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July 10, 2011

Thrifting Craft Mystery – A Little Help?

Filed under: Crafts,Thrifty Finds,Whatzit — Laura R @ 11:05 AM

Just a week or so ago someone posted about picking up tea or coffee saucers and not the cups. She had a brilliant use for them and we all said “why did I not think of that.” Of course at the time I had no way to get out to do any thrifting so I allowed it to float to the dark corner of my mind.

The opportunity arose and I was in a local Goodwill store and spotted this.

Would you have bought this?
The parts not covered in tape are sparkly and delicate in appearance.
Of course there was no way of identifying a maker.

I looked for a while to see if there were any matching cups or other dishes.
And of course I remembered that someone had recently  posted a wonderful idea for the stray saucers.  I am hoping you (my brilliant readers) can remember who, when, where and remind me.


 They are pretty in their own right and even if only used under a tealight candle will sparkle and add beauty to a tablescape.

And they are not a fine china or a special name.
(click photos to enlarge)

But if I have a candle burning on them or glue them to a pedestal or candle stick base no one will see that.

So- please refresh my memory and tell me who recently talked about orphaned saucers

or leave your own ideas of projects in the comments.
I really will appreciate it and then when anyone asks why did you spend $1.49 on those (there are 6) … I will have more than one great answer.


Linking up to these great parties:


The Penny Worthy Project 
Flea Market Finds 
Cherished Treasures Sunday Blog Love 
Sunday Linky Party at Petite Hermine
Not Baaad Sunday at Lamb Around
Nifty Thrifty Things Sunday
Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes 
Magpie Monday  

Today’s Thrifty Treasures  

Thrift Share 
Mod Mix Monday 
Centsational Girl’s Yard Sale link-Up 
Creative Blogger party at Homemaker on a Dime 
DebbieDoos Newbie Party (because I don’t have a lot of subscribers)

WP is giving me a hassle with links – it wants to link all the parties to same URL even though I clearly put in spaces. NOT cool WP! 

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday 
Twice Owned Tuesday 
Anything Related 
Rook No. 17 A Little Birdie Told Me

Wednesday Link Party at Tea Rose Home
Whatever Goes 
Would You Buy It Wednesday 

Share the Love Wednesday



  1. oh those are LOVELY I don’t remember who did the tealights but I love the idea! Thanks for linking up to the Penny Worthy Project 🙂 what kind of farm do you have?

    Comment by laura — July 10, 2011 @ 1:06 PM

  2. Under plant pots on the windowsill, or with earrings/small change etc by the bed is what mine usually get used for, but candles too. Those are pretty.

    Comment by Faith Hope and Charity Shopping — July 10, 2011 @ 4:56 PM

    • Now I am thinking to maybe pair them with votive candles or shot glasses…

      Comment by DogsMom — July 10, 2011 @ 5:32 PM

  3. Those saucers are very pretty! 6 for $1.49 is a great deal-reason enough to have gotten them:) I was going to suggest the plant saucer idea as well, or use them for place card holders-maybe with the guests name on a card nestled among some chocolates. (I love chocolates!)

    I love pretty and inexpensive thrift store dishes-you definitely have a great find there!

    Comment by Valerie — July 10, 2011 @ 6:01 PM

  4. Well I am not that blogger but I can think of a few things you might could do with the saucers.

    Glue them onto smaller candle sticks for larger candles.

    Drill a whole in the center and run 3 fishing line through the hole that is attached to a washer on the underside. Hang them from a tree with bird seed in the saucer.


    Comment by Ames — July 10, 2011 @ 7:06 PM

    • Love the hang from a tree idea. They could hold bird seed or I set out orange slices now and then. They could hold battery candles hanging from a tree!

      Comment by DogsMom — July 10, 2011 @ 7:45 PM

  5. You and I saw the same post, but both of us are clueless! LOL You should consider going to the Horton show next year. Donna is planning on expanding it- there were so many more people this year. By 11am they had already doubled last year’s attendance numbers. How far a drive would it be for you? I definitely will be there! 🙂 Sue

    Comment by Sue — July 10, 2011 @ 8:36 PM

    • I does help to know that the post I am trying to remember actually exists.

      Comment by DogsMom — July 11, 2011 @ 7:50 AM

  6. Very pretty saucers. I hope you find the answer to your question, because I would like to know as well.

    Comment by tammylovesdishes — July 10, 2011 @ 8:45 PM

  7. I sympathize with your problem of finding a good idea you saw earlier. Good Luck!

    Comment by JSELEP — July 10, 2011 @ 10:46 PM

  8. Pretty things
    My finds are over at

    Comment by mumsarcade — July 11, 2011 @ 9:01 AM

  9. you rang my dear? an inquiry about my moose head on the wall…….it was made for me by a sweet local artist friend, and is completely formed out of french newspaper and wire! i can’t quite tell if you “get him” or don’t “get him” but he is a permanent fixture in the studio that will end up above my mantel one day I’m sure! 🙂 maybe it’s one of those things you need to see in person to love 🙂

    have a great day!


    Comment by knack — July 11, 2011 @ 10:09 AM

    • I am not sure either but “he” has a quality about him.

      Comment by DogsMom — July 11, 2011 @ 10:19 AM

  10. You know what I saw once that I thought was flippin brilliant. A Lady had taken tea saucers and old white glass knobs, guerrilla glued those bad boys right smack in the middle of the plate and hung them on the wall to hold her kitchen towels and such. I thought it was BRILLIANT! Infact I’m going to go do that right now. I had completely forgotten about that. And PS thank you for such a thoughtful comment on Friday it totally made my day!!:)

    Comment by Kari — July 11, 2011 @ 11:10 AM

    • Thank you!
      Even if I do not find the original idea that made me know I would regret not buying them, now I have another idea and may go in search of more. Or pull the ones from my cupboard that I never use…

      Comment by DogsMom — July 11, 2011 @ 12:10 PM

  11. Oh pretty saucers!

    Great idea about a hanging bird table – I like and might steal that!

    Thanks for linking up x

    Comment by Liz Burton — July 11, 2011 @ 11:18 AM

  12. sorry i can’t be of any help with the saucers, but they’re still so pretty!

    Comment by the cape on the corner — July 11, 2011 @ 1:05 PM

  13. Hello and thanks so much for visiting me today!!
    Your blog is awesome!! I wish I knew what someone did with saucers! I too feel like it is familiar, but I just can’t place what or where I saw!!!
    Good luck in your search!!!

    Comment by Daniella — July 11, 2011 @ 5:48 PM

    • I am linking up to a few more than usual parties and hope someone remembers. It was a brilliant idea, I tell you.

      Comment by DogsMom — July 11, 2011 @ 5:56 PM

  14. Very pretty saucers, I have seen where they have been glued to an iron rod and put in the garden with bird seed in them. Cindy

    Comment by Cindy — July 11, 2011 @ 9:36 PM

  15. You have me curious for sure! Good luck figuring it out. I love the saucers, and I would have probably picked them up too!


    Comment by myrepurposedlife — July 11, 2011 @ 9:56 PM

  16. Try the Shabby Nest, I think she is the one you’re looking for.

    Comment by Helpful — July 12, 2011 @ 12:32 PM

    • I appreciate this. My eyes are going buggy from looking at link up thumbnails from lots of parties for the last few weeks.

      Comment by DogsMom — July 12, 2011 @ 3:28 PM

  17. Try the Shabby Nest, I think she is the one you are looking for for your idea.

    Comment by Heidi — July 12, 2011 @ 12:33 PM

    • Still not finding it, but now I have the idea to turn them into light switch covers or mini clock faces.

      Comment by DogsMom — July 12, 2011 @ 3:29 PM

  18. I’ve read a blog that suggested using stray saucers as coasters.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 12, 2011 @ 1:19 PM

  19. wish you weren’t a no reply blogger, my friend! you left some great comments that i’d love to reply to, so thanks so much. glad you liked my new finds!

    Comment by the cape on the corner — July 12, 2011 @ 1:40 PM

    • This comes up ever now and again. I have both my blogger and WP accounts set up for email replies. I get email replies from a number of bloggers from all different venues (Blogger, WP, Typepad, etc) yet some, like you, get the msg that it is not set up. I’ve asked tech support and they only say that I have my setting correct. FRUSTRATING!

      Comment by DogsMom — July 12, 2011 @ 2:48 PM

  20. No idea on the saucers but I’ve enjoyed looking around your blog. That’s one incredible blog roll. Well done! Thanks for visiting me and taking the time to leave such a nice comment about my daughter’s house. Have a good rest of the week!

    Comment by Ann — July 12, 2011 @ 2:23 PM

  21. I have a few saucers I picked up because they were only $1 and pretty. Pretty sure I saw some display plate hangers for saucers at another antique store, so I keep looking for them. When I find those, I’ll be adding them to my vintage plate collection on the wall. They would be perfect to fill out some of those blank spaces.

    You could also use them as a dish to hold your keys, earrings, or other small items. I’ve done that before and it’s quite handy to know where your stuff is.

    As you mentioned, I’ve used them for candle holders or even to hold a couple of faux cookies or breads in a vignette. You’ll find lots of uses for them.

    Holly said to thank you for all the compliments you gave her and she hopes your dog collars turn out well!

    Comment by Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes — July 12, 2011 @ 3:13 PM

  22. I always pick up pretty saucers when I see them, mostly for corralling loose change or jewelry next to the sink in my kitchen and bathroom. Of course I also spray paint brass candlesticks and glue them to the saucers for little cupcake stands as well. 🙂
    Great find!

    Comment by Erin — July 13, 2011 @ 9:46 AM

  23. Hmmm, no clue as to who that was but love them and can’t wait to find out what you do with them!

    Thanks for linking up to my party 🙂


    Comment by Stephanie — July 13, 2011 @ 5:57 PM

  24. The Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop became the coolest party on the block because of your participation. Thank you!

    Comment by SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime — July 13, 2011 @ 11:18 PM

  25. Those saucers are indeed beautiful! I wish I could help solve the mystery and bring you closer to finding the post that inspired you originally, though. I’ve done the same thing so many times and it always drives me a bit batty.

    Do you have a Pinterest account? Although I’m normally a little shy to adopt new online commitments, joining Pinterest is one thing that I am so, so glad I did. Now, every time I see an idea that inspires me, I simply “pin” it to one of my boards. It’s an invaluable tool in situations like the one you’re describing.

    Thank you so much for linking up to “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17!

    Comment by Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 — July 18, 2011 @ 8:09 PM

  26. I love “little pretties” like that……keep us posted on what you end up doing!

    Comment by Rhonda — July 19, 2011 @ 9:51 AM

  27. Wow! I could not even guess about it)) Not bad.

    Comment by Dakota — August 25, 2011 @ 3:38 AM

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