I totally know it’s not an orb, part 1

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 I keep wanting to call this an orb.  My husband assures me that it is not.

Whatever it is I love it and it was well worth the $3.00 and the early Saturday morning stake out that I had to perform in order to get it!

It was a Tuesday and I drove by a house in my neighborhood that was going to have a yard sale on Saturday.  Did they not know that putting a sign out on a Tuesday for a Saturday sale was going to be pure and complete torture for a person like me!?!  Especially since I drove by this house everyday to get anywhere!!  Wednesday came and I drove by only to see the garage door was up and I could see tables of stuff, and bedding, and paintings, and furniture!!!  Then in the corner on a lone table was this beautiful piece of art, my orb, my star.  How was I going to make it till Saturday??  I thought about just knocking on the door and seeing if I could shop their stuff early.  That would’ve probably been a better idea then stressing about how I was going to be the FIRST one there Saturday morning in order to claim the orb that was sooo clearly meant to be mine.  But I didn’t.  I waited till Saturday, I bit off all my finger nails but I waited till Saturday.

Saturday morning rolled around and guess who was up at 5:00am???  Not me because I was up at 4:30!!!  I have been cursed all my life as a morning person, a very early morning person.  Granted I’m probably asleep by 8:30 most nights!  WILDDDD I tell you!!!  Needless to say, I got my orb, and I got it for three freaking dollars.  Geez I probably would’ve paid $200.00 if they asked for it.  It took hours before I finally let my kids pry it out of my hands to see what it looked like all lit up.  It was a glorious sight people, just glorious.  It’s the little things.

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My new fabulous $3.00 orb created a storm of work in my bedroom.  Yep that’s my bedroom up there.  That’s was all the action happens!!!  Sorry mom, don’t read that last sentence.  But for a room where lots of magic takes place, it sure is boring and neglected.  I guess with the rest of my house and my head full of craziness, it has been nice to have a simple, uncluttered, and peaceful bedroom to retreat to.  Time to change all that!!!

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Only recently did I hang those two mirrors behind my Habitat lamps, thanks to the redesign company.  I tried all sorts of artwork only to have those two honkin lamps hide everything.  The Ikea mirrors are a great size, bring in light and really open up the room.

star lightThe only other thing I have hanging in our bedroom is this painting that I also scored at the Habitat store.  My husband constantly asks me who she is and why she’s staring at us.  I think she freaks him out a bit.  That lamp came from Goodwill.  apparently all my lightning is secondhand.

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So back to my orb.  Yes I know it’s not an orb, but I really can’t stop calling it that!!  I love my white chair and love crawling in it with my blanket and a good book.  I’m telling you people I am a barrel of fun!!!  Thanks to Mr. Orb, I decide to make this corner a much cozier little reading nook.

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Thank the good Lord there are half times during football games or we wouldn’t get much done around here.

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My husband tried very hard to explain what he was doing in order to make my orb a hanging light like I requested.  Smile and wave, smile and wave.

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It’s a hanging orb, it’s a hanging orb!!!  It’s a hanging orb with an ugly cord and black electrical tape!!!

star lightI wanted to hang my orb right away in order to read my book by orb light.  But I wasn’t going to be able to completely concentrate on my book with that hideous cord behind my head mocking me.  Since I have a weird thing about just liking white pillowcases, I had these two pillowcases left over that came with the duvet we bought from Ikea.  All my canned goods have to be turned a certain way too.  Don’t you want to be my friend??

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I folded the pillowcase and cut 2 inch strips.

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Next I sewed all the strips together into two veryyyyyy long strips.  Let’s see how many times I can use the word strips!
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Then I sewed the two strips together!


Because I don’t have any patience (I’m painting such a lovely picture of myself) I left the edges all rough.  I told myself that it would look better this way, all unfinished looking!

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star lightTa-da!!!!  I love it and I totally enjoyed reading my book by orb light!!  Now I just need a little table to put my hot tea on and some artwork behind my chair.  Not spending a dollar, stay tuned for part 2 and 3 of my cozy corner redo!!!!

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21 Responses to I totally know it’s not an orb, part 1

  1. Jackie October 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    You have done it again!. Looking forward to see that corner transformed. The cord thing would have bothered me too, I have a thing about the can labels as well, so I can totally relate.

    • angela October 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

      Oh thank goodness I am not the only one with the freaky sleeping with the enemy can labels thing!!
      We need to be best friends!!!
      lots of love Jackie!!

  2. Brenna@DomesticCharm October 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Very cool! Had no idea your hubby was so mechanically inclined! And thank you for admitting that your canned goods have to go a certain way. I have a thing with light switches all being in the on or off position on the same switch plate. “My name is Brenna and I am a type-A personality”. We need a support group!

    • angela October 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

      YESSSSSS type A all the way over here! We totally need a support group!

  3. Laura October 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Is it weird that hearing about your canned goods makes me like you more? I like the peaceful feeling of your room. Where are the curtains from? Can I end my sentence with a preposition? Or should it be, “From whence came thy window treatments? And I believe your orb is a Moravian star, for what that’s worth to you! Blessings!

    • angela October 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

      Hey girl!!
      Laura the curtains are from Ikea! I use to love to make my own but you can get material for what you can buy curtains for at Ikea!!! and thank you for the laugh!!!

      • Laura October 3, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

        I’m half-Swedish, and Ikea is my love language!

        • angela October 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

          I love me some Ikea!!!

  4. Kristen October 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    This is soooo cool!! Love it!

    Also, thank you so much for emailing me back about that nesting doll fabric info! :-)

  5. Dana at Happy Little Lovelies October 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    Ha! You crack me up! I’m totally not at all type-A {my house is often messy}, but that cord would have driven me crazy too. That little nook is so inviting with your cute star! And yes, I absolutely want to be your friend. :)

  6. Su@TheIntentionalHome October 4, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    Perhaps you know. . .but just thought I’d tell you in case you did not. . your orb is a Moravian Star. . .and $3 is a great deal!!!. . .lots of people hang them on their porches all lit up at Christmas time. . reminds them of the star of Bethlehem that led the wisemen to Jesus. The Moravian church here makes them and sells them at Christmas time. . .great find!!

  7. maria October 4, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    That is beautiful(!) and normally I would not like something that is all pointy! You have a real eye for potential and boy, it looks great! I love this blog! You do so many fun spontaneous things, and it is so fun to see it all! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Carey October 4, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    “Moravian Christmas Star-Orb” and you paid about 10 cents on the dollar … Good deal! Love me some Old Salem 😉 Keep mine inside year round and hang outside at Christmas time.

  9. Gwen October 4, 2013 at 5:04 am #

    I believe your light is my niece’s junior high science project. Seriously. She’s about 30 now so I suppose its made it across the country via Goodwill buys and yard sales. She worked hard on it. She’s now a mechanical engineer with a masters degree married to the greatest guy with a doctorate in biomedical engineering raising a four year old who is exploring everything ‘outside the box’ like a bunch of rice in a low container one day with stuff hidden and scoops and stuff. But back to your room, it too looks awesome. You are always thinking so creatively. Yes. I believe there was a mad rush for this at the yard sale. It couldn’t be more amazing if you’d had to pay five dollars!!! You have the best vision. Oh just tell your hubby you think the painting must be of his great grandma. You think….

  10. Gwen October 4, 2013 at 5:11 am #

    Ps. Are you sure your mom didn’t have you explore stuff hidden in a low box filled with rice??? Or put stuff on top of a box with lights so you could see the shadows?? Because you truly think outside the box. I’d have been painfully moving my safety pin in my tube turning that long piece inside out all properly or ironing the edges in a quarter inch twice and carefully top stitching the edge so I’d not have to turn the tube….you think outside the box and just sew the tube, leave the raw edges for visual texture for its all bunched up. See? You’re a genius outside the box thinker!!!

  11. christina britt lewis October 4, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    oh how i love this! the mirrors look great over the nightstands! and what a beautiful way to turn the ugly cord into something artsy and fun. love it! i fell in love with these orbs the first time i saw them too. paid WAY more than $3 for one and hung it from a tree in our back yard. it’s in the video of our back yard i blogged about yesterday. it would still be there today if the dang thing didn’t fill up with water ever time in rained. i’m happy yours won’t have that problem and will last a good long time. it looks beautiful.

  12. Jen in MN October 4, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    Ahhh this post was like therapy to me!! Love the orb, love the neurosis, love the sleeping with the enemy thing, love the strips. I need more lighthearted people in my life like you!!! LOVE who you are!!! Hope all is well!! xoxo

  13. julie ball October 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Aww, a Moravian Star! I lived in NC most of my life, 8 years in Winston-Salem, home of the world’s largest Moravian Star (atop Wake Forest Baptist Hospital at Christmas time). I’ve lived in Memphis for the past 2.5 years… this makes me so homesick! I always love seeing what you do with your home! :)

  14. Janet October 4, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    I love it!! So it’s a Moravian Star. Thanks Julie; now I know what to call it as I search for one. :-)
    These have been on my wish list forever. I’ll be jealous as I think of you, Angela, sitting there in the evening with a cup of tea, on a table to be later revealed, under your star. We should be friends, I think we’d do fine together, lol.

  15. Katy @ Lolly Linens October 6, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    You have a Moravian Star! I’ve wanted one for a long time!

  16. Tracy October 9, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    I love it!! And I love how you see the potential in everything (and I really like your stump tables too! I’ve not been overly impressed with any I’ve seen (sorry, Nester) but yours, I really like. And I like the admonition to just do it already! I’ve got a little table I’ve been procrastinating on…..)

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