My grandmother claimed her Scotch heritage compelled her to collect and save. Wherever it came from, the gene skipped a generation before it passed to me. One of my favorite collections is my teacup and teapot assortment. I can't remember how it started, but one led to two and two led to many more. My philosophy has always been: If one is good, a dozen are better.
My cups and teapots are displayed, so I enjoy them all the time. It's rare that there's not a pot of tea at the ready on my sideboard. At Valentine's Day and Christmas, I often have a tea party with scones and finger sandwiches and let guests drink from their choice of cups. (I collect cookbooks and recipes too.)
Roses are my favorite design, but I like other flower patterns too. I guess I could say, "Collecting pretty things is my cup of tea!"