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.

P8024711  You’re greeted in the foyer by a life sized bronze gorilla sculpture.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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,

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!

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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