Friday, August 12, 2011

It's the Little Things

We bought these at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago.  I'd been wanting a little pitcher for Harper to practice pouring, and the girls each picked out their favorite tea set (actually, they are the tiny little . . . oh, I don't know what they are . . . espresso cups? . .  . smaller than regular tea cups).  The tiny vase in the back is a bonus for the nature shelf.  It holds a couple of little wildflowers perfectly. The whole batch cost under three dollars, and my kids have played with them for hours, pouring and drinking water, adding mint and basil leaves to their "tea," and practicing their manners.  Never underestimate the power of a tea party.

My mother was pretty nervous when I handed over the pitcher to my three-year-old to carry while we continued to shop.  It was pretty funny, because I reminded her that it cost ten cents.  But she didn't want it to break.  So I said, "Watch."  I bent down and held out the pretty glass pitcher asked if Harper would like to carry it for me.  While her eyes lit up and she nodded eagerly, I explained to her that it was very breakable and that she would have to be very careful.  (The warning was more for my mother than Harper, because the kid carries breakable stuff in the house all the time.  She knows the drill.)  Then I showed her how to hold the handle with one hand and keep it balanced with the other hand, and she was just fine.  And so was the pitcher.

I hope you find some little treasures of your own.  Happy weekend, everyone!

Psst . . . 

Salamander Dreams: Finished Snakes and a Giveaway
Visit my friend Amy's site this weekend.  In addition to being completely awesome, she created some super cool  stitched snakes (some of you know how I feel about snakes, and I still think these are super cool), and she's giving away some embroidery supplies.  


  1. At our parent-child Waldorf group, we used real everything at snack time. Those kids range in age from a year to 3ish. They set the table, they sit, they use the real cups and bowls, and maybe some water gets spilled, but nothing gets broken. Kids are so capable. I'm probably more likely to break something around here because I have no depth perception and I'm constantly banging the bowls and glasses around by accident!

    Thanks for the mention! Yes, everyone, come enter to win some embroidery supplies (and if you use the floss to make bracelets and the hoops for silk screening, I'd be totally behind that too!)

  2. What great finds! Estate sales, yard sales, and thrift stores are always fun. And Harper obviously did a wonderful job taking care of that pitcher. :)

  3. Cute demitasse cups! I bought glass play dishes for my girls when they were just a little younger than yours--we've lost quite a few pieces over the years, but I'm not afraid to let them handle my "real" dishes now, either! It was a good choice for us.

    "Never underestimate the power of a tea party" should go on a wall somewhere, I think. :)

  4. Demitasse! Thanks, April, my brain failed me last week.

  5. So pretty! And I'm sure they are more special for the girls because they are "real" and not toys!


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