When I go to the thrift store nowadays, I look for items that really speak to me - that invite an instant happy response. So how could I resist these sweet little Asian tea cups? Just one look at these darling white reclining kitty cats and their little pink ears and you can't help but smile.
I have always loved teapots, tea cups and Chinese tea sets. I once had a collection of teapots going, but I had to stop because they are difficult to store. I rationalized adding these little cups to my cupboards because I figure that, besides being great for consuming a pot of jasmine green tea, they will also work well for holding soy sauce for sushi or plum sauce for dipping or whatever else requires a tiny "bowl." And those darn little cats just make me smile.
You know what else makes me smile? This guy, Ace, above. He watched me photograph the cat cups. (Did he want to chase them maybe? Or is he just wondering what the heck I'm doing?) I think he was just glad they weren't edible, because I have photographed recipes right in front of his face like that, sprinkling granola and chocolate chips and all sorts of tempting goodies on the table in front of him. And he stares at me with those incredible sad eyes, but never steals. Mind you, I haven't left the room completely. And I know my other dog, Jolene, would have the whole set-up knocked down and eaten in seconds if she was this close.
What kind of treasures bring a smile to your face?
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