Friday, February 19, 2010

a new tin tea set

Oh, the thrill of a new tin tea set. A small one, with dots and gingham napkins.
Sometimes we like to do reenactments of Louisa M. Alcott's 'Good Wives' around here, and for half-term we're working up toward the chapter in which Meg assembles a Real, Working mini-kitchen for Daisy and Demi. Yes, we have a long way to go. It's only a tea set.

We also create installation art using buttons and seashells.

No one ever refuses to get into the car or put their boots on. No one turns into Captain Pink or Captain Blue and climbs up the curtains. No one pulls anyone's hair.

33 comments:

  1. Sooo cute! Makes me think of Alice in Wonderland. (I don't know why. Sometimes my brain works that way. Sometimes it just doesn't work at all...)

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  2. I love the oyster shell platters. Very eco-something. I also love those tea sets. I refused to buy play iron, kitchen, vacuum cleaner, broom etc for my daughter but tea sets are okay. Of course one can have feminist ideals and then they are completely ruined by grandparent who hand out whole kitchens with mini microwaves and frilly aprons willy nilly at each birthday event. xoxo

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  3. Does that tea set come in adult size? I have a sneaking suspicion that you play with this when the lovely ones are in bed. If I lived around the corner, I would sneak over when my own little ones were in bed to join you in a wonderful game of pretends. I'd bring the crochet cupcakes for supper and we could talk all about what we'd love to do when we grow up. Meredy xo.

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  4. Hey Mise
    hehehe Captain Pink and Captain Blue climbing the curtains.. that I want to see!! could you keep the camera handy for that reenactment ???

    Have a great weekend Mise.. you and your little family... Isn't it wonderful how ART was an everyday fact of life as kiddies?

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  5. I'm glad to know that I am not the only one who doesn't :) struggle with my kid refusing to get in the car. Perhaps I should get him a polka dot tea set with gingham towels. perhaps the plain tin one he has is just, plainly, not enough. Hmmm. you've given me much to ponder.

    Have a good weekend, dear Mise!

    xoxo,
    -maria

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  6. Oh now that is just ADORABLE. Really. Truly.

    Have a great weekend!

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  7. how adorable is she!!! I loved the teacup days with my daughter...now we practice parties with big cups

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  8. Hi Mise,
    Oh how simple life is as a child, with your only dilemma being whether to use the mussel shell plates or the Minton !!
    I'm sure teddy won't mind, as long as there's tea and cakes and that's one thing that we can be sure of. I KNOW that there are always cakes in your house !!

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  9. So darling. We love a good tea party around here. =)

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  10. What adorable photographs of your daughter - love the tea set too. She'll be an expert in orange pekoe before you know it.

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  11. I love tiny tea sets - now which daughter is Jo!! I can still remember wanting to reach into that book and smack Beth, she was so annoying and perfect :)

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  12. Mise - how gorgeous! When my daughter was small, her very favourite thing to do was play tea parties with a similar set to this..this brings back some lovely memories - enjoy while you can! Susie x

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  13. Aw, that's such a cute set - I'm pretty sure my play dishes were awful 70s brown plastic with orange flowers.

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  14. I would not mind serving tea for myself out of something that adorable! I had a hard enough time keeping the Sophie kitten off of the curtains when she went through her supercat phase. I could not imagine having two little girls who also like to swing from drapery!

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  15. Whata n adorabbbbble tea set- love the colors and of course, the polka dots!

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  16. Sigh. Girls. It's been a girls' day! The cake is from Marks and Spencers, Mise, and I don't know how far west they go! I'd certainly offer you a slice, but my silver platter doesn't stretch thus far!

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  17. mise.... totally cute, all of it.
    i have big girls now with real dishes. one with designer taste and one with thrift store taste. its interesting.
    cheers
    ~laura

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  18. I hope to wake up tomorrow and greet the day with a look like that on my face.

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  19. And as we're speaking of play kitchens, look at this lovely one made by Lilly:

    http://lillyhiggins.blogspot.com/2010/02/lets-play-kitchen.html

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  20. When I get a new tin tea set for my girls it is MOI who plays with it. Sigh - they race off to make obstacle courses and play with horses ... Oh well, one day they may use it in their outdoor cubby house. Hope, there is always hope!

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  21. Your post has made me lament the passing of my pulling hair and climbing curtain days.
    Thankfully one is never too old to play with tea sets,

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  22. I've failed gorgeous girl - can she be saved? Is 16 too late to start reenactments? Maybe I should start with Hard Times!

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  23. That's so cute! Its hard to find a teaset that isn't plastic nowadays. I'd say you were being offered cups of tea all weekend! Thanks for the mention too! x Lilly

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  24. this is adorable! all those seashells really DO come in handy!

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  25. Aw, very cute! Nothing like getting down to Teensy Tiny World!

    Looks like a lot of fun!

    Gosh, you are SO lucky your kids don't fight and refuse to do things. *sigh* What's your secret? :-)

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  26. OOhh, please take me to the world where no one ever refuses to get into the car.

    I feel better just thinking about it. :)

    These photos are absolutely gorgeous!!!!!! Ah. Thank you.

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  27. Hair pulling? No-one ever does that round mine either. Or face pulling. Or prising younger sister's sleeping eyelids open. Nope, none of that.

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  28. might that be because their is gin in the teapot? oh sorry, guess i'm projecting my parenting tricks onto you.

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  29. I still remember the tea set I played with when I was five (in fact, I think I still have it stored somewhere). I bet your daughters look back on that set with affection :)

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  30. I so missed my time away from your blog. A tea seat, and learning about tea at such a young age, feels so perfectly perfect. And it's such a good match for the ball you will shortly be attending where guests will eat a flower cake.

    Picking up as you move room to room? Who knew that such a genius idea could come from something so small.

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  31. Where did you get the Tea Set from?
    It's really cute!

    Milly

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