If you don't mind my being nosy, where do you stand on collecting orphaned teacups? For most of my life, I have been firmly against them. We tea lovers have a hard enough time finding places for all our teacup-and-saucer sets and teapots without adding a pile of singleton teacups to the mix. But ... this one was so beautiful! It was $3 at What's in Store, the wonderful little thrift store near my office. I bought this teacup last year not knowing quite what I'd do with it, one of those rare too-pretty-to-leave-it items.
And then I came across the wonderful article "Alluring African Violets" in the new issue of Country Gardens magazine. Is that not just the loveliest display of violets you've ever seen? The African violets in the article are mostly miniatures, but what a great way to use those pretty orphaned teacups.
The lone violet I currently own is not blooming, but I have been inspired to try rooting a new one in water, just as I used to do years ago when I was really good at growing African violets. (But before I changed my tune on collecting orphaned teacups, alas!)