It's funny, what you covet.

As a little girl, there were things in my parents house that I just... wanted. Inexplicably. Irrationally. They weren't valuable things. In many cases, they weren't even pretty things. They included, in no particular order, a broken pocket watch, an itchy argyle sweater that spelled like tobacco and irish spring soap, a creamy jar that had once held ginger preserves, a vinyl arm chair, a single tea cup.

Over the years, some of these things have come into my possession, others have gone to my sister, some remain with my parents, and many many more have been lost. But I recently convinced my mother to bequeath to me two of the things I've long had my eye on: two tea cups, in aviary patterns.
If you read the blah-og, even irregularly, you know I've been a bit obsessed with birds of late, which may explain why I wanted these particular cups so very much. Only, now that I've got them... I find myself at a loss about what to do with them.

Thinking ahead. It's something I should work on.

But seriously. They're two, unmatched tea cups. And they need a purpose. Or at least a home. I've looked online for some inspiration, and while ideas abound, noting is jumping out at me as the right idea.

Madeleine Boulesteix makes chandeliers:
Stylists like Marie Nichols (as well as bloggers and sheter mags) like tea cups for random jewelry storage and organization:
And there's always the option of using the cups as little planters, like this one from very creative Bugs and Fishes by Lupin:
But I don't know. Somehow, none of these options feels quite right. Maybe I'll just use the cups as random props, but I don't want them to seem like clutter - like something left out by accident. Gotta keep thinking, I guess. If you have any advice, let me know.


07/27/2010 1:10pm

You can make them into little candles. It's easy to do and once they burn down you can just clean the cups out and do it again!

Just pop over to a craft store and get yourself some candle wax and some wicks and you're off!

Good luck!

07/27/2010 2:40pm

Thanks, Ginger. That's a great idea and I never would have thought of it. Cheers!


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