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est. 2007
  1. Birdy pick of the week: Upcycled vintage tea cup and saucer

    With just days until the London 2012 Olympics begin, I’ve decided to take Wee Birdy back to its origins and bring you the Best of British (and London) for the next few weeks. It’s no secret that I miss London terribly and it’s taken over two years to be able to blog about London without dissolving into fits of despair and homesickness, despite the fact that Australia is my native country. I have an embarrassing amount of London-based material (wee gems! souvenirs! must-eat dishes! favourite shops!) that has never seen the light of day, so I’m really excited about revisiting the place that inspired me to start blogging in the first place.

    I was hoping that I’d be back in London to cover all the excitement during the Olympics (in terms of culture, style and shops, naturally) but I’ll just have to blog my little London-loving heart out from Sydney instead. Having said that, if any fabulous British company would like to sponsor a Wee Birdy for the Most Awesome Tour of Britain, you know who to call.

    To kick off the Festival of British Awesomeness, this week’s birdy pick comes from West-Londoner Melanie Roseveare, who is the Canadian-born designer behind Melody Rose. Melanie takes long-forgotten vintage tea sets and gives them her signature make-over, using her own ceramic decal designs and re-firing them in the kiln. The pieces naturally lend themselves to decoration, but they are also functional and are hardy enough to be used every day.

    The ‘Bird and Nest’ design is part of the Urban Nature collection and features a surprise nest on the inside of each cup. The cup and saucer sets are available in pink, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and amber.

    Upcycled Bird Design vintage teacup and saucer, £28 from Melody Rose.

    • Miss Polly

      The tea cup and saucer are gorgeous! Looking forward to the next weeks. Do you know if they all ship to Australia or if there is a service like HopShopGo that mails British purchases to Australia.

    • Melanie

      Hi Miss Polly,
      Just to let you know that you order online at http://www.melodyrose.co.uk and they will ship happily to you in Australia.
      All the best

    • Rochellemara

      These are beautiful!! What talent!

    • http://indiechicboutique.wordpress.com/ Jessica

      These are so pretty! I love the idea of remaking vintage tea sets!

    • Jayde~Little Paper Lane

      i LOVE these!! so gorgeous!!

    • http://livplusdaveequals.blogspot.com/ Liv Lundelius

      These are gorgeous! You can always come and visit London! I actually can’t wait to move to Sydney.
      Though I do see good things in London and have friends here and it’s the place I met Dave , I think living here in the long term doesn’t feel right.
      But I always still miss NYC maybe that’s like your London. a place I had to leave before I was ready.
      This time I am ready to move and love your site for Sydney research. X