Monday, October 17, 2011

contribu[tion] to my collec[tion]

I believe that I've shared my love of the sarcastic musings of the likes of Catalog Living and Unhappy Hipsters before, but this post (photo credit: West Elm) was particularly appealing to me today, especially since my dad brought me some very cool gifts last night that I'll share after the Catalog Living post below...

Gary buttered his toast with unapologetic enthusiasm despite the judgmental glare of the owl family.
(Source: Catalog Living)

How funny is that?! 

Let me just take this opportunity to say once again that I love owls. And I love owls because my maternal grandmother collected owls my WHOLE LIFE, and by no means am I attracted to them because they are the 'hip' thing to be attracted to these days! I swear, it seems that every store I shop these days has an owl display of some sort. Oh well. They still remind me of my Mawmaw, so that at least makes my heart happy! And maybe it's a phase, but I will continue to display them around the home until my husband says 'enough already'!

So, on to those gifts I mentioned. You may recall that my dad went to Peru back in August, and I just saw him for the first time last night, since his trip. More to come on why I saw him, later in the week! Anywho, he came bearing souvenirs from Peru! As well as gifts not from Peru! Some owls, some not owls. To my sister Allison - if you are reading - this may be a good time to close the browser. Don't go any further, you may or may not be getting similar gifts! So unless you want to ruin the surprise, you should probably look away!

Just to give her a little more time to second guess her decision to stay, I'll start with what's not from Peru. Some of you may know that my dad is quite the frequenter of a little site called Ebay. He is seriously obsessed, he's bought cars (yes, more than one). And anything else that strikes his fancy... a barber chair, a 4-wheel bike, a golf cart? The list goes on. He's also bought me an owl decanter in the past, and now he's added to my collection with this... 

Yes, it's an oil owl lamp (say that three times fast)!

Moving on to the souvenirs... I hope you're gone Allison! First up, traditional Peruvian footwear, socks made from alpaca wool! Ooh, toasty!

Theo really likes them.

 Next up, head wear. Again, alpaca wool! He loved the roaring 20's style of this, and I do too!

It's actually quite hard to photograph yourself, while not looking at the camera!

As seen here with these cool wooden owl earrings...

 And this precious little hand carved, folk art, gourd owl. 

Thanks Dad! I love EVERYTHING!!! You did very well in the souvenir department! And the photos from the trip were pretty incredible as well! Here are a few of my favorites that he took... 

an owl wall hanging in a restaurant
he ate this guinea pig! claimed it did not taste like chicken.

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