Thursday, January 19, 2012

Care for a Cuppa?

Growing up in a very Scottish family, I always heard the word "cuppa" (referring to a cup of tea), and was surprised to find recently that many people have no earthly idea what that means and will give you strange looks if you happen to use it in regular conversation.

As a tea-lover, I was so happy to find these lovely little japanese-style teacups at Goodwill the other week. They are a wee bit bigger than most, and have the sweetest design of some type of winged creature. I can't tell if it's a peacock or a stylized chicken or something else entirely. Can you?

Either way, they match my new tetsubin to perfection. Josh bought this cast-iron teapot for me for Christmas this year! It weighs a ton but it pours tea better than any teapot I've ever used! 

My other latest "find" was this sweet little table. It's very mid-century mod! It's solid wood, but it looks like someone covered the top with a layer of faux-woodgrain drawer liner or something. So, it needs a bit of work but I think when it's done it will be adorable!

Josh and I went for a walk the other day, and noticed that our neighbors were getting rid of a couch for FREE. And it was kinda cool looking. So, being the weirdos that we are, we of course nabbed the couch and brought it home to our garage. I'm not really sure what we'll do with it. Best case scenario: I will successfully reupholster it and find a great space for it in our (tiny) townhome. Worst case: it will end up in the "free" section of Craigslist. =)

So that's the extent of my thriftiness lately- have you stumbled upon any great finds?

P.S. I want to say a big WELCOME to my new friends from the blog hop! I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was listed as the guest host, and it's soooo fun to meet some new blog friends. I really look forward to getting to know you all better!


  1. Hi, I'm a new follower from blog hop. Your kitchen makeover looks good. Hope you stop by for a visit and follow back. Have a great day.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I checked out your blog too, great tips!

  2. Hi! Beautiful blog! I have to say that I saw the name of it and was totally curious! I'm stopping by and following from the hop... congrats on being the featured blog!

    I'm quite impressed by your craftiness! I'm rather craftily, um, CHALLENGED, so I love to look at what other people do. I'm always so impressed that people do this stuff themselves and it turns out great!

    Although I have to give myself props for actually hemming a couple of pairs of jeans with the "European" or "tricky" hem and not completely boogering it up. That's something, right?

    Anyway, it's nice to meet you! I write a humor blog and I'd love for you to drop by sometime! Have a fabulous weekend!

    Smiles, Jenn @Misadventures in Motherhood

    1. Hi Jenn! Thanks so much. =) Glad you stopped by! Wow, it sounds like that is a tricky hem. I've never even heard of it before... the only hem I know how to do is the plain-jain just hem and get it over with one.

  3. This is such fun stuff! Love this post Mikalah...but of course that's nothing new!

    p.s. Your back splash seriously turned out AMAZING!

  4. From your fellow tea-lover:

    good choice!

    I can't wait to see what you do with the couch and table. :)

    1. Yay, so glad you approve! For now, the plan is to just refinish the table, so it won't be a hugely dramatic makeover. As for the couch, who knows. It is just taking up valuable real estate in my garage right now!

  5. great finds! good luck
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can!



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