Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Suitcase Theater

I thought I would have fun incorporating some russet tones in my post today in imitation of the August covers of Victoria.

One of Victoria's attractions to me has always been the depth of detail you get in the photos.

So I gathered up some of my more Victorian era possessions to highlight together.

Near the top of the list would be my Royal Albert Old Country Roses teacups in the Soft Pink Lace pattern.

Their lively design with roses all over sets just the tone I am going for.

I have been wanting to share them for a teacup post before, and never found quite the right setting until now.

A suitcase vignette is such a perfect theater for showcasing smaller related items in an interesting way.

It's a fun shop display technique, but there's no reason not to give it a try in a powder room, a dresser top, or any place you have available to enjoy the contents at close range.

Like a centerpiece, you can alter the arrangements to match the seasons.

We probably all have more items to display than we have space, and rotating collections gives us an opportunity to enjoy and admire something new on a regular basis.

Even sewing or crafting supplies are often too lovely to be hidden away, as we saw with all the creative ways such items were displayed in the recent Where Bloggers Create posts.

I had forgotten these pretty book name plates I had hidden in a drawer.

And I have oodles of interesting keys to display! You likely do too.

I hope you have some fun with your displays!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Ciao! for now!


I'm joining Victoria--A Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life
Teacup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
and Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life

You won't want to miss these fun blog parties!


A Cottage Muse said...

Stunning! I am on my way to the shop today to fluff up my suitcase displays ~ thanks for the inspiration!

Mary said...

This is so dreamy~ I want to climb right in and touch everything & ooh & ahh! I'm wild about those book plates...everything is lovely, lovely, lovely!

Kathy said...

This is a marvelous post. Amazing that you, myself and Sherry did similar but different things. You did a fantastic job with your suitcase filled with treasure! That's a beautiful way to display collectibles. I too rotate things - like finding old friends.
I always enjoy your posts - you have a gift in display and writing,
Thanks for joining me this week at A Return to Loveliness,

Werna Gail said...

I stop by your blog often but do not always take time to leave a comment. This is such a pretty rose pattern, my pastors motherinlaw has the whole set, it is really something to see all layed out together.

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

I love my past issues of Victoria magazine and look through them often. I also miss the August issues that used to be published, they were so full of ideas and great pics. Have a wonderful day my friend, T

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

All I can say is, "JUST BEAUTIFUL" and I am lovin' the bookplates!!!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I love coming to see your photos. You have such beautiful style. You group treasures that I would never think of putting together, and it always looks so pretty. This suitcase grouping is no exception. As I scrolled through the post, I couldn't wait to see the next treasure you were going to show. Thank you for all of the inspiration. laurie

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

A beautiful post ... love that little heart shaped key!

The Blackwood Cottage said...

Absolutely all treasures! :o)

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Very pretty, and so creative! I love the Old Country Roses china. So lovely mixed in with the vintage items. You definitely have a great eye for vignettes.

Anonymous said...

beautiful post and love the photographs. isn't it amazing how tea and Victoria magazine go so well together? I think the timing of the Victoria Party and all the tea parties in blogland on Tuesdays is perfect.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

your post really an inspiration to me! love how you play with the pretties! Victorian Mags, never fail us just like Royal Albert teacups!

Marie said...

Luv your suitcase display! Isn't Victoria magazine great??? I used to be a subscriber before they discontinued it, but I don't think this second time around is as good.
Stopping by from Tea Cup Tuesday.

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hello :) This was such a beautiful post, and the vignette you put together is just stunning! Your Royal Albert teacup is truly gorgeous!!

Happy Tea Tuesday!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda


Thanks for showing this post, I will need to go get my magazine..........and do a post on suitcase displays.............Have a great day. HUGS MARY

Sherry said...

Oh, that is beautiful! It looks like it belongs in a store window. Such loveliness!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! I love old suitcases. The are so much neater to me than the modern day ones. Acutally, a lot of vintage stuff is neater to me :-) Great pictures too!!

~ Alex

Anonymous said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Your suitcase vignette is absolutely beautiful!! Everything looks so dreamy together!
Wonderful post!!
Have a great day.

Cindy in Albuquerque said...

Ah! The jar of shells I liked so much in your store on Sunday! I love this. I actually have a wonderful little dressing case that I've never thought of displaying open. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing the idea with everyone and for the lovely photos

Marydon said...

So romantic & delicate your presentation of your collections. I love your vignettes.

Have a beautiful summer day ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

I think I could almost just sink into the pages of the lovely Victoria magazine. Such rich colors! I have a decoupaged suitcase I sometimes put little vignettes of this and that in. Your photos are, as always, truly beautiful.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word. This is stunning. I love everything in your vignette and you've put it all together so beautifully. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

The Tablescaper said...

Just beautiful. Vicotria provides so much inspriation, it's hard to believe it was out of print for a couple of years.

- The Tablescaper

Vintage Home said... good job...really fabulous job!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You always create such beautiful vignettes.

Sue said...

Your own photos look as if they were pulled right out of Victoria magazine! So pretty and romantic...
~ Sue

Terri said...

Your Old Country Roses trio is so pretty! I love that pattern. And your photos look just beautiful.

Princesa Nadie said...

I have got that lovely tea cup too!It's one of my prefer
You have made a charming post
Having a tea with you has been a pleasure

Cindy said...

Beautiful!!! I lOVE those book plates! I am just in love with your blog and your photos. I am NOT in love with missing posts because I am back in school....but what can I do? I signed a contract....

Visiting your blog and viewing your lovely photos are like taking a "small vacation" while sitting in my recliner. Very calming.. after dealing with 5 year olds all day! Thanks for sharing!

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