Friday, August 5, 2016

Carl's New Collar and Tie and More

About a week ago, I ordered Carl a cat-sized collar and tie from a lovely Etsy shop called ChariotsAFire. The combo arrived in the mail on Tuesday. The tie is olive green with tiny gold dots, and Carl looks great in it (it really complements his eyes). When he tried it on for the first time, Rob said, "He looks like a little businessman. You should get him a little matching briefcase."

"He is not a little businessman!" I said, laughing. "He's a little boy. He's four, and this is his Sunday school outfit."

(Rob knows I like to play that Carl is my darling little boy and that he'll never grow up, that he'll be four forever and ever. He was just giving me a hard time.)

It was tough to get a good picture of Carl in his collar and tie, though he seemed moderately comfortable in this getup. He really needed to be sitting up nice and straight in order for me to capture the full effect, but he kept wanting to lie down in his tie, which wasn't a very photogenic position. I'll keep trying to get some better shots. Since he didn't really mind wearing his tie, I should have ample opportunities for photos.



Last Saturday Rob and I went antiquing in Destin, a booming beach town about two hours southwest of us. Destin is full of fancy shops for all the rich people who vacation there. At Smith's Antiques, we lucked out and found a not-too-expensive carving from Indonesia that was perfect for decorating the empty wall in the sunroom. The carving is of a dragon boat full of passengers, and it's over 6 feet long, painted metallic gold, pink, green, white, and yellow. I love the dragon's sassy, crazy expression and his magnificent tail.



I wanted to show you a picture of the arch we bought a couple weeks ago, the one that helps support the fruit-laden branches of our satsuma trees. The arch looks to me like the ghost of a pagoda, and it forms a rather grand entrance to our lowly utility room. Next time I'll have to take a picture of the whole arch, not just the top. The arch spans a pebble path lined with bricks. Coonties and pink pentas grow on one side of the path, and purple coneflowers, prairie coneflowers, and mountainmint grow on the other.



I'll close with a picture of a cute strawberry cupcake that I posed the other day on the little cast-iron table by the vegetable garden. There's nothing I like better than photographing cute desserts. When I was a child, I would do the same thing, but with mud pies and cakes. My sister Kris and I would fashion whole spreads out of mud and other "ingredients" from our yard. Our cakes were large mushroom tops covered in creamy chocolate mud icing and rose petal garnishes, and we'd make candy apples by wrapping crabapples in red clay, with twigs serving as the popsicle sticks. We'd raid Mom's marigold and zinnia beds so we could have centerpieces for our table. When everything was ready and our dolls were all dressed and in their places, we always took a picture with our little camera. It's just funny the way people never really change.



12 comments:

  1. Looks like you're having a wonderful summer up there. Your arch beautifully frames that part of the garden. Enjoy your new acquisitions.

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  2. Thanks, Daisy! I am trying to enjoy the warm weather while it's here; I always dread the winter. Thanks again for visiting!

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  3. Hi Leslie, Carl looks adorable in his new tie collar. That is the cutest thing I've seen in a long time. He doesn't even seem to mind it. So cute! I love, love, love your dragon boat art. That is an awesome piece and the colors are perfect for that room. One of my favorite color combinations for a room is pink and green. Your arbor is also very unique and pretty. Can't wait to see the whole arbor. Nice choice!

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    1. Thanks, Susan! One of my goals this weekend is to get a better picture of Carl in his tie. It is so hard to photograph cats . . . especially if they're acting weird because they're wearing a tie.

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  4. Hi Leslie! You find the best things ever! I love your dragon boat carving - and the arch has that 'romantic' flavor that goes so well in a southern garden. And of course, you picked the perfect color for your handsome Carl. I hope you're having a great week. _Janice

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    1. Thank you, Janice! I hope you're having a good week too--hope you're getting some good rain!

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  5. I love hearing about your childhood . . . you are like a very "girly-girly" version of myself. I made mud-pies and witches stew . . . ran around barefoot . . . and LOVED my tree house. I also loved old books - even way back then (and still do ~ that smell . . . nothing like it).

    Carl looks like a carbon copy (albeit healthier) version of our Shadie-Sadie, except she's nearly feral. Loves being touched one minute and is attacking you the next (she belongs to the crazy family down the street but lives and eats here - figure that one out).

    You're teasing us with that arbor . . . . LOVE IT! Even if you're feeding it to us in bits and pieces - like those tiny, beautiful, little cupcakes. I'll take a dozen please. I'm a big girl. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Eli! It sounds like we would have gotten along very well as kids! I did like girly things, but I was always outside. Kris and I loved our dolls, but we made them eat mud and swim in drainage ditches.

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  6. Oh my gosh! That tie collar!!

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    1. Carl is so glad the tie was a hit! Thank you so much for visiting, Amber!

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  7. Oh this was all just adorable! Carl looks fabulous in his beautiful tie collar... I hope he is continuing to enjoy wearing it! The arch is just beautiful and the photo of the cupcake is stunning! Is that a Mrs Tiggywinkle on the table too??

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  8. Thanks, Kate! Yes, that is Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle! Any time I see a Beatrix Potter figurine (or toy or anything), I just have to break down and buy it!

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