My Monthly Boxes
So what’s in my monthly boxes? Teapots, mugs, candle holders, some candles, and sometimes decorations. Over the years I’ve acquired way too many to fit into the kitchen and china cabinet. Some wound up in the basement not even used. (No teapot, mug, or tea-cup comes into this house unless it can be used.) What to do? I didn’t want to get rid of them, too many fond memories. And I do enjoy my candles and tea.
Well, one of the things I have learned over the years with animals is to divide their toys into groups and switch them out every week or every other week to help keep them interested. As I was trying to figure out how to make this work for my stuff, I ‘found’ one of my favorite books called Mrs. Sharp’s Traditions – Reviving Victorian Family Celebrations of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. In it she discusses seasonal ‘tablescapes’ and The Seasonal Tree. Yes! Only instead of dividing my stuff up by seasons, I would divide mine up by the month so as to rotate all my teapots through and only have them in the china cabinet instead of all over the place.
I should note that my china cabinet isn’t used the traditional way. It’s a hold over from a large house we used to live in. The whole dining room set came with the house. It’s old but wonderful and I used it for storage in the livingroom (this house is so damn small) till I decided to put teapots, cups, teapot books, and keepsake stuff on the shelves. The cupboards below still have games and puzzles in them.
The past few years have not been fun and I didn’t keep up with the boxes. So last year I brought everything upstairs (the monthly boxes live in the basement) and resorted and added the new stuff. Then life went to heck last spring and I didn’t give a rat’s backside about changing out my stuff. (I did do a couple this fall.) Well, it’s the New Year; but I’m always reluctant to let go of Christmas and didn’t get the last of it put away till Candlemas Day (Feb.2).
Sooooo, I’m getting January out for 2 weeks. And then February out for 2 weeks. And then March will finish off, well, March. No, I am NOT going to skip a month! It’ll be another year before I see these pots ‘n stuff again. So here are some pics:
I also wound up with too many mugs for my mug rack. So there are January mugs too!
Mug of the Day
So that’s my January Box. Two, now, actually. In 2 weeks it’ll be time for the February Box! 🙂