Ottlites and Toikka Birds

I bit the bullet and ordered TWO,not one, but 2! Ottlites today from a big box retailer who had them 50% off. I got the 36W floor lamp and the Cone LED desk lamp. That should give me some light!

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Truthfully, I would not have done that even though I need more light over my ironing board in the evenings and at the sewing machine, but I am trying to spend money we have left for “replacement” items after a house fire two years ago. I only have a month to spend the money.

I try to support my local quilt shops, but some items I just have to go to the box store to get. Fifty percent off lights, 40% off batting, and 30-50% off Gingher scissors (and I love my Ginghers). I want my local shops to stay in business though, so they get my fabric (and sewing machine) purchases.

Back to the replacement items for the house. We have a number of “decor” items to replace, and you have to replace “like for like”, which is harder than it sounds because the insurance companies don’t really tell you what works until you file your claim.  However, I think I am safe with this item as decor – an iittila Toikka bird from Finland. I have wanted an iittila Toikka bird for years, but have refused to buy one because I think they are ridiculously expensive. Now, we have to spend money within one month, so why not buy something you have always wanted.

To explain why a Toikka bird: I taught English in Finland for a year back in the early 90s. Because I was just starting out in teaching, I wasn’t making a lot of money at the time, and Finland is pricey. I kept looking at the iittila Toikka birds–drooling over is more like it–but could never justify the expense. This evening I bought a Toikka bird! I am so excited! Handblown glass from Finnish designers–this one the 2015 Lakla bird. It’s “story” is below the image.

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“Inspired by a 19th century Finnish folk collection of poetry called the Kanteletar, Lakla (Bean Goose) is an imaginative character who acts as a lawyer for a willow warbler accused of stealing grain from a field. Lakla’s emerald color is an ode to the forests, which hold mysticism and meaning not only in Finnish literature but living, too.”

Love the color and the story! I’ll post actual photos once the bird arrives.

Happy Tuesday everyone! I’ll get back to sewing tomorrow evening. I am currently letting quilting pattern ideas percolate through my brain. Quilting is not my best skill, but to improve, I both piece and quilt.

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