Thursday, October 29, 2009

Orange everywhere.

Before I showed you my deeelicious new Saver's find, I just had to show you this extra-deeelicious picture that came all the way from Big Bend, TX! This giraffe (aka the lovely Miss Addison) was looking at our Halloween decorations blog post and got inspired to make some of her own. Are they not the coolest, ever? I love her spooky jack-o-lanterns and that Peter Max bat. But the icing on the proverbial cake is that fantasmigorical giraffe costume!! Doesn't that one, big, droopy eye look SO REAL? (Kudos to her mama for that great shot!) Thank you, Addison, for making such beautiful decorations and mostly for sending them to us at the Wabi-Sabi House! BOO to you!
And now, to some thrifty orange love...


Could. you. die? I did. I just about had a heart attack when I saw this vintage tea set at The Assistance League store. I don't usually go in there, but I was on a search for some baskets and popped in for just a sec. There it was, waiting patiently for me. WHO had this? I told y'all how much I love 60's stuff and this wild orange color in particular. It looks sooo good against my stainless counters and the blue/brown/green of my tile. Unfortunately, it's going to have to live in a cupboard somewhere because my modestly priced tea set now lives in my modestly sized house and there be no room at the inn, so to speak. When I say modestly sized,you know that's like when you read a real estate ad and they list a house as a "charmer." That means you will be divorced within a year and it will just be you and your cat to enjoy hot tea together in your lovely "charmer." Naw, I'm just kidding. The tree of us live quite comfortably here in our charmer. We had a bigger house once and we didn't use all of it. We use every single inch of this place (and then some). Course, if FinnigantheCurious ends up being as tall and lanky as his Dad we may have to rethink things. Perhaps they can have the house and Jackdaddy can build me a Leprechaun addition. I take after the small Irish side of my family and don't need much room.
When I first moved in here, I got a teensy pinch of a friend's Crown of Thorns (euphorbia milii). Look at it today!

I had it stuffed in an old terracotta pot forever and it had stalled out. Then I moved it to this big doozy of a pot and it took off like crazy. Doesn't it look so pretty against the green pot and the orange pumpkins? I'm always sad when Halloween is over because all the orange goodness goes away. If you need a shot of it, just come on by. I always manage to find a way to keep the love going. I'm sorta, kinda, maybe thinking of painting the (still unpainted) trim on the windows orange. Jackdaddy is not quite as enthusiastic about that as I am. Maybe if I threaten to paint them fuchsia he'll come around. OH, I know! I'll tell him that if they can't be painted orange, I'll need him to make new trim because that was the "orange trim" design. The "brown trim" design is totally different. OMG, I'm so evil. We've been together long enough now that he'll just give me a little eye roll and tell me that if I want new trim it's gonna be "awhile." He knows that word gets me runnin' scared. And so it goes in the life of a remodel. I'll take fast over fashion most times these days. I wanna be FINISHED.

18 comments:

  1. Were you at Savers today? Me too! It was a zoo in there, but I bought this weird thing:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fawntastic/4056164178/
    We should go on a thriftstravaganza!

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  2. OMG...that is SO cool! I LOVE Savers so much. I LOVE finding things and then researching where they came from. You call me ANYtime for a Savers run.

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  3. Oh, I wished I'd seen that magnificent tea set, but so glad you nabbed it. I, too, live in small space where treasures find unique niches when I simply MUST have them. You will treasure it forever. I'm so happy for you.

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  4. Linda, did the picture show up for you? I just redid the link because it was blank for some. I'm dying to have a teapot collection. Alas, nowhere to put it. sigh. I just had to have this one. I actually dont like the bamboo handle...vintage or not. I just use the one that I think is supposed to be for freshly percolated coffee.

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  5. Being a big tea drinker I would have snapped up that tea set in a moment. We'll all be rushing down to the Assistance League Store now to see if they have another one....and so perfect for the fall. I have been searching for a teapot for my son for ever. Can't fond one that is just right for his modern style. I think you must have a way with plants because your crown of thorns is magnificent. See how it perked up when you got a new pot. What is Savers??

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  6. Savers is the BEST thrift store in Austin, to me. It's on Burnet just south of North Loop.

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  7. The picture of the tea set came in in the lovelist orange I can ever imagine. Obviously it was waiting for the perfect person to take it to the perfect home. And who is the perfect person with the perfect home?
    DRUM ROLL:
    YOU!!!!!!
    Merrymerry

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  8. Jackdaddy will just have to build you a tea house!
    Ms.Muddyhands

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  9. Thank you, Michele! Addison loves seeing her picture on the computer. xoxoD

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  10. Ms. Muddy Hands - EXCELLENT idea! Why didn't I think of that?

    MerryMerry - You're sooooo sweet and mighty perfect yourself!

    Danielle - Oh good! I LOVE that picture...we all did!

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  11. Isn't it great when you find just the right treasure? I feels SO GOOD. I found a whole set of vintage dishware at Goodwill for $13.00 that turned out be worth a ton more. I didn't buy it to sell it though. I just liked it. I also found an antique washtub (oblong) in perfect condition that folks were throwing away on bulky item day. I asked if I could have it even though it was obvious it was being tossed, and they said 'yes'.--Somebody's sister had given it to them, and they didn't like it. Go figure.

    If you ever need a bulky item shopping buddy or thrift shop pal to run with on weekends, let me know. Laura

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  12. that is a lovely tea set indeed...thanks so much for visiting my little blog. personally I think there needs to be a wabi sabi revolution or something...so glad your in the trenches with me;)

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