Bagatelle~ “A Little Nothing”

The word “bagatelle” is a french word meaning “something of little importance or value”.  A musical sounding word! 
Here is a fall bagatelle, a little something to share with you.
When I was in the Hamptons last weekend I stopped by a shop called “The Elegant Table“. Of course I had to go in. A lovely shop filled with pretty things. They were having a sale. There was a sign that said, “All tea cups $10.00“. And another sign read,”All plates $5.00“. Bagatelles for sure!
This beautiful tea cup, with birds and foliage was part of that display. I was so captivated by it!
Look at the scene!
And when I turned it over I noticed the retail price
Yes, it does say $115.00. I asked the pleasant sales clerk if this tea cup was really  on sale for $10.00. She said, “Yes, all the tea cups are”.
There were 5 other gorgeous cups and saucers. I picked up all 5. Two of the cups and saucers were $135.00 a piece! I have some plans for them that I will show later.
I also picked up 2 bags of stunning plates. Look for a tablescape on Thursday using some of the china plates!
I knew that I wanted to fill this delicate tea cup with bagatelles of nature. Little this and thats!
I have a penchant for collecting “little nothings” and putting them together to make “a little something”.
My fall tea cup holds acorns gathered from a trip to the mountains, tiny pinecones, star anise, small sprays of berry beads, a waxed leaf from my sugar maple, a faux leaf and a little round faux orange studded with real cloves and a star anise crown.
The juxtaposition of the fine bone china cup and natural  earthy elements is so intriguing. One elevates the other… but which one?
My little bagatelle has found a home in my dining room. 
There is great beauty and simple pleasures in “little nothings“!
I am participating in Pink Saturday. A big thank you to our hostess, Beverly. This week Pink Saturday has taken on an orgage…ish hue! Happy Halloween
I am joining Holly at 504 Main for Tickled Pink.

504 Main


  1. says

    What a great find; beautiful little teacup and saucer. You’ll be able to make many different looks with this! And have a story to go with it. Have a good weekend!

  2. says

    I love anything with birds.I so love your new finds.So pretty.You guys here on blogger find the best things so cheap.I think Im going to move LOL

  3. says

    Hi Yvonne~
    What a beautiful “little something” you made out of you “bagatelle”! I love the organic elements with the china!
    The white pumpkin topiary is gorgeous, too…that’s where I’m going next!
    Thank you for visiting and for your sweet comment! Perhaps we can get together again before the holidays?
    Have a most beautiful PINK Saturday~
    ;-D Kathleen

  4. says

    Hi Yvonne,
    to do beautiful things from bagatelles is really an art for itself. You have a special talent for combining simple things with an outstanding result. No one else could arrange all this fall fruits in that cup to such an beauty. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.
    Your finds come really to the ideal person.
    Greetings, Johanna

  5. says

    Sending you a sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm! I could feel your excitement in finding those bargains in that little store – the cups and saucers are so elegant and look marvelous with the addition of the acorns, leaves and berries – so very sweet and chock full of love! Thank you for another wonderful idea! Ciao, bella!

  6. says

    10.00 each?? WOW! You are a lucky finder of “bagatelles” (is there an “s” added when there is more than one bagatelle?) 😉 I love where you placed your tea cup along with the other beautiful decorations for fall. Can’t wait to see the rest of your lucky “finds”

    From Virginia

  7. says

    Holy cow Yvonne, I didn’t think there was anything that cost only $10 in the Hampton’s (wink wink) those were some kinda bargains. I would have been skipping out of the store. I love all things birds too so I would have had to wrestle you to the ground over them had I been there. Great finds, can’t wait to see the tablescape.

  8. says

    What a find Yvonne…not only a great deal (or is that steal) but a most lovely tea cup! I love your *little nothing*. I did have to do a double take…the orange looked like a small persimmen to me at first….I’ve never thought of making a pomander from a persimmen. I’ll have to give that some more thought. :)


  9. says

    Well, I would say you were in the right place at the right time!!! Wow! What bargains…and you bought thme all??? lol I would have too! I think sometime those small displays are the best of all-sweet and unsassuming. Hugs- Diana

  10. says

    The 2 little birds on the cup look like they are IN LOVE!!! I looked up the word last night so couldn’t wait to see what you were doing! What bargains!!!!!!!!!! How lucky were you!!!! I also love your display in the dining room. So pretty. Can’t wait to see the new tablescape. I am working on a new one too! I think you missed last weeks table from me. Happy weekend!!!!!:):) XO, Pinky

  11. says

    Girl, how lucky were you?!!! I would have loved to find that sale, too. I can hardly wait to see more.

    And, the pattern on this is gorgeous. You have dressed it well.

    Happy Pink Saturday, Yvonne.

  12. says

    Love the new headers, and if it is not that new, I am just blind!!! What a fun purchase, and you did such a nice job filling it with little trinkets. Happy Pink Saturday/Halloween. Here trick or treaters don’t come on Sunday, they come Saturday night, so tonight will be hopping around here.

  13. says

    What an elegant bagatelle! You are so wise to purchase those rare gems of a deal! Thank you for your all inspiring post and the intrigue of what is to come does arouse my curiousity!

  14. says

    “Ooooooo, how pitty!”, to quote the youngest grandkidlet! Very smart move on your part, Yvonne, to snatch up those beautiful teacups at such bargain prices! Yahoo YOU!!

    Do be careful bringing in all those pretty “natural elements”. Bugs like to hide in those things ~shudder~
    Did I ever tell you about the time I baked pinecones to kill the critters?? Just about killed myself with the fumes!

    Come see my tiny pumpkins up on my front door’s shelf.


    I gave you full credit for the idea. I only copy from the best, ya’ know.

    Hugs to you, my very creative friend,

  15. says

    Yvonne, what a terrific find, and how nice to be out in the Hamptons! Did you get to see Kathleen or the Tablescaper?
    We have salad plates in Aves by RCD. Our plates are in the brown tones. Love this pattern.
    Happy Halloween! ~ Sarah

  16. says

    What a steal ~ I think I would have ran out of the store with everything at that price ~ after all it was on SALE! I love what you did with it too ~ I have been hunting around for some acorns but have not had any luck. Next year…. Hope you are having a wonderful week-end. xo

  17. says

    Yvonne, thank you so much for commenting on my blog post for TT. I just love what you’ve written in your ‘about me’ on your blog. Makes mine sound so shallow! I need to go back and re-think my own. Your tablescapes and arrangements inspire me for sure. I’m going to be looking to your blog for more inspiration.

  18. says

    I would have run outside and screamed when I found out the cup was 10.00!!! Then I would have put myself back together and bought everything I could. Wow!!!!
    I love, LOVE the blue and white bowl, nothing better!!!
    I bought 2 sweet glass dishes for $1.50 a piece and they are so much a” bagatelle”! so far I like them just against the dark wood of the table I put them on…

  19. says

    Thanks for stopping by my blog- the hydrangeas are from a PeeGee Hydrangea tree- these autumn vignettes are magnificent-I can’t take my eyes off them!

  20. says

    Yvonne, I just noticed you said you were in the Hamptons last Sunday !
    You were in my town?? As in Southampton, and I missed that sale. I must admit I don’t go there, it is sooooo expensive!
    You must tell me more about your trip here!

  21. says

    The cups and saucers were quite a deal – oh my you lucky lady. I love all of your finds, it makes such a sweet and charming display full of Fall flavor.

  22. says

    Bagatelle. What a great word! I’ll be using it as it so describes my little nothings. The orange teacups are such a pretty addition to your fall vignette. I’m glad that you didn’t hesitate to buy all they had. Smart move.

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