Decorative Duds Make Awesome Friday Finds

Well, it’s time to get back to the regular work-a-day world after all the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  Even with writing Christmas related posts, we still have been accumulating our usual assortment of crazy stuff that is crying out for attention.

Let’s start with a classic:

Angry Beethoven with crazy tall skullThis Beethoven bust looks angry and sad at the same time; I guess sullen is the best word for his expression.  Don’t be fooled by the verdigris color; this bust is pure plaster, not bronze.  Beethoven was a pretty irascible fellow, probably due to his deteriorating hearing and his chronic pain, plus troubles of the heart.  That’s enough to make anyone look sour.

Oh, we are on such a lamp roll.  This pair is middling bad, but that’s bad enough to get our attention:

let-there-be-less-light.jpgThe shades do not help at all; Kathy absolutely hates that avocado green color, but we both agree that the wood lamp and floral shade is the worst of this duo.  Why would you put a beigey-pink shade on a lamp decorated with yellow and orange–woof!  Maybe swapping the shades would work, but I’m not betting on it.

We called this the spaghetti bowl, but not in a pasta way.  This looks more like the ceramic/china embellishment made with extruded pieces of clay–surely, you must remember the spaghetti poodle post! ;- )

Spaghetti bowlMy problem with this particular incarnation of the ceramic art, is that it looks like a hairy bowl.  Thank goodness this isn’t a serving bowl; that sight might destroy even a teenager’s appetite.

We now enter the figure portion of the post, and at least a couple of them are so odd, you will be scratching your head just like we did.

Kathy and I agree that we would have adored this as young girls:

Dolly Bumbershoot Under the Bleachers by Seymour Butts
We were wondering why this lady in yellow had such long legs.  All questions were answered when we lifted her skirts–a much-loved umbrella, minus its handle.  I guess she could still function as a pokey sort of pillow doll perching on a bed.

It’s hard to know what to say about this next figure:

Puppies, kittens, or whateverI like dogs and Kathy likes cats; we think this little mommy could be either, or maybe even a bunny.  Who the heck can say for certain?

No matter how weird the above little critter is, it doesn’t hold a candle to this:

Japanese FigureShe is fabric over a wire form I’m guessing, because she wasn’t heavy at all.  She has some writing on top of the base that we couldn’t even begin to decipher.  The bottom of the base was stamped with JAPAN only.  She is very nicely painted, and I’m sure if we knew what she was, we might even consider her kind of cute with her big side-glancing eyes and triangle tongue.  But without any context, she is kind of strange, in an uncomfortable, flirty sort of way.

Just as a transition, here is a cart picture of someone having way more fun than we were:

Shopping cart full to overflowingWe hope they were picking up supplies for an ugly sweater contest.

We had heard of a consignment shop with some fun things so we decided to take a drive in that direction.  They had tons of stuff, some things that we had never seen before.  It was a huge place; they are going to have to move because of a huge remodel of our shopping mall.  What a job that move is going to be!  Almost as bad as when Kathy moves into a new house! ;- )

I was amused by this pack of dogs, not in a good way; I would have burned the candle poodle immediately, maybe in the car on the way home:

A Pack of PuppiesThe blue and white poodles at the back of the table are the same mold done two different ways.  The white poodle gets glamorous jeweled eyes and a worried expression.  The blue one gets a nice color but nothing else.  Would it have killed them to give him eyes?  I’m not sure why the poor little Scottie dogs had to have that glazing, maybe it was to match some of the onyx that had veins of impurities in it.  But obviously, not all the onyx was so marked, and these poor little Scotties were left looking like some bigger dog peed on them.

We figured that the queen was in town and dropped off a chair on consignment:

Chair fit for a Queen  Chair fit for a Queen close-up
Otherwise we are terrified of the diva who requires marabou, mink, and jewels on her boudoir chair.

If you’ve read our blog before, you know that we are suckers for creative displays:

Headboard PincushionThis may be one of the best ways to display pins that we have ever seen.  Of course you need a lot of floor space for this, but it was fun and caught our attention.  Seriously, what else could a person of taste and style use that headboard for?

We have never seen one of these ceramic lights before:

Light ShipWe both have seen ceramics of this color as lamps, but they have never been ships!  Those metallic sails, masts, and ropes put it right over the top.  I think it’s kind of cool, but not as a reading lamp.

We want to wish all of you a Happy and Safe New Year, and if you must leave home to party, please make sure you have a designated driver.  You could even try this solution, as seen outside one of our local breweries last week:

Designated DriversAt least they were decorated for the holidays!  There was a crowd laughing and taking photos on their phones.  Even in Colorado, it is rare to ride a horse out to dinner!

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6 Responses to Decorative Duds Make Awesome Friday Finds

  1. Matty says:

    What a great post! I think the Japanese figure is a frog girl?
    Also, love seeing ‘Ruffles’ – Bhahahaha.

    XO
    Matty

    • kathydeb says:

      Hi Matty, thanks for the kind words, you are such a sweetheart! We think the little Japanese figure looks sort of froggy too, but it’s so hard to tell when she has hair and a triangle tongue. Thanks for making Ruffles even rufflier, which we didn’t think was possible. Hugs.

  2. Connie says:

    Oaky… just how short is that boudroir chair? It is adorable…excusing the fact that there is an embellished crown and marabou and is in fire engine red.

    • kathydeb says:

      You know, we never noticed how short it was; we were totally hypnotized by the color, mink, feathers, and bling. It is pretty darn short. In fact, unless you’re a gymnast, you might look a little awkward standing up.

  3. Fran Carr says:

    The little Japanese pose doll is a kappa, which is a Japanese water spirit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kappa_%28folklore%29 has more information than you are ever likely to want; and http://www.flickr.com/photos/blastmilk/337514742/in/set-72157617136310200/ is a photo of a collection of kappa dolls in varied costumes, including Santa Claus.

    Happy New Year to you both!

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