Blue Teacups Save the Day

26 Apr

I have the whole blissful week off for Spring Break and I’m spending it with Isobel and a giant pile of boxes. Since we’re getting all new carpet installed next weekend (and as you can tell by the photo, we dearly need it) so every thing must go–if it’s on a carpeted surface it must be packed away and stored somewhere else. We’re going to do our best to fit our entire house into our kitchen, dining room, garage and patio. Right now I’m dealing with the monstrous task that is our home library. Isobel is sitting on the contents of one shelf below. We’ve already moved over twice this many boxes into the garage.

Before I got started this morning we made a quick trip by our favorite thrift store. It was half off day, plus they gave Isobel a free bunny. There was no reason not to go, especially since it had been so long since my last trip. They had these gorgeous robin’s egg blue melamine tea cups. I thought they’d be perfect for the shop, but someone dibbed them. I’ll have to list them during her nap time, because she loves them. And they’re plastic, so I don’t have to worry.

Her grandma bought her a little plastic tea set from Target, but I’ve found so many tea pots and plastic saucers and cups while thrifting I bet I could put together a second hand tea set that she’d love.

This happened while I was packing. The joys of stay at home parenting, folks.

I can’t get enough of these cups. The maker’s mark on the bottom says “Texas Ware.” I’ll have to look that up. I also got a few other goodies.

And back to the cups again. Wouldn’t they be perfect for serving deep brown chocolate mousse? We had a snack when we got back from thrifting and Isobel insisted I serve her cheese to her in the cup. She invented a new trend in dining–the cheese cup. It’s all the rage, people.

As we were leaving the thrift store, I stopped under the giant HALF OFF sign to get my car keys from my purse. An old man was approaching the store and he asked me if I got that baby for 50% off. Isobel looked at him and said, “NO.”

I really wanted to show you this gorgeous table cloth but Zorro decided it was his soul mate. He’d make a pretty good car model, I think. He’s good at lying on things and posing for the camera.

All right, then. Back to packing.

12 Responses to “Blue Teacups Save the Day”

  1. Erin C. April 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    i love your green filing cabinet. goodluck with all the packing and moving stuff around. but you’ve got a helper so looks like you’re all set.

    • LittleBig April 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

      That green cabinet was my Papa’s. I love it. 🙂

  2. laura! April 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    yowza. is it weird to be packing but not moving to a new place?

    reading this makes me really, really glad we’re taking everyone’s advice and putting in flooring *before* moving into the house.

    • LittleBig April 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

      This is possibly the best thing you could do when buying a house.

  3. purplequark April 26, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    Wishing you the best with all that packing!

  4. Kim (2of62) April 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    Jeez, I feel your pain. I’m getting new carpet too, but only in one room. My current carpet is icy blue (or it was maybe 20 or 30 years ago). Good riddance. Only problem is we only have 3 days notice when they are ready to come.

    • LittleBig April 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

      Three days! We had a week, and trust me, we’ve needed it. Good luck!

  5. Katie April 27, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    Oh, I want to come to your house and look through your books! Once, long long ago, I had that many books. A million moves later, I don’t. Sadly, they have all moved on to other homes, but, oh, how do I miss all my books.

    • LittleBig April 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

      Our library is one of the reasons I told Anthony that moving around is not an option.

  6. Jenny, Bloggess May 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    My grandmother TOTALLY had those teacups.

    My heart hurts from the nostalgia.

    • LittleBig May 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

      Your grandmother had some awesome taste. 🙂

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