Work continues on our big opening between the kitchen and the dining room which I still forget exists until I stumble into the room in the morning only to feel the sun shining in and break out in song and dance. No really, I do. It’s like a Disney movie around here. So while we deal with door jambs (and trim and a wooden ledge for the half-wall) we thought we’d introduce you to the latest member of our family. It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve added to my brood of white ceramic animals, so imagine my delight when John surprised me with this fine tentacled specimen:

Apparently I mentioned that I was in love with it a while back, but it was out of stock at the time. So sweet John recently received an alert that it was available again and secretly ordered it for me. Right around the time I was secretly working on his surprise 7 for the office. Cue the collective aww.

We’re thinking of calling it my belated “congratulations on finishing the office stencil and not having permanent claw-hands” gift. Though it does make me a smidge jealous that I don’t also possess eight arms to help me finish projects faster.

Important things to know about my new ceramic pal: she hails from Plasticland (but is made of porcelain) and I haven’t picked a spot for her yet (she’ll most likely end up on the dining room built-ins with a ton of our other ceramic family members so she’s out of Clara’s reach). She was $19, but with shipping she came to about $27. Not my cheapest creature (boils down to about $3.37 per tentacle), nor my largest (she’s about the length of a dollar bill at the widest point), but she is my first octopod! And she was a surprise gift from the hubby, so I couldn’t be my cheap self and talk myself out of it. Haha. Score. Oh, and her name is Henrietta. Not sure why. It just felt right.

Happy Friday to octopods, bipeds, and quadrupeds alike! Anyone doing anything fun? I’ll be found dancing in a certain doorway with a toddler and a dog. And no I won’t video tape it for you. I’m only ok with being this annoyingly chipper slash awkward in private. But it kind of looks like this.

Psst- As if John wasn’t cute enough for surprising me with my tentacled friend, this video of him introducing Burger to Clara for the first time (well, her scent) is pretty darn cute.


  1. Gina says

    Um, FREAKIN’ LOVE THAT OCTOPUS!!!!! MUST-GET-ONE-NOW!! I never really had an afinity for porcelain animals until I started reading your blog. I do now and will be keeping my out for them.

  2. Veronika says

    I love you $herdog! But I don’t get the ceramic animal thing at all! Oh well! But I do get your love for shiny sparkly things so that’s nice!

    I enjoy how you love those weird creatures so much! It’s interesting that both your and John’s secret gifts have something to do with numbers, you know 7 and 8! Or maybe it’s just me!

    Congrats on your new toy!

  3. says

    I wondered if the octopus looks like your hands did when you were stenciling. It’s kind of how I envisioned them. :-) Yeah for sweet spouses. Mine came home with flowers last week out of the blue. I love it when that happens!

  4. Sarah says

    Love her! Welcome, Henrietta. I was going to say, we need a video (not of the door way dancing) but, a new house tour. I can’t believe how much has changed since the last. Hope you guys have a happy weekend!

  5. says

    I totally have this guy, too! We just picked him up a few weeks ago at a local shop. It’s funny because my guy gravitates towards oceany creatures and I’m all about the birds! We have some shelves in the living room with a bunch of things like this — always either fishy or flighty!

  6. Emily says

    Out of curiosity I used the search bar on the your sidebar to look up “ceramic animal” (in quotes). And….there were 75 results! Yep, I would call that an obsession :)

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