01 July 2008

Xtremely Kitsch

I am sure that many people would never admit to owning anything as kitsch as my camel teapot. But not me, I think it is great. It originally belonged to my maternal grandfather, Marthinus Christoffel Barnard, a rather eccentric fellow, who had a passion for collecting anything bright and garish. Though to be fair to him, not everything he collected was kitsh, like.....mmmmm. I'll have to think about that one.


My mother passed this onto me when I left home and moved into my first house. I think she saw it as a golden opportunity to get rid of it, because I cannot recall her ever using it. Over the past 35 years I have taken great delight in serving tea in it, very often to the embarrassment of my family. It always gets a good reaction, from guffaws to people trying to politely ignore it.

My mother-in-law was particularly "rude" about it. It eventually became a family joke, as I left it to her in my will, just in case I died before her.
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36 comments:

esnorway said...

nice x and fine pic to

Petunia said...

What a nice teapot! Can't ignore this. I bring a smile on my face!

Petunia's ABC

Petrus said...

Nothing wrong with this teapot !

It may be a collectors piece now - worth something !

I'm thirsty now - thinking of cups of tea ..

RuneE said...

Well, as long as the tea tasted good....

PS How is you mother-in-law doing? ;-)

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Oh, I know a lot of people that would love this little gem of a teapot in their collection! Very nice piece!

Dragonstar said...

That's a great teapot! I like your idea here.

John said...

Very good idea for the letter, nice teapot too.

Momma said...

Oh that is just hilarious! But I hope she doesn't collect it, you know.

Peace - D

david mcmahon said...

A camel teapot - let's see, one lump or two!

Merisi said...

Have you ever noticed that things you (secretly, of course) wished they'd break, they never do? I am sure that teapot will be handed down more than once. ;-)

ellen b said...

I love it! If you don't die before your MIL and no one else in the family wants it I'll put my bid in for it :0)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

X-tremely funny and X-cellent post. ;-)

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Jean said...

Love it! It must be fun to serve tea in this unique teapot.

babooshka said...

xtremely xcellent

Katney said...

I like it.

I cheated on the "X" part, too.

Granny Smith said...

If this is inherited through several more generations, who knows what its value will be? Actually, I thought it was kind of cute.

And your comments on it were amusing.

Jerez said...

he hee good move Mom!
See, she was lookin out after your x'es!

Gary said...

Xtremely clever.

I quite like it!

Gary
Bodge's Bulletin

Denise said...

LOL at David's comment!
I went through a phase of collecting teapots but have fully recovered now!
I am sure I did T for Teapot last round of ABC!

me ann my camera said...

I think this has wonderful appeal, I like it!!

ann at:
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and
nature tales and camera trails

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Max.. this is a treasure for sure.. and not just that.. keep it topped up with water that way it will be handy for when Suzi burns the toast again... LOL..

Kelly said...

I think it is very amusing! It has character.

Mental P Mama said...

X-cellent post!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

I love the camel tea pot! Your mother did well in giving it to you; you use it.

Please outlive your mother-in-law. If this ever fell into her hands it would be bye-bye tea pot, and that would be a shame.

kjpweb said...

Sweet revenge, huh? Funny!
Cheers, Klaus

mylittlephotonook said...

Nice story, like that camel.

AphotoAday said...

I think that's a great teapot, and you really should be proud of it!
Hope you are having a great x day.

Daryl said...

Wonderful .. both as an X and a collectable!

:-Daryl

Swubird said...

Max-e:

My wife has a teapot collection, and I now she'd pay through the nose for this one. It's very interesting. I can only imagine what it looks like in real life.

Nice post.

Happy trails.

Bear Naked said...

This X post has to be the most amusing one for ABC Wednesday today.
You had an eXcellent idea for using that eXtraordinary teapot.
I can't stop smiling from this post.
Thank you.

Andrea said...

Well, how cute.

For The People said...

Where is your Skywatch?!! Hurry! LOL

leslie said...

Oh my goodness! Won't your MIL be Xtremely surprised if you do predecease her! LOVE IT...

D Herrod said...

Nice the colors are so vivid.

Kerri said...

I Love this teapot! And a fabulous X post!!

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