Sunday, August 12, 2012

Magpie personified?

n magpie [ˈmӕgpai] a black-and-white bird of the crow family, known for its habit of collecting shiny objects.

magpie - an obnoxious and foolish and loquacious talker
speakertalkerverbaliserverbalizerutterer - someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous); "the speaker at commencement"; "an utterer of useful maxims"

magpie - someone who collects thing that have been discarded by others
a person who accumulates things and hides them away for future use

Am I a magpie?
Let's see

Do I collect shiny objects?  CHECK
Do I collect things that have been discarded by others?  CHECK
sorry have to look that up


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talking or tending to talk much or freely; talkative;chattering; babbling; garrulous: a loquacious dinner guest.
characterized by excessive talk; wordy: easily the mostloquacious play of the season.

ok - so am I loquacious ?  double CHECK

am I foolish?  triple CHECK

but I can use a can of spray paint and make things sparkle and shiny
so I am one up on them - 

A magpie's best friend

from this old rusted looking iron piece ( whose patina worked in 
my kitchen for a long time )

to this

fireplace grid

and Sammy the Squirrel - my door stopper - an absolute necessity in a 100 year old flat -
he was brown and almost gave me a heart attack on a daily basis because he looked 
dangerously like a rat perched in front of my bedroom door

hmmm -  ok that's a fail - 
back to the drawing board with you Sammy

and these I made a while back - ( you can find the post HERE )

finally got painted

and I thought it would be a boring post - but he seems to never fail me lately - 
and I'm starting to get a little worried that everyone will think I'm making this up because they are coming fast and furiously - but I am living these moments - and they are 100% true!

John is walking down the hallway going to bed and I'm sitting here typing away and ready to sign off and just in the knick of time....................  he gave me this:

Suzan says - what now?
JOhn says - you painted the door stopper?
Suzan says - yes I painted it - but there was a reason for it
John walks into the office holding it in his hand and says - 
 " Which habitat exactly do silver squirrels come from?"
Suzan says - the same one where silver foxes reside, obviously
John says - you know Suzan - we're going to have to draw the line here at some point - I mean now you're just being ridiculous with the paint
Suzan says - Pls don't speak to me like I'm a child - there's a very good reason for this -  I did it because it frightened me every night.............
John says - the door stopper was frightening you?
Suzan says - yes - it terrified me actually - it looked like a rat
John says - I've never seen a rat with a squirrel's tail in my life
Suzan says - don't talk foolish John - the tail goes on the other side of the door 
John says - well it should scare you even more now then - because now it looks like the bloody ghost of a squirrel...........
Suzan says - well it didn't turn out as cute as I thought it would
John says - guess you won't be blogging about it then
Suzan says - Good night John
John says - Good night Suzan

Suzan yells out - put Sammy back in front of the door please

John says " she's given it a name - I don't believe this "



  1. LOL- Okay- I believe every single word! We OFTEN have conversations like this. Our newest is over a table I painted with a Paris "theme". xo Diana

    ps...wait till you see what the REAL squirrel did with my outdoor tablecloth. NOT pretty- xo Diana

  2. I so missed your posts while I was away :) Not only do you have fabulous pictures of before and afters but they always give me a chuckle too. Your iron piece looks fabulous and I can't wait to see what you do with Sammy ;)

  3. Suzan, you guys are hilarious ! Sounds like some of the conversations we have. I'm a magpie, too. Hubby hates going to the flea market with me because I want to pick through everything. We'll be walking down an aisle, then I'm off in another direction...."oh, look! Shiny...." tee hee !


  4. My suggestion for Sammy? Throw him out! He gives me the creeps & in silver too. :)

    John should just surrender. I think his life, and possibly yours, would be a lot less frustrating re: all the paint, etc. I love, love the metal piece! Of course, everything you do is gorgeous.


    1. Sammy is creepy lol

      And no way do I want John to surrender and take all my fun away – sorry – he has to stay exactly the way he is J


  5. LOL
    Just home from a day at the my computer and this post was waiting for me! Fabulous way to unwind after work! Thanks for the laughs!!
    I love those metal orbs! And love the metal scroll you shined up! I actually think the squirrel is kinda cute, too...but would have been better in brown. lol
    Off to read the post on the making of the orbs...
    Debbie :)

  6. This is too funny. Sounds like you two have a lot of laughs on a regular basis!



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