladies sitting around the table with their beautiful teacups drinking coffee. Even though they have sat in the basement for years, Mom couldn't bare the thought of me gluing these priceless memories together and put them in my garden!

Lucky for me, Mom also had a full set of dishes that were her mom's. And, the set included teacups! The more digging we did, the more teacups we found. We're not big on tea drinking, so Mom let me use them for this project. Each of the girls in my family got a treasured bird feeder for Mother's Day. A perfect way to remember our grandma!

Here's how to make your own backyard memory...
You'll need a cup and saucer. They don't have to match. Add a spoon for the perch. We used E6000 to hold everything together. The only other supplies you'll need is a 1/2 copper cap and copper tubing. Oh, and don't forget the birdseed! Since I was making these for my entire family, I bought in bulk which brought the final cost for these beauties down to around $6.00!

Be sure to check out Cap Creations for some extra details on gluing your creations together.

Once the glue has properly cured, place the copper pipe in an ideal viewing area and set the saucer on top. Fill the cup with water and the plate with bird seed. Now sit back and enjoy visits from the feathered community.

If you used your own family dishes be sure to share the memories that accompany them!


Lauri said...

How lucky am I to be one of Suni's generous recipients! LOVE my new bird feeder!!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Love your 'backyard memories'!
I have seen this project before too, you did a great job!

B's Mommy said...

Keep away from Sammie!! ;)
I adore this idea. Thank you for sharing.

Kaysi said...

What a great idea!! I love it!

Erin @ Crafts and Sutch said...

That is adorable! I'm stopping by from Life in the Pitts! :)

When you get a chance, swing by craftsandsutch.blogspot.com and take a peek at what I've been up to. :)

Have a super week!
Erin :)

Lanie Ree said...

Oh my, this is charming. I bet Frenchy from Le Chateau De Fleurs would love this. I am sending her the link.

Thank you for participating the Creative Therapy session at Life in the Pitts!

Lanie Ree said...

I am featuring this today :)


Cap Creations said...

It looks amazing! I really like how you've offset the cup. Great job! And thanks for the link love. Glad you could use the tutorial!

Haverford House said...

This teacup bird feeder is too cute! Great idea! Thanks for sharing! ~Marcy