I am a very thorough person. When I do something it is 110%, I have always been like that. Now that can be a good thing but it can also be a little aggravating, to me. If I see a picture of something that I really, really like I will search everywhere to find it. With the internet that is a possiblility. There is not much you can not find.
Last year I saw some teacups ( as you know one of my obsessions) in Country Living Magazine. There they were, 12 of them sitting on a shelf in a country kitchen. They were yellow with a little bluebird on the front and a scalloped edge (I love scalloped edges). They did not list anyone who made them. Well, that did not stop me. After about a week of searching I discovered they were from Anthropologie. Now, I, like my daughter-in-law, adore Anthropologie, but once they have an item in if you don't buy it there are no more. I searched for months and only found two, sold by different sellers, on ebay. I missed out on both, which by the way, sold for over $25.00 each. I had pretty much given up on my yellow teacup ( I only cared if I had one ). Then, lo and behold, I gave it one last try a few months ago and there they were, four of them.
I was so thrilled. I saw that the seller shipped only in the U.S. Now that has happened before and when I e-mailed they were more than happy to ship to Canada. I sent an e-mail and after 2 days had no response. No one had bid and there were 2 days left. I thought that I would put a bid in and surely someone would either outbid me or if not the seller would either ship them or relist. Well, I was the only bidder and tried to contact the seller about the shipping. After 2 more days the seller sent me a not so nice e-mail about not shipping to the Canada. Now on ebay you cannot retract a bid that is up to the seller. After apologising and offering to let her relist or sending them to a U.S. address( very kindly offered by one of my followers) she sent the cups. The total cost of four was $42.00 including shipping!
The day arrived and my lovely cups were finally here. I opened the container and there they were. Just as beautiful as I thought they would be but unfortunately the awful encounter with the seller had taken some of the thrill away for me. I still love them but I wish getting them had been a little nicer.
While searching for the original pictures from Country Living Magazine for this post I came across some other teacups that I have fallen in love with.
I clicked the image to see who made them and you won't believe it. They are from Anthropologie. Damn you Anthropologie! You have me hooked again!
Just a quick note.. Many have asked about the artist of the dog prints in my kitchen. He is Stephen Fowler and his Etsy shop is Gemini Studios.