lady head vase

The lady is a vase

I dig lady head vases. Possibly because I like interesting juxtapositions–the daintiness of most of the ladies contrasts nicely with the dullness of dirt. The ladies are dressed for garden parties, not gardening.

Some of the vases I’ve admired in the past:

Pretty pale blue.

Pretty pale blue.

head vase

Lady head vase

My mother finds my affinity for the lady heads baffling.  When we’re poking around antique stores together and I find one I like, I’ll hold her up for approval. My mother will wrinkle her nose or roll her eyes and say something like, “Her face is kind of weird, don’t you think?”

I examine the lady again and decide that maybe her eyes are uneven, her lips too small, hair slightly off. Sigh. Back on the shelf she goes.

When my mother was off gallivanting with her friend Jean, she came across a small collection of lady head vases and texted me a photo.

“These made me think of you,” she wrote.

My mom texted me this photo.

My mom texted me this photo.

“Love the brunette on the right!” I replied.

She’s even prettier in person.

My lovely lady head vase.

My lovely lady head vase.

Thanks, Mom. She made a wonderful Christmas present. And I haven’t killed the plant yet. Give me a few more weeks.

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Progress report

The moratorium is still on – I haven’t bought any clothes, shoes, make-up or accessories. I did pay for rock-climbing lessons with my friend Amy…I’m hoping to climb fairly regularly to get back into shape. I have three pencil skirts in my closet right now that I LOVE but can’t quite wear…they go on and they zip, but I can’t sit in them because they’re too tight. I want to be able to wear them again by the end of summer.

I even resisted yesterday’s 25% off at Bettie Page Clothing.

My mother came up for a visit over the weekend and we hit some antique stores. She knows about my shopping moratorium and decided to treat me to a few things we found…two lovely blue bangles from Antiques at Mayfair and a carryall from This Olde Stuff. The carryall needs a bit of TLC, but I’m confident that Tim can fix it for me. The lipstick tube has never been used, and it still has the puff and comb.

Two lovely blue bangles - the color is more vivid in person.

Two lovely blue bangles – the color is more vivid in person.

My carryall came in a red and silver striped box. Pretty!

My carryall came in a red and silver striped box. Pretty!

The metal is in gorgeous condition.

The metal is in gorgeous condition.

Here's where I need Tim's help--reattaching the clasp for the cigarette case.

Here’s where I need Tim’s help–reattaching the clasp for the cigarette case.

The mirror is in decent shape as well.

The mirror is in decent shape.

We saw some fun other things, but didn’t buy them. I’m saving money for Matilda, remember? I’m still on a quest for the perfect lady-head vase, which may be a reasonable exception to the spending moratorium, but since we didn’t see any I liked, no worries there. If only the weather would cooperate and warm up so I can pretend I’m wearing new clothes, even if they’re just things that have been in storage all winter.