Sunday, April 29, 2012

it can be so easy to take cushions for granted

It emerged during the course of a conversation with Bono the other day that he has just the one cushion. "How can you possibly manage?" I asked, but it was clear that the whole cushion situation was causing him considerable angst so I let the topic slide.

When the issue becomes less emotive I'll tell him about Red Earth, which contains the most bona fide lifestyle I've ever seen under one roof.

part of my haul from Red Earth

Scottish Husband took a sweeping glance at the shop as we walked in and remarked that this was going to cost us money.  Even as he spoke, I was mentally assigning May's gin budget to pastel glasses, pink enamel milk pans and a new stripey bag, for though I already have too many bags I thought it would be sensible to have a bag in which to store the excess bags.

Entering into the spirit of things, Scottish Husband pointed out cloches, bought me the perfect cardigan and distracted the daughters with three-tier afternoon tea while I was rationalising the need for the patently unneeded.   What a good, good person. We paused at the cushion shelves, hoping to essay a little philanthropy, but Bono wasn't with us to say whether he prefers flour-sack fabric or zebra print. Choosing for others can be so challenging.  

I remind you that I am Queen of Fudge
Upon returning home, I added some Eau de Rose (Produit Gastronomique) to a batch of fudge.  It was a way of prolonging the idyll.

Terrified of Facebook has been in touch to say that she is terrified of Facebook but would like to win the soap giveaway nonetheless. Enter, enter, by all means, but no more than three times, and definitely no more than five. Just leave a comment on the giveaway post and I'll square it with our ethics committee here.

40 comments:

  1. I think I found a kindred spirit in Terrified Of Facebook. But I'm more of a Fed Up With Facebook. And I think a bag to store all my bags in is a WONDERFUL idea and am going out today to find one. I wonder if there's a Red Earth in Sydney.................

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  2. I'm with you there, Debs: a beatific peace descended upon me when I closed my Facebook account last summer.

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  3. How did I not know you were Queen of Fudge? I am the Duchess of Lemon Curd. We should arrange a marriage between our children...they will be the toast of every afternoon tea in the world. A new lifestyle super power to unnerve Martha.

    I do like your haul. xx

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  4. But of course I am a fan of buckets and pails from all over the globe. Pink enamel is just a bluebird of extra loveliness.

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  5. Hello Mise

    Clearly Bono does not want to go over "the Edge", perhaps "he still hasn't found what he is looking for".

    What a store and to be able to have afternoon tea too. I would be in heaven.
    A great post

    Helen xx

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  6. Your pink pots and pail are the prettiest ever. I hope Bono knows how to get in touch with you.

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  7. Mise,
    Just the thought of walking into Red Earth with someone of your caliber in taste would cause me "considerable angst". Kudos to Scottish Husband:)

    Nice music... delicious fudge...how long can I stay?

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  8. The store looks divine, it is good to see your pink and blue lifestyle is coming along beautifully. Scottish husband deserves a pat on the back for being so stoic in the face of adversity. Mine would have just laughed at my expression as I walked through the doors of the shop, apparently I have a 'look'which makes his credit card tremble.

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    1. That look, Susan, could it be that slight shadow cast by a big fancy unashamed price-tag tied on with ribbon rather than a small sticky-on label?

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  9. I only have two cushions and both are taken for granted. To make matters worse they are plain and navy. Clearly I need lifestyle guru like you Mise to take me in hand. A shop like Red Earth would be nice too.

    By the way the spellcheck thing thinks I should call you Muse. For once I think I agree with it.

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    1. Sue, I've been thinking lately of taking up Good Works, and only two cushions, both plain and navy, seems to me to cry out for Good Works. I have applied for Arts Council funding to send you some more and hope to be in touch soon with a positive outcome.

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    2. You are a saint Mise. I am overcome with gratitude.

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  10. Hello Mise:
    Now when it comes to cushions, we instantly defer to your better judgment. But perhaps you could clarify one or two points on that subject which are, for us, a concern?
    1. The ideal number to have on a sofa [small, medium, large, antique, vintage and modern]?
    2. The ideal number, if any, to be placed on a bed [single, double, king size]?
    3. The ideal mix [of plain, pattern, subdued [i.e. in 'good' taste] colours, bright [i.e. 'vulgar'] colours?
    4. The acceptability of what in the 1960s [well before your time so you may have to research your answer] were referred to as 'scatter' cushions?
    5. The position of any cushions in a minimalist interior, unless of course they take the place of all furniture?

    Finally, do they qualify as needful or needless?

    Thank you for the advice proffered about cut and paste. We meet later today with His Excellency, Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary for some hands on help. That is if, owing to cuts in the Diplomatic Service, he is not recalled before our appointment.

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    1. Ah, what enquiring minds. I am delighted to see the conversation raised at last to this level. These may well be the most crucial questions I have been asked during all of my blogging years, and I would like to take the time to reply at length (perhaps at great length or great, great length) in a separate post. You will forgive the delay, dear Jane and Lance, and I know you will muddle by meanwhile with what cushions you have.

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  11. didnt know you were the fudge queen either! it's handy that its such a postable produce isnt it????!!!!

    i'm the queen of buying champagne and nibbles in under 60 seconds. its a talent.

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    1. If my fudge to you and your champagne and nibbles to me should cross in the post, Jules, wouldn't that be a pip?

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  12. Alas I cannot go as I am barred from Mullingar. There was an incident.

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    1. Ah, Amee, we were marveling at seeing a statue of Joe Dolan in the town centre rather than one of you, but this explains it.

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  13. Oh Miss Mise I really want those pink stems. Do you have any idea if they would ship to USA and the cost...I am crazy I believe!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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    1. Karena, here is the link on the manufacturer's website: http://www.lsa-international.com/collection/polka/wine-glass-x-4.html

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  14. Thank you for giving me a morning smile, and for introducing me to milk pans.

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  15. You has a great blog. I'm very interesting to stopping here and leaves you a comment. Good work.

    Lets keep writing and share your information to us.

    Nb: Dont forget to leave your comment back for us.

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  16. One can never have enough cushions ;)

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  17. Scottish husband, Red Earth, cushions, Queen of Fudge...it is all happening Mise and I would say you made out very well...from one cushion lover to another..

    Jeanne xx

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  18. Oh lovely. I need pink milk pans! Badly!

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  19. I would find it very disturbing to find out how many cushions are in my house, made another 5 today, it is getting out of control!
    WANT that milk pan and Eau de Rose in a lovely bottle...

    All so lovely as usual

    Denise

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  20. Curse you and Red Earth.... I just HAVE to go to Mullingar now, don't I?

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    1. You have to indeed. Throw something into the basket for me while you're there.

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  21. You had to post another Queenly Fudge photo just as I'm readying myself for a cup of tea that's sadly lacking in the fudge department... {I suspect your Scottish Husband is one of the very many assets that make you the envy of Blogtopians.}

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  22. I try to plump and arrange cushions nicely as befits a blogger, but they all end up on the floor, because Someone doesn't like them. I am thinking of having a short elastic attached to each one, so that they can be tethered to the seat and hauled up again quickly if anyone drops by. A sort of bungee cushion™ if you will.

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    1. Surely Someone could suffer for Beauty, Lucille? It seems so harsh.

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  23. You flit like a butterfly from one sweet subject to another. Adds up to a honey of a post :)

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  24. Oh Mise, your posts always brings up a smile! Since I cannot make a comment on the giveaway (NO Facebook for me!) I will just have to 'imagine' that lovely fresh smell of such a hat worn in the rain (which we have in abundance here on the Pacific NW coastline!)
    Have a wonderful May Day!

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  25. That shop looks wonderful, I love how accepting Scotish Husband is!

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  26. Bono is really getting a little too carried away with the whole "One" campaign; one cushion is not only bad for his rockstar bottom and posture, but also a burden on his schedule having to cart it around from chair to private jet. You really should press him a little further next time you have tea. And maybe take him shopping. Perhaps I should come ...

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  27. I feel loath to admit this but we are cushionless. We weren't cushionless BW (before whippets) but the whippets, though posing no danger to the local wildlife, hunt and eat cushions. I'm wondering if I should adorn my sofa with taxidermy instead, in the hope that the whippets will treat it with the same disdain they do bunnies.

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  28. I spent ages on that website. Mullingar has now been elevated to a destination rather than 'that place we stop on the way to the bits of the west that are not Donegal'.

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  29. So brilliant, storing the bags within bags. This could be done with baskets as well. And toss pillows.

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