UPDATE: Congratulate me. I just won the eBay auction for ashtray #1. Go ahead – mock me if you feel you must. Someday you will all be coveting homemade ceramics with color-burst paint drips on it. Just remember that I showed you the way.
Announcement! I have lost my passion for a book stack side table.
Two things occurred:
1. I actually did purchase one (the one with the drawer), but I used the new account that we opened when we bought the furniture and it turns out my name is not on that account as a user. Probably because these are feudal times and I am chattel. This is what happens when the chattel wanders over to the throw pillow display and 2 vassals are left alone to set up the account. Lesson learned.
But I see that I’m drifting away from the point here.
Anyway, I told the person on the phone that I have an older account in my own name and let’s just charge it there. But they wanted me to tell them the account number instead of looking it up themselves. I said I would call them back but even then, I knew I wouldn’t because like, who is the vassal in THIS transaction? So the order was canceled and I’m okay with that.
2. I was discussing with Sami the possibility of creating a book stack table from the old World Books. He surprised me by calmly speculating that was a poor option because it would be so heavy, we’d be struggling to move it for position adjustment, cleaning and so forth. His lack of passionate opposition to the concept withered my passionate advocacy and just like that, I lost interest.
But now that leaves me without a striking accent piece. The new sofa and chair, in a stunning APPLE GREEN VELVET, has plain lines and is near the Big Black Wall of Television so there’s a need for a little eye-catcher somewhere in the room. Right now, we’re using a low woven bread basket as a holder for the remotes, so I was thinking some kind of giant vintage ashtray would be just the thing.
Right now, I find myself under the influence of the “Aunt Leona’s Ceramic Class” school of design.
1. This one has the perfect coloration, also the most interesting pattern of drips. Slightly small – the DVR remote would hang over the ends.
2. Perfect size and layout. Would easily contain remotes. I’m not crazy about the avocado-toned base color. Nice drip pattern, though.
3. I don’t even really like this one but I keep coming back to look at it. I think I’ve moved out of the ashtray division and into the chip ‘n dips. There is a subtle darkening of the glaze in the two wells, and that sort of saves it. I do not care at all for the matte-finish of the stem or the wood-graining there, but that is the instantly recognizable feature of Treasure Kraft pieces and that’s what this is.
4. To die for! Completely impractical for the use I have in mind, but you do recognize these as hosta leaves, don’t you? There’s a little bit of aqua thread in my carpet so this would totally go. Doesn’t looking at it just make your heart ache?