It's teatime at Catnip Studio, as I am experimenting with staging and props for Lollishops photos of one of my vintage broken china mosaic trays. This is my first real foray into multiple photo props, staging, and setting a theme, and I am certain that the staff at (InsertFamousName) Magazine have got it easy! After all, they have shelves and shelves and shelves (a warehouse, I'm sure) of marvelously good, and organized, treasures in every color, texture, and shape under the sun. I have.....my home with a decades-blended, eclectic mix of countrypersianformaltraditionalenglishfrenchcottageretro stuff!
The pale blue and white brocade-looking background is new wrapping paper, ever-so-artfully hanging by shoving the roll behind a wall mirror and draping the paper down the wall and over the table below. I like it, I think, but it did have a shiny finish that was awkward to photograph, so I don't recommend it.
I used my old teapot, a sentimental favorite that I have never used for tea. Along with the matching sugar and creamer (not shown), I display them because they are pretty. Once in a great while I polish them, as I did for these photos. Really, I did.
I married the Hazel Chintz demi-cup and saucer from antique stores. The pinky lavender floral teacup set below was my grandmother's. I prefer the photos with the Hazel Chintz, but I suspect some would prefer the lighter cup. The tea in the cups is watered-down soda pop, as I wasn't motivated to make tea I wasn't going to drink.
I added a silver spoon, a vintage doily masquerading as a lace napkin, and tea cookies.
I put everything away after I snapped the photos, and before I had loaded them up to get a better look. And, of course, I noticed things that I would have done differently, like the arrangement of the cookies resting below on the teacup's saucer. And not using the crocheted potholder under the teapot (can't put my finger on why, just wish I taken some shots without it, for comparison). I would love to know what you think!