Let's start from the beginning. I had the old chandelier light from the dining room that we took down.
It wasn't anything pretty to look at with its antique brass and frilly glass globes. So down it came and got replaced by a far cooler light. However, I saved it, thinking I'd someday repurpose it.
Then I saw some chandeliers redone with teacups as planters and one that used all red teacups - it was gorgeous! and an idea was born.
I thought it would be fun to use different teacups so I begin looking for different ones. I mostly found ones with flowers on them, a couple of red glass ones, then finally one with a bird on it. But not enough that were unique.
Those red glass ones were so pretty. Now, I wanted all glass teacups so the light would shine through them. So I began looking...
I first thought all red but couldn't find 5 red ones. Then one time in Canton, I came across a booth with many different colored teacups...greens, yellows, pink, clear. I bought a green one and a gold one to go with the red ones I had. I thought a blue one would be pretty but couldn't find a single one. The next day, we went downtown to shop and success at an antique store! It was a little more than I wanted to pay but I bit the bullet and bought it.
I was so happy! I finally had 5 different glass teacups and could make my chandelier. Then disaster struck! As I was walking into the house, the bag I thought I was securely holding, slipped out of my hand and onto the tile floor. Crash! The only thing that didn't break was the saucer. I might have shouted a bit and definitely shed some tears. All I could do was pack the other cups away and wait for my next trip to Canton.
That trip was the hot one in August but happily I found another blue cup (as we were walking towards the car) and got this one back in one piece. Whew.
Here's a close-up of all the cups:
|the 2nd blue one|
|red - there are two of these|
I really love how it turned out. The different colors are perfect for my porch and are a bright spot during the day and the glow of candle light is perfect at night. I'm looking forward to Fall evenings on the porch under the candle chandelier!