Monthly Archives: March 2012

Clowning Around with Lladró

I was walking by the shop at work on Monday, when I spotted this guy in the window:

The shop was closed, so I couldn’t go in to investigate further. All I knew is that it would be expensive! After a few Google attempts, I finally found my guy. Meet the Clown Head Lamp designed by Marco Antonio Noguerón for Lladró Porcelain. Not necessarily for everyone’s budget or tastes, but it certainly is eye-catching.

I am glad I didn’t let the $1800 price tag of the clown lamp turn me off of looking around on Lladró’s website a little more. In addition to lots of granny porcelain sculptures, they really have some gems. See below for some of my favorites.

Metropolis Skyscraper $600 – you can build an entire city!

Bridal Crown Magic Forest $695 – I can imagine an entire wedding based around this!

Magic Forrest Stud Earrings $95 (cough, birthday gift idea, cough)

Magic Forest Ring $155

Bacchus Bottle Stopper Horse $100 – Aw, reminds me of Mr. Granby Bullseye

Bear Paw Cufflinks $75

I hope you enjoyed that little bit of window shopping! Tell me your favorite if you have time to check out Lladró’s website.



The Good, The Bad, The Ugly…plumbing

Rule of Homeownership: the moment you spend money to upgrade a non-essential item in the house, it seems that something essential will break very soon.

The good: we bought a new light fixture for our bedroom last night from Schoolhouse Electric! I’m sure you’ll be hearing about that upgrade soon.

The bad: we knew that we had plumbing issues when our bathroom and kitchen sink were slow-draining and gurgling. We knew it might be serious when we noticed the drain in our back yard overflowing earlier this week. We bought some drain cleaner and plastic snakes to help urge the clogs onwards.

The ugly: David goes to snake the kitchen sink drain before we even used the liquid cleaner. He’s doing his business and hears a crunch followed by flowing water. Oops. He poked a hole in the u-shaped drain trap. He borrowed a big wrench from a neighbor, and attempted to take off the corroded trap. It’s rusted on, and he only manages to break off bits of it. Now, we’re down a kitchen sink and doing dishes in the basement laundry sink.

We’re waiting to hear back from the plumber. I’m sure this all won’t be cheap, but we know it could be much worse. We suspect that the flushable toddler wipes might be to blame for the clogs since all of this mess comes a couple of months after E has been daytime potty trained. Why do we feel the need to use these things?! Toilet paper is just fine for us adults. I think we might not buy them anymore, but wipes are still handy on the go.

Looking on the positive side, the area below the kitchen sink will be clean and organized after all of this! We also know that if/when we renovate the kitchen, we have our basement sink to help us through the ordeal.


Birdhouse Rowhome

My posts might be minimal while I work out the kinks in the new blog, enjoy a low-key weekend in town, and prep for my sister’s wedding just a week away!

The desire to share this amazingly cool and overpriced bird house with you hastened my efforts to jump-start this blog. You can find it on sale at Anthropologie for a low, low price of $250. From here on out, italics equal sarcasm. We won’t be buying this as it is probably the size of our backyard…but it is definitely cool. I envy the birds that call this place home.



Welcome Home!

Geez, here goes. I’m branching out the SouthFeasterdelphia brand a bit with the hope of providing information and ideas not easily found in a very saturated blogosphere. Basically, I feel unfulfilled reading blogs about parents who stay home with their kids, do clever crafts, make fabulous meals, renovate their large homes, and basically highlight all that is good in life. I don’t want a random piece of laundry artfully strewn on a chair for a house tour in the hope of making you look real…I want a house tour with your kid throwing blocks everywhere just after you cleaned up cat puke and vacuumed the rugs. That is real. I don’t want to see amazing outfits sent from designers and paired with platform heels only suitable walking to and from a car. Show me an affordable outfit that looks good with sneakers for walking the city streets, and you have my heart. You can read more about my decision to blog (even more than I already do) in the About section.

P.S. – I would love to post house tours of row houses, apartments, and small dwellings from all over. Let me know if you are interested!