everything old can be new again!

I have always been a bit obsessed with things that are old, things that have served another purpose…things that have a story to tell. And I am a firm believer that everything in my home should be beautiful and should reflect our lifestyle. If I don’t love it and it doesn’t work for us…it’s outta here! If you have journeyed through our home renovation, you know what I mean…from rusted bird-cage lighting in the kitchen to an 1800’s pine mantel in my living room, I love old things.

It seems like a natural progression to move from the antique stores to Goodwill. Yep. That’s right. Goodwill. There I said it. I have become a Goodwill shopper (Inspired by my historical preservationist friend RCR!). I’d like to say that this new hobby came out of necessity. But it didn’t. It’s more about the quest, the history, the thrill of the hunt! I could go to pottery barn to buy a lamp (and I have and probably will again), but how fun to find a lamp or a painting or other accessory at Goodwill. There’s a story for sure!

Yesterday, I didn’t set out to find these amazing  pottery bowls, because Lord knows…I don’t need another bowl (I probably have a hundred!) But I just couldn’t resist. They look so fab with my Vietri brown and black pottery. AND they were perfect for the Gumbo I served for last night’s cold rainy get together with friends.

So here they are!   I purchased all four for $6.50. They are handmade and include the potter’s stamp. I’ll have to ask my friend E.F.  if they are “fine” pottery! Why in the world would someone part with these?

Regardless, their loss is certainly my gain. These little darlings are fabulous. Won’t you join me for a bowl of soup?

And if you think I was clever enough to dream up shopping at Goodwill and Craig’s list for home decor…I am flattered but you are mistaken. I have become a blog junkie for several design inspiring blogs including Apartment Therapy http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ and Mr. Goodwill Hunting  http://mrgoodwillhunting.blogspot.com/

It’s a bird…It’s a flower…It’s a super human yoga pose

photo from wikipedia.com

Who knew there were several species that carries the name bird-of-paradise?  There is an actual bird that is native to Indonesia. There is the flowering plant, Strelitzia, which is native to South Africa but can be seen growing in many tropical locations throughout the world. I have never seen the actual bird, but the flower is one of the most beautiful, stylized flowers I have ever seen. Often they are placed in flower arrangements to give depth and an angular, contemporary look.

Until today, I had no idea that a human could transform into a bird-of-paradise (via yoga, of course). In today’s yoga class we learned the bird-of-paradise pose…because it is yoga…we’ll just assume this pose was inspired by the actual bird from Indonesia. The birds are crow like in body form and some have curved beaks. They have a long feathery (go figure) tail. Though they are a pretty bird, they don’t really have the graceful, intriguing look of the namesake flower.