time for tea

February 29, 2012  in diy craft projects, vintage finds

clock face coaster by sania pell

Over the last year I seem to have collected a rather large selection of old watch and clock faces from car boot sales and fairs. I love their graphic quality and can’t resist them, using them in projects, displays and as ornaments. Following on from my wristwatch post and the purchase of a new graphic tea cup while in Whitstable, it occurred to me that the larger ones could become a perfect coaster for my new cup and protect the surface of my freshly painted kitchen table.

clock faces by sania pell

I now have a large selection including some much larger clock faces too which would look fun in the base of a circular tray.

clock face coaster by sania pell

blossom by sania pell

This time of year is my favourite for flowers, with beautiful new blossom available in my local florist. I couldn’t help but include it in the photos.

clock face coaster by sania pell

My pretty, striped new cup is a ‘tea bowl’ by ceramacist Vicky Hageman and was recently purchased from Frank in Whitstable, Kent – a little memento of our visit. In the top photo the sugar bowl is from Arne Jacobsen‘s Cylinda Line series by Stelton and the small spoon was from Muji. My well-used Ikea kitchen table that they are sitting on has been refreshed in Farrow & Ball No.46 Downpipe grey. The little milk jug in the image below is from Priscilla Carluccio’s Few and Far, a lovely store which is sadly closing.

clock face coaster by sania pell

A quick and simple idea for a little bit of fun at tea time. Now where’s the biscuit tin?


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  1. Franka says:

    Love your all.around.clock.tea!


    ♥ Franka

  2. allesistgut says:

    Love the beautiful things you collect and how you set them in the limelight! So lovely and calm!

  3. Really enjoyed this post – clock faces are a bit of a passion of mine too although most of the ones I’ve got seem to be slightly domed. Here’s what I did with some of mine if you want to have a nosey

  4. Ivy says:

    Sweet idea!
    Pinned it to get the word out on your cool idea 🙂


  5. elisa says:

    brilliant idea. i love clock faces, the glorious type, these are just beautiful. x

  6. yza says:

    les photos sont toujours aussi belles et l’imagination au rendez-vous
    in my bad english:as everytime very nice photo and a lot of imagination

  7. Sania Pell says:

    Thank you everybody.

    @Yza Merci beaucoup! 🙂


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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, art/creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 20 years, and is well known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for architects and property developers. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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