Thursday Thrifty Treasure Week 10 – Not Your Mom’s Mug Tree

It’s Thursday and time for another edition of Thursday Thrifty Treasure.  Do you remember those mug trees our moms kept in the kitchen next to the percolator when we were growing up?  When is the last time you heard the term percolator?  Well this TTT isn’t about a mug tree or a percolator.  I know you are sighing a relief.

Cups 2

I love cups and have a bit of a collection but displaying them in unique ways is a challenge.

World market drying rackWorld Market

As I looked in my pantry one day I spotted my three tier wire glass drying rack from World Market.  Inspiration struck.  My collection includes a lot of blue and white cups and mugs.  You probably already suspected that since I don’t hide the fact that blue and white is my absolute favorite color combination.  So I pulled the rack out of the pantry and started getting all my blue and white cups together.

Blue Willow Pitcher

As I was hunting down all the blue and white cups in my house I remembered having a small blue willow pitcher.  It would be perfect to go on top.  I found it and placed it on a small plate which gives the pitcher the stability it needs to sit on top.

Blue WIllow Pitcher with knifes

The little pitcher looked unfinished so I added some silver plate knives from my stash of silver.

Cups 1

Then I started adding cups to the drying rack.  I’m not sure my collection is large enough to fill the top two tiers of the rack with 10 different cups.  Let’s see.

cups and creamers

No, my collection wasn’t quite large enough so I used a blue and white creamer and I am always on the look out for more blue and white cups.

Cup drying rack 1

The drying rack sits on my kitchen counter and delights me every time I look at it.   I think you would agree this isn’t your Mom’s mug tree.

 Collections are always a quick and easy decorating idea the trick is finding a unique way of displaying it.   All of the cups and the creamer were thrifted except the fragile looking cup in the foreground of the photo above.  It belonged to my Mom.

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PS  World Market still has the three tier glass drying rack available for $14.99.  (This is not a sponsored post.)

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  1. Sharon I love it soooo much. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

  2. I love the rack with the blue transfer ware. Beautiful! XX Jo

  3. That looks beautiful! And I love this as a way of displaying some of a collection, instead of hiding everything away. Thanks for linking up at Vintage Bliss Tuesdays! Jo

  4. Your blue and white collection is lovely. I have the same rack and also use it for mugs!

  5. I like your clever use of a bottle drying rack…..thanks for sharing it at the Make It Monday Linky Party!

  6. super cute way to display your treasures love it

  7. distresseddonna says:

    The drying rack is perfect to display the blue and white collection. Definitely not my mother’s mug rack! Thank you for sharing at Make It Monday.

  8. I love keeping teacups and mugs on my French Bottle Rack – love your blue willow – looks gorgeous – I will be featuring your post in this week’s Home and Garden Thursday,

  9. I always find those wood mug trees. I like this one much better. Thanks for sharing @ TTF.


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