Friday, 29 June 2012

How Far Is Too Far....

I am kind of wondering how far is too far
and at what point does something you love
become one of those things 
that people get that freaky fixed smile on their face when you mention it
and you just know inside they are thinking you are a poor miserable sod
and they are mentally counting the minutes until they can make their escape



not that there is anything wrong with them for thinking that way
because I myself have pulled out the fixed smile and poor sod thought
 and it has seen me through various family and work functions over the years

I also firmly believe that as parents
it is our sworn duty to torture our children until they think that way
though in the teenage years this does seem to be more likely
to be accompanied by a noticeable sigh or some eye rolling
but with practice I am sure Phantom will perfect the smile/ grimace

The big question is whether to buy a tea lamp
it may just tip me over from poor sod territory
into crazy tea lady territory
I think I have been walking quite the fine line lately
if the teetering tower of tea in the pantry
and need for some extra shelves to house
various paraphernalia is an indication
but this lamp is a whole other teapot of fish...


I am sure it is an almost direct rip off from Liberty or some such store
and it is in a homewares store at the mall
which I have taken to visiting it with such alarming regularity
I am starting to feel like I am stalking the poor thing
and I have no where to put it, and the shade is dingo ugly
so added to the expense of buying the thing, then there is the new shade
and the extension because like I said
no room
so I will hopefully hold out until someone else puts me out of my misery 
and buys the darn thing so it won't be there when I visit
and in the mean time I will use Paint Party Friday to distract me...xx


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57 comments:

Helen Campbell said...

Oh my goodness! You have me laughing. I'm sure someone will purchase this lovely tottering teacup/pot lamp, and you can breathe a sigh of relief. I love your drawings, by the way. :)

Heather Foust said...

You must buy it now!!! You did a hilarious post on it. You have to!!

Kat Sloma said...

Buy the tea lamp! It's meant for you!! Happy PPF. :)

JKW said...

I admit, I was laughing too, don't know if that's what you meant. But good post. Blessings, Janet PPF

Lynn said...

Such fun creations this week here! You are so much fun and have a great sense of homor in your art!

Jennifer McLean said...

Hey, it's your prerogative to "nest", make the house the way you want. I'm for the rule, one in, one out. SO, choose an ugly lamp and inadvertently drop it, bump it or push it off it's perch, then go and replace it with your new purrrty tea lamp and use the old shade from the "broken" lamp. Tada!! Problem solved. You're welcome. ;o)

Ayala Art said...

I hear you... I'm the same but with wood carved angels. I almost pray they get sold before I get to see it again!
Excellent images!

lydiapuenteharris said...

Lol, love,love,love-who can question it or why it strikes when it does? The lamp is calling to you and cannot be denied. ;)

craftattack said...

Lovely piece, I would LOVE a lamp like that! And once you are over the line, you don't notice it anymore, jump! Valerie

Pointy Pix said...

initially I thought the tea lamp was just a wonderful creation of your imagination but if this thing actually exists then it seems to me that it's been made for you-it's even in a shop in the town you live in-a sign from the cosmos, surely! I think it would be a travesty if you didn't buy it!

Netty said...

I agree with everything Pointy Pix has said.....its incredible. Happy PPF, Annette x

Carin said...

I third what Pointy Pix says (but don't blame me when your rellies lock you up lol)

Tracy said...

Oh that lamp is SO YOU! I like what Jennifer suggested. Another suggestion is to put said lamp on the birthday, holiday, or just because I'm extraordinary and should be given a gift lists! :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

LOL - definitely buy it!
Rinda

Sandra said...

Oh but Tracey, you already ARE the crazy tea lady, lol! That's why I like you, because you are uniquely crazy, just like that lamp!
Hmm... well I think you just HAVE to buy the lamp. I mean, it IS the most crazy lamp I've ever seen, but what a talking point! I just love those teacup candle holders too. I think you should buy the lamp and the candle holders, if only to embarrass the kids - tea-hee-hee ;0)

Carol Lee Beckx said...

Absolutely LOVE the lamp!!!
I think you need to have it...

Ginny said...

I think the lamp should be yours. If you go back to look at it and it is still there, then it was meant to be. Love this post as I do all of your work.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I'm always torn between being in awe of your artistic style and laughing historically at your commentaries. I know what you mean about wanting to buy something, but knowing you don't need it. Blessings!

Susan said...

Great post. The lamp is TOO cute! Keep us posted!

Lori said...

I say buy! By the way, you've totally inspired me to link up with Paint Party Friday today. I did a watercolor using Tombow Markers this week of roses. So, thanks for the push. xoxo

carlarey said...

Lord, I know that feeling! In the past few years I have helped both parents and in-laws move to smaller places. Nothing like sorting through someone else's accumulated crap to cure you of adding to your own.

Paint it two or three more times and see if you still want it. I love the description of the shade being dingo ugly.

see you there! said...

Just remember, if you buy it you are going to have to dust it (eventually). Love the drawings.

Darla

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Lovely creations as usual ~ As for the tea lamp ~ you are not a 'poor sod' and never have been and 'they' do not pay your bills, put bread and butter on your table ~ so do what ever it is that gives you pleasure ~ It is not for anyone to 'judge' and if they do ~ you DON'T need them ~ Life is too short ~ Enjoy each moment ~ LOL end of 'lecture' `~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

Christine said...

well that's a very interesting lamp, nice painting!

Jez said...

What a creative lamp - I thought it was a figment of your tea-fuelled imagination at first. I agree with the 'one in one out' suggestion ... but then I also agree about the dusting problem. And won't the shade get in the way when you pour the tea out!!!!!!

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

I really think this lamp has your name on it. I will also make for artful subject matter for future paintings. Happy PPF

Rhonda said...

I agree with everyone here Tracey! Buy the lamp! It's very cute.

Karen Smithey said...

At this point in life, I'm thinking that if I really love something, if it gives me joy in some way, then who cares what everyone else thinks?

It seems this really 'speaks' to you...

Tammie Lee said...

thank you for my morning smile

love your tea cup/pot art.... another smile.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I agree- the lamp is meant to be yours! So perfect for you!
xx
Stephanie

Cre8tiveQueen said...

You are perfect just the way you are! That is the beautiful thing about this world, we all have the things we collect and love! In the past year I have learned to embrace and celebrate other people's quirks, passions, collections... what have you!
Enjoy the weekend!
Tea on the rocks.... mmmmmmmmmm
Nat

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

Clearly the ONLY reason for you to NOT buy this, is if you make your own. Because you NEED one of these teapot/ teacup lamps. Oh yes, you do.

Gloria said...

You always make me smile. Hey, Tracey, I think you should get out your markers/pens and do various tea bag designs all over the shade and then color in somehow? Then no need to buy a new shade. Then if you have a pet or younger child visiting, make sure they accidentally knock over a current lamp..a cookie or treat bribe might be needed..then you will have room for your new treasure!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Oh its so nice to find I am not the only one who obsesses over something totally unrealistic for our home, But somethings you just have to go for it because that is what makes a home a home.. Thanks for my morning chuckles and Happy PPF.

Caitlyn (ladyphlogiston) said...

I know the feeling! I feel certain I've seen online tutorials for how to make your own versions - I think on knockoffdecor.com maybe? Maybe I shouldn't tell you that :)

Lovely sketches, though!

sandee said...

Oh I say go over the edge, that's what getting old is for, like being able to eat dessert before dinner, of having breakfast at dinner time. Growing older should afford us those luxuries! Buy the lamp, let Phantom roll her eyes ( good training for when she gets married, hee hee ) and have fun! waving hi from the hot hills of North Carolina :)

Anne said...

Wonderful drawing, the lamp is awesome! :)

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Hi Tracey! Why don't you make one yourself? I think you will love it even more and you're going to have a new shade made anyway! Patsy

Debbie said...

your so funny tracy, and i think you should buy the lamp! it makes you happy and thats all that matters. Great sketch too!

Giggles said...

Not to worry Tracey! Every one knows the crazy cat lady always trumps the crazy tea lady!! "If it makes you happy!!!It can't be that bad" Sheryl Crow!

I love the illustration!!

Hugs Giggles

Alicia C said...

go for it!!!! it's a great lamp! at least if it looks the way you've painted it :D makes me want one too

Linda said...

Are you saying there is something wrong with being a crazy tea lady? Oh Oh...:)


If the lamp looks like your painting, I say BUY IT!! Don't forget to wear your purple outfit with your red hat when you go shopping. :)

Serena Lewis said...

LOL That lamp sounds like it was made for you!! I always make the mistake of holding off on a purchase hoping that it will come on sale. Problem - it usually sells and never gets a chance to go on sale. I then live with regrets...woe is me. :(

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

LOL, you must, must, must buy it! I think it doesn't matter what other people think of it.

You're so talented to write such an entertaining post and I love the sketch.

I say buy...

Titbelsoeur toute seule said...

Hey ! I am happy you left a comment on my blog, that made me discover yours ! I really love your paintings, which are exactly what I dream to do !!!
will come back ...

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

I say GO BUY IT!!!!!!!! I was waiting for your sketches to start dancing and singing to me...thanks for the smiles this morning!
cheers, dana

NatashaMay said...

I like crazy tee ladies. :) Go for it! Awesome illustration as always.

Gina Sismilich said...

Tracey - I love your style - writing and art.

minnemie said...

OH yes, you totally need it - even if only for the conversations it will inspire;-) We all now you're crazy and love you all the more for it - makes us feel welcome:-) Excellent sketch (in words and in pencil) s always!

Mary C. Nasser said...

LOVE the teacup/teapot lamp!
So whimsical and fun!
I vote that you buy it, too!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Robin Panzer Art said...

I do so enjoy your witty self-deprecating posts! Lovely drawing of the object of your shameful lust! Happy PPF!

Elisa Choi said...

A great drawing of your favorite things and the color that adds a beauty in it. :)

Rita said...

But...but...it has you name all over it! OMG! And do you actually have teacup sconces? Or are those for sale there, too?

I'd say go over the edge. Live outside the box. It's much more interesting. This lamp and the sconces are just so you! And what better way to torture your kids than to leave them in your will. ;)

Carolyn Dube said...

Go big or go home! Embrace your teacup-ness and bring this baby home! The ugly lampshade is just an invitation to paint it, decoupage it, glue fabric to it, or better yet paint teacups and teapots all over it!!

Belinda Carson said...

Thanks for the smile your post gave me! I think the teacups are adorable!!

EVA said...

LOL! It is bordering on crazy tea cup lady territory... It does have charm and is fun though! Lovely job capturing it in all our imaginations!

Melisa said...

It's an Anthropologie knockoff. I'm thinking of making one since I've seen several DIY tutorials for it. I love it!