The Little French Prop Shop:
From Pressed Glass to Tea Pots with Cheese Boards in-between
I have an obsession, it’s simple, I cannot resist tea pots, pressed glass, pots, pudding basins, crockery, cutlery, silver spoons, mugs, cups, plates, knife rests, toast racks, sugar tongs, glassware, egg coddlers, pie moulds, basket ware, linens, casserole dishes, butter dishes, bowls, lemonade jugs………and so the list goes on! I have cut back on my collecting, and I’ve also sold lots of my assorted paraphernalia, but the need is still strong and I find it VERY hard to walk past a bric-a-brac shop, brocante, antique shop, car boot stall or any market where all of the above items are so blatantly on offer. I go through stages of collecting; it all started with tea pots – family and friends bought them for me and the collection grew and grew more than I could brew……then I started to collect toast racks, then spoons and cake stands, then it was egg coddlers and my current obsession is for blue and white crockery, revisited!
I am lucky enough that I have a house that can accommodate all of my finds, although, they do say you fill to your capacity and I cannot remember having quite as much stuff prior to moving here! But, my obsession has finally paid off, in a manner of speaking; since starting my blog two years ago I have discovered that I have a plethora of items for food props and styling. So now my champagne buckets, tea pots, sugar bowls, cake stands and jugs all have a place in my home, as well as my photos.
Today’s post is based on an idea that Janie, the author of the amazing Hedgcombers blog, had; she recently challenged a group of us to “Show and Tell” and share photos of our food props, so I went around the house clicking away and decided it was such a novel idea that I would share my photos here too. I did go a bit mad and took loads of photos, which I will share in The Little French Prop Shop gallery at the end of this post. Why French? Well, my props are mainly a combination of British and French, but as I have most of them in my home in France, where I am at present, it’s a French prop shop! Regular readers will recognise lots of the items I have photographed, as they appear in many of my food photos, so you see, I DO use all of my bits and bobs.
There is little more I can tell you about my addiction, other than to say that ALL of the booty that has been photographed are from second-hand shops, or are gifts from family and friends; I never pay a lot of money for any of them…….most of my pieces are “hidden treasure” that I have found lurking, unloved and dirty in boxes and tea chests. I hope you have enjoyed taking a peek into my world of kitchenalia! See you soon with some FRUITY new recipes, Karen
The Little French Prop Shop Gallery: