Collecting Small Things – A Favorite Thing

I’ve been working on a small china cabinet I have in my dining room. The shelves are small – not very wide, deep or tall. I usually display a few small soup for-one  tureens in it since that’s all that will fit. It’s one of those pieces of furniture that I loved when I got it but it’s been bugging me for a few years now because it’s so small.   I keep looking for a larger china cabinet that’ll fit in that spot but haven’t had any luck.

salt & pepper shakers


I was playing around with this little cabinet, decorating it for Christmas when I decided to  display my  collection of mostly vintage salt and pepper shakers on the top shelf….and I  LOVED  it.  Making that one little change gave me a whole new appreciation for my little cabinet and my little collection of shakers!

salt & pepper shaker collection

I filled one shaker with faux snow and put a green bottle brush tree in it. Topped off with a vintage brooch as a tree topper.


A couple of shakers were given to me a few years ago by a reader (thanks again Viola).

soup tureen

I’ve suddenly realized that this little cabinet is a perfect place to display all my “littles”.  I have more kitschy salt and pepper shakers, a few egg cups, demitasse cups,  lots of tea cups and a few vintage clocks ( I’m sure there’s more :) ) that I could display in this cabinet.

I’m linking to Claudia’s A Favorite Thing  which was going to be my salt & pepper shaker collection but now I’ll have to include my little cabinet too ( I’ll show all of it next week  after I finish adding a few Christmas touches).


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  1. Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Flea Market Makeovers says

    It looks great with your vintage shakers. Love the vintage tree topper…:-)

  2. Vee says

    And so you fall in love with your little cabinet all over again! The rest of us get rid of our little cabinet and wish it were back. This is a good thing to remember…don’t send things along too soon. I really enjoy seeing how you create a vignette.

  3. says

    Perfect place for your pretty collection. I have seen a lot of the pretty cut glass and pressed glass shakers, but I don’t need another collection. I will admire others’ . 😀
    Enjoy your weekend.

  4. says

    Oh my goodness…I LOVE this idea Manuela! What a great way to enjoy (and deal with) all those little beauties in our lives! Like you, I collect one and lonely salt/pepper shakers and they seem to be all over the place at times, this is such a pretty way to cluster them (and be able to find them easily…what a concept 😉 ) !

  5. Debbie says

    So pretty Manuela and clever.. I love your ‘ little’s crystal collection’… I have the same tall salt and pepper shakers too… your cabinet is darling… and I love the paper in the background too!
    Hmmm? Now, what can I do this fun???

  6. says

    What sweet petites! I like your display and find your collection simply wonderful. I have been finding s and ps while thrifting and have been snatching them up. I’ve been seeing some pretty little Christmas displays that have incorporated them into the design.
    Thank you for sharing, Manuela and thank you for your blog friendship.
    Carolynn xxx

  7. says

    Your collection of shakers is amazing! I’m always on the look out for glass ones without much luck so I am a wee bit green with envy over yours. LOL

  8. says

    Very nice place to display a collection of smalls. The salt and peppers look so good together since they are similar, yet different sizes, etc. I like the addition of the tree and snow too.

  9. Mary @ Ms Redo says

    A delightful little cabinet, and I’m loving your salt and pepper collection, they look fabulous the way you’ve settled them on the shelf. Mary

  10. says

    Love your collection of shakers. And that little pinecone bird is precious. Sometimes just changing things around gives new life to something old. I did that with a shelf in my bathroom. Just changing the direction it faced and what I placed on the shelves and I had a whole new look. Have a great weekend. Tammy

  11. says

    Good Morning Manuela, What a lovely collection of salt cellars and pepper pots. I have a few which belonged to Ivy, my Grandmother which I cherish. I also love old brooches, again I have some which were Ivy’s and also I buy them when I visit Charity shops, either for the Heart Foundation or Cancer Charity Shops. I love the way you positioned one of your brooches on the top of your Christmas tree. It has made me think maybe I could tie red ribbon on my brooches and hang them from my Christmas tree as when the Christmas lights were switched on, the brooches would twinkle. I am visiting you from Claudia’s My Favourite Things and have become your newest follower. Sending you Best Wishes from England. Daphne

  12. says

    I really like your collection, Manuela. As someone who loves small things, I vote a hearty YES! for this look – love your cabinet, too.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


  13. Susy says

    Clever girl. Love what you did with the bitty bottle brush tree. A wonderful collection and a perfect fit for the cabinet.

  14. says

    Oh Manuela, this is so very charming. Love the simplicity and elegance. Can you come over to my house to play? I have lots of stuff you can work your magic on.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  15. says

    Love the black – white – and silver. Looks awesome!!!!! I have a pair just like your tallest in the back (GW) and a few others too. They do look so much better and interesting when they are grouped together in a collectable look. I agree! SO pretty, as always. :-) Love your cabinet!!! xo

  16. says

    I haven’t decided yet wether I like the little cabinet or the salt and pepper shaker more. :-) It’s the perfect display anyway. Have a nice week. Regula

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