I was going to start this post by saying that I’m as Anthropologie-obssessed as the next girl.
In fact, I know I’m not.
But then, my next thought is not:
Is there any way I can possibly knock this off for about 1,000% less?
Perhaps it was the touches of whimsy, the contrasting textures and shapes, the bright colors…
Until I got to the price.
It’s a sickness, really.
It takes some effort, though.
…and discovered when he started disintegrating, that my creepy-eyed owl was made of some sort of weird, grainy substance, rather than ceramic like I’d thought (one of my readers later told it was alabaster; good to know).
My biggest conundrum were those metallic “spacers (for lack of a better term) in the Anthro versions.
I racked my brain (and my husband’s…poor man) but never came up with anything affordable that would serve as a comparable substitute.
Until…I remembered these wooden napkin rings (8 for $1, by the way) that I used to hold our “napkins” for our special Christmas breakfast.
So, I bought some craft paint…
I did a fair amount of fiddling and consulting with the hubs until I found a configuration I liked, and then I started gluing. And gluing. And gluing.
(All this gluing produced zero burns, amazingly enough, and only one broken owl).
**You need to make sure that you’re using a high-heat glue gun (with the setting on high…duh). Also, we learned the hard way that you really do need to rough up your smoother surfaces (like the glass and ceramics) with a little sandpaper before gluing or else it won’t adhere as well as you’d like…hence the broken owl…poor Frederico).
So, let’s just take a gander at the price difference, shall we?
Wanna hear the kicker?
Makes me wonder what I could get for mine.
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