Some weeks, a theme jumps out at you while browsing pictures, and other times you practically have to shackle a week’s finds together to write a post. This week we seem to be careening between finds with a dual nature and dolls. At least one of the dolls has more than one raison d’être, which is pretty ambitious considering that they aren’t even serving their primary purpose of being fun.
First case in point for something that tried to be two, two, two things in one:
At first glance this looks like a purse, which it is, but there is also a nearly full-sized hat attached to the front. What a good idea, except the hat doesn’t detach, so it’s merely there for decoration, so why isn’t it decorative? These straw holiday bags work so much better when they are tropical, or whimsical, or some other “ical”. As for the “Iris” at the top, at first glance I thought it might be the flowers, but they are roses. If I was going to all the trouble of embroidering a name on a souvenir, I would chose a name like: Mary, Linda, Jennifer, Susan, or Elizabeth; there are millions of them. Iris would be way the heck down the list of possibilities. Beloved Husband believes this is a memorial bag commemorating the late, lamented Iris. He interpreted the hat as a funeral wreath, and really, who could prove him wrong?
This doll-slash-lamp doesn’t really work on either level:
For those doubting Thomases out there, I put a red arrow to show the lamp neck, but the electrical cord wrapped around her neck is a dead giveaway. Can you imagine what a lacy, ruffled, catastrophe her shade must have been? All in all, this dolly lamp belongs in one of those rooms that gives you a toothache to look at. At least the doll’s appearance won’t tempt a little girl to cuddle her, so the risk for electrocution is minimized.
Our next find is an old peeve of mine–decorative pickled veggies that are neither decorative nor edible:
Is anyone else creeped out by how the veggies bend from the offset parts of the first jar? I can’t for the life of me see what that strange jar adds to the overall effect. It might have worked with separate compartments containing dry contents; how about grains or beans with contrasting colors? I’m declaring a moratorium on producing any more of these pickled perversions.
We kind of like paint-by-numbers art if they are well-done and fun:
This project might well earn you a pile rosaries and a heap of Hail Marys, if you were brave enough to confess to painting it. Poor Jesus looks pretty angry about his depiction; hope he doesn’t go all “Old Testament” on the artist.
Another example of the doll theme for this week’s post:
Here are a whole shelf-ful of those unattractive cheap plastic dolls that crocheting grandmas seem to be drawn to, like matter to a black hole. If they would just put some taste and effort into clothing these poor gals, or for that matter into their afghans and doilies, we would be out of one whole category of blog fodder (Yarn Play, for the unenlightened). Nah, you know that as long as yarn scraps exist out there, thrifty crocheters everywhere will be tempted to unite colors that should remain apart. Here is my proof:
Unless you are a Michigan State Spartan or a leprechaun, you probably don’t appreciate this color combination. And seriously, what is going on with this girl’s skirt?
We saw these Asian offerings at two separate estate sales a couple of weeks ago:
I really am attracted to Asian dolls and have to slap myself from time to time so I’m not overrun.
We had one of this kind of nail craft projects a couple of weeks ago:
I would take those orange “nail” flowers any day over this this Southwest decor basket:
Our final find tried so hard to be cute:
I love dogs and dog figurines, books, jewelry, purses, t-shirts, you name it and I probably like it, except for a few notable exceptions. This little statue doesn’t work for me; it’s probably her demurely lowered eyes. I have a concern for this pair too–I hope none of the puppies have their father’s head. That big old pumpkin is going to be a trial while whelping!
Although garage saling was pretty stinky last week, we did enjoy this garden:
Many thanks for reading our blog. We will be traveling the last week in July to IFDC in Las Vegas; if any of you are going, be sure to look for us and say hi! For the rest of our readers, we will have a Friday post, as usual.