It’s all about teapots…..

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89693f976b21277b87846056eb0f8fcadecided that I needed a bit of a break from blogging about New Year’s Resolutions because it is easier for me to avoid the fact that I am not doing so well with my own since Reggie’s death.  So, I’m going to talk about my teapots.  I absolutely love teapots that are vintage or unique in nature.  Since I’ve inherited many vintage items from my mom, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, great aunts, etc., I have been drawn to pastel colors…mostly.  I suppose that is mainly because everything I have inherited is more on the aged side and includes many soft colors.  But why teapots?

I am a Disney fanatic!   As a  child, I absolutely loved “Alice in Wonderland”.  The Disney animated movie was so full of color, and even though I was too young to actually drink tea….I loved the tea party.  It was complete with talking insects, animals, flowers, cards, and royalty.  Who could ask for anything more?

ALICE IN WONDERLAND, March Hare, Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter, 1951, ©Walt Disney Pictures/courte

Sure, my love for Disney goes far beyond “Alice in Wonderland”.  I didn’t go to Disney World until I was 36, but it didn’t seem to matter because I fell in love with it and vowed to go back as often as possible.  I ended up taking my choirs to Festival Disney because I wanted my students to be able to experience Disney, also.  Let’s be honest….I had my motives for going to Festival Disney.  Yes, I wanted my choirs to have the performing experience, but I longed to be in Disney World more than I longed to sleep.  Before going to Disney, all I could ever do was collect Disney memorabilia.  I had a huge Disney plush collection, but I ended up giving it all away at one time because I didn’t have money for Christmas gifts.  I refused to show up empty handed.  So, the massive plush collection has been gone for quite sometime, and I am now starting all over again.

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Yes, I am aware that Agnes and Minions are not Disney, but I adore the “Despicable Me” movies.  That lovely giraffe was purchased at Rainforest Cafe, so it is “Disney” to me.  I am truly a child at heart.  I suppose I can easily relate to Peter Pan because I am NEVER growing up.  I’m hoping that this next Disney trip will bring home many more Disney goodies for my collection.  Nonetheless, thanks to the Mad Hatter…I have a great love for teapots and tea.  Although, I just can’t seem to bring myself to ride the tea cups at Magic Kingdom because I already know the end result.  During one of my Festival Disney trips with my students, I came across a wonderful find.  I was so excited when I purchased my first “Alice in Wonderland” themed tea cups.  Anytime I use these, I can’t help but feel as if I am actually having tea with the Mad Hatter & friends.  Crazy?  Maybe, but I’m okay with that.  After all, “We’re all mad here…..”.

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With that being my first, official addition to my tea cup/tea pot collection, the indulgences began.  I started inheriting things from my relatives, and then I introduced myself to the wonderful world of antiquing.  I also dug up my old miniature tea set, and so the craze began with the tea pot decor.

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However, I knew I hit the jackpot when I found the perfect lamp to set the theme for my entire collection.  (I will have to find the site in which I found this precious gem because right now, I cannot seem to remember it to save my life.)  I do remember when I opened the box and pulled this beautiful lamp from its dark, cardboard, prison.  I fell in love with it even more than I did from the image on the site in which I found it.

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Perhaps, secretly, I just want to have tea parties everyday.  My cousin came over to eat right before Christmas, and while we were having lunch she kept commenting on how she felt as if she were at a tea party.  I had to laugh because I wasn’t even serving tea, but it made me think.

How do I incorporate tea parties into my life?  Until I figure out the answer, the teapot collection will continue to grow.

Have a fabulous day everyone.  Till next time…..

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