Saturday, August 18, 2012

Animal House and a Teapot Handbag

In my last post I gave you a little glimpse of my brothers splendid lake house.  Part of my trip was spent there and the rest of the time I stayed at his home.  He jokingly says that coming home is like “being on safari”, hence Animal House.

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This elephant carving hangs above one of the fireplaces.  There is lots of art, including Robert Bateman wildlife.

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A giant wooden fish sits near the hot tub.  You can get a glimpse of its mermaid companion behind it.  There is something interesting everywhere you look.

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Even some of the furniture has an animal theme.  There are giraffe, zebra, elephants, lions, monkeys and more throughout their home.  My sister-in-law realized her lifetime dream of visiting Africa in January and now they say they can’t wait to return.

Seems harder than I thought to get caught up with my blog and blog friends.  I still haven’t taken photos of all the tea goodies I bought in Canada.

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We were looking in a little shop in Haliburton (or maybe Parry Sound) when my brother saw this handbag and decided that he wanted to buy it for me.

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It is from the Amliya Leather Collection and came with a handy shoulder strap.  This purse is large enough to be practical, as well as cute.

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Most of my tea purchases came from Teaopia.  I learned that they are soon merging with Teavana and so are selling off their logo stock (75% off).  I bought two pretty teapots, double walled tea glasses, a Teaopia tea tin and some hibiscus wellness tea for a friend.

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My dear, if you could give me a cup of tea to clear my muddle of a head

I should better understand your affairs.

- Charles Dickens

6 comments:

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I am so happy you shared your brothers decor with us. I "LOVE IT"!!! I have little jungle thingies here and there, NOTHING as grand as your brothers. LOVE the gorilla! OH MY and I bet you (((LOVE))) that purse. It is gorgeous! I have a special purse that I use as a little sewing basket and keep it displayed at all times. I would LOVE to have a purse like yours to do that with...
Have a beautiful weekend,
Hugs,
Donna

Marilyn said...

Your brother certainly has a house with a very special art collection. How lovely! And how thoughtful of him to buy that very pretty teapot bag for you. I have seen some similar, but not as nice.

Antiques And Teacups said...

I absolutely LOVE your teapot purse...indeed, a real tea bag! Wonderful! I pinned it!
Ruth

Ginger said...

Your brother has an interesting house. The teapot purse is unique.

Joy said...

That house is indeed gorgeous. And what a neat purse - love it! Finding tea things at 70% off is pretty special, too. What fun!

Angela McRae said...

You have the perfect handbag to take next time you go to tea! (And I hope you'll be going with me very soon!)

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