Writer. Student. Educator. Daydreamer.

“What is real?” asked the Rabbit one day.

Gorgeous handmade porcelain rabbit mug from Etsy shop, Paticake. It reminds me of one of my all-time favorite children’s books, The Velveteen Rabbit. This is my favorite part of the story:

“What is real?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

Paticake has a lot of other gorgeous ceramics in her shop, as well. I have been eyeing these adorable cupcake salt & pepper shakers for a little bit. Also loving this charming record player mug.

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  1. this is my favorite part of my all time favorite children’s story!
    *sigh* that bunny is insanely cute.

  2. tamar, thanks so much! I love The Velveteen Rabbit. Such a wonderfully pure & true message.

  3. This is ADORable.

  4. Thanks, Helen! Aren’t those salt & pepper shakers just precious? You should buy them! Then you’d have a happy little cupcake family. :)

  5. This whole post is adorable, I love the salt and pepper shakers. I already have a cupcake cookie jar they’d match!

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